We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
As we wrote a couple of years back in another context, "It's naive to believe [citizens] should be content to have physical comforts handed to them on a welfare platter. No man — no creature worth its salt — can bear the shame. Come to think of it, that's exactly what's wrong with the liberal project. Talk about intellectual bankruptcy.
You can’t believe in or be loyal to, low taxes and small government, but you can believe in freedom because you can imagine what it means to be a slave, and you can be loyal to the principle of personal sovereignty. And so can a lot of other people who aren’t conservatives.
The New Higher Education strategy is flawed in at least one way. We use (or used to use) university credentials as an indicator of a student's ability to focus, to discourse, to write, to reason and to know the chosen field. When you conduct courses on line you have no way of know what is "cut and paste", or what is the student's own work--therefore, you cannot judge the quality of that work, nor assign a grade that indicates to future employers the necessary information for hiring this person. We have yet to find another way to perform this function.
So there is no cheating, cutting and pasting and the like at Harvard, Yale and Princeton?
Your "handle" gives away your bias, which I can appreciate. But it does not make it so.
First of all, character is not a function of formal education. Look at all of the slime balls with Ivy League credentials. You can start with Slick Willy who could not keep his "willie" where it should be. (Folks help me out with this list. I bet the list of well-educated, well-known liars is long.)
Next, I have met many "smart" people who could regurgitate facts, but had limited ability to think critically. One person (and a very nice man) I know worked for the Chairman of an illustrious government institution and had a graduate degree from one of the best schools in the country. He is one of smartest dumb guys I have ever met.
Third, learning to learn, intellectual curiosity and acquiring knowledge is not confined to the best academic institutions. Once again, this is a function of the individual. My father immediately comes to mind. No silver spoon here. His list of accomplishments and the knowledge he has acquired is astonishing. And he is still at it. He has told me that he should have been a theoretical mathematician.
Yes, there are problems with on-line educational model just as there are problems with university model.
Doesn't it all come back to the character, motivation and capability of the individual?
Remember, the so-called Christian left is led by the World Council of Churches, which likes to amass property and subvert Israel by a disinvestment based on eagle eyes propaganda criticism of the IDF and utterly blind eyes as to why the IDF has to exist in the first place.
"Treasury now has an agreement in principle with the U.A.W., whose members’ pensions and retiree health care benefits would be protected in the event of a bankruptcy filing."
This is just more absurdity from the Obama administration. Why should labor that is grossly overpaid (~$73 per hour versus ~$43 at the American sites for the Japanese transplants) be exempt?
Obama is asking consumers, bond and equity investors and taxpayers to continue to subsidize on of the worst run, least productive unions on the planet. Of course, the "worst analysis on the planet" New York Times either can't figure this out or refuses to tell the readers the truth.
To add insult to injury, Obama wants to give Fiat, an Italian company, $6 billion more of our money that is on top of the $4 billion already funded. Good luck if you think this is ever going to be paid back.
The union deal is completely out of line with purpose of bankruptcy law. But then again, Obama does not care a whit about the rule of law. He is acting like a dictator.
Why did we give GM and Chrysler the funds a few months ago in the first place?