...In testimony before the Florida state legislature, United Faculty of Florida President Tom Auxter said, “This legislation has the effect of undermining academic freedom while claiming to promote academic freedom....It will, if written into law, cause a dumbing down of the mental life of students to the cartoon version of intelligence we find on right-wing talk shows where everything controversial is broken into categories such as conservative vs. liberal, religious vs. secular humanist, or American vs. communist….”
But from the vignette box in the same article is one sligtly more interesting commentary:
It amazes me to hear policy makers, who, just as I did, benefited mightily from access to low-cost, public higher education, now seriously talking about denying that opportunity to a whole generation of young people in America. We can't afford it, they say. Let’s see, I got mine, but now I don't want to pay for you to get yours! The richest nation in the world—first in gross domestic product, first in the number of millionaires and billionaires—cannot afford to provide working class kids the opportunity to go to a university. Well, there is one way. You can join the military, go to some far away land to get shot at, and then, if you survive, the government will pay for your college education. In today’s America, the haves go to college right out of high school and the have-nots go to war so they might some day be able to go to college.
— NEA President Reg Weaver addressing the National Center for the Study of Collective Bargaining in Higher Education. March 19, 2005.