The Education Crisis
Well if there was any doubt in the first place concerning the intelligence of some Obama supporters this should serve nicely to dispel that…
Really? After watching that I could only think of one thing….
“Tis better to remain silent and be thought a fool, then to speak out and remove all doubt”.
Abe Lincoln 16th President of the United States.
I had to take some time to digest some of the President’s remarks from his State of the Union address before I wrote this, hence it being almost a week after the fact, but I have to ask….Did President Obama get one right in his State of the Union Address?
Wow; did I actually type that on the BoBoFiles!!? The Clown should be yanking my author rights in 5,4,3,2….
His comments about cutting Federal Aid for college funding pricked my interest, and the reason for that is simply that I’ve long said college tuition and higher education costs are completely out of control.
College tuition has out-paced the rate of inflation by margins that simply make no sense at all. I don’t have the exact figures for it at my finger tips, but one article on Fox news stated tuition had risen 8%…In one year. You can read that here: Fox News / Associated Press Article Reports in one year, a 8% raise in tuition for a public school.
Now as you read on keep in mind that 8% rise in one year is in the middle of a economy that by any measurement is growing far slower that normal and some almost 30 million Americans are out of work.
I have my own theories of why this out of control tuition situation has happened and I will get to those shortly, but before I do, does any one see the irony in Obama’s staking a position like this? Overwhelmingly the education industry in this country went for Obama. That’s simple fact. 3 of 4 College Employees, be they Professors, administrators or staff identify themselves as Democrats.
Talk about biting the hand that feeds you….As you can see in the referenced FoxNews / AP article College administrators ain’t real happy with the presidents rhetoric…
For Obama to stake out a position as he did took me by complete surprise, note here, I am not saying he is right on the subject, I tend to agree with him on the issue in part, however coma, for different reasons.
So why is the price of college rising at 8% in a single year in a faltering economy with a reported 8.5 % unemployment rate?
Two Words..First word, Oh wait, we can’t play charades on here…
Federal Student Loans.
Okay that was three. It’ Sunday morning …bear with me I’m still digesting my daily caffeine charge.
The institutions of higher learner have a golden goose, and they are loath to kill it. That Goose’s name is Federal Student “Stafford” Loans and Pell Grants , among a variety of other Federal government schemes to make college education “affordable”.
When Barak Obama took the helm in 2008, he immediately helped jack grants and Federal Loans by …go figure 8+ %.
Cause and Effect anyone?
The Universities know this, and they react accordingly, they know that Federal Goose is going to lay that golden egg every year, and they just keep on tacking on more and more costs and overhead to the price of a college education, cost of living and inflation be damned, it’ full speed ahead to belly up to the trough of Federal goodies.
A tenured professor’s average salary? In 2006, 81,491.00 According to this CNN Money article: CNN Money Article
That was 5 years ago. If you figure in a 5% raise every year, it goes to 100K with ease for 2012. The median average income for the “middle class” in 2006? 43,000 and change, and I’ll bet the average income the last 4 years has, if not stagnated to a stand still, it’s going slightly backwards because if inflation.
This Federal subsiding of the Higher Education industry has served to completely distort the market place in higher education.
Progressives are quick to scream loud and long about the “Military Industrial Complex” and the cost of the Defense budget, yet they remain strangely silent on the matter of out of control college costs. Curious don’t you think? When you look at it though, it’s not actually, it’s not curious at all, the progressives as I noted above, own the Eduction Industry.
Having said that, it becomes simply a matter of selective beliefs, ergo defense spending is a waste of money, but don’t dare cut into the ” higher education” budgets.
And we’re the ones fo0ting the bill for it, via higher taxes, and miring ourselves with 10′s of thousands of dollars in debt to obtain a degree for ourselves or our children.
Another distortion brought on by both the Federal Government and Higher Education Complex is the philosophy or conventional wisdom today that everyone needs or is “entitled” to a degree, and the simple matter of it is that mantra is nothing but hog wash. Not to be flip but the world needs ditch diggers too, just like it needs people that can build a home, build a car, fix a truck, drive a bus, weld a ship…you get the idea.
College is a privilege, not a right, and due to the education industries and Federal Government’s meddling in the market place, you now have a many headed hydra called College Tuition that outstrips the pace of inflation, is causing almost a TRILLION dollars in public debt and is churning out “graduates” that are nothing more than indebted slaves to the banks as they try to pay of staggering amounts of loans.
Some think tanks see the looming higher education debt we are amassing as the next “housing crisis”, the next house of looming debt cards that is going to collapse the economy into another deep and painful recession… and the Neros in DC fiddle while Rome burns.
So was Obama right on this one? Maybe, I don’t think he was right per say in his thought process, he seems to ignore his actions of early on and is now once again as he has so many times prior looking for a “bad guy” to pin the blame on.
His rhetoric was more of a threat to me if anything, and predictably the howls of outrage started right on cue.
I will agree though, he was right in the assessment that higher education costs are out of control and they need to be reined in, but rhetoric aside, unforgettably for Mr. Obama, he is part of the problem, not part of the cure, as evidenced by his actions early on in his Presidency which only helped to perpetuate the ongoing higher education crisis in this county.
And on that note, I’m off, I need to go wash my tree killing, diesel swilling, Prius crushing Dodge Ram… See Bobo, I’m still an evil Conservative!!
Here’s the headline from the AP
What the hell is going on these days? I don’t get it. There seems to be a huge push in the schools now to implement “anti-bullying” campaigns and to continue to wussify our kids. You know why bullying is so pervasive? Because of the freakin’ zero-tolerance policies. When I was growing up – we were taught that if anyone tries to bully you – you beat the shit out of the kid – he/she won’t bully you any longer. Now – the bully gets away with it over and over again because if you defend yourself in this zero-tolerance atmosphere – the victim gets suspended too if he fights back. What the hell kind of justice is that? It’s liberalism. In the real world – you have the right to defend yourself. In the liberal public school system – there is no justification.
Now – moving on – this was thrown out there:
Some 13 million students, about a third of all those attending school, are bullied every year, the White House said.
I do research for a living – I couldn’t find a single study anywhere out there that came up with this number. What I found consistently in many reports – and most of them were longevity studies – only about 9 – 13% of the subject students were either bullied, victims, or both. That’s hardly 33%. Is there any wonder why the U.S. is falling further and further behind the rest of the world in academics? Rather than actually teaching the kids how to read, write, and do arithmetic – they’re focusing on silly shit like tolerance, anti-bullying, being eco-friendly, and all kinds of other peripheral shit that will not help our kids.
If I’m not mistaken – these liberals practically worship Darwin and do absolutely everything they can to keep God out of our schools. Again, if I’m not mistaken – it was Darwin’s observation that only the strong and fit survive. All this wussy shit they are teaching the kids in school is upsetting that balance. You beat the shit out of a bully and the bullying stops. They’re messing up the inherent social hierarchy by not allowing “victims” to defend themselves against these bullies. Bullies would NEVER be at the top of that hierarchy if it weren’t for zero tolerance. In my day – bullies got pushed to the bottom of the pile where they belonged. Not any longer -
Bullies, seven percent of the students, are psychologically strong.
“Bullies are popular and respected: they are considered the ‘cool’ kids,” said Jaana Juvonen, UCLA professor of psychology, and lead author of “Bullying Among Young Adolescents: The Strong, the Weak and the Troubled,” published in the December issue of the journal Pediatrics. “They don’t show signs of depression or social anxiety and they don’t feel lonely.
Like I said – they fucked up the social hierarchy and now the bullies reign supreme in our school systems – is there any real wonder how this happened? My dad taught me to never back down from a bully and to beat the snot out of them….I teach my kids the same thing. My older kids were suspended a couple times for defending themselves against bullies. My one son would come home pissed off because some kids at school kept messing with him. This is what I told him:
You give them and the school three chances. The next time it happens, you tell them if they don’t leave you alone you’re gonna beat the shit out of them – then you go tell the school administrator to keep them away from you or you will defend yourself and beat the shit out of them. You only have to do that three times (FYI – being the big baseball fan that I am – I believe in the “three strikes and your out” theory). If you gave them three warnings and you notified the school three times – when it happens the fourth time – defend yourself and don’t let up until they can’t get up.
Well – it happened a fourth time – he got jumped in the locker room by four kids – he beat the shit out of all of them. He got suspended right along with them. Needless to say – I was furious when I got called to the school to pick him up. I wasn’t mad at him – I was mad at the school – and they knew it. They actually had to bring in the School Resource Officer in the room when they tried to discuss the issue with me. When they explained the “zero tolerance” policy they had against violence – I point blank asked the officer – “If this happened off school grounds – would you arrest my son and punish him?” He said he couldn’t answer the question because he was there to enforce the school’s policy and not actually there to enforce the law. That answered my question. I also threw it back at the school for allowing it to escalate to that point because it had been reported to them three times before it actually happened.
The same thing happened to one of my other sons – I told him the same thing – three strikes and they’re out. He had a couple kids messing with him the same as my other one. They jumped him at the bus stop the fourth time – he beat the shit out both of them and got suspended right along with them. The school system isn’t about justice for the victims – it’s about giving the bullies the ability to push around whoever they want because they know the good kids won’t push back because they don’t want to get suspended.
So – Obambi – boo freakin’ hoo. You libs are the cause of the problem – and you think you can fix the problem now? Here’s how you fix it – stop punishing the victims, let the bullied defend themselves, and put God back in school again.
Again! I have the great pleasure of hosting some really great posts from this past week from some really great bloggers. Bet you can’t figure what a lot of them are about?
ChristianPF presents McCain/Obama – Who is better for your money? posted at Money in the Bible | Christian Personal Finance Blog, saying, “A debate over which candidate is better for your wallet”
Actually – that’s the question posed over at this blog. It’s up to you as the commenters to debate the issue.
Having grown up in the military and serving myself – I found myself abroad on two occasions in which I had to vote absentee as well. I commend you for doing your civic duty – and from so far away at that! When I was reading your first paragraph – I had to chuckle – as that was NEVER my experience when I was in Europe! Then I got to your follow-up – good one!
Excellent post, Steve. While I am not predicting doom and gloom myself – I will agree that Obama will most definitely weaken the U.S. The Republicans lost this election because a.) McCain was a very poor choice of candidate, and b.) The Republicans forgot who they were and lost their way. They kinda forgot they were supposed to be AGAINST big government, didn’t they? This is an excellent call to conservatives and to D.C. Republicans to return to their roots.
Curry Kenworthy presents Conservatives don’t really understand elections posted at Curry Kenworthy, saying, “Conservatives are brilliant on the issues, but liberals know how to get out the vote–and change the culture.”
Eh! I sorta agree. There was a huge turnout during the Reagan years to get people involved. However, for the most part, I would agree with a lot of the rest of what you have to say. In fact, Obama used technology brilliantly as compared to the McCain campaign. You wouldn’t believe how many “MyObamaSpace” pages I came across. Apparently, they set up their own Obama campaign social network. Additionally, they collected millions of cell phone numbers and were sending out texts messages regularly on election day to get those young’ns out there to vote. The turnout was the same as in 2004 – but – they pulled the youth vote in that wasn’t there before. I think a lot of Republicans and Conservatives stayed home this year.
Now that is funny! But, let me also remind you of a few other celebrity politicians – mostly from the past: Ronald Reagan, Sonny Bono, Al Franken, Fred Grandy, P.T. Barnum (yes, THAT P.T. Barnum), Bill Bradley (former basketball player), Clint Eastwood (I lived in Monterey when he was the Mayor of Carmel), and John Glenn (former astronaut) just to name a few. The most recent ones we have are Al Franken and Jerry Springer. But, you’re right – I can’t see Jay-Z being the Mayor of NYC either. I can’t see him filling the same shoes as Bloomberg, Giuliani, Koch, and LaGuardia, just to name a few of the great ones!
Sarah Scrafford presents Obama vs. McCain: What the Next President Will Mean for Day Traders posted at Currency Trading.net.
Well, I personally don’t know much about day trading. I’m in it for the long haul. But – if I have any day traders who read this blog – there is some good info over there. While this is initially a comparison of both candidates – now that Obama has been elected – this is a good primer to follow up and see how Obama fares in the economy and what happens with the market.
TheMoneyHawk presents Reality Check: The President Can’t Save Us, Nor Should He posted at The Money Hawk, saying, “Everyone in the country needs to read this article, period.”
Ahh, yes! A financial blogger after my own heart! I’m a firm believer in personal responsibility! Most excellent post – a good read for everyone!
We’ll see! This freakin’ two year election cycle put a world of hurt on this country!
Sam Douglas presents Mandatory Internet Censorship and our Right to Choose posted at Philosophy Hurts Your Head.
You know, I read about this and heard about this on the news. I sure as hell hope they don’t try to pull this kinda shit here in the U.S. I feel bad for you Aussies. You’d think your government was being led by the Chinese or something!
Um – okay – we’ll let it slide by THIS time! If it weren’t for that little pun at the end there – I probably would have nixed this one. And..considering Thanksgiving is up next here in the U.S. – and – I just LOVE pumpkin pi – these are good tips for pumpkin growers and gardners.
OMG! Too funny – and yet – at the same time – so sad! Is this the next generation to lead our country! Lord help us.
GrrlScientist presents Living the Scientific Life (Scientist, Interrupted): Election Eve 2008 Celebration in NYC’s Times Square posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “One of the nice things about living in NYC is the fact that there are often fun things happening that are both spontaneous and free-of-charge. One of those events occurred last evening and continued through the wee hours of today, when I spent election eve in NYC’s Times Square, along with half a million other people.”
You know – when I first read this – the first thing that came to mind was the last South Park episode with half the town celebrating, getting drunk, tipping cars, and puking everywhere (especially after seeing the picture of the guy hanging on the streetlight – that’s EXACTLY what Stan’s dad did, LOL) – while the other half of the town were either hiding in bunkers or killing themselves.
Those are some great pix you have up there. My favorite is the close-up of the police officer. Excellent blend of pix to illustrate your content. I enjoyed your journey!
THIS must be what Biden was talking about! We’ll see, John! I see the cold war starting all over again under an Obama Presidency. I’m sure his weak ass will back off. After all, he’d rather TALK – which won’t mean shit to Putin!
Had a bad day did we Ron? I wish I had done as you and watched some movies instead of torturing myself through the evening watching all of that. My sentiments exactly!
David Lamb presents Riding the Wave of Recession: A history of economic depression in presidential politics posted at Killer Buffalo, saying, “I didn’t realize you did the carnival so often. I’m glad I didn’t miss my chance!”
One of my fellow bloggers from Inside Government! But – oh, David – how dare you try to tell us that Clinton left Bush with a higher debt than he started with! Don’t you know that he left office with a surplus! Rubbish! I guess all those I.O.U.’s in the Social Security till didn’t count! But, with hindsight being 20/20 – I would say that you were spot on with regards to the economic downturn being blamed on Bush as the primary reason McCain lost. Personally, I see Obama doing the same thing as Carter. While he is surrounding himself with Clinton era staff – we already know how that turned out – I think he’s going to make even worse mistakes than Clinton did. I still don’t see how those libs are able to seriously say that we had prosperity during Clinton’s reign. I guess they will always re-write history to slant their way.
Joe Hayes presents Political Jokes posted at Restoring Your Finances and Your Faith, saying, “Some really funny politically oriented jokes, just in time for the Election! Includes Barack Obama and John McCain related humor, and quotes from famous people too.”
I‘ve seen some of these before – others are new! Good one!
Well – since we don’t really have to worry about McCain’s plans – we’ll just have to see what kind of damage Obama can do to our education system. Personally, the first thing I would do is get rid of that No Child Left Behind crap! The fact of the matter is – that program is designed to leave kids behind. They force low performing kids to drop out of high school and encourage them to go for their G.E.D.s instead which gets those from bringing their scores down. Not only that – but rather than teach the kids the basics – the schools are teaching to the test instead.
I think his most dangerous plan is to force ALL student loans through the government – just growing Government again! We know what his unflinching support for Fannie & Freddie did.
Raymond presents My Vote Does Not Matter Because I Do Not Live In A Swing State posted at Money Blue Book.
Personally, I think every vote counts. However, I do agree with you that our Electoral College system of voting needs to either be changed or completely eradicated. But – while you might think your vote doesn’t matter nationally – it DOES matter locally – and – does have an impact nationally when voting for your Representatives and Senators!
GrrlScientist presents Sarah Palin: In her own words posted at Living the Scientific Life, saying, “Sarah Palin’s greatest hits: Proof that all a woman needs to succeed in America is a pretty face and a tight ass.”
I think you guys are being WAAY to hard on Sarah. She’s a lot more intelligent than you guys realize. The problem is that the McCain camp scripted her. I’ve seen her in action prior to her being selected as VEEP. When she’s not scripted – she comes off real classy. There’s a reason why she has a 90% approval rating in her state – and it’s not because she’s hot!
What you may not know is that during the entire election cycle – she held a security clearance higher than both Obama and McCain. She’s briefed daily on the National Security Intelligence because of Alaska’s proximity to Russia. She had inside knowledge that neither Obama or McCain had. Obama is just now getting those daily briefings that she receives every day as the Alaskan governor. The Alaskan National Guard and the U.S. Air Force in Alaska are on 24/7 alert because of Russia. She knows the compliment and capabilities of the entire military forces at her disposal. Russia is a real threat – and – she’s 100% correct when she was talking about Russia in American/Alaskan air space every time the take off. (I have inside knowledge on that as well).
Regarding her comments regarding the job of the VP – according to the U.S. Constitution – she’s 100% correct about that as well! You might want to go back and read that document.
Her biggest problem regarding all those other interviews was that she got caught up in the talking points that she was required to stay on. I hope one day you get an opportunity to see her in action without the cue cards. You might change your opinion about her.
Alli presents Rahm Emanuel Advocates Compulsory Civil Service posted at The Smoking Argus, saying, “As previously reported, then Democratic Presidential candidate, Barack Obama while speaking in Colorado this past July, stated:
“We cannot continue to rely only on our military in order to achieve the national security objective that we’ve set. We’ve gotta have a “Civilian National Security Force” that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded.””
Excellent post Alli. I’ve lived overseas where military service is compulsory. I would hate to see this happen in this country – even in a Civilian National Security Force. Sounds kinda like Hitler’s Brown Shirts to me. Also – wasn’t it JFK that instituted the draft? It seems to me those loony liberals who are supposed to be all about civil liberties and freedom are the first ones to push FORCED service to the country.
Steve Faber presents How Will President Barack Obama Change What You Drive? posted at super gas saver, saying, “One thing about Obama, he has ambition. He also has an agenda to go along with it. A part of that will definitely have an impact on your choice of vehicle in the future.”
Bwahahaha! That’s some pretty funny shit! Oh – wait – you were serious! Hey, I’m all for getting better mileage to the gallon and all – but – not at the expense of our economy. These are some pretty lofty plans that you have outlined over at your place. But, I don’t see it happening – especially the plug-in hybrids. We are sooooo far away from having an efficient fuel-cell battery that 2015 is not even foreseeable. We could have more oil and natural gas in production to fuel this country economically before that would ever happen.
Also – that use it or lose it lease program – in case you aren’t aware – the oil companies would LOVE to lose those leases they have. There’s no oil in them – but – the government forces them to continue to hold on to them and pay them for these bad leases. They’ve been explored and have been found to be empty. The problem is – the government won’t lease the areas that HAVE the oil in them because they don’t want the oil companies drilling. As a consumer – I would LOVE for those oil companies to lose those bad leases as well – it would help to bring down the price of gas.
Anyway – for those of you who don’t know Obama’s plans – this is a great place to find out! See if you agree with it.
DWSUWF presents President Barack Obama – Let the healing begin. posted at Divided We Stand United We Fall, saying, “Barack Obama will indeed unify the left with the far left, pull in the moderate left, and be the President that speaks clearly for the entire sweeping 52% mandate they represent. Congratulations to the moderate, centrist, libertarian, and conservative blogging brethren who embraced Obama’s rhetoric of change and hope. You got what you hoped for!”
Oh how correct you are! BTW – I watched that South Park episode the other night. If you haven’t seen the whole thing – it’s freakin hilarious! Now – back to the regularly schedule program. Don’t you just love the way the left is throwing out their olive branches and embracing EVERYONE in this country! You have some great examples there of just how much love the left has and how they will do what they need to do to help unify and bring everyone together for the good of this country! Oh, I sure HOPE when they realize the CHANGE Obama has in mind is not the CHANGE they HOPED for – they don’t start blaming it on we Conservatives – considering we’re the minority now and have absolutely no power in D.C.!
U.S. Common Sense presents Open letter to Barack Obama posted at U.S. Common Sense, saying, “This one has already been picked up by Reuters and Palm Beach Post. It is a letter welcoming and warning Obama on his entrance into the White House.”
Excellent letter! How the heck do you get picked up by Reuters? This is a great read for all.
Funny stuff – I’d like to add lucky #13 here – Start off everyone one of your statements to your co-workers with “My friend,” and then make sure to reference all other co-workers as “that one.”
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