Some top schools have a price tag of a quarter-million dollars. They have low acceptance rates. People clamor to get into them, can’t afford to pay, and don’t necessarily have a career that really pays for the cost of that degree. And why are these schools charging so much when their buildings have been around a long time and they don’t pay professors well?
These schools have multi-billion-dollar-endowments earning a ton of money. They get state and federal grants, tax cuts, and other breaks. They may have sports teams that yield big donations, generate revenue, and act as recruitment tools. They may lease out space, hold profitable events, or get research funds from the government or corporations. They get paid by students for a semester-long internship where the teachers don’t teach and the kids supply free or low-cost labor to companies that may even pay schools for the applicants. It’s one big money machine!
And yet, so many people are in debt from student loans and companies complain that millions of jobs are unfilled by qualified personnel. Something just doesn’t make sense here.
Why do we still have so many troops when today’s war is fought with technology, missiles, and planes?
The federal government exceeds 20 trillion dollars in debt during a time of prosperity, adding to the annual deficit like never before. How can the country sustain this?
The cost is out of control and the nation is no healthier for it. Life expectancy has not grown of late – even with all of the health knowledge, resources, surgeries, tools of prevention, and access to medicines. As many as 400,000 die annually due to medical error. Millions more die from preventable diseases and addictions. The government is paying zillions to cover healthcare, but it needs a better ROI. Companies and citizens are going broke trying to pay premiums that well exceed inflation. Our politicians pontificate, declare, threaten, and quibble – but do little to help address the nation’s No. 1 problem. Why?
Some want to alienate us and keep everyone out. Others want to let every criminal and welfare case in. We don’t know what to do with illegals here and we can’t seem to negotiate a reasonable solution. No one wins with such chaos. Why can’t anything be done?
It’s time to actually fix some problems and to stop settling on respecting the right to disagree. We need to do something other than tweet at each other. We need a change for the better.
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