FT169: “College is more about making Democrat voters than giving students marketable skills.” —Old Pithy
Another Big Reason why College Tuition has been Soaring is because of Public Sector Unions
College tuition is rising. With increases greater than the rate of inflation. With some tuition costs growing greater than costs in health care. There are many reasons for this. Unlike private sector business colleges cannot produce more with less. That is, they cannot use productivity gains to educate more students with fewer professors. Auto manufacturers can use robots to replace people on the assembly line. Reducing wage, pension and health care costs. The biggest costs that go into a car.
Universities are big campuses with lots of buildings that basically do one thing. Sit students down in front of a professor. This hasn’t change since the first days of higher education. The only things that have changed are the buildings are a lot nicer. And university employees all have better pay, pensions and health care than they used to have. Which is why tuition costs keep rising. For universities, unlike auto manufacturers, can’t speed up their assembly lines by using robots instead of people. But it’s not only the auto manufacturers and the universities that have high labor, pension and health care costs.
Another big reason why university tuition has been soaring is because of public sector unions. Who have negotiated some extremely generous union contracts. Cities and states everywhere are drowning under the costs of their labor, pension and health care costs. Forcing them to cut back spending elsewhere to pay for those generous public sector union contracts. So they’re cutting back on their subsidies for higher education. And what the state cuts the universities just tack on to the student’s tuition bill.
Universities lure High School Kids into College with Promises of a Big Paycheck for an Easy Degree
Today’s tuition costs will saddle a student with the kind of debt that can pay for a house. A very big house. One of those McMansions. Depending on where you go to college. Which is all well and fine if a student gets a high-paying job after graduating. Sadly, though, a lot aren’t. A lot are taking jobs that they could have gotten out of high school. Without that massive student loan debt. Debt they will be paying for a long, long time. Making it very difficult for them to buy a house and start a family. And the reason for this is too many students are taking degrees with no market value in a high-tech economy.
Today’s businesses are looking for people with a strong science and math background. For this is what businesses in a high-tech economy need. Not people with degrees in anthropology. Philosophy. Women’s studies. Art history. Comparative literature. Communication. Or a myriad of other degrees that a business just can’t use. Yet our universities are selling these degrees. Telling their prospective students who don’t want the heavy math load a science and engineering degree requires that these other degrees are just as good. And that they, too, can have that big paycheck. Just like engineers and chemists and doctors and physicists. All they need is a student loan. And the world can be their oyster.
So these kids starting their adult lives start that life by making one of the worst decisions of their lives. Because they really want to go to college. For the fun. Universities lure these high school kids into higher education. Appealing to them as adults. Who can live away from home out from under the judgmental eyes of their parents. For on a college campus there is a lot of fun to be had. Sex. Drugs. Alcohol. And health services. Such as birth control and access to abortion services. For all the consequence-free fun a high school graduate could ever ask for. This is the bait. And all they have to do to have all of that grownup fun is to borrow enormous sums of money that they will probably never be able to pay back.
Liberals say You should Never Rush to Judgment, Especially if we can’t Blame Conservatives
For the universities, though, it’s not just the money. For their curriculum is the product of those Sixties’ radicals. Who tried to overthrow capitalism. And replace it with communism. As they were never able to incite the workers’ revolt in the United States they changed tack. And continued their revolution from the inside. By becoming college professors. Who eventually got tenure. And went on to write the curriculum. Basically an anti-capitalist, America is responsible for all the world’s problems and an anti-religious/anti-tradition curriculum. Hence the socially liberal campus where anything goes. And those college degrees that have no market value. That advanced a relentless attack on capitalism and business. And made their students eschew American greatness.
This curriculum has helped President Obama win reelection despite a horrific economic record. And a brutal attack on the American mission in Benghazi. The result of a failed foreign policy that tried to make nice with America’s enemies. Who have been trying—and at times succeeding—to kill Americans. The Fort Hood shooting by a radical Islamist. The underwear bomber (failed Islamist plot). The Times Square bomber (failed Islamist plot). As well as other smaller and lesser known incidents. Both successful and failed Islamist plots. Then Benghazi. And the death of 4 Americans. Despite earlier witnessing an increase of anti-Western violence in the city. A resurgent al Qaeda. And an anniversary date holy to radical Islam. 9/11. The U.S. mission in Benghazi requested additional security. The Obama administration denied it as it would not fit the 2012 campaign meme. ‘Osama bin Laden is dead. And General Motors is alive.’ President Obama had won the War on Terror with the killing of bin Laden. Therefore, they couldn’t have a terrorist attack in Benghazi before the 2012 election. So the Obama administration made up the story about an anti-Islamic YouTube video that led to a spontaneous protest in front of the U.S. mission. A protest that naturally got out of hand when the people pulled RPGs and mortars out of their pockets and started a military assault on the American compound.
The Obama administration then started to disseminate the lie. They sent Secretary Rice to the Sunday morning television shows with severely edited talking points to downplay any role of radical Islam. Then President Obama and Secretary Clinton made numerous public statements denouncing that YouTube video. Even made a video to air in Pakistan. And the mainstream media, the product of that anti-capitalist, America is responsible for all the world’s problems and anti-religious/anti-tradition curriculum never questioned anything. They just dutifully carried the administration’s water. And now that signs of a cover-up are coming out the administration is saying the only reason why they made any edits to those talking points was to prevent anyone from rushing to judgment. Something they say we should never do. Especially if we can’t blame conservatives. Or Christians. Like they did with the YouTube video that proved to be a red herring. And as they—and their friends in the mainstream media—have rushed to judgment in the past. By quickly blaming radical conservatives for every other massacre. Only to see it turn out to be someone who wasn’t a conservative. But a radical Islamist(s) instead. Or someone suffering from mental illness.
Of course this wouldn’t be possible without higher education. Where college is more about making Democrat voters than giving students marketable skills. One could even blame those deaths in Benghazi on that anti-capitalist, America is responsible for all the world’s problems and anti-religious/anti-tradition curriculum. (As well as being the reason why these kids can’t find any high-paying jobs; the vote for anti-business Democrat candidates whose policies discourage economic growth.) Because protecting Americans in Benghazi would have been bad for the Democrats in 2012. So perhaps we should be addressing the high cost of higher education. And follow the example of the automotive industry. By producing more graduates with fewer professors. And put an end to the liberal Shangri la of the college campus. By replacing the bulk of higher education with online studies. For if a 15-year old girl can make medical decisions about the morning after pill by reading the contents of the packaging without consulting a doctor or parent then she can get her higher education online. Without all the fun. Or student loan debt.
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