Carol Platt Liebau: But in Fairness . . .

Sunday, October 01, 2006

But in Fairness . . .

Every once in awhile, Governor Schwarzenegger does get one right. Specifically, he has vetoed a bill that would have allowed the governing board of a community college board to sell a television station at below-market price to a buyer, in order to avoid sale to a religiously affiliated company that was offering fair market value.

The bill was a disgrace, and to give credit where credit's due, Arnold was right to veto it.


Blogger snodly said...

OK, I'm confused. I obviously must have missed something very important.

Morally it would be a shameful thing to withhold sale to a buyer of religious affiliation. On that I'm sure we can all agree, just as it would be morally reprehensible to not sell to a person because of the color of their skin.

Where the confusion comes in is when and where it became the job of the Government to deign which private body (you did say a community college, correct?) can sell what of their own property to whom. Have we as conservatives slipped into the anti-free market mantra? Welcome to 1984. Orwell, call your office...

1:12 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

I watched this bill very carefully and I am very pleased by the way it turned out. To put it simply, is was anti-religous bigotry at it's worst.

2:18 PM  
Blogger The Flomblog said...

I believe that this is the sort of disagreement that is productive and the purpose of Carols gift to us!

7:46 PM  
Blogger Poison Pero said...

Snodly, a Community College is a public entity, and has no business selling anything below market value when a buyer is available at or above market value.

Doing so would be screwing the taxpayers.

If it were a private company, I'd agree 100%, but not when it comes to public entities.

12:39 AM  
Blogger Cliff said...

snodly said,
"Have we as conservatives slipped into the anti-free market mantra? Welcome to 1984. Orwell, call your office..."

What are you talking about? The bid for KDOC was 40 million from Daystar Christian network, and only 8 million from the next highest bidder. How in the world does it benefit the free market for that same market to LOOSE 32 million in the deal?

10:03 AM  
Blogger snodly said...

OK, that clears it up. Here, we have a tendency to call small private colleges "community" colleges, so mea culpa due to hicktown vernacular.

12:18 PM  
Blogger snodly said...

BTW, free market also means free to lose monies as well as gain them, but the point was about whether or not community colleges are taxpayer funded.

11:35 AM  

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