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Higher education has more than 1,000 lobbyists in Washington

To The Daily Sun,

For the past quarter century American taxpayers and tuition payers have watched education quality decrease and costs increase. Solutions from academics always have one general theme, higher taxes and more trillions to education. It takes no Einstein to see that approach has failed badly.

Living standards impacted by stagnant wages combined with higher education costs have squeezed millions from Main Street. The student debt tab is now a record $1.3 trillion while bankruptcies related to that debt are exploding nationally. All while education has opposed every reform suggested that aims to improve efficiency in education to deliver a better product at a lower cost. The Democrats' solution to this national scandal is to hide the disaster by making college free. What a slap across the face for the tens of millions of families that have sacrificed dearly for the last 100 years to put their kids through college.

I won't accept the Democrats' solution for failure, neither should anyone else. Free college converts moral hazard, into moral disaster for the nation, not just the recipients. If "free" absolves failure, then lets make everything in life free.

Higher education is as much a bully in Washington, D.C., as any major industry In America. Education is as politically connected as any business entity in Washington. We all know "politically connected" is code for corrupted influence selling. Few Americans are aware higher education has more pin-stripe, influence-peddling, highly paid, lobbyists in Washington than insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, energy companies, the hospital industry and the finance industry.

Higher education spends more money on lobbying to protect its self interest than almost any private enterprise business in America, including the most hated one, big oil. Higher education, has more than 1,000 lobbyists in Washington, paid hundreds of millions of dollars. Every dollar of which is paid for by ever higher tuition and more debt on your kids' shoulders. Last year government handed out more than $160 billion to higher education. The money has had one effect, higher tuition. Every dime of those federal billions has been spent to increase wages, grow administration and buy higher education greater political clout, rather than reduce tuition costs. Higher education always wants more train loads of tax payer and tuition money while promising nothing in return.

Let me relate this on going story. Even Barack Obama has his "hair on fire" with what he and and his Education Secretary Arne Duncan have seen with the failed results from higher education. Even tight-lipped Obama has spoken critically about a very Democratic voting bloc. It takes a lot for Obama to criticize people that keep Democrats in office, but he sees the harm and the swindle of it, as do many millions of others. Obama said "government is not getting good value for its education buck, it needs a much bigger bang." That puts it kindly.

He and Duncan put together legislation to make the assessment of college performance easier to understand for students and parents. They wanted booklets summarizing information on graduation rates, average length of time to graduate, job placement percentages and income statistics to aid in determining just how well colleges are doing their job. Obama even criticized college accrediting boards saying in essence they were asleep, not doing their jobs. College accrediting is a 100 percent con job on the public aimed first to keep colleges open, even the worst performing ones while keeping higher education employment at its maximum. The boards in truth are not some impartial judge protecting consumers from bad actors. Accrediting boards rarely close down poorly performing colleges to any degree that induces others to improve performance. This makes them a paper tiger and toothless overseer to protect consumers spending hundreds of billions and the government doing the same to get a quality education. What we get are colleges with single digit graduation rates that stay in business year in and year out and bankrupt students by the truck load.

Addressing the recent Obama threat, higher education went into high gear offense. Lobbyists immediately and over whelming mobilized opposition to this information request the same way America would if it were being invaded by Putin. All hands on deck, deploy millions, meet all politicians, threaten support and donations, cajole, scream, do what eve, but get this Obama legislation stopped at all costs. Higher education can not be made do be held accountable to anyone for its failure. Surely not government, surely not students, surely not parents and most of all not the public.

Idiots want to cover up all this self-interest, higher education corruption, and make it free. If we do, the $160 billion will go to $500 million while student debt still rises and quality lags. Education is never going to create a better product for less money when we keep sending them hundreds of billions and refuse to require them to perform for it. They will spend a trillion on lobbyists if that is what takes to stop from being held accountable.

Tony Boutin
Gilford

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I apologize for the hardship this tax rate in causing Gilmanton

To The Daily Sun,

Dear Gilmanton taxpayers:

In public input at the Gilmanton Board of Selectmen's Meeting on November 16, a few taxpayers voiced their unhappiness. There were questions and concerns but at no time did anyone ask for a board member to step down. Reference Tuesday's Laconia Daily Sun.
The 2015 tax rate is based on the operating budget, warrant articles voted in, revenue and the Board of Selectman applying funds from the non-designated fund balance.
Revenue is one part of the equation. It is my job to ask why it was not adjusted.
I have used all the resources available to better understand and help explain this tax rate.
Isn't the past town administrator a resource? Why do selectmen Hatch and Jean have an issue with using this resource? With the Academy flood, simple questions concerning billing for work and human resource questions have been answered by the past administrator.
The move by Selectmen Jean and Hatch, to remove me as chairman, was nothing more than censorship.
As your selectman, I will continue asking questions that need to be asked. As your selectman, knowing the hardship this tax rate has caused ... I apologize.


Don Guarino

Selectman, Town of Sanbornton

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