NPR quotes professor in debt coverage
August 3, 2011
This week’s political wrangling over the national debt put more than Congress
in the spotlight. Dr. John Tures, Associate Professor of Political Science, found
his way into National Public Radio stories published Tuesday about fallout from
An NPR story covering the revival of a balanced budget amendment quotes Dr. Tures
about the tough choices such a measure would demand.
“People don't realize what a balanced budget amendment would mean," Dr. Tures
said in the article. “People have wildly distorted ideas about what we spend money
on. They think all we have to do is cut foreign aid, which makes up a fraction
of the bill, and we'll balance the budget."
He goes on to argue that the discipline required by such an amendment may be the
only thing that will allow Washington to control the budget in time to cope with
the aging baby boomer generation.
The NPR story appears on the news outlet’s
and also was featured on local sites as far away as Oregon and California.
Dr. Tures says the reporter was interested in his response after reading an
the professor wrote on the topic for Southern Political Report.
But Dr. Tures’ classroom dedication nearly kept him out of the spotlight.
“Believe it or not, I told him I had to call him back because I had to first
help a struggling student who is so close to graduating, and a student working
on a paper,” he said. “So I almost didn't get the interview. But he called
me back before the deadline, and interviewed me anyway.
“He was pretty impressed that a college professor would do that.”