p.l.a. it again, sam
The always-excellent P.L.A. has a pair of superb posts. One deals with the recent flap in the blogosphere about the citation of a Time magazine story--which proved incorrect--alleging that President Bush renewed a tradition of sending a wreath to the Confederate Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery. Many bloggers linked to it; the ones that I did, myself included, retracted that citation upon learning it was incorrect. As Dwight Meredith points out, acknowledging that the one incident should not be used to establish a pattern of Bush currying favor with illiberal elements of the GOP by no means supports the conclusion that no such pattern exists.
There's also a devastating critique of the "affirmative access" program champoined by then-Governor Bush in light of his opposition to the University of Michigan's affirmative action program. As Dwight Meredith points out, the Bush plan for Texas schools--which automatically admits the top 10% of public school students--has a number of flaw, many of which are at least equal to, if not worse than, Bush's complaints about the UM program:
- The affirmative access provision of Texas law was specifically designed to increase racial and ethnic diversity at the university.
- It automatically admits students that are less qualified on the basis of grades and test scores than students who are not automatically admitted (indeed, unlike the Michigan plan, SAT scores are not counted at all
- The program relies on the inherent segregation of the Texas public school system
- Unlike the Michigam plan, the Texas statute specifically recognizes that some students admitted under the “top 10%” law are unqualified and not ready for college work, and yet once again gives them preference over qualified students
- It provides a disincentive for parents to remove their children from failing schools
Hm, bad public policy and rhetoric in stark contrast to actions Bush...quelle suprise!