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Dom Giordano: Obama's Higher-Ed Ideas Miss the Mark

By    |   Thursday, 29 Aug 2013 07:40 PM

Although it's good that President Obama is trying to tie the cost of college to future performance by ranking colleges and issuing federal aid accordingly, his proposals don't address the country's real higher-education problems, asserts radio talk-show host Dom Giordano.

Federal student aid is soaring because the price for "big college" is growing at an unreasonable pace, he says. The government is now paying nearly $105 billion to help students with higher education, up from just $231 million in 1964.

"There's nothing magical about big college, that it should cost this much, and I'm not even talking about Princeton," Giordano tells Newsmax TV in an exclusive interview. "My alma mater, La Salle, is around $52,000 a year now. I look at that and I go, whoa! Back in the day, I was paying $500."

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"And I wasn't back in the horse and buggy days," says Girodano, whose show is on WPHT 1210AM in Philadelphia. "$52,000 a year now. That is way out of line."

"The more you give what I called big college – which is almost like a syndicate in my mind – this type of money, the more they'll continue to jack up the cost of going to college, and the more they'll continue to add things that are often extraneous that are eye candy – be it sports teams, hotel-like services, etc."

Higher education costs have been consistently outpacing inflation. Institutions see easy money, go after it and sink the funds into constantly expanding their infrastructure, Giordano says.

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Under Obama's plan, the availability of much of these expansion funds would be linked to factors such as students' grades. And one consequence of that would be "grade inflation," he says.

These education systems are filled with Obama's cronies who want to see administrators raking in big bucks, he claims. Pointing to a Wall Street Journal article that counts 2,358 administrators in the University of California's president's office, Giordano says, "And that's not the president of the United States, it's just the president of that system."

"The other downside is these people are Obama supporters, they're indoctrinators at the college level," he says.

Obama made an array of proposals about loan forgiveness, but Giordano says that "is not a good signal."

"What we have to do with kids at a very early age is get them to see that college is about getting the most appropriate education for them and the most appropriate career for them. We have too many art history majors, too many people in sociology, in an economy where this is unsustainable."

While Obama views secondary education as an important stepping-stone for building a stronger middle class and wants college to be more accessible, Giordano stresses that not everyone should go to college.

Some people should pursue trades or become interns, then seek advanced training if it's needed. And some who are college-bound should test the job market first, taking time to get emotionally and educationally prepared, he says.

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