Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Beebe Unveils New Higher Ed Plan

Well, OK, in the first phase it would just be to "low-income" Arkansans. But the money would come from your pockets to those "students" with no strings attached. If they graduated from an Arkansas High School, even if just barely, and any school would take them, then they get the money, regardless of their academic performance. I call it the "Animal House" Scholarship Plan. Can anyone possibly think of a more worthy use of the people's money?
Your tax dollars at work under Gen. Beebe's plan.


(I have not yet begun to rant! If you want to read more, click WEDNESDAY below and scroll down, or if sent straight here then just scroll down)

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Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

In the Doug Thompson article at this URL(http://www.arkansasnews.com/archive/2006/09/06/News/337597.html), Republican Asa Hutchinson got some good shots in about this proposal, only he did it with restraint and class and dignity and a bunch of other stuff that I am not going to bother with.

He said, "I went to college on student loans and hard work, too, but I knew that my financial aid depended on my meeting academic standards. Mr. Beebe's proposal doesn't seem to include any provisions to ensure student achievement, which is critical to ensure that students perform and graduate........"

"....It would be much more effective to invest additional state funding in the Arkansas Academic Challenge Scholarship program, which includes strong requirements to reward hard work and academic achievement and needs the funding, than to create an entirely new program."

Beebe actually answered that in the last decade, there has been a trend for state scholarships and other financial assistance for higher education to go to scholastic achievers. Well, duh! Assuming it is even our responsibility to pay for anyone's college education, who should we shovel our hard earned dollars to? The slackers? Bluto?

Why should a guy who works in a fish house and has no desire to go to college be taxed so that his no-account cousin can go party for a couple of years at college? For that matter, why should the poor person who worked their tail off to get and keep a Governor's scholarship (the cap on family income for that state program is $50,000) pay taxes so that The Animal House can party on?

Well, General Beebe's anwser is that the Board of Regents in Tennessee have a study that says that "for each dollar invested in an individual's higher education, society may expect a return of $9.30".

Well, duh? What do you expect a board of regents to say? Do you expect them to say their studies show that too much taxpayer money is already being spent on higher education? Do you expect them to say that increasing their budgets would be a bad investment? I defy you to show me any class of government buearucrat anywhere who says anything different than "society will benefit if you give us more money." There is not one single species in the entire phylum of buearucratis parasitee redundii that is in that habit.

Why don't we break the bank pushing marginal students into college? They can bumble around a couple of years and flunk out or maybe even eek out a degree of some kind and THEN go work at the fish house with their cousin.

Listen to me people. There are only so many college-graduate level jobs in our economy. If we insist on turning out more graduates than our economy can absorb then they will either have to take lesser jobs anyway or move out of state.

That is the way it was when I graduated the U of A pre-Wal-Mart explosion. All the graduates had to go to Dallas to find work. Our poor citizens were subsidising the economy of oil rich Texas. We paid all the bills for the schooling, then they went to Texas and earned money and paid taxes down there. "Society" benefits, but they never said OUR society.

This plan to give away money is more for the liberal colleges and universty staff than for the underpriviledged in our state, who have scholarships available if they merit them. Those professors can't count on the free market to give them a supply of students that want to take their sociology 101 or whatever other liberal bilge they want to jibber-jabber about, so they get a plan together to pick our pockets. They recruit people who would not pay their own money to sit in these classes, but they would pay someone elses' money- namely yours!

The Higher Education establishment in this state is positively rapacious. Look that up all you higher-ed types. It means "excessively greedy or grasping". Do you realize they are also trying to pick our pockets of ANOTHER $250,000,000 on top of the Animal House Scholarship program? Yep. There will be a bond issue on the ballot this November to vote to take that amount of money, plus interest, out of your pockets in order to give the colleges a bunch of money to spend.

Does it sound familiar? It should. It is the same proposal that we voted down in a special election last December. They are like flies at a picnic! You constantly have to work to keep them outta your potato salad. Man, they need to make their own potato salad. If their product was better, people would buy it of their own free will instead of only buying it when you are paying!

Senior Beebe also revisits the "scholarships for illegal aliens" debacle. This is a plan that Lu Hardin, the UCA President who has set up his own kingdom where he can defy the state legislature and give in-state tuition and grant money to illegal aliens even though the legislature specifically voted against doing so, could love. Beebe's eligibility requirements don't include having to be a legal citizen of this state or the United States as a whole. That's right, anyone whose household income is under $25,000 and graduates from an Arkansas HS and is accepted by a college in the state is eligible.

Via El Beebe! We will come from far and wide to live off the succulent richness of your noble taxpayers! After we get our degree, we will then leave this state that is run so idiotically. And remember, throwing more wheelbarrows of money into the higher ed furnace is "good for society". If you don't believe us, ask the folks who are on the board of regents at Tennessee.

2:28 PM, September 06, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exactly right. Those millions of dollars for scholarships would come in the form of higher taxes for every Arkansas worker. And Mr. 20 Years In the Arkansas Senate Voting for Every Tax Increase Who Now All of a Sudden in an Election Year Wants to do Away with the Grocery Tax is trying to pull the wool over our eyes to make us buy into it. While there will be some short-sighted people with no brain who will drink that Kool Aid, those of us who are wise to his games will see it for what it really is.

3:49 PM, September 06, 2006  
Blogger kw's blog said...

UALR has a program to give illegal aliens in-state-tuition that secretly had before Hardin announced his program.

4:35 PM, September 06, 2006  
Anonymous Sam Faubus said...

Did anyone see Asa's rebuttal?

http://greasycreek.org/2006/09/07/asa-rebuts-mike-beebes-freerideforillegals-program.aspx

10:07 AM, September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Was that a stab a humor?

3:19 PM, September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It was mockery and religious bigotry at its liberal finest. It proves our point that this is the most secular and liberal ticket the dems have ever put forward.

4:39 PM, September 07, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just proves that liberals hate 2 things: God and country.

8:00 PM, September 07, 2006  
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