Skool Daze

One aspect of the new ObamaCare bill that puzzled me at first was the inclusion of a measure that puts the entire student loan program into the hands of the government, and takes it away from the private banks. My first thought was that it was a way to get the government a nice, steady stream of income (student loans tend to be, generally, profitable) to help cover the astronomical costs of ObamaCare. But then a deeper, more sinister explanation started wiggling around in the back of my head.

Mind you, it’s merely a theory. I don’t even know if I believe it myself. But it does tend to hang together fairly well, so it’s good as entertainment if nothing else.

America’s colleges are, by and large,bastions of liberalism. They tend to turn out well-indoctrinated young liberals at a pretty consistent rate. they are the “breeding grounds” of future liberal leaders.

But over the past few decades, the cost of a college degree has been soaring — outstripping the rate of inflation. So while more and more emphasis is given on the value of a college degree, the costs (for reasons I’ve never adequately seen explained) of said education pushes it farther and farther out of people’s reach.

(Yes, there’s one simple explanation: supply and demand. The costs keep going up because they can; the schools are finding that just charging “whatever the market will bear” is exceptionally profitable. But colleges are suppposed to be above such crass, flawed commercialism, so there has to be another explanation.)

So, forget about why college is getting more expensive. Let’s instead look at how the problems it causes are being addressed.

Education, as we are all told, is a right. A right right up through high school. But the value of that “basic” education has been so devalued, that it’s hard to imagine any decent person making a living on just a diploma. No, they need a degree if they don’t want to end up among the proles.

So more and more families are doing whatever they can to get their kids into college. And they are piling up more and more debt in doing so, in hopes that the kids will get good-enough paying jobs to pay off that debt — and then start saving up to send their kids through even more expensive colleges. It’s a vicious generational cycle.

In the past few years, some politicians (especially Democrats) have pushed for programs to let college graduates retire that debt through alternate means — usually public service. This is most common in the medical fields, but it’s also quite popular for officers in the military — we’ll pay for your degree if you give us eight or so years of uniformed service afterward.

The talk now is of expanding that, to open more avenues of public service for college graduates to barter away their debt.

Under the existing system, this creates some hefty paperwork. When the graduates in question have loans from banks, the government has to “buy” those loans first, then retire them.

However, if the government is the issuing body for all student loans, then it’s just a matter of a few clicks of the mouse. Johnny Smith’s $80,000 he owes the Federal Student Loan Fund just gets deleted, and no money need change hands.

Now here’s where it gets sinister.

People are used to thinking of stuff they get from the government as an entitlement. If the government gives me something, it’s something I deserve. And if I grow dependent on that, then there will be hell to pay should it get cut off.

With all student loans being administered by the government, then — slowly and subtly — the notion that the loans are an entitlement. That everyone is entitled to a college education, with the government picking up the tab.

And if the government is willing to write off those debts for public service, then a public service job is a right, too. After all, how the hell else are these new college graduates supposed to handle five or six figures worth of debt?

So, with this one subtle move, the liberals have created a whole new “right” to spend four years in the hotbeds of liberal indoctrination, and then get a job on the public payroll, being good little government workers (probably union members, too).

And come election time, which way will they vote? I feel comfortable in predicting that most of these people who got their college education for free and their government jobs thanks to the Democrats will repay that with their votes.

But what on earth will we do with all these new government employees, you ask? Well, the IRS is gonna need over 16,000 new employees just to handle enforcing the mandatory health insurance requirement. And back during his campaign, President Obama said “(W)e’ve got to have a civilian national security force that’s just as powerful, just as strong, just as well-funded” as the military.That’s gonna take a lot of warm bodies, too.

Like I said, just a theory. Just a notion. Just some thoughts that have no proof whatsoever, but explain the known facts.

But as a wise man once said, “it’s never a question of if you’re being paranoid. It’s a question of if you’re being paranoid enough.

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