The Brothers Paterno

(A brief discussion twixt Baer & Baer's editor, a.k.a. BE)

JB: Yo, boss, didya see that Corbett's proposed 50 percent cut in higher education has the Brothers Paterno squaring off in public?

BE: The Sons of JoePA? The Scions of Mount Nittany?

JB: Those are the ones. Scott Paterno, a lawyer, consultant and former Republican congressional candidate, argues that Penn State shouldn't get any state funding, that it's big and self-sustaining and that its share should be spread among the 14 state colleges and universities in the State Sytem of Higher Education.

BE: Guess that would be the GOP position, eh? Less gubment. Let the markets be free.

JB: Pop would be proud. You may remember JoPA gave a seconding speech for the first President Bush at the National Republican Convention in New Orleans back in `88.

BE: A true Central Pennsylvanian.

JB: Now the other brother, Jay, the PSU quarterbacks coach who was a surrogate speaker for the Obama campaign in `08, takes a different position on Corbett's cuts.

BE: A rift within la famiglia. A donkey among the elephants.

JB: Si. Jay says each of the 96,000 Penn State students attending the main campus or any of its satellites should get a mailer showing what the loss of state money means to their tuition AND what it would mean to their post-graduate debt load.

BE: Interesting.

JB: JayPA says recent university numbers show average post-grad debt at $27,000 and that the cuts would push that to $32,000.

BE: From third and long to fourth and long.

JB: PUNT TEAM! Jay also notes that it's a good thingthat  prison costs don't get cut in Corbett's budget. He says neglecting education can lead to a need for more cells.

BE: So all those empty college dorms could come in handy. Who's right on this?

JB: Well, I'll report, you decide. Scott's op-ed piece appeared in the Harrisburg Patriot-News yesterday. Here it is. Jay wrote a column for statecollege.com. Here it is. Let me know what you think.

BE: What do YOU think?

JB: It's between the brothers, OK? Grrrr.

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