31.7.07

INSUFFICIENT DEVELOPMENTAL LEAGUES FOR DEMOCRATS? Senator Hillary(!) Rodham Clinton thinks so.
"I'm going to be asking a new generation to serve," she said. "I think just like our military academies, we need to give a totally all-paid education to young men and women who will serve their country in a public service position."
Isn't that a form of indentured servitude? And, as National Review's John Pitney notes, there are alternatives.
But for the sake of argument, stipulate that the country needs more young people to study government and related fields. Senator Clinton is forgetting institutions that already offer the relevant coursework. We call them “colleges” and “universities.”
And sometimes, their developmental-league mission is explicit: consider the Kennedy School of Government, or the Humphrey School, or the LaFollette Institute. Whether courses at such institutions teach the public policy controversies or the New Deal handbook is a separate question. (Short form: one can present Pigouvian welfare economics or the independent regulatory commission as received wisdom or as policy approaches subject to debate.)

Betsy's Page links to a Campaign Spot post that suggests a shortage of mid-level federal officials is about as likely as a shortage of adjunct professors of English. Perhaps the colleges and universities are as effective at developing federal officials as they are at developing football players.

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