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  •  Run like a business? (10+ / 0-)

    In America it's a criminal operation with all the "i's" dotted and the "t's crossed and some wacked out fancy legal mumbo jumbo to make it all soooo "legal" and within the law.

    We the taxpayer and people are being looted by gangs.

    Oh sure, they may not have the tats, hand-signs, etc, but they are gangs nonetheless in business suits spreading our money around to the underlings to keep 'em quiet and compliant.

    Meanwhile our children are molded into uneducated working robots, told to keep their mouths shut and be thankful for any low wage job they are lucky to get.

    College will be a far off dream for most and even those fortunate enough to attend will have a difficult time paying back the astronomical costs now associated with a college degree.

    The "businessman" has it all running just like a business, and the money is flowing right into the hands of the Too rich to fail.

    "We can either have democracy in this country or we can have great wealth concentrated in the hands of a few, but we can't have both." Louis Brandeis

    by wxorknot on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 08:17:48 AM PDT

    •  Spot on except for one thing— (6+ / 0-)

      college enrollments will continue to increase, though an increasing share won't be at "traditional" universities, but at for-profits, MOOCs, etc.

      But college is the new high school—it is mandatory. And with middle class wealth falling, but college mandatory to even slow an individual or family's slide out of the middle class, people will go—and they will accumulate this effectively mandatory debt (which is offered to everyone) in the tens of thousands—and the average debt will quickly balloon over time as costs go up, as they have done in health care.

      Meanwhile, the quality of the education will continue to fall across the board as not-for-profit universities increasingly adopt the models and methods of the for-profits, with funds channeled away from instruction and toward marketing, administration, and amenities in order to drive enrollments to their institution as opposed to others (in order to compete for customers—and the extreme profits that come with federal loans to these paying customers—in a crowded marketplace).

      All that will remain is the social and cultural conditioning.

      In short, we are heading toward a world in which adults have no actual knowledge or skills but "how to follow the orders of the elite," no matter which degree they have earned, and in which, by the time they reach adulthood, they will been required to take on a lifelong debt the size of a mortgage as blackmail money in exchange for not being pushed out of the middle class.

      The only exceptions will be the real remaining universities, which will remain exclusively available to well-off elites (elites who, paradoxically, will pay almost nothing to attend them): Harvard, Yale, the ivies, etc.

      These graduates will come rich, leave richer rather than poorer, and will be the supply of "leaders" whose role in society is to give "orders" to and, for all practical purposes, own, the entire rest of the "college educated," highly indebted, effectively skill-less population.

      -9.63, 0.00
      "Liberty" is deaf, dumb, and useless without life itself.

      by nobody at all on Fri Jul 18, 2014 at 08:48:32 AM PDT

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