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Yeah. I've been following this, too, as you know, and it's a damn scandal. It's a combination of declining Federal help (yes, under Clinton as well) and stagnant income levels for 30 years, but in the mix is an educational fad much loved by conservatives, oddly enough: Growth At Any Cost.

While colleges and universities were preparing for a growing influx of new students by erecting newer and bigger buildings (which conservatives usually funded at the same time they refused to donate to maintenance and staffing funds because, well, you can't put your name on a janitor, can you? and who wants to put their name on a roof repair?), those same conservatives were doing their damndest to make sure none of that "influx" of kids could afford to go to those colleges they were building more and bigger buildings for.

This is the result of that conundrum: rising tuition costs to cover massive building costs with little govt help. It stinks.

Look at how that tuition line beats medical costs - and yet it's nearly never mentioned. Now, I know that the bad guys want us to believe that health care is a privilege of the careful and not a right, but they do go on and on about how "education" is the gateway to godliness. Without it, you will end up being born to a crack addict - or something. Honor demands that they look into this cost crisis and, you know, say something. I'll be over here holding my breath.

Ack - what happened to that clip from Gandin. Must fix now ...

Did you see this? And I'd add that at the state colleges and universities students spend a lot more on their ordinary living expenses than for their tuition and fees.

In the end I think the U.S. military will find it cheaper to fill up the ranks of a Foreign Legion by printing green cards than to maintain a volunteer force of the homegrown by paying for benefit packages.

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