Honestly, I’m gonna miss him when he drops out: (You would to if you ran a blog that mocks this type of idiocy)
Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Wednesday that “the left” uses universities to indoctrinate young people for the purpose of “holding and maintaining power.”
After saying “we’ve lost, unfortunately, our entertainment industry,” Santorum told a Naples, Florida, audience that “we’ve lost our higher education, that was the first to go a long time ago.”
“It’s no wonder President Obama wants every kid to go to college,” said the former Pennsylvania senator. “The indoctrination that occurs in American universities is one of the keys to the left holding and maintaining power in America. And it is indoctrination. If it was the other way around, the ACLU would be out there making sure that there wasn’t one penny of government dollars going to colleges and universities, right?”
He continued: “If they taught Judeo-Christian principles in those colleges and universities, they would be stripped of every dollar. If they teach radical secular ideology, they get all the government support that they can possibly give them. Because you know 62 percent of children who enter college with a faith conviction leave without it.“
Triangulate this story and you’ll find it falls somewhere between laughable, maddening and ironic: A bill moving forward in the Florida Senate would ban state college and university employees, such as professors, from serving in the state legislature.
Cue up the “Yeah, no need to taint the Capitol gene pool with some smart people” joke.
Although the proposal seems far from certain (SB 1560 only passed the Senate Rules Subcommittee on Ethics and Elections by a 7-6 vote on Monday), it has nevertheless passed its first legislative obstacle.
The bill, authored by Sen. John Thrasher, is supposed to prevent conflicts of interest by folks from state colleges and universities. But banning them from serving in the legislature doesn’t make sense. Because, almost by definition, every person in the state has the potential for a conflict of interest. That’s true not just for the state legislature, but every county commission, town council and water district seat.
It’s how our citizen government works. We pick people who live and work in our communities and ask them to manage the affairs of those towns and counties and the state. That’s why every governing body already has conflict-of-interest rules that forbid voting on a bill or ordinance from which you could benefit.
(via Gerry Canavan)
I know. We haven’t done this lately.
What’s the best restaurant you have ever eaten in. Note, best doesn’t mean the most expensive.
The days of the easy fee grab may be coming to an end. Bank of America’s failed plan to impose a $5 monthly debit card fee led to a 20 percent increase in closed accounts in the last three months of 2011 and a public relations headache, which other companies may be keen to avoid.
Asked about the fee debacle in a conference call with investors last week, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said, “So I’d say that yes, we had some impact from the $5 debit fee. That’s why we made a decision to reverse it.”
The incident may lead to companies thinking again before levying fees on services that have traditionally been free. Verizon Wireless canceled a $2 fee for single bill-pay transactions online or via telephone in December, just one day after the telecommunications company announced the fee.
“The BofA fiasco over charging customers a fee just to use their debit cards should be a lesson to other banks that consumers are angry that their practices wrecked the economy and that consumers now realize that they have choices,” said Ed Mierzwinski, director of the consumer program with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group. “Banks will now be careful to only attempt to impose fees that add value, as opposed to nuisance or “gotcha” fees. Unfair fees now result in consumers voting with their feet.”