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    Tag: Higher education

    Mondays Divertere: Property Taxes - OK, now Count It

    By Corinthian Scales, Section News
    Posted on Mon Sep 09, 2013 at 04:41:36 PM EST
    Tags: Property Taxes, Homestead Property Tax Credit, Money Grab, Pension Tax, Nerdpublican Proposals, Red Light Cameras, Graft, Hikes, Gas Tax, Sales Tax, HB4202, HB4203, Internet Sales Tax, Money Pits, Government Schools, You Poke It You Own It, Creating Sheeple, MEA, NEA, Higher education, William Penn, MSU, Student Loan Debt Slaves, Home School, Get a Trade, TEA movement, 2014, Big Government, Snydercaid, One Term Nerd (all tags)

    H/t Irish

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    Your tax (and tuition) dollars at work

    By Rougman, Section News
    Posted on Sat Sep 07, 2013 at 02:15:46 PM EST
    Tags: Higher education, William Penn, MSU (all tags)

    Methinks rape does not mean what he thinks it means.

    Full professor William Penn of MSU has made his judgment about Republicans. He has labeled them racist, rapists, userers and, come to think of it, he isn't too impressed with their complexions either. To the degree that they are human at all, GOPers have become neo-zombies having sucked their ill begotten wealth from its planet victim.

    It is an odd judgment coming from someone who can put in a 15 hour work week huddled warmly amongst like minded (and like challenged) peers pulling down $150,000 a year while also collecting some of the best employment benefits known to modern man.

    Penn teaches creative writing--a lofty profession to be sure. (Hey, I like me some fancy sugar-coated words as good as the next guy that happens to survive on three part time jobs while sending two kids to the same university at which Penn arrogantly scales his glittery soap box of judgment.) It's just that, well, perhaps Penn's students would be better served if he concentrated a bit more on the teaching writing aspect of his job and a bit less on glandular economics.

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    A Message To Our Legislators - Beware False Choices

    When "shift the blame" gets old, start playing "pass the buck"

    By Nick, Section News
    Posted on Thu Feb 05, 2009 at 07:43:40 AM EST
    Tags: Granholm, Cherry, Engler, insurance, DPS, Detroit, higher education (all tags)

    If there was one thing I took away from the Governor's State of the State address a few nights ago it was that the woman is completely and utterly tone deaf, unable to hear the fading pulse of  state that's been on life support since the moment she first took the oath in 2003.

    But if I took two things away from the speech, the second would be that the Gov's fancy new programs each have disaster written all over them.  Now, a day or two after delivering the critically panned performance she's back to the drawing board offering even more suggestions the people of Michigan would be better off ignoring.

    Lets start, though, with the originals and head over to the Ivory Tower which investigates the woman's populist assertion that universities should freeze tuition, lest they incur her unending wrath.  Turns out, those kinds of threats really won't do much to help the relatively few Michigan students sticking around after high school.

    ...Beware, say national experts and Michigan university officials. Granholm's plan is certain to trigger resistance from the universities, and it's not clear how much it would really save students.

    A short-term freeze, they also note, would not address long-term problems such as rising health care costs that fuel the rising cost of a degree.

    "The reality is that tuition freezes are not permanent," said Sandy Baum, a senior economist with the College Board, a national group that manages standardized testing and analyzes issues related to higher education. "If tuition is frozen one year, you're going to have to make up for it two or three years later."

    In other words, the woman is passing the buck.  If you sit down and think about it for a moment, it's a masterful move and makes perfect sense based on her track record.  The woman has made a career, literally, out of criticizing John Engler and moves that created the top economy in the United States for much of the 1990s.  Somehow every problem she encountered for the first six years in office were THAT man's fault, not hers.

    It was always HIS administration.  HIS policies.  HIS legacy.  She was just fighting upstream and incapable of overcoming what he'd done.  Never mind the tacit admission that one Governor, Engler, was somehow powerful and able enough to create policy that altered the state of the economy for decades while another, Granholm herself, remains entirely devoid of any skill, power or ability to do so much as dent her predecessor's momentum... that's beside the point and far too nuanced for the random political observer.  It was HIS fault.  That's all that matters.

    Now, with fewer than two years left before riding off into that Hollywood / Lobbyist sunset that so clearly calls to her, she's attempting to plant legislative landmines that will only be tripped after she leaves office.  Try to make things a little less ugly while she's stuck with us and then wait for the next guy to blow himself up on her hidden time bombs.  HIS fault, not hers.

    Read on...

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