Nation of Intellectual Chump Change
Topic: Liberal Fascism
Check out this pathetic whine from David Sirota, writing for that ever-hilarious radical rag, Nation of Change:
N+1 magazine notes that since the late 1970s, when [GOP presidential candidate Rick] Santorum was enjoying his taxpayer-subsidized higher education, "the price of tuition at U.S. colleges has increased over 900 percent." In 2011, that meant the average total cost of a year at a public university was $21,477, up 5.4 percent in just 12 months. Thanks to cuts to programs that make college and vocational education more affordable—cuts Santorum supported in Congress—those tuition increases promise to get even steeper in the coming years, all but ensuring that a future college student will have even more than the $25,250 in education debt that today's average student carries.
Let’s unpack this idiocy. If you believe Sirota, college tuition has gone up 900% since the late 1970s in part because of “cuts to programs.” Apparently if Congress cuts (or, to be accurate, moderates the rate of growth) of a higher education program, that causes colleges and universities to raise tuition. Presumably, therefore, if Congress spent more on such programs, colleges and universities would lower their tuition. Right?
Now don’t try telling me that I’m distorting Sirota’s argument. Here it is again, in his own words: “Thanks to cuts to programs that make college and vocational education more affordable…tuition increases promise to get even steeper in the coming years.” You could conclude from this that Dave is a moron, but I think he’s just intellectually lazy. People like him have no respect for their audience and see no need to cobble together a plausible argument.
Sirota never points a finger at the true culprit: the vociferous, greedy, money-grubbing monster called “higher education.” Students and their families—and, not incidentally, the American taxpayer—get hosed big time by higher ed, and progressives like Sirota blame conservatives! He goes on at great and boring length the evils of conservative economics—with nary a word of criticism for the schools that are actually jacking up tuition and fees, not to mention the liberal politicians who feed the beast. This from a guy who no doubt tossed a blood clot when Bank of America tried to raise ATM fees.
As far as I know, not one Occupy protest has been directed against the Ivory Tower itself. This smelly mob of postmodern proles isn’t at all concerned about the evils of this academic con game. They just want to shift the costs of it onto hard-working taxpayers who weren’t so stupid as to assume a debt load of $20,000 for a master of fine arts degree in puppetry. You know what, Dave? Screw you.
Posted by tmg110
at 5:10 PM EST
Updated: Tuesday, 6 March 2012 10:37 AM EST