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.
Until we manage to uncouple higher education from the job market, we are going to persist in misunderstanding education’s true end. It may well be that in the past—i.e., in a debt-based economy incapable of imagining how top-heavy things eventually fall over—a college degree has been a stepping stone to the middle class, but those days are over. An economy that can’t help a college graduate retire an enormous debt is not going to look upon a college degree as a stepping stone to the middle class. Colleges, obviously, will continue to look thus upon the degree (how they will wield the mighty frame of education, how build, unbuild, contrive to save tuition costs), but this is just one more thing among many about which they will be wrong.
And although it is true that we shouldn’t make higher education a luxury, it is truer still that we shouldn’t make it a commodity. When it once again becomes difficult, it will be neither a luxury nor a commodity. Making it so “every American should be able to afford it” is no different from making it so every American can do it, which is the same thing as rendering it meaningless.
Are jeans suitable attire? Really? At 55 years old I really couldn't care less what somebody thinks is "suitable attire" for me. I dropped a comment over at NYM about it. If a fella wants to wear khaki slacks and a turtleneck, fine; I had to laugh at the nose-in-the-air attitude effected by the fellow who said something to the effect of there being no place in adult life for jeans and a t-shirt. I cordially invite folks with that attitude to see how long their fashion style could hang with me when I ride my motorcycle, hunt for fossils or mineral crystals with my grandkids, or scrabble around tinkering with my bike or jeep. If you look down your nose at me because I wear wranglers and t-shirts, you're not my kind of company in any case.
"refugees wear their predicament as a badge of honor"
First mistake--Trusting other Arabs. Second--Nurturing their own resentment as an article of faith. Third--Trusting other Arabs. There is no evidence, or certainly not enough evidence, that other Arabs care about them other than as a symbol of Israel's victory. Their own politics of resentment led them to wallow in their losses, their anger, their lack of leadership--someone has to take care of them in their pitifulness.
Somehow that reminds me of our own "black ghettos".
At least not here in Illinois. When I moved here the income tax (which had then been recently installed, and cost the then-Governor his job) was 2.5%. Then, a few years ago, there was a "temporary" tax increase to 3.0%. The "temporary" tag was quickly abandoned. Now it's been raised to 5.5%. Think that'll go down? Hell no.
Tollway construction was funded by selling bonds. The tolls were established to pay off the bond. Once the bonds were paid off, the tolls were to go away. Think that happened? Oh, hell no. The bonds then went to "maintain the roads." Now they're building new tollways. Did they sell bonds to cover that? Hell, no. They DOUBLED tolls on the existing toll roads. There's no such thing as "temporary" when it comes to the government taking money out of your pocket.
The "Turning water vapor into pollution" was a hoot.
Reminds me of an environmentalist claim that a break in a branch line of the California Aquaduct would produce an environmental catastrophy in our local creek here in San Luis Obispo. The relatively pure water in the pipe would "poison" the fish in the creek - so stop the pipeline!!!!
One of the stupidest claims I've ever heard but one that was treated seriously from local government officials.