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.
I think the Feds should get entirely out of the Big Education industry. They screw up everything they try to do because government is a self-serving idiot and has become, in fact, a (non-profit) but highly-profitable mega-industry unto itself. Just consider how many Americans make a living off of government.
Tax money given to the universities is not an "investment. University leftist citadels hate "taxpayers". Government spending on universities is at best merely wasted on administrators and at worst is destroying our economy and country. Over 50% of STEM graduate students at US universities are foreign students who typically return home to compete against US industry. Why should we tax “The Rich” or anyone else to directly or indirectly fund foreign graduate student research (unless we have a suicide wish)? US foreign graduate student increase correlates historically over decades with US job and industry loss. Even worse, universities demand to immediately publish all US taxpayer-funded research work, so that foreign industry can immediately use it to better take US jobs and industry. Government-funded research at universities is actually very harmful to US jobs and industry.
Universities, which live off taxpayer funding, promote taxes on “the rich” to fund themselves, and overcome federal deficits. But more money could be saved by stopping funding to the "Rich Universities", as taxing the "Rich" who earn money.
Many universities are richer than “The Rich” who make more than $250K (from US News):
Harvard University $32,012,729,000
Yale University $19,174,387,000
Princeton University $17,162,603,000
Stanford University $16,502,606,000
Massachusetts Institute of Technology $9,712,628,000
Columbia University $7,789,578,000
University of Michigan—Ann Arbor $7,725,307,000
University of Pennsylvania $6,582,030,000
University of Notre Dame $6,383,344,000
Duke University $5,747,377,000
If “Rich University” students and research the want to train foreign students and publish for foreign manufacturers are important enough to them, these universities are well able to fund them for years without government handouts, while the US deficit is healed.
The same logical fairness sauce for “The Rich” hard-workers and job-creators is fairness sauce for “The Rich University” ganders. The universities still don't pay income tax on their earnings, in any event, while "The Rich" do.
To cut waste, prevent use of taxpayer funds to harm the country, and so the “rich Universities” can pay their fair share, Government research and all other funding should be limited to only those universities which:
-Have less than $250 million endowment.
-Which apply the government research funding only to US students (to avoid “amnesty” politics, US students are US citizens or those who have resided in the US for at least 5 years).
-Which agree to delay publication of research results for 1 year while such results are first available without charge to all US Industry under standard confidentiality agreement.
-which agree to give Professors and students all intellectual property rights to their own inventions relating to proposals and funding which they obtain from the government (so we can rekindle the job-creation which created Silicon Valley without university “toll boothing” and destruction of commercialization and entrepreneurship)
This way, we can stop unnecessary payments to “The Rich” universities to heal the deficit. There is no reason to spend money we don’t have, and tax anyone, to give “Rich” universities any federal money whatsoever. Especially when they are using it to destroy our economy, kill our domestic student seed corn, and facilitate job loss to foreign countries.
Had a girlfriend with defaulted student loan. After a decade out, she went back to work. The first income tax refund due was an IRS letter notifying her that the gov't had scarfed it to pay for the loan. She was pissed. I was pleased. If you borrow, you pay back.
Oh, and for the role of academia in society see Eisenhower's big speech, the one with the warning about the "military industrial complex," you will see he warned about the Ivory Tower as well. Whoredom and parochial self interest are nearly universal human traits.
Universities are ground conquered during the Marxist's long march through institutions. If the sheep want to take big loans to become indoctrinated, fine, just pay the money back with interest. Fortunately it's still not dischargeable under bankruptcy. Watch for that to change and for them to become fully subsidized dream machines. Reality and disappointment are post graduate lessons included at the same price.
All these problems stem from a basic structural flaw: half the people pay the other half to leave them alone, only the payees CAN'T leave them alone, because if they do, the payers won't need to pay them.
So the buyers get the service only by not getting the service, and the sellers sell the service only by not selling it.
So it's a service-sector supply and demand case, where the demand is for the service of decreasing the supply, and the supply is of the service of increasing the demand.
Why the market won't work is because price language is banned, and price language is the transaction translating translated transactions transmitter, transmitting translated transactions to all y'all, winter spring summer fall, some'r tall and some'll fall, buy or seller number letter given getter, time & spatial indicator, town in Georgia name Decatur, sense of Yuma Arizooma, cosmoversal felicitatin' one potato two per tater facilitator, purpose of god or God on purpose, take your pick (but right is two, if be ye Christian or be Jew).
Necessitating as we're now given
to see this turd a turn to livin'
a re-interpret ''in the beginning''
set to start at end this inning
which some call 9th since they're at bat
but others ain't quite so sure of that
but we'll all know when we're Utopian
cause big bro will ban fallopian
tubes not deemed (snort!) middle class
meaning all who hate the gold jackass