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“Federal Help:” A Trojan Horse

30 March 2009

A couple of quick observations today about the politics of the economic downturn.


Many years ago, a smart, liberal-arts institution known as Hillsdale College decided to eschew any form of federal money:  Pell Grants, federal education dollars, the whole thing.  As a result, Hillsdale is largely free of federal interference in its affairs.  (If you listen to Michael Medved, you may recognize him referring to his producer, Jeremy Steiner, as the “Pride of Hillsdale College.”)

Contrast GM, and soon, Chrysler.

Contrast our public K-12 schools, who have decided they can’t live without federal assistance.

Contrast many of our states, including California, whose governors are inclined to accept federal cash.


The code word for Washington’s “Trojan horse” in all of this is “accountability.”  If the government extends its hand to help you financially, you can be sure it will enforce accountability to a wide range of requirements that may or may not have anything to do with the help that was offered.  No wonder conservative governors who believe in the sanctity of federalism (Perry, Palin, Sanford to name a few) are turning down every federal dollar their legislatures will permit.  The strings attached are Trojan horses, little trap doors that allow the federal government to insinuate itself into still more nooks and crannies of state and local affairs.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Lisa permalink
    31 March 2009 12:28 pm

    Hi, qb. I followed you here from Mike Cope’s.

    I graduated from Harding, and as far as I know, they also don’t take a dime of Uncle Sam’s money. We students used to joke that they didn’t because then they would lose the ability to search our dorm rooms for no reason. 😉

  2. 31 March 2009 5:13 pm

    LOL, Lisa! Thanks for stopping by. Godspeed and peace. qb

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