It seems as though our esteemed and fearless leader has decided to spend more of your hard earned money. I have included the email that I received yesterday as evidence of his unfailing love for our youth of America.

The White House, Washington

 

Hello, everybody —

Michelle and I know exactly how tough it can be to pay for higher education. By the time we finished paying back the loans we took out to go to college and grad school, I was on my way to being a U.S. Senator.

I believe that anyone who works hard should have the same opportunities that our educations gave us. That’s why, as President, I’ve made it a personal mission to make higher education more affordable — and why I’m going to be visiting school campuses later this week.

Learn more about why this is the time to take action.

The facts are clear. Over the past three decades, the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled. At the same time, many state governments are actually reducing their support for education, and many middle-class students are getting stuck with the tab. Today, the average student taking out loans to pay for education graduates with more than $26,000 in debt.

Just tinkering around the edges won’t be enough: To create a better bargain for the middle class, we have to fundamentally rethink about how higher education is paid for in this country. We’ve got to shake up the current system.

That’s why, starting Thursday, I will be embarking on a bus tour to offer my plan to make college more affordable, tackle rising costs, and improve value for students and their families. My plan includes real reforms that would bring lasting change. They won’t all be popular with everyone –including some who’ve made higher education their business — but it’s past time that more of our colleges work better for the students they exist to serve.

Over the past four and a half years, we’ve worked to put college in reach for more students and their families through tax credits, improving access to financial aid, and new options that make it easier to repay those loans.

But if we’re going to keep the doors of higher education open to everyone who works for it, we need to do more — much more. And that’s exactly what I’m going to be talking about this week.

So learn more here, then help to spread the word:

http://www.whitehouse.gov/share/college-affordability

Thanks,

President Barack Obama

 

The irony here is that; the President is not going to make anything more affordable. For the student, the cost are more affordable as they now get a larger Pell Grant. However, for the college, the cost remain the same or they keep escalating from the school having to pay their staff higher wages due to contracts or inflation or whatever the case may be. I did follow the links and read from the official government explanation of the Presidents plan. One of the things that really struck me was his inability to discern between what is a “RIGHT” and what is a “PRIVILEGE“. The other piece of this email that really struck me was the title in my Inbox. The title said; “A personal mission“? Excuse me?

Allow me for a quick moment here to go off on one of my famous chasing rabbits excursions. I want to preface what I am going to say with this. “Hey Barry; You’re suppose to be Columbia and Harvard educated”; correct? I am not, but I do know this much.

Mr. President; Our relations with Russia are in the toilet and getting worse by the day. Our policy in the Middle East is rapidly becoming a dismal failure if not already. Egypt is being reduced to ashes as is Syria. We still have troops dying in Afghanistan and China is building up a very large Navy and doing so at an alarming rate. America is still suffering horribly from a very stagnant and under-achieving economy. Our minority (African-American) unemployment rate is well into the double digits. Our once proud gleaming metropolis of Detroit is in ruin and bankrupt as is the State of California. America is also suffering from very poor race relations, some of which you are causing. Your ideological trophy of Obama-care is reducing our full time work force dramatically and forcing middle class America into having to take second jobs. With all of this going on and more; you are telling America that coming off a very expensive vacation to the Martha’s Vineyard, your now going on a bus trip to sell us “spending more money”? Do I understand this correctly?

Hint for the President: Here is a link to Webster’s definition of “Privilege“.   http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/privilege  Of course when I read the example of the word used in a sentence, I am further stunned as the very first example is;  Good health care should be a right and not a privilege. Did you threaten to send the Internal Revenue Service after Webster’s if they didn’t use that phrase? Just curious!

Now let’s take a look at the definition of a “Right“. Again, according to Webster’s; the power or privilege to which one is justly entitled <voting rights> <his right to decide>. Obviously there are many definitions for the word “Right”. However in this context, we are referring to Constitutional Rights. You have the right to breath air, but moreover you have the right to be “FREE“. That freedom you so cherish also enables you to have the right to fail! If the government is always there to insure that I never fail, then am I actually free?

Mr. President; There is a huge difference between Rights and Privileges. A college education is a privilege not a right. If the United States government is going to guarantee all of Americas children with a higher education; then at what point do they begin to say “We have to many Accountants, let’s curb those and force more kids into becoming Engineers”? To me this sounds very much like Moscow and Beijing.

I confess, I did help my children complete their educations. Some I helped a little and some more than others. However; everyone of my children did participate in their education. They worked part time jobs and in the case of the eldest son, he enlisted in the Air Force ROTC in college and today is a Lieutenant in the Air Force with an Aeronautical Engineering degree. My mother worked her butt off to finally get her college degree well into her fifties before she completed it. It’s called WORK Barry. Nobody gave my children or mother a college degree. They worked for it! As has most of America!

My suggestion to you is this. Park the big black bus! Get your tail back into the Oval Office and start working on issues that are truly causing America harm and stop worrying about sticking your damned nose into our colleges. We can see how well that has worked in Egypt.