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February 08, 2010


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The Fallows piece is excellent, as usual. He stresses the usefulness of the jeremiad in laying the groundwork for a better future, so here goes: Our universities depend on public funding, even the private ones, and the tea-party movement loathes government spending. The University of California, which used to be a model public system, is being hollowed out by an anti-tax mood and procedural statis in Sacramento. This could be a harbinger nationally.

Oliver Wendell Holmes said, "I like to pay taxes. With them I buy civilization." We have drifted too far away from this idea, and I don't see President Obama changing things yet.

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