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Greg

Can I ask a simple question, what is this logic based on? Let's look at the fact since you provided none. Between 2000 and 2005, the average cost of tuition for students attending four-year public universities has jumped 40 percent. Students paid an average of $5,491 for tuition and fees in 2005, up from $3,925 in inflation-adjusted dollars in 2000. By comparison, college tuition for two-year community colleges and four-year private colleges has increased less than 19 percent in the past five years and less than 6 percent between 2004 and 2005.

On the other hand in December 2005, the Senate passed $12.7 billion in cuts to education programs, “the largest cut in student college loan programs in history.” If your logic was correct, then wouldn't tuition fall as the number of loans decreased? But of course they have not.

One can also look at Pell Grants, once a viable tool used to educate a country. Well, since 2002 Pell Grants have been frozen or cut. They are currently at a maximum of $4,050. In his 2000 election campaign, President Bush promised to increase the maximum Pell Grant amount to $5,100. Given this is Bush and the Republicans, we can reasonably assume that this is a lie. Well, let's look at the facts. From 2004 to 2005, 24,000 students lost their Pell grants, according to a report pre-pared by the Congressional Research Service. This was the first drop in the number of students receiving the grants in several years; the number had been growing steadily since 1999. Was not one of Bush's speech stumps was, he was going to be the "education President"?

Well, all is not lost, given that we are dealing with Republicans can anyone guess what their solution would be. Come on all, let's think hard. 1, 2, 3, we all know the answer. PRIVATIZE. Let's not have the government do this, let's peddle this off to some of our friends in the financial industry so they can make some money off of this.

Now am I against private enterprise? No, not when it proves cost effective and not harmful to the society in whole. It is my belief that a far better educated population makes us a far more vibrant and industrial country. But can anyone tell me anything that the Bush Administration has privatized that has been a benefit for the country outside of lining the pockets of those connected with the Bush Administration? I have yet to hear of any, but if anyone has, please let me know.

I know Republicans love the mantra of hating big government when it comes to the helping of the citizens and making a better society. But it seems that their hatred of government seems to end when it comes to using it's wheels to line their pockets with cash.

Peg

Greg - I honestly don't have time to look up all your purported "facts." Here's one, however, that is wrong.

https://www.usnews.com/articles/business/paying-for-college-for-students/2008/04/10/what-are-the-most-common-kinds-of-need-based-grants.html

Pell grants are currently almost 20% higher than what you state is the maximum.

This is, however, the general liberal view. If something isn't raised to a point where the liberal believes it ought to be - it's then called a "cut."

Nice try, though.

JFP

Greg, I've been hanging around colleges and universities for several decades. I've seen how they've expanded their bureaucracies. There are lots more staff people now than when I was in college, and of course those people need to be paid.

Plus, during the height of the jobs crisis in academia back in the 199s, I heard about a faculty committee that decided that faculty salaries should increase "so that we can continue to attract good prospects." If you can't attract good prospects when the market is flooded with good prospects, there is something seriously wrong.

I admit I have benefited from the increase in faculty salaries, but it hurts others.

My point is that once colleges are forced to economize, tuition would fall to reasonable levels.

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