According to a cover story in Newsweek of September 17, 2012, there is a "college bubble" much like the housing bubble; one that defies economic reality. The opening paragraph states: Mythomania about college has turned getting a degree into an American neurosis. It’s sending parents to the poorhouse and saddling students with a backpack full of debt that doesn’t even guarantee a good job in the end.
Although not much has been said about education in the presidential campaign, the candidates have prepared their answers on the issue in case they’re asked the usual question: How are you going to improve education? That’s the question everyone running for office is asked, from president to dog catcher. And the answer is always: I favor improving education by paying teachers more, reducing class size, and spending more money. It’s a litany heard from coast to coast in every election cycle.
Any good advertising man knows that a catchy slogan is worth a thousand words. A lot more customers are won by “Coke is It!” or “Just Do It” than are lost by the tedious expositions on side effects rendered at the end of drug commercials. Unfortunately, sound bites, true or not, are also effective in politics. They can even trump reality.
According to recent research, women feel far more anxiety after reading negative news stories than men do. Is this phenomenon real? And, if so, can it be explained based on what those unshackled by political correctness know about the sexes?
As someone who thinks the president is the kind of man who lights up a room when he leaves it, I assuredly take no pleasure in predicting that Obama will win re-election. My problem, however, is that I lost my rose-colored glasses a long time ago. And viewed without them, it’s clear that the electoral map won’t likely come up roses for Romney — especially given the high probability of rampant vote fraud.
The NYU/Stanford study “Living Under Drones” goes beyond reporting estimates of the civilian casualties inflicted by the deadly and illegal U.S. campaign. It also documents the hell the Pakistanis endure under President Barack Obama’s policy, which includes a “kill list” from which he personally selects targets. The Obama administration denies that it has killed civilians, but bear in mind that it considers any male of military age a “militant.”
Unlike the first debate, Obama had clearly done his homework for the second debate Tuesday. He was primed and prepared, rattling off one assertion after another. But while what we did get from him was aggressiveness, what we didn’t get was candor.
It’s sadly the case that modern men are afraid to tell women the truth. Especially when those men are running for office and want the women’s vote. And the truth on the male-female wage gap isn't that women are given less — it's that they earn less.
Education is the orphan issue of this presidential campaign, because the subject is too complex and too volatile to be decently handled in the kind of debates that Gov. Romney and President Obama have been engaged in. There is simply not enough time to do the subject justice. Besides, both Romney and Obama believe that the federal government has a role to play in public education: Obama a lot more; Romney a little less, but not enough difference to make it a hot issue.