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    Edwardspalooza! It begins

    CNN reports that John Edwards leads among potential Kerry veep picks. I still prefer Elmopalooza.
    Locker Room contributor, June 30, 2004
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    Legislative mollycoddling has reduced average public-university tuition payments by 32 percent since 1997-98

    Here are a few other revelations by US[pop]A Tod[pop]ay: In 2003, students paid an average of just 27% of the official tuition price at four-year public universities when grants and tax breaks are counted. Students at private universities paid an average of 57%. … ?Average tuition paid at public…
    Locker Room contributor, June 30, 2004
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    The Choice

    Christopher Petersen is charged with the death of four teens in a wreck on interstate 540 three years ago. Petersen was allegedly racing another vehicle when this vehicle lost control and crashed, killing all four occupants. Charge him with racing, but unless he held a gun to the head…
    Locker Room contributor, June 30, 2004
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    The polar regions

    NYT Columnist David Brooks has a new piece, reprinted in The Charlotte Observer, that is well worth reading about political polarization. Not sure I agree with all his conclusions, but still a good thought-provoker.
    Locker Room contributor, June 30, 2004
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    Rating the approval rating

    It?s George W. Bush?s ?race to lose?, or so I?ve been led to believe.
    Locker Room contributor, June 30, 2004
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    Re: Candid socialism

    George, you’re right about the difficulty of pointing out the unseen benefits ? manifold to millions but small and mundane, however far greater in the aggregate than the one big, noticeable money grab in D.C. (or Raleigh). But it seems to me it takes rhetorical skill to fudge the issues…
    Locker Room contributor, June 30, 2004
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    More on socialism

    Don Carrington’s CarolinaJournal story today helps to make my point on the “seen” political benefits. Here we have Governor Easley taking credit for a very minor business venture in Currituck County that actually had little or nothing to do with his administration’s fondness for using taxpayer money to lure…
    Locker Room contributor, June 30, 2004
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    Re: Hillary’s candid socialism

    Notice the built-in assumption that it is necessarily better “for the common good” for the state to have more money at its disposal. I wonder if it is merely a political calculation, or do people like Hillary actually believe that more good is done by having the federal government confiscate…
    Locker Room contributor, June 30, 2004