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  •  Can you explain that? (0+ / 0-)

    I am uncertain how the US military or the big contractors are causing the colleges to raise costs.

    Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

    by blue aardvark on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:22:32 AM PDT

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    •  The Big Squeeze. (0+ / 0-)

      More federal money spent on the military = less money returned to the states = less state money spent on education support = higher student tuition.

      Military spending is not the only out of control federal spending, but it doesn't need to be where it is. Not being a dick is free.


      I’m not a big fan of vegetable gardens. Like my chickens, I prefer my salads to be cage free.

      by glb3 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:41:01 AM PDT

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      •  Federal taxes should be paying for (0+ / 0-)

        state colleges?

        How about state taxes?

        You seem to be making the argument that if it weren't for the defense budget being large, state GOP politicians would stop trying to cut spending and taxes. I find that beyond dubious. As Obama has pointed out, the GOP response to any and all economic conditions is to call for tax cuts.

        Economics is a social *science*. Can we base future economic decisions on math?

        by blue aardvark on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 11:48:57 AM PDT

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        •  You're reading too much into my post. (1+ / 0-)
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          I've not mentioned political parties. As a nation, regardless of political party, we spend way too much on defense. It's choking off our ability to do other, and just as important, things, like educate our population.


          I’m not a big fan of vegetable gardens. Like my chickens, I prefer my salads to be cage free.

          by glb3 on Thu Aug 22, 2013 at 12:58:15 PM PDT

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