27 thoughts on “News/Politics 7-14-17

  1. HRW, I’ll repost this today since you might not see my post from late last night.

    What is it you think Reagan did to almost destroy the California university system as governor? I grew up in California and started college in 1975, eight months after his term ended. I didn’t go to UCLA but it was one of my top two school choices. My recollection is that it was a fine school and very inexpensive compared to any other schools I looked at.

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  2. Sometimes it comes down to this.
    From “The Daily Caller” via Drudge.

    “Businesses in Bar Harbor, Maine are turning to locals to make up for a shortage of foreign guest workers that normally fill summer jobs in the bustling seaside resort town.”

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  3. Chas makes an interesting point. Bill Clinton kept his job because the economy was good. History could repeat itself.

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  4. In 1984, Francis Schaeffer was dying at the Mayo clinic in Minnesota. From the family came a prayer request: “That Francis would remain faithful to the end and finish his course well.”

    I was in my 20’s at the time, and thought that a peculiar prayer request. “Did that imply Francis Schaeffer, of all people, might lose his faith?”

    As I’ve aged and read more Old Testament, I see the “relaxing” of moral truth that has occurred to many believers as they reach the end of their lives. That’s what I thought when I read about Eugene Peterson, in great disappointment, the other day.

    It should be a warning to us all to pray Francis Schaeffer’s’ earnest prayer.

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  5. Not just Reagan, we’ve had mostly Democratic governors since then–the UC has been deprived of state funds for years. They’re getting like 7% from the state, now, verses some much higher level back in the Dark Ages when I earned a degree in three years from UCLA for about $6K.

    In 1999, my son paid about $14K for one year, but, of course, that was considerably later, inflation-wise.

    In other news, the latest president who-also will not be named because I dislike her so strongly–had a $75M slush fund at the same time she screamed wolf about needing funding and, of course, took it off the backs of students who were borrowing money.

    And in the last dozen years, the UC system has skipped past their mandate–to educate California students–to take in vast numbers of higher paying students from our of state and the world. Indeed, my alumni magazine noted several years ago that 33% of that year’s class of incoming students had at least one parent not born in the US, much less California.

    That’s a ridiculous figure, but of course my mother wasn’t born in the US either!

    (But was both a US and CA citizen at birth because her father was).

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  6. In fact, the UC is so tone deaf that twice they called me on inauspicious days asking for a donation.

    The first time, I lived in Hawai’i and they called the day we returned from the orthodontist with two children in braces. I said no.

    The second time, they had just turned down one of my kids for UCLA. I asked the poor student if she thought it was reasonable to request funds from me when the UC turned down my child for admission, particularly since I was now going to be paying an extra $12K a year in out of state tuition at UW (who, of course, accepted him two days after he applied months before).

    “If it makes you feel any better,” the earnest young woman said, “they didn’t accept my sister either.”

    “I see. And did you call your parents to ask them to donate money?”

    “Of course not. That would be ridiculous.”

    “Exactly.”

    And these brilliant scholars at the UC, BTW, have not bothered to fund their pension system. Any thoughts on where those funds will come from? 😦

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  7. HRW and Michelle, thanks for the perspectives on UC.

    You can’t really it’s been mostly Democratic governors since Reagan, though. It’s been 18 years of Ds and 24 years of Rs.

    Jerry Brown (D) ’75-’83
    George Deukmejian (R) ’83-’91
    Pete Wilson (R) ’91-’99
    Gray Davis (D) ’99-’03
    The Governator (R) ’03-’11
    Jerry Brown, Part 2 (D) ’11-

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  8. Michelle: I earned a degree in three years from UCLA for about $6K… In 1999, my son paid about $14K for one year, but, of course, that was considerably later, inflation-wise.

    So let’s factor out the inflation. If I estimate that your first year of college was 1974 and cost $2000, and apply the Department of Labor’s CPI calculator, your son’s first year of college in 1999 should have cost $6636. So the real cost of a year at UCLA more than doubled in that 25 years. Terrible!

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  9. Of course private schools aren’t any better, maybe worse. I don’t remember the exact cost my parents paid for my first year in 1975, but it was somewhere between $5K and $6K, so let’s say it was $6K. According to the same CPI calculator that would be equivalent to $27K today. The school’s Total Estimated Cost of Attendance for 2017-2018 is $68,901. That’s 2 1/2 times as much as inflation can account for.

    Does that make you feel any better about UCLA? 🙂

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  10. Oh I blame both Liberals and Conservatives, Democrats and Republicans. Since the Reagan/Thatcher there’s been a general decline in the funding of public services esp education. Immigration has saved us in this regard — well educated immigrants come to our shores already educated by an other country and foreign students have kept universities afloat.

    Thats not to say the expansion of the middle management bureaucratization has not been a factor in the increased cost. As universities sought to imitate the private sector, they have built a parallel structure of middle management short changing its educational mission focusing on profit instead.

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  11. Yep.

    My daughter matriculated at UC Santa Barbara 11 years after her brother at UCLA. First year cost? $27K. It was over $30K by the time she graduated 4 years later.

    If my kids hadn’t had AP units, they all would have had to stay longer than 4 years–which is what is happening to so many in state schools right now. They can’t get the classes.

    We have an excellent JC here in town, which is a feeder school to UC Berkeley–probably the cheapest and easiest way to get into Cal. Typical students needs to spend 3-4 years to get all their classes, given enrollment impact, this increasing their time in college to 6 years. What is the better deal?

    Probably still the JC if you can work while you attend classes (assumes you can find a job, but there are lots of service jobs begging for help in my community).

    It’s complicated. I’ve counseled many kids to start at the JC to save money, to little avail.

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  12. Is this the tuition? or total cost?

    My daughter’s tuition plus fees is just under $8800 and this includes her drug/dental plan.

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  13. In the late 1970s I went to the University of Texas School of Law and paid $200 a semester in tuition and fees. This massive payment also entitled me to tickets to the football games to watch Earl Campbell as well as other high quality sporting events.

    I had a very bright liberal professor (he was much like HRW) who liked to remind students that most of us were middle class or above and our tuition was being subsidized by poor people paying sales taxes which are regressive. Texas has never had a state income tax. Completely chastened, I have been fortunate enough to spend the rest of my life paying for the food, clothing, housing, healthcare, phones and education of the poor and the elderly.

    My son’s undergraduate degree at Texas A&M a decade ago cost about $4,000 a semester in tuition and fees. I considered that a great bargain. His MBA/JD at Texas Tech cost about $25,000 per year. He reminds me that he completed both in 3 years at a total cost of about half what UT would have cost.

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  14. Michelle, Many of the students in my Sunday School class have gone to junior college and then finished at a local public university (North Texas, UT Arlington or UT Dallas). If they lived at home, they could obtain their degree for a total cost of around $25,000 and that includes books and does not assume there were any scholarships.

    UT and A&M are our two tier one universities. They now cost about $10,000 a semester with half of that cost being room and board. That assumes you have a boy who can live in an old dorm or apartment. Aggie girls are generally housed in luxury private dorms which resemble Trump’s penthouse.

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  15. Who says the New York Times doesn’t give favorable press to the Trump White House?

    Haberman is a true pro, and I suspect she has a great deal of sympathy for the White House staff.

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