Sunday, April 23, 2017

Should Outrageous College Tuition Costs be Considered a “Crime”?

Many of the so-called millennial's who attend college today, are racking up debt that is out of proportion to what they receive when they finally get their diplomas. The total student debt is estimated to be over a trillion dollars and rising.

The question that must be asked, is it fair that colleges charge so much in tuition fees, as they have increased the tuition fees at 3 times the inflation rate over the past few years?

What is ironic is that many of these expensive (both private and public) colleges and universities have endowments in the many millions, and in the case of some, in the billions (especially the ultra-expensive “Ivy League” universities - ex: Harvard $37 billion and Yale $23 billion etc.) In addition to these enormous endowments, which by the way are tax-free, many (if not all) receive federal funds and grants in the millions each year, and still they continue to raise the tuition to the students attending their colleges and universities. To give you some idea as to what the U.S. Government gives to these schools in the form of federal money, here is an example:

1. Johns-Hopkins University - $1.9 billion in federal funds ($2.6 billion endowment).

2. University of Washington - $950 million in federal funds ($2.2 billion endowment).

3. University of Michigan - $820 million in federal funds ($7.7 billion endowment).

These were just a few examples of schools with billion dollar endowments who receive government funding while their tuition rates increase yearly, way above the inflation rate. Maybe these school endowments should have their yearly profits taxed like the rest of us are taxed?

Why are tuition's going up so fast? Some have blamed the fact that the government has made available to students, government guaranteed loan assistance, and that has emboldened the schools to raise tuition costs as the loans are guaranteed by the government, thereby minimizing default by its student recipients to the colleges they are attending. It is a win-win situation for the greedy colleges.

In 1976, tuition in private colleges and universities (in 2016 dollars) was $10,000. Now, they're $33,000. For public colleges and universities there was a fourfold increase from $2,500 to $10,000.

Many colleges and universities have students emerge ill-educated by comparison to the tuition paid by the student. They have trained too many of the students to be unemployed. In addition, the students come out of school as “debt slaves” where much of what they earn goes to payoff their debts. Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton, during their campaigns for president, promised to make a college education “tuition-free”, which was just campaign rhetoric to generate the college vote (totally unrealistic, and just a ploy for getting votes).

Much of these increases in tuition rates goes into a bloated administrative staff and to pay exorbitant salaries to professors and assistants. To show the “bloat” at some schools is the case of high profile professor, Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who was paid $500,000 for teaching one law class at Harvard University, so while students suffer from burgeoning tuition costs, their professors are living on the “gravy train” of inflated faculty salaries. Shouldn't some of these “gigantic” endowments be used to make the college experience less financially burdensome to the students attending their school? We have allowed the colleges to run up the tab (with government subsidies) and populate the campus with idiotic, worthless courses (mainly with a “social agenda”) and administrative bloat, and a good dose of “political correctness” mixed in.

So, it is incumbent upon us to try to stop this “cancer” on America's higher education by bringing down this outrage of excessively high tuition costs. Yes, it would be a “crime” if nothing is done to remedy this situation.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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Thursday, April 20, 2017

MORT’s meanderings

Compassion, Humiliation
and other Political dalliances.
Many of us recall with regret, the theme of former President George W. Bush’s first Presidential campaign – the well-intended attempt at fostering ‘Compassionate Conservatism’. No one understood what it meant and yet, good money was thrown after bad at the concept, in the hope that more Government giveaways would somehow, engender goodwill among men.  Pardon me while I try to purge my memory of how well all that turned out.  If I remember correctly, it was laughed off Capitol Hill.
The ‘First-black-face-in-the-White House’ crowd; the ‘Goody 2-Shoes Brigade’ and the ‘Something-for-Nothing’ crowd of delusional Democrats gave us Barack Hussein Obama and ‘Humiliation’ - in one fell swoop.  Obama, was steeped in Islamist ideology from the time he was shuttled from his rabid Socialist-Communist parents through a series of indoctrinations at the hands of various societal deviates and Islam-oriented mentors.  He was an apt student.  He became expert at using ‘Humiliation’ and intimidation as effective political tactics all the while he was engaged in the dubious pursuit of Community Organizing on the crime-ridden streets of Chicago.
As President, he honed his techniques in the use of these twin tactics of Middle East thuggery to gain advantages over his political opponents. Conversely, he eschewed ‘Compassion’.  There is no forensic evidence of his employing compassion in any situation or with anyone on his list of political enemies.  Obama paid lavish lip service to the nobler aspects of humanity however, his deeds never jibed with his insincere rhetoric - not by a long shot; not for an instant. And yet, despite the obvious failure of every piece of legislation and every tyrannical edict he forced through the Capitol ‘using his pen and his phone’ – he devastated the economy, compromised national security, decimated our military and scuttled our reputation in all the capitals of the world – he was re-elected to serve a second term. Thus, we endured 4 more years of his ineptitude at governing, aside from his highly successful, divisive treachery.  
And so. the result of the recent Presidential election was that Obama, the arrogant Narcissistic, pompous ass and his utterly corrupt, failed, former Secty of State, the infamous Hillary, were humiliated and cast aside like yesterday’s trash.  Who could have done such a thing to these smarter-than-everyone else icons?  Why, none other than millions of those insignificant. middle-class Americans who live in fly-over country and cling to their Bibles and guns.  Oh yes, and Donald J. Trump.      Heh, Heh, Heh!
               MORT KUFF  © 12-2-2013

MUST WATCH: The Real Housewives Of ISIS

Hat tip to Zvi in Israel.

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Sunday, April 16, 2017

Who Determines What is “Fair”?

“Fair”, that's the key word among the Democrats (a/k/a Liberals and Progressives) as they try to justify their quest of taking something of value (money) from the successful and giving it to the less successful, all under the guise of the term “fairness”.

What or who gives the Democrats the right to pick winners and losers? The Democrats rail against the “evil” oil companies, for example, who produce most of our usable energy needs, while they want to give taxpayer funds to “green energy” companies (ex: Solyndra etc.), many of whom have gone out of business after they got the government “Stimulus” money guarantees (remember the boondoggle of the Obama “Stimulus” in 2009?)

Is that fair?

They also demonize the “rich” as not paying their “fair share”, but never mention the fact that the top 10% of wage earners pay almost 70% of all the income taxes collected.

Is that fair?

They rail against the billionaires and millionaires, and they want to raise taxes on people who earn $200,000 ($250,000 for a married couple), who are a far cry away from the exalted income earners they mention constantly, the billionaires (like Bill Gates and Warren Buffet) and millionaires ( like the Clinton's and the Obama's).

Is that fair?

During the recent deep “recession” our country was in, Obama and the Democrat Party wanted to raise the taxes of our corporations, who already paid the highest rate in the world. We now have the distinction of being #1 again, but for the wrong reason.

Is that fair?

Within the Democrat Party, you have certain people who preach tax fairness, but who have underpaid their own taxes (ex: Tim Geithner, former Sec'y. of the Treasury under Obama; former Democrat Majority Leader Tom Daschle; and former Ways and Means Chairman, Rep. Charlie Rangel (to name just a few). Hypocrites all.

Is that fair?

When people, who are unemployed and receive many weeks of unemployment benefits, which are paid for by those who work full-time jobs, and who are trying to make ends meet through their taxes.

Is that fair?

According to the I.R.S., nearly 4 out of 10 American households pay no federal income taxes. Shouldn't everybody have some “skin in the game” by paying something?

Is that fair?

According to the CBO, federal employees receive salaries and benefits that are nearly 50% higher than those who work in the private sector, and whose taxes pay their salaries and benefits.

Is that fair?

The State of So. Carolina, a few years ago, which had a high unemployment rate, was denied, by the NLRB (controlled by the Democrats), the opportunity of having a plant built by the Boeing Company because So. Carolina was a “right-to-work” state, thereby depriving the state of thousands of potential jobs ( after Boeing made a deal with the union in the State of Washington, the So. Carolina plant was finally O.K'd).

Is that fair?

So as you can see, the people who pontificate about “fairness” are probably some of the most “unfair” people in the whole country, I'm referring to the Democrats, of course. Do we really want them or their cronies to determine what is “fair” or not?

Let's make the results of 2016 the end of an error by continuing to vote out of office in 2018 and 2020, those Congressmen and Senators that support the Marxist/Socialist policies of the Democrats.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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Thursday, April 13, 2017

Complacency Jeopardizes the Miracle called America

The degree of unrestrained hatred is approaching epidemic
proportion that is being fueled by the national media and
irresponsible government representatives who prey on their
contingency, mostly from down trodden urban communities.

Society classifies them as minorities by their ethnicity or race.
They are in the lower end of society because the upper end
has kept them there, to be used by these elitists politically.

Ignorance is the reason they are minority classified. They are
easily manipulated when they are told Conservatives are out
to get Santa Clause and all their free stuff is in jeopardy,
and they have a right to be mad with hate; but that madness has
reached a crescendo synonymous with insanity, reaching
dangerous levels where Madonna talks about blowing up the
White House and Snoopy Dogg takes a pop shot at an
effigy of President Trump. These examples create John Wilkes
Booths and Lee Harvey Oswalds.

K Street and responsible citizens cannot allow this to go on if
our country is to survive.

Complacency jeopardizes the miracle called America.

Conservative column from George Giftos

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Sunday, April 9, 2017

Win the Battle and Lose the War!

Once again Republicans showed how not to lead by failing to do what they said they would do.

They spent the last 7 years proclaiming that if the voters vote them into power, they would “repeal and replace” Obamacare. So, when given the chance by controlling the House, the Senate, and the Presidency, they failed big time.

Contrary to how the Democrats operated in passing Obamacare by voting for the bill even though they had reservations about it, the Republicans blew it. Yes, the Democrat leadership used bribery and arm-twisting, but in the end, the Democrats walked in lock step to pass the monstrosity called Obamacare. Not so with the Republicans, some being so much the ideologues, they couldn't accommodate each other to come to a consensus to pass a “repeal and replace” bill.

It is an honorable trait to have principles and to stick with them, but sometimes in order to get what you want you might have to swallow things you don't like now in order to get what you want later on.

I was a supporter of the Tea Party movement, but some of its adherents are “ideological purists” who say it's my way or the highway. No compromise, no giving up one inch of their principles for the greater good seems to be their modus operandi. It seems that the Republicans are their own worse enemies, again.

The recent failure of the bill getting rid of the disaster called Obamacare, is a perfect example. Whether or not the bill that failed was good or bad, it was a start considering that the Democrats would not go along with anything proposed by the Republicans. The rules of the Washington political establishment make proposing new legislation a difficult task to accomplish. When our leaders, in crafting legislation, have to contend with these archaic rules, it sometimes causes the instituting of reform very difficult to achieve.

President Trump tried his skill of negotiating to help pass the bill, but he couldn't overcome the rabid ideologues in his own party who wanted a bill that incorporated 100% of their ideas.

Maybe, on second thought, it might just be a blessing in disguise for the Republicans, as of now the impending implosion of Obamacare is now fully owned by the Democrats. They would have to answer to the voters (especially the the middle-class who are getting killed by enormous premiums and outrageous deductibles) that all the hoopla that they could keep their doctor, their health care plan, and that they would save $2,500 for a family of 4, were all lies and that their gloating over the Republican defeat of their proposed bill to repeal and replace, is like sticking their finger in the eye of the vast majority of the over-burdened middle-class people who are being hurt by this stupid health care bill called Obamacare.

Yes, the anti-American Health Care cadre who opposed the bill won the battle, but in the process they lost the war. You could say that the Republicans are their own worst enemy. Let's hope they can gather their thoughts and work together on getting the rest of the Trump agenda passed for the benefit of the country.

Conservative commentary by Chuck Lehmann

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