I might check in again. On the other hand, I might not. So let’s call this the open line.

* But, first, a report from a conference of Arkansas college students and a public agenda they drew up. The full release is on the jump. They are products of their time and place. Raising the sales tax and providing more government support for private enterprise are examples of reflections of some fairly conventional thinking of their elders.

Since we are talking about university education, creating wealth and innovation: I highly recommend Ken Auletta’s article in the New Yorker on Stanford University, or “Get Rich U.” It’s about the aim of higher education (do liberal arts matter?) and about one school and area’s phenomenal success in research, business and job creation. Government had little to do with it. In fact, the story is in part about how New York government obstacles discouraged a Stanford expansion to New York city.