Mar 11 2012
11:18 am

The professor puts into words (and excellent words at that) what I have felt about the elite and education for a long time. I'm not just talking about the far-right, but their views of higher education, and education in general, have been about keeping the masses dumbed-down.

The idea education should only be for those that can afford it is being strongly touted by the far-right presidential candidates.

Krugman notes that tuition at 4-year public colleges have risen some 70% over the last decade, and notes that some of these 4-year public colleges now cost more than private Universities. What's up with that?

Krugman then comes to the all important question:

But what about people like Mr. Romney? Don’t they have a stake in America’s future economic success, which is endangered by the crusade against education? Maybe not as much as you think.

After all, over the past 30 years, there has been a stunning disconnect between huge income gains at the top and the struggles of ordinary workers. You can make the case that the self-interest of America’s elite is best served by making sure that this disconnect continues, which means keeping taxes on high incomes low at all costs, never mind the consequences in terms of poor infrastructure and an undertrained work force.

Now, I realize that Krugman is focusing on Mittens and Santorum, but, limiting the availability of and excellence in education is not just their idea.

We see this in our own state, most recently from the legislative elites trying to cut in half the Hope Scholarships.

The questions remain, how do we stop the war on education by the elites? How do we keep the masses educated so that they too can realize upward mobility?

gonzone's picture

Obviously an education is

Obviously an education is only for snobs and twits. At least to our right wing extremist GOP.

redmondkr's picture

Same principle used to curb

Same principle used to curb teen smoking, raise the cost to some ridiculous level and Bob's yer uncle.

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