Thursday, August 13, 2015

Hillary takes aim at Scott Walker's scorched earth educational cuts to the UW and public schools.

Scott Walker's calm sleepy eyed demeanor has successfully concealed his more vindictive personality trait for years. Thankfully, that's about to end.

As predicted, Walker's massive cuts to the UW and public education are now coming back to haunt him. Think Progress
Hillary Clinton:“And you take somebody like Governor Walker of Wisconsin, who seems to be delighting in slashing the investment in higher education in his state; in making it more difficult for students to get scholarships or to pay off their debt; eliminating the opportunities for young people who are doctors or dentists to actually work in under-served areas in return for having their debt relieved; ending scholarships for poor kids; and most surprisingly to me, rejecting legislation that would have made it tax-deductible for you on your income tax to deduct the amount of your loan payment.”
Okay, here’s the criticism that always drives me crazy; our free market Republican privateers, for some odd reason, hate the free market when Democrats like Hillary Clinton negotiate speaking fees. 

Here's Walker's embarrassing anti-free market response to Clinton's criticisms:

Clinton has come under fire for collecting lavish speaking fees from universities. 
Republican policy is rife with easy answers to amazingly complex problems, like Walker’s tuition freeze. Is that a solution to crippling student debt and the rising cost of education? Didn’t think so:
But even Walker’s attack on Clinton doesn’t escape scrutiny. University officials have pointed out that freezing tuition eliminates one option to make up for Walker’s large budget cuts. Walker also proposed a $127 million cut in primary school funding in January and Wisconsin’s decrease in per-pupil spending from the 2010-11 year was the highest of all 50 states, according to a 2014 U.S. Census Bureau report.
Again, the easy Scott Walker answer is freezing tuition at public universities. But cost conscious conservative voters should ask themselves why they should trust expensive for-profit private colleges more, when they lack accountability for promises made to students. Their record isn’t good, and victimized students are swimming in debt. 

Walker is pushing that business model. He's asking for easy accreditation for private colleges, not for the benefit of students, but for increased profits and fatter bottom lines:
Scott Walker, in a post on Red State, called her a “deceiver-in-chief” when it comes to her higher education policies:
“America needs real reforms in higher education, including putting in place incentives to keep costs low, confronting the accreditation cartels that limit options, and improving federal government data so students and families have the information they need to make the best decisions possible.”
As Think Progress rightly pointed out in a case that should give pause to tightwad conservative voters:
Their mention of accreditation is likely a reference to making accreditation easier for for-profit colleges. Corinthian Colleges have been guilty of misrepresenting job placement data submitted to the U.S. Department of Education and have closed campuses afterward. 

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