It certainly was amazing. Bernie promised endless spending on endless list of things young people want for free. He was cheered on endlessly. Oh, more goodies. His proposals would have been serious if he also talked about taxes and how to pay for all this but he did not do that. It is identical to GOP speeches that are cheered endlessly about cutting taxes and then not paying for anything which is why both political parties are relentlessly piling a Mount Everest level of debt on our ledgers.
So in England, they published this interesting story which isn’t unusual, it is quite common, about a third of ‘college students’ are actually living the live of Reilly by piling on loans or getting grants for school and then, instead, using it to vacation, buy toys, etc. California student spends ALL of his financial aid on couples’ trip to Thailand | Daily Mail Online
When one 22-year-old was awarded $2,500 in financial aid by his school, he didn’t put it toward pricey textbooks, a backpack, or even a new computer for writing papers. Instead, the young man basically said ‘YOLO’ and blew the entire thing on a romantic vacation with his girlfriend.
Brandon, 22, was given the financial aid check by his Los Angeles-area college to use for school supplies, but decided to find the cash for spring semester textbook some other way, instead spending the money ‘like a boss’ on a ten-day trip to Thailand to surprise his girlfriend of a few months.
You da boss, man! The girl is a bar maid he met while guzzling the brew. She thinks he has money when all he has is taxpayer funded debts he will never, ever escape. This particular chain and ball is forever and he seems the kind of kook to not do well at work later in life since he isn’t very interested in working today.
He does part time by driving his own car at his own expense for Uber. This is stupid since it doesn’t pay back very much since drivers are driving their cars into the ground and these items cost over $20,000 to replace every four or if you are lucky, five years.
The mileage added on by this activity is immense but young people don’t think ahead about that problem all that much when they have endless funds to tap for ‘school’ even though this often buys useless degrees that enable college kids later in life for an exciting job…driving Uber cab customers!
Bernie Sanders, like the rest of the crew running for President, is trying desperately to bribe people to vote for him. He promised in yesterday’s speech, to allow students to go bankrupt and never pay back loans, basically. Or better still, fund the useless classes students take that does them no real good since there are few jobs that result from this effort, while we pay for this via school taxes.
I had the violently powerful lesson many years ago about all this: I was one of the top German language students in America, I won a scholarship to go to Germany to study, for example, which was hard won indeed. I was already taking graduate courses alongside my regular courses because I was so accelerated in this field when across the entire US, all the universities nearly simultaneously, chose to shut down German Language Studies.
My advisor, professor Oonks, was devastated and had to leave the country. I was cut loose with a total waste of education. I then turned on my heels and ran in the opposite direction and took some night school courses at the local high school to learn how to do various carpentry, electrical wiring, plumbing courses and then had a fine career building houses.
All my courses put together cost less than $300, by the way. Today, young people get massive, $20,000 a year plus loans which they think, ‘I’m rich!’ rather than, ‘Good lord, this is like buying a car every year!’ The cost of higher education can be more than the cost of a house.
Bernie Sanders thinks turning this loot into loot for young, reckless youth is the way to go. Since more than 50% of the degrees issued by schools are utterly worthless, I would suggest government loans so young adults can go on vacation to Bali before being shackled to low skill/low pay jobs is the way to go, it is infinitely cheaper than pretending many of these kids are interested in learning anything smart.
Confessions of a College Professor: Yield To Progressive Demands = College Destroyed: Professor Doom is infinitely amusing to read. He writes amusingly and with a fair amount of rage, anonymously because he would be fired if he was caught telling the truth, about how almost all schools are now scam schemes to take money from feckless fools:
Admin: “To facilitate student demands, we’re creating a fake algebra course that will satisfy the math requirement…”
–Yes, faculty protested. No, we didn’t have the power to stop this. Yes, we told admin that doing this would shut too many students out of useful degree programs, to no avail. Now we have millions of waiters with college degrees…
Admin: “To facilitate student demands, we’re moving the drop date from the second week of classes, to the 14th week of classes. Also, students can now drop an infinite number of times for a degree program, instead of just three times.”
–Yes, faculty protested. Yes, we explained that moving the drop date so late and allowing casual drops would only have students take classes less seriously, leading to students taking much longer to finish their degree program. Our explanations counted for nothing. Now it takes more like 6 years to get the 4 year degree.
Yes, the actual goal is to trick the stupider students into staying in ‘school’ for as long as humanly possible. This way, the school gets immense amounts of money and the students don’t have to grow up and be responsible for years and years and years.
Professor Doom talks about this incident:
Admin: “The student complained that you didn’t say “good evening” in a timely manner. Please correct yourself.”
–I’m serious, and this official, written complaint was passed on to me by a deanling after going through layers of bureaucracy.
I have worked at a major university and it was a very odious experience. I was punished because the school’s President’s husband was a drunkard. I exposed a mess he created. It was a stupid experience and it was swept under the rug with the only witness, myself, eliminated so no one could know about it.
In the Professor Doom story is this story: After Caving To Protests, Mizzou Has A Huge Budget Gap | The Daily Caller. A drop of 25% in new students. 1,500 fewer in just one year, a $32 million budget deficit yawned.
Professor Doom (one should read him every week!) ‘chuckles’ over the news that the university is going to not give staff pay raises. Teachers and professor get none in the first place. Only administrators get these.
Professor Doom suggests readers visit this page: Staff | Chancellor’s Diversity Initiative at Missouri University: is the only really ‘black’ person, the only male, too, and he is a ‘office support assistant’ which means ‘student working cheap’. Aaric Doyle-Wright is getting lessons in who is da boss: in this case, mainly white females with chips on their shoulders.
Seven women whose jobs are to make students happy and all of them are still there after students protested that the school was racist and evil, the few people kicked to the curb include a female part-time ‘professor’ who attacked a student newspaper reporter because he wanted to report about her group’s tent complex they built to protest the president who they called ‘a racist’ and wanted fired.
He was fired and now the school is struggling, drowning, actually. And everyone is being cut except for this staff which will probably see more hires for utterly useless jobs that do nothing constructive.
Students should protest all this garbage because that crew of women and one male student excepted (he is truly a victim here) cost a fortune! They are part of the manure pile of garbage dumped on students and are directly the cause of the high cost of ‘education’ today.
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