The Arizona Desert Lamp

5-4 = Unity?

Posted in Uncategorized by Evan Lisull on 22 January 2009

Today’s piece from the Editorial Board rightly calls for an activist, united stand against the cuts proposed by the JLBC. So how does the Board propose to achieve unity across campus?

The vehemence of the response certainly raises doubts about whether legislators would dare to pass such a proposal in the face of near-universal condemnation. But such doubts rest on flimsy foundations. A Republican-dominated legislature isn’t likely to feel many trepidations about abandoning higher education to the mercy of the marketplace, and newly appointed Gov. Jan Brewer isn’t likely to stand in their way.

How droll. Non-liberals may be a minority on campus, but potshots like these, combined with chants of “Yes We Can” at  Tuesday’s rally, really aren’t helping to foster a “united” atmosphere. If this really is a cause that all but the most extreme of political stances can support (which I happen to think that it is), then it might be in everyone’s interests to leave the party politics at home and to focus on the issue at hand. Attack individual legislators if you must (Russell Pearce comes to mind), but turning this into a partisan spat helps no one.


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  1. Laura Donovan said, on 22 January 2009 at 4:17 pm

    Nicely put. Republicans and Demoncrats are all furious about the budget cuts. Everyone is getting worked up, myself included, and it’s unfair to assume the conservative politicians will cut education funds.

  2. Evan Lisull said, on 22 January 2009 at 4:26 pm

    Given your inclinations, I’m going to go ahead and assume that “Demoncrats” is a typo. Still, budding hacks would be wise to pick up the slip (if they haven’t already).

    I think, also, that there is a conservative case to be made for not destroying old institutions willy-nilly, and that the problem lies not with fiscal conservatism, but fiscal conservatism that fails to take into account other basic societal issues. Viewing state governance is a balance sheet is governing from abstraction, a tendency that conservatives have traditionally argued against.

  3. Laura Donovan said, on 22 January 2009 at 4:44 pm

    It was a typo! I swear to God.

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