GOP Politicians Who Oppose Public Programs But Attended Public Universities

To the Editor:

President Obama made a great point in a speech to students. He pointed out that some suggest government is trying to take over the healthcare system.  He further pointed out that we have private universities and we have public universities but no one has suggested government wants to take over the university system. Here are some of the GOP leaders who have opposed government health care, making accusations that the program is a move toward socialism.  Yet, they attened public universities.

 Rush Limbaugh – This talk show commentator is constantly accusing the Obama administration of leading us toward socialism. Yet he, himself, got his education from a public program. He attended college at Southeast Missouri State University.

Mitch McConnell – Attended two public universities, the University of Louisville, and the University of Kentucky.

Virginia Foxx – She not only attended a public university, but she attended the oldest public university in the U.S. She attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. And to further demonstrate that, in spite of what she says, she does believe in some public programs, she was a professor at Appalachian State University.

John McCain – Senator McCain got his education from a government run University as well. He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis.

Sarah Palin – One of the most critical of the Obama healthcare plan, calling it “socialism”. This former governor attended the University of Idaho, Idaho’s oldest public university.

This certainly brings up an interesting question. If we think public universities are okay for educating our citizens, why would we feel a public health option would be socialism? Do we have some hypocricy rearing it’s ugly head in this discussion?

Sincerely, Ron Coleman

Ron Coleman has been a freelance cartoonist and writer for over 40 years. His work has appeared in hundreds of magazines, newspapers, books and on the internet. Samples of his work can be seen at his website:

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