I’m not usually one to delve into purely political matters on this blog, but I ended up on this amazing TED talk by Lawrence Lessig having read an article where Oklahoma State Representative Mike Reynolds said the following–
It is not our job to see that anyone gets an education. It is not the responsibility of me, you, or any constituent in my district to pay for his or any other persons education. Their GPA, ACT ASAB, determination have nothing to do with who is responsible. Their potential to benefit society is irrelevant.
Lessig explains in a wonderful rapid-fire way an issue with politics that I have ranted on about for years (mostly to people who were too polite to run away) – funding and where it comes from.
The funding issue, or more particularly the effect that soliciting for funding has on politicians is one of the reasons that we get such as disparity between what politicians are supposed to do in serving people, and what they actually do and seem to believe.