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About 80-90% of Division 1 FBS football programs *lose* money. The justification for paying "football" or "basketball" players vs. paying baseball or soccer or volleyball players is that they're supposedly making money. But, by a huge margin, most lose money. Do you plan to pay female volleyball players, too? If not, why not? If you pay athletes to play sports, they're no longer amateurs - and if they're no longer amateurs, they can't play college athletics. This is all pretty simple - if they want to play professional sports, let them - for professional leagues. I think the fairer question is "Should athletes be offered 'scholarships' at all?" With only a few exceptions, the cost of their programs exceed the revenues - so, everyone else must pay higher tuition.
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College Isn't For Everyone

squiddy Wrote: Apr 07, 2014 12:56 PM
oops - "...far too few avenues available for obtaining these skills."
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College Isn't For Everyone

squiddy Wrote: Apr 07, 2014 12:51 PM
The selling of "college" by higher education and the government has been altogether too successful at painting a dire future for non-college attendees - hardly a month goes by without some "study" showing college graduates earning riches, while non-college-graduates are mired in a life of economic desperation digging ditches. College has its place - and making it more affordable is a worthy ambition, albeit without just pouring more subsidies into it, via increased loan availability, which, paradoxically, only make it more expensive. Unfortunately, this campaign of promoting college has been at the expense of trade and technical education. Years ago, such training was readily available - in most localities, it's now little more than the avenue of last resort for those too mentally deficient, or too behaviorally-challenged to attend "regular" high school. For most, only the military provides this option, but that's too few, and fully subscribed, and with military downsizing on the horizon, an even smaller percentage of the population will be able to go that route. We desperately need to rebuild our trade and technical education availability -as it stands, most of the training now is from for-profit institutions of questionable quality and crippling costs. We need to re-invest in technical training for high-school and post-high-school students. Doing so will not only enable us to have more employable young people, it will also relieve the pressure to attend college, which will tend to reduce the upward pressure on colleges. It would be a win all the way around - a better-skilled workforce, from top to bottom, reduced costs for those who do attend college, and ultimately, reduced costs for society - young people working in higher-skilled jobs means higher pay, and less dependence on social safety net programs. Training someone in a skill that will earn them $20-30/hour and paying taxes is far better than them having no skills at all, and deciding to become "disabled" or take up crime. But it can't happen with an incremental approach - the upfront investment will be large. Take some of the money for things like "Race to the top" and "Common Core", and invest, instead, in programs with a much faster payback period. Carpentry, plumbing, HVAC, auto mechanics, computer skills, welding, steamfitting, machinists, jet engine mechanics, electronics, electricians, avionics, these are all high-paying skills, but with far too of obtaining these skills.
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Dissent on a One-Way Street

squiddy Wrote: Apr 04, 2014 4:23 PM
Do you think corporations should fire people for supporting gay marriage?
Did the calculate the loss of revenues from tax status changes from two filing individual returns vs married filing jointly? There probably are additional revenues that would go to the *wedding industry* - but that's a zero-sum game - as someone paying for an upcoming wedding, I know I'd spend that money on other things, like a vacation or home improvements, if I weren't paying for a wedding. Should probably just debate gay marriage on its own merits, not on some weak study that probably cost more to produce than the state would ever actually net in allowing gay weddings.
That's impossible - the Democrats have told us repeatedly that there's no such thing as voter fraud. Watch now as the Department of Justice totally fails to leap into action ...
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

squiddy Wrote: Apr 03, 2014 10:35 AM
Point is, if the Republican leadership demanded that language be part of any "amnesty" bill, those self-serving organizations like the COC would have the choice of shutting up, and stop supporting amnesty, fighting against that language, which would expose their hypocrisy and self-interest, and supporting the language, which would probably be an act of suicide ... They want amnesty, show them what it would be like for those that benefited from illegal alien labor, at the expense of the rest of us. We know what they did - and we're not going to forget.
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Millionaires Need Your Help!

squiddy Wrote: Apr 03, 2014 9:58 AM
Nailed it, Ann. We're left holding the bill for their use and abuse of illegal workers, while they've reaped the benefits of it - the elementary school where my daughter went to school is now a warehouse of illiterate children of illegals, a school that is now "failing" because over 70% of the children can't speak English, and are on "free lunches, Medicaid and food stamps, because well, "think of the children." Well, there's no such thing as a free lunch - these cheap workers might have benefited employers that exploited them, but we're all left paying for lunch - *we* don't benefit from it, just the business owner - and god knows how badly he's cheated on his taxes to accommodate these illegal workers. My community isn't 70% illegal - not even close - but 70% of the kids don't speak English. There's more going on there than them reproducing like rabbits - what's most likely happening is multiple parents are dropping their kids off here to live in "group homes" run by one family member while the parents are off working elsewhere. And of course, we pay for it all. We've had TB and malaria show up here, and the now-weekly sight of mattresses being dumped in front of our houses, a sign, no doubt, of bedbug infestations. Here's a quick way to shut up the Chamber of Commerce regarding immigration "reform" - in any proposed law, any illegal alien applying for amnesty must identify the companies they worked for, how long, and how much they were paid. Said companies then get audited, and fined for any workplace and tax violations, repay the benefits those workers received, and I'd like to get in-line for reparations for the communities, like mine, they've destroyed. Bet *that* proposal makes the COC squirm ... Now talking like it's some claim on my conscience that these illegals be taken care of - I'd like to punch them in the face ...
Exactly - a young AA thug attacking someone is so common-place it's the equivalent of reporting that a plane landed safely and on-time. Which, sadly, I understand - but when the media (looking at you, CNN), spends hours of programming a day to whip up the masses into a lather over the very rare obverse case, and try to create outrage over manufactured racism, then the media is actually creating problems - not just reporting the news, not solving problems, but creating problems in society. And in fact, much of the media seems to deliberately avoid talking about black-on-white criminal cases, to avoid being called "racist." When "white" victims of non-white attackers are virtually ignored, while non-white victims of white crime have protest marches and the Department of Justice manufacturing outrage, you increase the distrust - on both sides. Injustice in the name of "social justice" is still injustice ...
Ugh, not strictly relevant, but what's with this "Return of the Valley Girl" manner of speaking, where upper-middle-class white girls inflect their voices, like they're asking questions, except when they're asking actual questions - "Just to let you *know*? They're a *Conservative Organization*? So, maybe you don't *want to*?, you know . . ?" Anyway, it's no particularly surprising - the point of these organizations is almost never to "have a conversation about" whatever grievance they're flogging - they're echo chambers, where like-minded people can reinforce each others belief systems, to increasingly polarize their thinking, and to militate them to, collectively, increase their power and influence on society - (generally, though, they'll find they may have to subsume their own agenda and beliefs to that of the organizers, who are running their own agenda through these young women) - through all of this indoctrination, do you think they really want to hear anyone that might disagree with them, to make them think that there may be points-of-view other than their own that should be considered? Of course, if we're going to point fingers - what's the over-under on how long before the term "Libturd" appears in this thread? If we want those young women to hear our points of view, then yelling at them or insulting them won't help, and is no better than the blow-off they're giving that reporter.
Twitter is perfect for the Senate Majority Leader - pretty much everything he knows can be summed up in 140 characters (or less) ...
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