about the recent
Supreme Court decision upholding the
Solomon Amendment, which
requires schools to put out if the government buys them dinner requires schools that receive Federal funding to allow military recruiters on campus.
The Solomon Act represents a fundamental shift in how the role of government is seen in the post-New Deal era. At least since the FDR years, government has been concerned with the general welfare. Recently, however, federal spending has been done on a business model -- "what do we get for the money?" Many editorialists take the position that the government is buying access for military recruiters. In fact, according to the Court, schools have to let military recruiters on campus even if they wouldn't allow other organizations that discriminate against uncloseted homosexuals: