Its a slow
weekend in computer security but I am fortunate to be living in a state with a
great political dog and pony show this year.
Usually I have to wait for
presidential election years to get my entertainment in the political arena but I live in PA,
and the incumbent governor has been pushing improved education while trying to use
gambling to take some of the burden of paying for it off farmers and old folks who owntheir own homes - he wants to use slot machine revenue to cut school property taxes.
If/When this scheme
gets up and running it should provide a big boost for education in the state
people love to gamble so well have lots of money to fund textbooks which arenta decade old and we might even be able to aford a few more teachers who know more about computers than their own 3rd graders.
Also, of course, successful
gambling requires basic math skills so we should see more kids doing a bit ofhomework, possibly even encouraged by their parents.
Wonderful! Gambling will revitalize education in PA!
But the governor
is running for reelection neck and neck with someone whose mainqualification for high office
seems to be that he played pro football.
Mr.Swan is doing especially well in this area.
Of course many of
my neighbors, especially the school kids, troop out to worship a marmot every
February second, so is it any wonder they think being a football heroqualifies someone to run a large state?
When you hear
reporters bemoaning the sad state of politics (as they do every election year) rememberthat we actually find it extremely entertaining.
As a former Washington reporter my motto has always been:
"All politicians lie; some
of them steal too!"
Sadly I've only been proven wrong a few times.