Archive for August, 2013

President Obama has put a new twist on the old Viet Nam era saying: he wants to bomb higher education to make it more affordable for the middle class* (curious how he has suddenly become such a “champion” of the middle class; he hates the upper class and is doing little to help poorer classes, except increase their dependency, but I digress). His “personal” education proposals to make college more affordable will almost certainly have the opposite effect–ultimately making college less affordable for almost everyone. And the substance of the changes won’t be worth affording. I suspect we’ll hear much more blow-back like this article against Obama’s higher education plan in the days ahead. I can only hope that it doesn’t survive congressional committee review. His plan deserves to go no farther.
In my more cynical moments, I consider this part of the Left’s long strategy to nationalize higher education. The current “crisis” in affordability (I would argue is government aid-stimulated) and the government’s recent complaints against peer accreditation (there are real problems there, to be sure, but mostly from the Left’s hegemony against private and religious education) are already being used to justify further federal encroachment into private non-profit higher education nationally. The Left won’t be satisfied until private (especially Christian) higher education is either dead and gone or absorbed into the statist system and thus indistinguishable from Behemoth Secular U. If the President’s affordability plan succeeds, then everyone will be able to afford going to the smoldering ruins of the American academic village and the Commander in Chief can declare “mission accomplished.”
*Since the passage of Obamacare, the President has begun to love the smell of napalm in the morning.

“To make learning the servant of the State . . . is a self-demeaning prostitution that forfeits every valid claim of influence. But even if the State is inspired by a nobler aim, as is our own regime; even if, as in our country, learning is too proud to stoop; still, learning in our realm will flourish and attain honor if university life grows up again from its own root and into its own life and so outgrows the guardianship of the State.”

–Abraham Kuyper, “Sphere Sovereignty”
inaugural lecture, Free University of Amsterdam
October 1880