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College Musical Chairs

Recorded on September 9, 2011

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.

Our society gets some things backward, and we're seeing an example in college football.

When schools start playing musical chairs with conference affiliations, it makes me nervous for my alma mater—which is Baylor.

But what bothers me more is that I hear people say that anything goes, because you must do whatever it takes to further your own self-interest. I disagree. It's more important to keep your commitments and to live honorably. Isn't that something we want colleges to teach?

When schools make commitments to rely upon even other, self-interest is not an excuse to break commitments when it brings harm upon others. In the long run, keeping your word actually benefits you as well as those around you. When you see it that way, I guess keeping your commitments is actually the highest form of acting in your own interest.

From The Heritage Foundation, I'm Ernest Istook.