Well, he’s gone and done it: Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has announced he’s running for the U.S. Senate.
Let’s skip past the idea of whether we want a Senator who’s enamored of a loon like Glenn Beck, and check out a couple of quotes from the man who would be Senator. Speaking of his incumbent opponent, Shurtleff said this:
“Instead of promoting principles of individual responsibility, he let us down and looked upon government as the solution,” Shurtleff complained.
Hell, yeah! Bad dog! Get down, government!
Er… uh, except when the BCS isn’t spreading the wealth the way this politician would like. Because he’s ready to bring that antitrust hammer down, sucka! Up against the wall, greedheads!
… The BCS system involves millions of dollars a year of potential revenue to these institutions that could help replace dwindling taxpayer generated general fund monies. For the 2007-2008 bowl season, the BCS Championship Series distributed about $143 million in gross income for the twelve conferences participating in the BCS System. Two million dollars went to other miscellaneous distributees. Of that $143 million in gross income, 88% went to members of the six conferences with preferred eligibility to the Championship Series Bowls (with about 65 schools participating) and 12% went to six conferences with non-preferential eligibility (with about 54 schools participating). A similar split in the distribution of Bowl Championship Series gross income occurred in prior years. Additionally, the right of preferred entrance teams to act as the host venues for bowl games generates, according to the BCS, about $1.2 billion in secondary income benefits.
Damn the BCS’ individual responsibility, I say! Full speed ahead! A little socialism never hurt college football, right?
It’s getting easier to be a politician these days, I think. These guys don’t even bother to keep their stories straight anymore.