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Wednesday, June 28, 2006

Pawlenty's continued campaigning

Wouldn't you know it? Now that the legislature is no longer in session and none of his ideas can actually be put into practice, Governor Pawlenty is suddenly all about education. This time, it's free tuition. If you graduate in the top quarter of your class, you get two years of tuition at state schools; four years if you go into math or science.

Of course, Pawlenty had almost four years to pitch this idea when it would have mattered, but he didn't. Instead, he's presided over huge increases in tuition that have served to shut off access to higher education and saddle students with debt. That's quite the education record!

I get the suspicion that had Pawlenty put forward this idea earlier, David Strom would have been none too happy. That is what really mattered, at least until Pawlenty underwent his conversion in the past month.

Do I think it is a good idea apart from Pawlenty's blatant politics? You bet. This is definitely something we should do. But you know, I don't really trust Pawlenty to actually go through with it. I wonder why?


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