posted on May, 28 2004 @ 03:54 PM
Phoenix & BT, BRAVO!
In just a few minutes, we can all come up with solutions that don't necessarily rely on the Govt.'s teat. And that was precisely one of points I was
trying to establish earlier. Americans have fallen into a trap with our overall affluence. Whenever we see a problem, some social ill, we throw money
at it and hope it goes away, all the while, blaming everybody but the guilty.
Don't have any money? That's okay, blame the rich, they took it all. And, if you let us tax them a lot, we can give you a chunk of the cash.
Don't have a job? No problem! Evil corporations are clearly taking the jobs to cheaper labor pools in foreign countries. Never mind that you have no
marketable skills to offer a company. Here's a check, now let's penalize the corporations, the jugular vein of the American job market.
Okay, sarcasm over for the moment (although I reserve the right to return to SARCON 3 if the situation warrants).
I keep harping on education because I believe that controlling access to education is one of very first steps to creating a Caste System in any
country. If you keep the majority stupid, you can control them much easier. That is why I am always so angry about the rising costs of tuition. I am
so glad I have my degrees, but my plans to go back to school for more now have to be set aside until it is more economically feasible. But, does the
fault lie in the Govt. for not giving out enough loans? I think not. Almost anyone who meets the financial requirements (or really, the lack of
financial requirements) can get Federal Aid. I think the fault lies with the institutions for increasing the prices with no increase in the quality of
Part of why we are losing jobs to foreign outsourcing is that companies cannot find the tech-savvy they need here in the US. Instead, they have to go
to foreign countries and foreign workers. That is a direct indictment of the quality of undergrad/grad. education in this country. The colleges are to
blame, not the Fed.
Normally, I am all about Adam Smith's ideals of laissez-fare (hands-off) government with regards to regulating free trade. However, in some cases, a
limited interference is warranted. I think mild price controls are in order for the university system in this country. They are egregiously
I look at liberal plans to help, and all I see is, throw more money at it. Typically universities are churning out liberal ideas and suppressing more
conservative ideas. Thus, liberals have no reason to try and change the system. It is doing what they want. It is limiting entrance to many people
with its high costs, and at the same time, championing liberal ideals.
Conservatives on the other hand, are so scared of govt. involvement of any kind, that they would rather sit back and complain about it than do
anything. They fear fixing it because they might piss off their constituents who don't want any increase in govt., even if it means an overall
decrease in govt. in the long run.
And, there is a larger problem. Our society has become less-and-less performance-centric, and more driven by self-esteem. Our children don't learn
the material they should, only the material that will help them score high on ACT and SAT. They get their parents to sue the schools if they
plagiarize, and generally worry more about being politically correct than factually correct. They learn revisionist history and new age hooey from
teachers who are petrified constantly that their slightest mistake of word choice or reading assignment will get them canned, sued or worse. We have
taught the younger generation that it's okay if you don't work, if you B!T@H enough, you'll get what you want.
I used to say, "just wait 'til you get to the 'real world,'" but that won't work anymore. Their world, the US, is exactly the same as what we
taught them to expect. The only problem is, corporations and employers don't respect or appreciate this kind of nonsense, so they take their jobs to
places where students learn the fundamentals, and learn to work hard in order to be successful.
We have coddled ourselves right out of our jobs.
That said, why put more money into a failing educational system. Why not look at the failures, learn from them, and FIX the problems, instead
of lamenting the govt.'s failure to put more money into a broken system.
That's why, while I agree with you BT about many of the points you made, I have to applaud the decision to pull money out of failing enterprises. One
of my degrees is in Business, and from that perspective, it is the right thing to do. Pull the money out. Plug the leak, and move in different
I just hope that the administration will take the opportunity to examine the failed systems, and create workable, useful solutions that will benefit
all Americans (and hopefully cost a lot less).