From Blank to Blank--
A Threadless Way
I pushed Mechanic feet--
To stop--or perish--or advance--
If end I gained
It ends beyond
I shut my eyes--and groped as well
'Twas lighter--to be blind--
Sunday, January 7, 2018
'Nowadays, higher education is seen as a private good paid for by individuals. This massive shift in public policy largely happened without much debate. A while back when I asked a legislator in Oregon if it was appropriate for students at public colleges to pay $40,000 for four years of college, the response I got was this: “Sure, that’s the price of a new car.”
'What’s notable is that increases in public college tuition have mostly come at the hands of state lawmakers and higher-education leaders who themselves benefited from low tuition rates at state universities when they earned degrees. In most states, tuition decisions have not only come without much debate, but without much of a long-range plan for the future of public higher education: Whom should it serve? Who should pay for it?'
Thursday, December 21, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017
On the day the House has approved the new tax cuts (not tax reform, whatever the GOP says about it), just a reminder: "Wealth gaps between upper-income families and lower- and middle-income families are at the highest levels recorded. Although lower- and middle-income families overall experienced gains in wealth in recent years, they were not large enough to make up for the losses these families sustained during the recession." Will wealth inequality be eased by the bill these men have put together and will soon make law? Of course not. But the deficit will grow by an enormous margin (Merry [future] Christmas, my children!), a fact the GOP will use to try to justify trying to gut social safety nets, further increasing inequality. Hooray.