Many of those out there rioting over Trump’s win are the youngsters who were convinced by Bernie Sanders that they could attend college free in his Utopian world. Never once did they stop to consider who would pay the professors, the janitors, the football coaches, the on-staff nurses, and the many, many other personages who make such an entity run; nor did they ask about the structural overhead, like utilities, building maintenance and landscaping. I guess if you asked them who would foot the bill for their tuition, they would have shrugged and said the one percent who aren’t paying their fair share.
Yeah, right. They conveniently show little intellectual curiosity concerning what a “fair share” would be; they simply parrot what the Left has been saying over and over: the wealthy aren’t paying their fair share. I suspect if this were true, the rich would be showing up on IRS WANTED posters. This is laughable on its face since the rich are paying a higher tax rate than ever. Some of these young folks need to stop and think how long they would work if the government was taking fifty cents of every dollar they made in taxes.
Of course the ones crying the loudest here are probably the ones who borrowed hefty amounts to finance their education. I suspect that often the money borrowed also went to fund a car, off-campus housing, and some partying. They thought they would pay it all back when they landed that new six-figure job right out of college. Well, the “best laid plans of mice and men oft go astray” and such is the case here. In my day no-one landed a managerial position out of college and no-one expected to. Nor did any graduate think someone else should pay for his choice to pursue an education on someone else’s dime and then whine when the bill came due. The American taxpayer owes these graduates nothing.
What is also an interesting facet of the skyrocketing cost of a college education is that no-one seems to question why, according to U.S. News & World Report, tuition at private national universities has risen 179% and “in-state tuition and fees at public National Universities grew the most, increasing a staggering 296 percent.” Maybe it’s time for these often liberal bastions of education to do some soul-searching about their ridiculous fees, whether its excessive administrative bloat or offering state-of-the art facilities to enhance their own prestige or student services catering to every whim.
For much of the two-hundred plus years of this nation’s history, the citizenry has gotten up in the morning and gone off to work to earn the money necessary to feed, clothe, and shelter its families. We did this not only out of necessity but also out of sheer human pride. Every family looked out for—and to—its own. Now, we have a sector of the population who believes the government is responsible for them. To my mind, that makes them no better than the “wealthy,” whom they accuse of working the system via tax loopholes—after all, don’t they both want something for nothing? Maybe those who want someone else to pick up the tab for them are the hypocrites.
Over the next four years we have the opportunity to right this ship and put it on a course that will allow us to manage our debts, control our spending, improve the economy and the job market, expand the tax resource base, control illegal immigration, and generally reinstate our status in the world as a hard-working society that is respectful of those who respect us. Consequently, you have one of two choices—you can either get on board and take responsibility for your life or you can run around the streets and claim your little demonstrator’s check for helping to keep the status quo, i.e., advancing the notion that you are owed something simply because you want it or someone else has something you think you deserve. Thankfully, this is not the attitude that drove America’s forefathers—if it were, we would still be in England.
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