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February 25, 2004

Should Paige resign?

Should Sec. of Education Paige resign because of one intemperate remark regarding the teacher's union? I don't think so. Calls for resignation have less to do with the remark than the direction of the Bush Administration--that's fair meat for any critic, but Paige's remark is about the same level as a union leader calling Howard Dean "nuts" in print. Should that union leader resign because he blew off steam?

Our level of being shocked by off-the-cuff statements has reached the point of making politicians and leaders afraid of offending anyone, any time, anywhere.

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Posted by Jim Vesely at February 25, 2004 09:42 AM



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