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Price of Obama's 'College Affordability'

Paulus Textor Wrote: Sep 16, 2012 2:36 PM
No discussion of education is complete without the libertarian view that ALL education should be private. There ought to be NO government involvement whatsoever. Furthermore, we are evolving into a modern version of the Medieval Guild System, in which entry into any given field is allowed only on approval of the guild. That is the system not only with doctors and lawyers, but even such fields as flower-arranging and hairstyling, and every other field in between. One of the most formidable lawyers in history--Abe Lincoln--never got a law degree. He learned his craft through apprenticeship. We need to get the government out of both education and restrictive guilds, if we are to reach the ideal of a free society.
"No family should have to set aside a college acceptance letter because they don't have the money," President Barack Obama told the Democratic National Convention as he accepted his party's nomination in Charlotte, N.C., this month.

That sentence -- key in Obama's "college affordability" agenda -- says everything about this administration's approach to selling itself to the American voter.

What's wrong with the message? Let me count the ways.

--It ignores reality. There is no reason a qualified poor kid cannot get into college in the United States simply because of money.

Richard J. Vedder, director of Ohio University's Center for College Affordability and Productivity,...