In endorsing Kay "Bailout" Hutchison, the paper lauds her for launching "well-documented charges of cronyism and politicization of appointments by the incumbent." Considering the fact that "Bailout" pledged to oppose the bailout plan proposed by her buddy George Bush, and then bailed out and then supported that plan, she doesn't have a lot of room to talk about cronyism.
Apparently, the paper thinks that "well-documented charges" against the incumbent is sufficient reason to support a particular candidate. Personally, I am more interested in what a candidate is for than what she is against. Fortunately, the paper provides some information in that regard:
The paper supports Hutchison because she is willing to rob the citizens of other states to pay for our transportation projects and education. And she is willing to negotiate to remove any strings. I hate to be the one to inform Hutchison and the paper, but negotiations usually involve compromise. Which means, there will be strings attached. They might be a little longer than what was originally proposed, but that just provides more rope for us to hang ourselves.
Houstonians have special reason to support Hutchison, who has fought hard to bring us our fair share of federal mass transit dollars at a time when some area legislators attempted to block them.
While the current governor has refused federal stimulus dollars to fund unemployment benefits and public education, Hutchison says she would bring those dollars to the state while negotiating to make sure they arrive without strings.
The Chronicle's endorsement of Bill
In a meeting with the Chronicle editorial board, White warned that Texas is at an educational crossroads and must do a better job of preparing young people to meet the challenges of national and international competition.
He noted the ominous fact that a smaller percentage of Texans between the ages of 25 and 35 have two- and four-year college degrees than in the past.
“Education, public and higher, is the principal business of state government,” he said. White pledged as governor to work to lower dropout rates and increase the productivity and affordability of Lone Star education.
Ignoring the fact that government control of education has been an absolute failure, White and the paper want more of it. Ignoring the fact that the only proper business of state government is protecting our rights, White and the paper want to give government greater control over education.
I continue to find it interesting that so much emphasis is placed on a college education. Given that functional illiterates can graduate high school, a piece of paper stating that you have completed certain classes is pretty meaningless. The implication is that holding a degree somehow confers knowledge, which is at best naive.
Government is an agent of force. Everything it does involves the use of force, sometimes properly so, but most often not. This does not change when government is involved in education--the ideas of those with political connections are imposed upon the entire student population. For evidence, witness the ongoing textbook disputes in Texas and other states.
Education is an immensely important subject. The education of one's children is the primary responsibility of parenthood, and parents have a moral right to be free of the interference of others, Bill White included.