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Saturday, August 24, 2013

No Federal Role In Education? Really?

Government officials like to promise the voters everything because it looks good on paper and sounds good around election time. But are these guys ever going to think about the logistics of how these promises would have to be handled to come true? If you listen to what Charlie Rangle and President Obama said this week regarding education I think the answer must be a solid no.

On Martin Bashir's show on MSNBC Representative Rangle actually said he didn't think anyone should have to pay for college. The President had recently laid out a proposal for institutions and students who accept federal financial aid assistance to follow certain guidelines.  Rangle thought his proposal didn't go far enough. “There is no reason why a young person should have to pay for college education, because who does it benefit except a nation?" There apparently is no personal benefit to a college education.

Even more critical in Rep Rangle's statements was this line, "I think it’s exciting, and certainly it’s going to bring in accountability." There folks is the crux of the matter. The federal government WANTS everyone to be accountable to them, and giving out your tax dollars is how they plan to make that happen.

The President's views on education are even more disturbing if you factor in what he said about law degrees this week. "I believe that law schools would be wise to think about being two years instead of three years." Any time this administration says it thinks people would be wise to listen to them, I can't help but think a little of Don Corleone. These ideas tend not to be suggestions.

Where does Washington think it got the power to dictate degree requirements? If you listen closely you will hear the answer. "If we give you money then you are accountable to us and we have the authority to decide anything for education."

Hillsdale college is looking better and better these days.

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