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America's Halls of Academia Should Be A Focus Of Protests too...

Updated on October 27, 2011

America’s Halls of Academia Should Be A Focus Of Protests too…

There are some family members and friends who think that because I went to law school that I ‘live large’ like most of the lawyers they see on the television shows – these friends and family members soon come to realize that the Midas lifestyle they envisioned that I am, supposedly, living is far from my reality. This is perhaps so because, if I did not have those pesky law-school loans that I pay, when I could afford to, I might be indeed ‘living large.’ In that vein of thinking, yesterday, President Obama, via an Executive Order, gave those of us who have burdensome school loans somewhat of a relief, but the academic elephant in the room is the outrageous cost associated with attaining professional degrees. I dare say that the President and most in the Democratic Party, in a large measure, support those who are protesting down at Wall Street and elsewhere, but their ire should be against the administrations, which run many of these Far-Left halls of academia.

No one is addressing the ever increasing rise in the cost of tuition from these colleges because many of these institutions of higher learning are replete with Far-Left professors. Said professors in turn impart the teachings that are simpatico with the respective social and economic philosophies of the protesters, President Obama, and the Democratic Party - therein lies the reason for the conspicuous bias and the free pass for these Liberal institutions of learning. These tenured professors who make a good living teaching a few hours a week - and I would be hypocritical to criticize from that aspect because I too have petitioned to be part of their ranks - are no different to me from the ‘ogre’ Wall Street bankers. However, like the blog I wrote before that showed how the protesters seem to have no qualms about the rich pop, movie, and sports stars - perhaps again because these icons parrot the same social philosophy like those of the Liberal college institutions and many of their professors.

Last week, I saw doctors supporting the protesters - but someone need to explain to me why students graduating from NYU-Med-School have loans totaling close to a quarter million dollars… how are these students going to survive on salaries akin to what their counterparts make in places like England, which espoused and have ‘socialized medicine?’ President Obama too was a Law professor and he made a pretty good living… and I am almost certain that he did not complain about the relative Midas lifestyle, afforded him for being employed as a law professor, compare to many of us who are part of the general public or many of those who are protesting. I can only hope to see the protests move to these institutions of higher learning: NYU; Berkeley; The University of Chicago; Columbia; Brown; Yale; Stanford; and Harvard. I know what you are thinking, Verily Prime, what are you smoking?!


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    • Verily Prime profile image

      Verily Prime 6 years ago from New York

      Right you are and I defer to you because I did not get into the meat of the Executive Order like apparently you did, but do you think that the average tuition is too high and what make these institutions different from the Wall Street bankers - albeit, I do not think that there is anything wrong with the pay of the latter since they all signed contracts, etc.

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      MikeNV 6 years ago from Henderson, NV

      What relief did you get exactly? Your trade lower payments now for a larger total debt down the road? Then maybe you can bailout on the loan entirely sticking the bill to the lender?

      Obama is great at talking about programs which use other people's money.

      Who is going to make student loans that are not enforceable? More Government loans... more burden to the taxpayer?

      Restructuring payments isn't really help at all. He did absolutely nothing to address the core issues involved in student loans.

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      Verily Prime 6 years ago from New York

      Thanks Jim for reading the blog - I hope to continue to contribute to the 'big picture." Incidentally, I love what you have to "say" in the second paragraph of your Hub profile...

      -Verily Prime

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      TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

      Very good article. I've never given much thought on this till now as my organization focuses more on the Big Picture. Thank you for putting this together. Considering what's taking place, I say this is a must read.