“Health care is eating our seed corn.” Scheppach
Dan Balz from the Washington Post published an interesting article describing Ray Scheppach whom I enjoy today for the quotation I used as a headline. It pretty much says that if we want healthcare it is going to come at the expense of education.
I like the way that he puts the choices but I don’t buy it. Rather, the choice is more between guns and butter whereas healthcare and education are being held hostage by the war machine.
“Scheppach sees no alternative to major cuts in education funding by the states. Higher education has already felt the pinch, but that is likely to extend to elementary and secondary funding, as well. "Basically, health care is eating our seed corn," he said.”
We need for the President and Congress help us compare and contrast our choices in meaningful ways. Put our social needs on one side of the ledger and our defense and security needs on the other. Tell us how much it costs to fund both. If we must reduce, make clear the tradeoffs. That is not happening now as we don't have the complete picture.
“A new era of innovation for the states?
By Dan Balz
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, December 25, 2010; 11:35 AM
Ray Scheppach may not be a household name in Washington, but when he steps down early in the new year as executive director of the National Governors Association, the capital will have lost one of its most knowledgeable and valuable public servants.
Scheppach has spent three decades at the intersection of state and federal governments. He has sized up rising political talent (two governors from his years, Bill Clinton of Arkansas and George W. Bush of Texas, went on to become president). He has weathered partisan upheavals and survived internal strains that threatened to disrupt the generally bipartisan organization.
He is now preparing for the next chapter of his career with a move to the University of Virginia. As he reflected on his years at the NGA a few days ago, he acknowledged that the decision to depart is bittersweet, coming as it does during one of the most challenging times that states have ever faced.
Scheppach has worked with governors in good times and bad. His tenure has spanned three serious recessions. What states are experiencing today, he believes, is far worse than anything that hit them during the downturns in the early 1980s and early 1990s. "This is probably 80 times worse than that," he said.”