Accuracy in Media

The liberal media want us to believe that Donald J. Trump is the most notorious political demagogue to arrive on the American political scene in decades. But Trump is a piker compared to socialist Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT), who has gotten millions of young people into a revolutionary frenzy and fervor over the idea of a taxpayer bailout for colleges that provide useless degrees in such areas as women’s studies and queer studies.

Consider the Sanders proposal to “make college tuition free and debt free” for young people. My oldest son Clifford has studied this issue, and has taken many online courses through accredited institutions of higher education. He has written an article noting that the Sanders proposal would funnel students “into an expensive and inefficient system that is largely failing today’s graduates.” He adds, “By doing nothing to address the underlying cost increases of education, the American taxpayer could be looking at a new Medicare, with no horizon in sight for the ever-increasing costs of the program.”

“Why should the American taxpayer and government continue to subsidize a failing university system?” he asks. “The costs of textbooks, tuition, and fees have all increased many multiples against inflation. Textbook prices alone have increased over 1,000 percent since 1977. Many college professors now demand that their students buy the book that they wrote. Not only this, but a new edition is released almost yearly. Even if a student wanted to get by using last year’s edition, new textbooks often have an ‘online key’ that can only be used once, making the purchase of a new textbook essential in order to do the mandatory homework that can only be accessed online using this key.”

The state schools that Sanders wants to subsidize usually include these exorbitant textbook requirements. By contrast, “other new and innovative online schools like the online American College of Education (ACE) require no textbook,” he points out. “Rather, they assign readings and coursework using academic journal articles. The advantages of such an approach are two-fold for the student: they eliminate expensive textbooks and provide information that is much more up-to-date than a textbook can provide. Not only are expensive textbooks a thing of the past at ACE but so is expensive tuition—ACE offers numerous master’s degrees in education for around $7,000.”

Indeed, he notes that “in recent years there has been a proliferation of low and reasonable cost options for schooling, especially online. Lest there be any confusion, these are not online diploma mills. Rather, many of these are regionally-accredited, respectable institutions that offer bachelor’s degrees, master’s and even doctoral degrees for very reasonable costs.” He cites Western Governors University as an example of an affordable, accredited university. It was founded by 19 governors of Western states in 1995 to offer affordable tuition by taking advantage of online learning technologies.

My son concludes his article by saying, “Forget a bachelor’s in basket weaving; this university offers coursework in highly marketable areas like information technology, nursing, education, and business. Coursework for many of these programs can be completed entirely online. The programs with required field experiences can be conveniently completed in or near one’s own hometown.”

He notes that the major flaw in the Sanders proposal is that many universities “are failing to prepare today’s students for tomorrow’s jobs.” He explains, “Last year, 260,000 bachelor’s degree holders were making the federal minimum wage. Add in the 200,000 associate degree holders making the minimum wage, and we’re left with just short of half a million college degree holders getting a very poor return on their college investment, which includes not only tuition dollars but also two to four years of their time and associated lost wages.”

What Sanders is proposing is to funnel more tax dollars into an educational system that is already wasting money and failing. He will saddle the taxpayers with more debt in the name of relieving the debt being paid by students who end up with either no jobs—or bad jobs. If this is not demagoguery, then what is?

My son’s admonition to forget about a bachelor’s in basket weaving at your local college, and to take a look instead at what’s being offered by accredited online universities, brings up another excellent point. The Sanders proposal does nothing to fix the proliferation of useless courses being offered by traditional brick-and-mortar universities. You cannot walk through a tour of most colleges without getting lectured about the need for “diversity” and the prevalence of women’s and even queer studies.

My youngest son and I took a tour of Columbia University in New York City recently and were told that the contributions of the great Western thinkers to our civilization would be “updated” in various classes with reference to the involvement of feminists and homosexuals. There is even a “Queer House” or “Q House” on campus. A 28-page guide is available on “Resources and Programs at Columbia University related to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ) Issues.”

A tour of the University of Virginia, supposedly more conservative, found fliers on bulletin boards advertising “Pride Week 2016” with “Safe Space Training” and a “Pronouns Workshop.” The sponsors included the Virginia Department of Health, the Queer Student Union, the LGBTQ Center, the Student Council, and the Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity at the University of Virginia. What jobs does this produce for young people?

Dr. Tina Trent, who writes about problems in academia, says that non-ideological and technologically-oriented students are increasingly being drawn to online learning opportunities that prepare them for the real world. Many students, she notes, just can’t afford to “mess around for four years” in areas that offer nothing practical or marketable. Still, she notes, “the big money is behind the brick and mortar perversity circus.”

That big money is what Sanders is promising more of. He says he wants to pay for free college tuition through a Wall Street tax. “The cost of this $75 billion a year plan is fully paid for by imposing a tax of a fraction of a percent on Wall Street speculators who nearly destroyed the economy seven years ago,” he says. But a so-called Wall Street tax would also affect the 55 percent of Americans who report having money invested in stocks. This category of Americans includes parents trying to save enough money to send their children to college.

While he is now claiming that his free college tuition plan is “fully paid for by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators,” that is not true. A “College for All Act” he proposed in the Senate depended on the states to provide at least one-third of the costs. When pressed on this, he admits that many states can’t, or won’t, pay for that one-third. Sanders has deliberately obscured the details in order to deceive young people and get them enlisted in the “political revolution” that he claims to be leading.

Even with all of the problems in academia these days, it doesn’t take much of an education to conclude that Sanders is lying about the cost of his plan, and misrepresenting how it would be paid for. He is a demagogue of the worst order, manipulating the hopes and fears of millions of young Americans. Even worse, he is leaving them with no hope—or hope in socialism, which is a dead end.

What we really need is a revolution in education, away from the brick-and-mortar institutions of the past to modern institutions that provide less expensive but more relevant courses that lead to real jobs. But this kind of revolution would not serve the political purposes of the socialists working desperately to capture the minds of the next generation.

Our media should start telling the truth: Bernie Sanders is a demagogue and his proposals are fraudulent.




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Comments

  • Mo Dane

    Bernie FTW!

  • Alain Koiran

    Funny that you don’t see any wrong in the filthy trick your older son reported, the year key that obliges every student to buy last edition books ; I reckon if there is, each year, any essential (or, at least, substantial) changes that would require it.
    Otherwise, I do agree with you about the fact that our educative systems (I’m French, and live in France) has to be rethought ; we may differ on issues (I’m a bllody leftist too), but maybe not so much. Inasfar as each of us seeks the better, which means providing students with tools to apprehend and understand our world and the skills they need.

    Otherwise, I dasgree profoundly with you about Sen. Sanders ; I follow your primaries with a lot of interest, and have read and heard him a lot. He is anything but a demagogue.

  • leftistfiltharethecanceronsoci

    A French leftist likes Bernie the Commie! Stop the presses!

  • Steven Barrett

    When most colleges and universities want to get the professors off the students’ mandatory welfare payment because of their tendency to pile all sorts of “reading material” on these kids, not to mention the lab fees, which unlike tuition are not like tuition bills and have to be paid for out of pockets … costs of going to college will drop considerably. UMass Amherst, of all places — due to the heavy “lefty” reputation it “enjoys” among conservative scribes, put into place a system decades ago designed to prevent professors from assigning students books that they wrote (hence a guaranteed income producer in both ways, first for the price of the book and then any royalties. Nice deal they had until the students in unison, left, right n’ middle said “enough.”

    There was a lot more to this racket, but I figured sharing a little would give you an idea why college costs are so easily pushed up over here. And of course, the biggest racketeering occurs in the northeast, especially New England. Small coincidence.

  • Steven Barrett

    But calling Bernie a demagogue because of this? Give me a break. When Cliff has nothing else to keep himself constructively busy, perhaps like critiquing The Donald’s latest screed or the Cruz book, he picks on Bernie.

  • Richard Hellstrom

    It’s a bunch of non-sense and the kids are tired of paying for it !
    Our colleges accept these large research grants that require the hiring of large administrations that create bureaucracy and they pass that cost on to the students. Should children be responsible for paying for research programs , lifestyle agendas and political lobbied programs of race hate created by the White House through George Soros and Cap or any of the millions of research programs that have a mythical necessity for a lifelong longevity. I think they’ve put a tracking device in every animal and fish in America ! Then theirs this bureaucracy of education created in gaming the financial aid system by every college in America in some kind of academic arms race. Their burying these kids in debt and vastly over charging them for their education. A reassessment should be made by every college in America and the remaining debt should be re directed back to the colleges through a single civil action that represents every student in America and these colleges should be forced to cut the crap !
    See – Are US Colleges Over-Feeding on Government Funds? By Gary Feuerberg, Epoch Times | September 14, 2014 http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/955504-are-us-colleges-over-feeding-on-government-funds/
    As Tuition Increases, So Do College Bureaucracies by Richard Vedder
    http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2014-02-03/how-many-provosts-do-colleges-need-
    The Center For College Affordability and Productivity http://centerforcollegeaffordability.org/
    The Center for American Progress’ Jihad Against the Free World
    Bought and paid for by George Soros and his Shadow Party. The Center for American Progress’
    http://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/117455/center-american-progress-jihad-against-free-world-daniel-greenfield

  • Richard Hellstrom

    It was sad to see Bernie Sanders try to rekindle the public component of hate against the Jews that occurred during the conflict through his political advocacy last week so he could rally more votes. His statistics weren’t even true. He was escalating the facts to enhance the public hatred of the Jewish people for personal and social gains just like our colleges are doing ! What we have here are two race traders who are Jews that seem to be openly supporting radical Islam – How do you have your family wiped out in the holocaust and persecuted by the Nazis and advocate radical Islam ? Sanders fathers family were wiped out in
    Poland and Soros lived under Nazi Germany occupied Hungary. They changed their family name to Soros from Schwartz ! Soros is known as a economic war criminal and his net worth went from 9 Billion Dollars to 24 Billion dollars under the Obama administration. Obama claims he is trying to build the economy but his boss George Soros isn’t about building economies ! He destroys them for financial wealth ! See Articles –
    The Center for American Progress’ Jihad Against the Free World – December 29, 2011 Daniel Greenfield – Bernie’s Billionaires — Cliff Kincaid — August 24, 2015 – The Hidden Soros Agenda: Drugs, Money, the Media, and Political Power –
    Cliff Kincaid — October 27, 2004 – Top 10 Reasons George Soros Is Dangerous by Human Events – George Soros and John Kerry — Cliff Kincaid — October 18, 2004

  • Richard Hellstrom

    Best, Brightest and Rejected: Elite Colleges Turn Away Up to 95% By RICHARD PÉREZ-PEÑAAPRIL 8, 2014 http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/09/us/led-by-stanfords-5-top-colleges-acceptance-rates-hit-new-lows.html?_r=1

  • IronChefSandwiches

    We can now add “demagogue” to the list of words Kincaid either doesn’t understand (probably not true) or purposely misuses (Bingo!). Here’s my partial list to date:

    Liberal
    Conservative
    Communism
    Socialism
    Democratic socialism
    Capitalism
    Accuracy (as in Accuracy in Media)
    Investigative journalism
    Demagogue

    And, since he’s liberally (lol) quoted his son’s idiotic grad school essay in this “article”, I’ll add Nepotism to the list.

    No one takes Kincaid seriously. Every time he writes a piece he reminds us why.

  • dirtydog1776

    If the government student loan program was rational, which will never happen, students would be granted loans only for degrees that were in demand by employers, paid a decent salary and actually taught students to think. Not much demand for students who major in queer, black or women’s studies.

  • Nicknjax

    I think Gov. Scott limited the student loans to only STEM courses in Florida. My grandson is a honors student in Texas and gets very little tuition aid for a History Major. He would have a full scholarship if he was in a STEM program.

  • disqus_smWiOrvPtd

    Karl Marx:
    “In the eyes of the dialectical philosophy, nothing is established for all time, nothing is absolute or sacred.”

    Benjamin Bloom, et al., Taxonomy of Educational Objectives, Book 1, Cognitive Domain: “a psychological classification system”:

    “We recognize the point of view that truth and knowledge are only relative and that there are no hard and fast truths which exist for all time and places.”

    America needs to get rid of the marxist ideology in education, including, as Benjamin Bloom’s Taxonomies shows, marxist ideology in the teaching methods!

    The 14th amendment (sec b) states “But neither the United States nor any state shall assume or pay any debt or obligation incurred in aid of insurrection or rebellion against the United States..”

    Why we don’t enforce our Constitution? Instead of finding ways to further fund the revolution?

    Sanders knows that the colleges have given the environmentalists and sodomites the legitimacy to litigate our nation into socialism. The more the marxier!

  • Zaphod Braden

    Bernie Sanders LIMOUSINE LIBERAL RAT — Happy to support really RADICAL CORE and SNCC in New York —- but then RUNS TO VERMONT to live FAR away from BLACKIE
    Sanders is always talking DOWN to the People, and speaks slowly so HIS followers can keep up. He is a HAM actor posing as an intellectual but is a stupid fraud
    Bernie spent 25 years drawing a 6-figure Congressional income, yet has only a net worth of $300k, and $65k in credit card debt. Only a fool would believe Bernie has a viable economic plan.

  • Mesa Mike

    I’ve been saying this for years, too, and it is still falling on deaf ears all around. George Soros and his hedge-fund managers would be a good place to start the eradicaton. Ultimately, the Republicans have been and are still TOO NICE. After the Republicans won the Civil War, they should’ve abolished the Democratic party along with slavery. But, no, they spent all those resources and extinguished 600,000 lives only to do half the job.

  • The_Northwesterner

    2008 – We had Joe “Crazy Old Man” Biden.
    2016 – We now have Crazy Old Man 2.0 in Bernie “Senile Old Socialist” Sanders.

  • The_Northwesterner

    By “no one”, you really mean liberals.

  • Zaphod Braden

    Joe “FIVE DEFERMENTS” Biden

  • dirtydog1776

    I love history, took a lot of history courses which added to my classical education which has made me a better person. Just not much call, sadly, for people to teach it or take it.

  • Nicknjax

    I tried to tell him he better get to know all about food stamps and welfare. He is a die hard history buff and thinks he can make a living when he graduates… He may write books, one of his professors has him doing research for a book the professor plans on writing.

  • dirtydog1776

    I wish him the best, but agree, it is a tough road.

  • Ollie Octopus

    If you are sending your precious child to a government school, you are committing child abuse! Period.

  • Ollie Octopus

    Get the Feds out of our education system, and get rid of the Federal Dept. of Un-Educaton.