George Mason in the News

Posted: April 8, 2005 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Following are highlights of national news coverage George Mason received during the past week:

Friday, April 1, Toronto Star

Diagnosis: Second-Term Blues for Bush

“U.S. President George W. Bush’s domestic agenda has hit roadblocks on two major fronts, leading some political analysts to conclude his administration is succumbing to the traditional ‘second-term blues.’ ‘Bush came in with big ideas, hoping to have a major-impact presidency, but things have taken a very different turn,’ said George Mason University political scientist Mark Rozell. Bush has struggled to win support for his proposed Social Security overhaul and immigration-policy changes, and his approval rating has fallen.”

Sunday, April 3, St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Case Helps Set Stage for 2006 Political Battles

“But perhaps the Republicans will reap rewards from this episode. In a sense, this is all about the Senate and House races of 2006. The Americans who usually care most about ‘off-year’ elections tend to be those most driven by ideology. The ‘remember Terri’ voters will show up; those Americans who would rather forget the whole affair might not vote at all. Mark Rozell, a political analyst at George Mason University who specializes in the religious right, said: ‘In off-year races, it’s the most intense voters who can tip the balance. In 2006, it will be the religious conservatives who are most agitated. Schiavo will be mentioned in every fund-raising letter, in every speech, on every Internet blog. Their message will be, “Congress acted, and the President did something.”’”

Monday, April 4, New York Times

New Pope Could Influence Political Life in America

“One of the potential successors to John Paul is Cardinal Francis Arinze of Nigeria, who during last year’s presidential campaign said a politician who supported abortion ‘is not fit’ to receive communion. ‘I’ve seen an increase in directly political kinds of activity: what the responsibilities of Catholics are, how they should vote, etc.,’ said Mark J. Rozell, a professor of public policy at George Mason University and the author of numerous books and articles on religion and politics. ‘Some Vatican officials are pressing for more direct activism in public life and are willing to be more critical of public policy figures who do not take what they consider to be the right positions on policy issues.’”

Monday, April 4, Washington Post

Getting Around the High Cost of Living

“Since the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks, Gardner said, she has noticed ‘more IT, more government-related, more security-related’ workers among her RV dwellers. ‘I’ve had FBI, U.S. marshals, bomb-sniffing dogs . . . instead of just your regular blue collar.’ The reason is simple: The Washington area holds the distinction of producing the steepest job growth of any metropolitan area in the nation in the past five years, said Stephen S. Fuller, a public policy professor at George Mason University. And job seekers are flocking to the region to take advantage of that work, much of it on contract and temporary. Of the estimated 70,800 jobs created in the region last year, the largest chunk, 35 percent, fell into the professional and business services category, which includes government contracting, according to Fuller.”

Wednesday, April 6, Wall Street Journal

Revised Chapters: Sweeping New Bankruptcy Law to Make Life Harder for Debtors

“Whether a higher hurdle for bankruptcy filings is a good thing is the subject of heated debate. Economist Lawrence Ausubel of the University of Maryland says more people would be pushed into ‘informal bankruptcy’: ‘You hang up and move, you leave no forwarding address, you pay with cash and have no assets, and end up operating on the fringe in an informal economy.’ But Todd Zywicki, a George Mason University law professor, responds: ‘This is a matter of morality and personal responsibility.’ Reneging on debts has lost much of its stigma, he says, and the change in the law will help restore it.”

Wednesday, April 6, USA Today

Many Wary of GOP’s Moral Agenda

“The debate over Schiavo has spotlighted the central role ‘values’ issues—abortion, stem cell research, same-sex marriage and the right to live or die—now play in politics. Mark Rozell, a professor at George Mason University in Virginia who studies religion and politics, says the case has created a ‘clear backlash. It’s one thing to look at religious conservatives as part of a broad coalition that makes up the Republican Party,’ he says. ‘It’s entirely another if people think that religious conservatives are calling the shots in the Bush administration for what was a deeply personal situation.’”

Thursday, April 7, USA Today

Full Activity, Study Schedules Have Many Teens Just Saying No to Jobs

“Steven Goodman, a Washington, D.C.-based college admissions strategist who helps high school students beef up college applications, says in the heated competition to get into college, work is not high on the minds of parents and kids. ‘There are kids who rightly believe that working at McDonalds isn’t getting them anything,’ he says. But Andrew Flagel, dean of admissions at George Mason University outside Washington, D.C., says working can be an important asset on applications. ‘It doesn’t sound to anyone like working at the local diner is sexy enough,’ he says. ‘But I’ve read wonderful essays from students who talk about the difference they made in doing their jobs.’”

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