… . What is striking about this in Perry’s case—and indeed in the case of many tea party candidates—is that they no longer seem to feel any need to even offer lip service to the notion that education is important to building success and opportunities for peoples’ lives. Where once the notion was that getting a good education was key to creating and maintaining a large middle class in America, now the emphasis is on boot strapping one’s way to the top. Indeed, many tea party types seem resentful that their tax dollars are used to educate “others” at all—whether illegal immigrants, or the poor who “belong” here. Education is a “cost” to be limited or eliminated, not a “good” that pays itself back in untold and often immeasurable ways… .
Wait … isn’t Perry taking flak for supporting in-state tuition for non-legal residents? And hasn’t Perry been pushing hard for a $10,000 college degree, precisely because he feels eduction is extremely important, and that it out to be affordable for everyone? You can blast certain elements of the Tea Party all you want about this, but lumping Perry into the mix seems unfair to me. He’s arguably been more focused on the importance of a college education than our President.
I’m no Perry supporter, and there are plenty of legitimate grounds that ought to disqualify Perry from office. This isn’t one of them.