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Stephen Kruiser


August 22, 2013 - 10:48 am

Because he says so, that’s why.

President Obama declared a crisis in the soaring cost of higher education here Thursday and unveiled a broad new plan that aims to make college education more affordable by tying federal financial aid to new college ratings.

The plan, which Obama rolled out as he opened a two-day campaign-style bus tour of college campuses, would create a rating system beginning in 2015 to evaluate colleges on tuition, the percentage of low-income students, graduation rates and debt of graduates.

Eventually, as an incentive for schools to make improvements in these areas, federal financial aid would be awarded based on those ratings. Obama said he could create the ratings system through executive action, but the plan to reallocate federal aid based on the ratings would require congressional approval.

The idea that universities should compete on economic merits isn’t a bad one, of course. Tying that competition to the lust for federal dollars in any way is always where these kinds of things get mucked up. Government rules tend to favor the government first.

No, really.

Stephen Kruiser is a professional comedian and writer who has also been a conservative political activist for over two decades. A co-founder of the first Los Angeles Tea Party, Kruiser often speaks to grassroots groups around America and has had the great honor of traveling around the world entertaining U.S. troops.

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The very best thing the federal government could do for higher education is leave it the hell alone. And that includes ending the student loan program, and replacing it with a system of scholarships based on demonstrated scholastic merit. Get the really smart kids competing with each other for federal scholarships. Let kids who can't win a scholarship, pay their own way, or go to a trade school, or enter an apprenticeship program.

As things are today, there are people attending college who have no business being there. They take out student loans, and then struggle to pay them back or simply default on them; this isn't doing anyone any good. The federal government, attempting to influence educational outcomes, simply distorts the reason for, and the cost of, higher education without out producing any favorable results.
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When He is not vacationing King Obamessiah is traveling and giving speeches.

Wash, rinse, repeat.
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Screw the number of low income students - We already know those numbers are high, because those kids attract the most Federal dollars and they're heavily recruited. How about the number of students who are paying their own way as a factor of good Universities? As a parent of 3 college students, we're very careful of where we spend our money and chose Universities that were affordable, with solid reputations in the fields our kids wanted to study.

Of course, I'm guessing that these rankings will be about as honest as the US News rankings that everyone was gaming.
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Glaringly missing from that ratings checklist is job placement.

Has anyone seen that jobs 'ball' that Obama keeps taking his eye off?
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