Written on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by Chris Gadsden
It seems that things are about to heat up again in the Occupy-everything culture and, if all I am seeing is correct, a large contingent of the disgruntled participants (other than burnout hippies, union thugs and anarchists) will be made up of current or recent students. These kids, instead of appreciating the incredible gift they are afforded with this educational opportunity, have decided to take to the streets to demand education, any education, for free as if it were a right. Everywhere we turn, these spoiled brats pretend they know anything about the real world, how industry works, or the struggles and sacrifices our forefathers endured to provide the bounty we enjoy. Instead of learning, they drink the kool-aid of leftist professors, most of which prove the adage “Those that cannot do, teach.” I would have more respect for the Occupiers if they were smart enough to have a coherent, well-constructed message. Robbing from the rich and giving to the poor sounds great but, as recent interviews prove, the students are not willing to share their good grades with the failing students in class. If they support the misplaced idea of hard-working Americans having to share the fruits of their labors with the lazy, they should be required to do the same, right?
How did we allow such a failure, right under our noses? The education system is in shambles and it is because of government interference and money, not due to the need for more. Staggering statistics from 2010 show that, since the Department of Education began in 1980, the cost of higher education has risen over 400%, far faster than health care or any other segment of society. Why is this? For most of our history, unconstitutional and poorly supervised vast sums of money have been made available though the Federal government to schools. The schools simply take the money as a bonus by increasing their charges, knowing student loans will pay. FDR, Lyndon Johnson, Carter, Clinton and now obama have all vastly increased the slush fund for institutions of learning though, time after time, studies and common sense have shown that cash is not the answer. While the Democrats have been the worst offenders, especially with Carter’s egregious founding of the DoED (itself nothing more than his payoff to the teacher’s union for their first ever political endorsement), Republicans have been at great fault as well. Losing Reagan’s demand to abolish the needless department and return control to the States, both Bushes embraced government intrusion into education and it led to No Child Left Behind and the like.
The money from the government simply leads to schools absorbing the funds and eliminating the need to modernize, become more competitive, or defray costs to students. A perfect parallel to today’s plight was the 1944 creation of the GI Bill. The “well-meaning” government shoveled millions into a poorly regulated fund and, of course, most bastions of higher education began charging GIs more or simply inventing students and courses to steal the money. Now we have dozens of other avenues by which the Federal government dumps money into the laps of schools that are content to suck at the public teat. Student loans and Pell Grants (payments to most students from the government that do not have to be repaid) are just two examples and have doubled their payments just since obama took office. Times change but the problems do not. Clinton’s Education Secretary, Dick Riley, admitted that his Department was “worse than lax” and wasted billions annually. Do any of us think the problem has gotten any better since then?
Based on these facts, if there is anywhere students should be picketing and occupying, it is the administration offices of their schools for they are getting royally raped. Their schools are stealing tax dollars by increasing costs which they know the government will pay through loans. That leads to a large number of clueless college graduates with $100,000+ in loans to be repaid and hopes of, maybe, finding a job paying $30,000 a year if they are lucky. It is a crime what the universities and government are perpetrating upon these intentionally clueless kids.
How do we fix it? How do we raise smart, responsible students that appreciate their history and have the ability to compete on a global stage? There are extreme but common sense steps to take that would allow true educational reform in America, thus allowing our country to regain leadership in this field:
These are just a few common sense steps that would get us on the right track and we are running out of time. If we judge by the Occupy crowd, we are guilty of raising completely spoiled idiots. I used to think the phrase “I weep for our future” was a bit heavy-handed but, the older I get, I find it is an understatement.
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As the sixth-great grandson of American patriot and Revolutionary War hero Christopher Gadsden, I feel it is my duty to speak fondly of America’s greatness and stand ready to defend her against all adversaries. Sadly, I must rail against the vileness and evil of the leftists, progressives, Marxist, socialists and idiots in general now threatening to destroy our great nation. If you support this aim, please spread the word.