July 26, 2007
Read the plaque!
The plaque on Bascom Hall must be covered with ivy or graffiti because Assembly Rep. Steve Nass can't read it. Just as I began to write about out lying Attorney General Alberto Gonzales I came across an AP story quoting Whitewater Republican Rep. Nass calling for the elimination of the Haven Center because (I am not kidding) it is "too far to the left." This trumps Gonzales. (Steve ought to attend Bob Fest for comparative purposes.) He doesn't claim shoddy research at Haven, he just disagrees with the Haven Center so he wants to close it! Whoa, Stevie. Why so angry?
John Wiley, sensing wolves at the door, said, "The Assembly budget dismantles the University to satisfy party politics and eliminates pet peeves." Me thinks you understate, Brother John. The plan is to dismantle the Madison campus and sell off the pieces to the corporate world as part of the privatization plan of the Bradley Foundation.
There aren't too many potential buyers for the Haven Center, where they actually think about the problems of society and debate solutions, so kill it. Why bother with research when they could just listen to Charlie Sykes every morning? He and his patron, Bradley, have the answers. Just think, had it not been for the brilliant W-2 program, Wisconsin would still have poor people. Yikes!
Let me see. Close Haven, cut off the law school, eliminate the School for Workers, censor articles, deny controversial speakers (You know, the ones who think Nass is nutso), and we are done. When did Wisconsin lose its reputation for academic freedom? Read the plaque. Please. We can still save it.
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