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The blog site for writer Scott C. Smith. Some observations on the world we live in and life in general. And maybe some politics.

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Hire A Conservative

First up: I'm coming up on the completion of my second week of college, and I've kept my eye out for any forms of liberal indoctrination. I did see a bunch of signs for the military recruiters, and the building where I'm taking math has a ping-pong table and coin-op video games. Hmm. Didn't China produce champion ping-pong players? Or am I just thinking of Forrest Gump?

Now, I've also seen signs up for a campus group called Phi Theta Kappa, and I'm thinking that maybe this group is a front for the communist movement. Or, it's just an organization for students making good grades. Haven't decided which yet.

Anyway, bottom line, I have not had anyone attempt to indoctrinate me into any sort of political belief. Although I'm pretty sure I saw some students giving each other secret hand signals, so who knows, but I will get to the bottom of this important issue within the next three years, give or take.

Now, on to Armstrong Williams. Last week it was revealed that Williams, a conservative columnist and radio show host, had been paid $240,000 by the Department of Education to promote the Bush administration's No Child Left Behind program. Williams did so through his columns, media appearances, and on the radio.

Once word got out that Williams was a paid shill for the Bush administration, Williams was dropped as a columnist for the Tribune Media Services.

Which brings us full circle to the Bush administration.

Remember when George Bush said his administration would adhere to the highest standards of ethics? I know, he hasn't mentioned it since 2001, but that was a promise he made when he first became president. Apparently, in addition to not applying to Congress, those ethical standards were not adhered to at the Department of Education, although they're claiming no law was broken. While undoubtedly true, ethical standards tend to be higher that what is required by law. The Government Accounting Office is investigating the matter.

I wonder how conservatives will react to this? I mean, they always bitch about the money PBS gets from taxpayers, so they should, if intellectually honest, speak out against Williams being paid by the taxpayers. I'm sure Rush Limbaugh did a show on it today. Right? How about Sean Hannity? Hannity must have hated the idea of PBS getting taxpayer money to partially fund Now with Bill Moyers, for instance. So I'm sure Sean is very upset over this issue. As soon as a transcript is released of Sean's reaction to this latest Bush administration scandal, I'll post it here.

In the interest of full disclosure, I have not been approached by any government agency to promote any government program, although I have received federal funds in the form of a Stafford student loan to pay for college. So, if I write about having a positive experience in college, know that my point of view may be slightly tainted from receiving federal funds. Wait a minute. I have to pay that money back! With interest! Okay, so I'm not violating any ethical standards. Never mind.

Now, if the U.S. Patent Office wanted to pay me to promote their programs (whatever it is they do, I'm not sure), I could live with that decision. So, if anyone from the U.S. Patent...Department, or office, whatever it is they are called, happens to be reading these words, go ahead and drop me a line.

Patents! Help make America safe with a patent.

See? That was easy.

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