Just a quick follow to an earlier post about Michigan lawmakers’ plan to fix the economy and education. One of the wise proposals included buying every student a new iPod. Turns out that two state lawmakers were among a group of politicians who made a trip to California that was paid for at least in part by Apple, the maker of iPods. The lawmakers said the trip was about “about technology in the classroom” and educational uses for the popular audio and video players. Rep. Matt Gillard D-Alpena added that “I don’t know that it has to be iPod-specific technology.” Seems a little fishy to me.
Geoffrey Segal is the director of privatization and government reform at Reason Foundation, a nonprofit think tank advancing free minds and free markets. He is also editor of Reason's Privatization Watch.