Tom’s Thoughts on the State of the Union address
George Washington and John Adams delivered their State of the Union address in person while Thomas Jefferson sent written messages. According to the Congressional Research Service, Jefferson’s action “was intended to simplify a ceremony that he believed to be an aristocratic imitation of the British monarch’s Speech from the Throne, and thus unsuitable to a republic
Nixon skipped his address in 1973 and Eisenhower missed his in ’56 due to a heart attack. Lyndon Johnson’s was the first to be televised. Ronald Reagan began the tradition of inviting and paying tribute to ordinary citizens who had done admirable things.
President Obama will deliver his 6th SOTU Tuesday night. His 1st address in ’09 drew 52M viewers and has decreased each year, with last year’s drawing 33M.
Obama will take credit for an improving economy when oil and gas has created more jobs in the last 6 years than all other industries combined … despite his policies. Our president will advocate for bigger government and higher taxes. Blah, blah, blah….
I gather from Obama’s “free” community college proposal that his plan for dealing w the Republican Congress over the next two years is to throw out ridiculously expensive ideas no one has ever heard of before, and then denounce Republicans for being naysayers.
Community college is already incredibly inexpensive. The only thing that will jack up the price is making it “free.” How about a big federal program to provide every American w free toilet paper? Coincidentally, that’s about all most college degrees are good for these days.
Obama’s moronic proposal has presented the GOP with a fantastic opportunity. Since he brought it up, how about Republicans get to the bottom of why college is so expensive?
The cost of a college education has increased by more than 1,000% only since 1978. Nothing else has gone up that much — not health care, consumer goods or home prices. The explosion in college tuition bears no relation to anything happening in the economy.
Would anyone argue that colleges are providing a better education today than in 1978? I promise you: People coming out of college in the 50’s knew more than any recent Yale graduate — unless we’re only counting knowledge of sexual practices once considered verboten.
They’re teaching gender studies, ethnic studies, moral equivalence, and hatred of America. Did the Japanese Really Start World War II or Did We? It’s worse than not reading Shakespeare. They’re reading Shakespeare for homosexual imagery. As Yale professor Daniel Gelernter says, colleges are “threatening to become an elaborate, extremely expensive practical joke.”
The fact that 80% of Weathermen — the violent 60’s radicals — are full college professors tells you all you need to know about the state of higher education today.
The cost of college spirals continuously upward not because the product has gotten better — it’s gotten much, much worse == but because college loans are backed by the taxpayer.
The government is chasing its tail every time it increases student financial aid. If the government hiked college loans and subsidies by $1 million per student, colleges would promptly raise tuition to: [current tuition] plus $1 million.
Americans are being bamboozled into paying any price for a college degree because they are relentlessly told that if they don’t go to college, their lives will be hell. And they’re told this not only by the colleges, but by the government.
The sales pitch is manifestly false. According to an article by Adam Davidson in the New York Times magazine last June, “more than half of recent college graduates are unemployed or underemployed, meaning they make substandard wages in jobs that don’t require a college degree.” Evidently, most jobs don’t depend on a degree in women’s studies.”
More than a third of college graduates, Davidson says, will never make enough money to repay their student loans.
If any other business made such false claims about a product, there would be massive congressional hearings, media denunciations and prison sentences for the CEO’s. A college degree is the most expensive purchase most families will ever make, other than their home.
Right before our eyes, Democrats are colluding w colleges to create a market bubble for an increasingly worthless product, and they’re doing it by making the exact same promise that banks made about home mortgages before the housing market crash: Sure it’s a lot, but it’s an investment in your future!
Instead of hauling college administrators to court, Democrats are active participants in the fraud, acting as Big Education’s carnival barkers. It’s as if the government is telling people: “If you don’t smoke, you’ll never be cool.”
Why is the left not willing to admit that education is an industry, just like Lockheed Martin, Enron or Philip Morris? Democrats love to rail about the high costs of everything else — pharmaceuticals, health care, mortgages, missile systems, contraception and so on. College is a business, too — a cartel that fixes prices, preys on teenagers and lies to consumer.
But liberals won’t make a peep about the College Industrial Complex because college professors are brainwashing students into leftist politics. Every year, another 10 million graduates emerge, hating God, their parents, America and Republicans. For this, parents are spending $50,000 a year.
The education industry is how leftists make capitalists pay for socialism. It was a smart move for cultural Marxists to capture the country’s education establishment. GOOD THINKING, CULTURAL MARXISTS!
It’s not the fault of the students that they’re getting a crappy product at inflated prices. They’ve been lied to by shady education peddlers, including the Democratic Party.
Let’s see if the middle class is more interested in the cost of college tuition or the Democrat’s endless global warming initiatives.
New, notes and whatever:
- Why is California broke? The Orange County Register reported in 2011, the city of Newport Beach had fourteen full-time lifeguards, with thirteen of them earning more than $120,000 a year in total compensation. More than half the lifeguards collected more than $150,000 for 2010 with the two highest-paid collecting $211,451 and $203,481 in total compensation respectively.
- Hope you can see the recently released hit from Clint Eastwood, American Sniper. It’s the story of Navy Seal, Chris Kyle. After a huge box office debut, Breitbart says, “Obviously our provincial box office gurus under-estimated the American people’s desire to see their warriors, wars, and country properly honored and honestly portrayed.” [youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=99k3u9ay1gs[/youtube]
- Congratulations to Houston Astros Craig Biggio on his recent induction in to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Way to go Bigg!
- George Bernard Shaw — “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.“