To The Daily Sun,
Jim Hightower titled his column "Time to free students from debt". It should have read, "Time to free students from debt, and put the cost on to YOU." Yup, you.
Who the hell do you think is going to pay for the kid across towns education if it isn't them. It is you. The rich are no more going to be stuck paying for higher education than they have been paying for Obamacare. The middle class has been vaporized by 20 million people stuck paying for government handouts promised by Democrats to become elected following the "never stop promising more FDR model". Where do his promises to improve equality stand? Insolvent, while inequality flourishes, and the economy stagnates desperately hunting money to fund those promises. Prosperity from Democrats is always just around the next election bend, one more promise of free away.
If colleges and universities are so concerned with skyrocketing student debt, why is it for the last 25 years they have never stopped increasing the price of their product faster than almost any in America, including health care? Does that course sound like people overcome with grief and concern their actions are burying kids in debt? It sure doesn't to me. Nothing has stopped or even slowed tuition increases. That includes over-sized, truckloads of money from the federal government and states. In fact all the evidence strongly suggests that money only escalated tuition increases. There is zero cause and effect between public funding and lower tuitions.
If solving the problem of something expensive is made simple by making it free, then let's make health care totally free for every one as well. This country is in debt up to its ever-loving eyeballs, but what's another few trillion of debt to hand down to our children. The Greek and Puerto Rico debt debacles ought to be a cautionary tale for us. But to a Democrat no amount of debt is too high. That is until they're bankrupt. A home is expensive, let's make that free for everyone. Oops, I forgot, we just tried a variation of that. Result: years of deep recession and pain. A car is expensive, let's make that free from government, too. Let America become the all-socialist, all-commune, 24/7 society so embraced by much of the Democratic Party so we can end up exactly like Greece. Free is not a solution. It is an attempt at a magnificent cover-up for self interest purposes of what is a national disaster.
College is outrageously expensive for several reasons. One is central. Education today, compared to almost every other endeavor, remains a highly inefficient place. Endless work rules, detailed labor contracts, bureaucracy and tenure (the near impossibility to fire a professor even for good cause), poor academic performance and even low graduation rates all serve the best interests of unions whose sole interest is to maintain or increase labor content in every student who graduates. If he or she doesn't graduate, that is fine, too. They will be back next semester to pay even higher tuitions, getting buried in a little more debt. There is zero incentive for colleges to do a better job, faster or more cheaply. In fact the incentive is to do the opposite. More labor, at higher wages is all that unions stand for.
Arne Duncan, Obama's Secretary of Education is appalled at the performance of higher education. He spent months putting together a proposed college rating system to make it easy to compare college and universities on key metrics like graduation rates, the percentage of students that find jobs within six months, and the relationship between the wage income of students versus college cost. High paid lobbying groups paid for by education (and your kids' tuition) went after this legislation like a mongoose after a cobra.
Colleges do not want the economic and academic disaster that is their performance as it serves students needs relative to cost and outcome publicly disclosed. Numerous colleges have single-digit graduation rates. At countless schools, 50 percent or more of students don't graduate in four years. Millions take majors offered that will lead not to jobs, but directly to bankruptcy. Colleges want all this swept under the proverbial rug, and the absolute total disaster that is their performance both economically and academically made, laughingly, free. This would be the greatest cover-up of failure of all time.
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