Well, Get Out Then, Mr. Speaker

As predicted by, um, everyone, New Hampshire’s public colleges are raising their tuition in response to the dramatic budget cuts willfully enacted by the Bill O’Brien led legislature. This is awful news for New Hampshire’s college students, who already have the highest level of student loan debt in the nation:

“Paying for college has always produced anxiety for families and students, but now students are asking, is the degree worth the debt?” said Payne, the foundation’s vice president of college planning. “That’s what they’ve started to have to ask themselves.”

Educational attainment is emphatically the best protection against the current economic crisis. As more students drop out because of money rather than achievement, their employment prospects become dimmer.

House Speaker Bill O’Brien justified the 48% funding cut this way:

“Not only does throwing more and more taxpayer money at funding college education cause more problems than it solves, it inaccurately signals that college attendance is the only route for success in life,”

This foul, repellent statement is not new; but reading it again tonight I am struck by something.

It is the legislature’s job, along with the other two branches of government, to keep the state running. It is the public servant’s express obligation to fund things that require public funding.

If Speaker O’Brien has no interest in funding public college, or public infrastructure, or CHINS, or a host of other things he has indicated he’s sour on, well, then, he should resign.

No surgeon who doesn’t want to operate on patients would last a day; no teacher who hates children.

If you can’t handle the job requirements, Mr. Speaker, get out.

(find me > 140 on birch paper; on Twitter < 140)

  • Ray Buckley
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    • Tully Fitzsimmons

      They LOVE the ‘average’ American, as long as they can continue to lower the bar for what constitutes an educational ‘average.’  

      Average Americans who lack basic math, foreign language, cultural, historical, and critical thinking skills constitute the red meat of the GOP.

    • Ray Buckley

      NH Republican Chair Wayne MacDonald and I were on WGIR 8-9 AM.  Lets just say the Ostrich should be the mascot of the NHGOP.

  • Jack Mitchell
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  • hannah

    seem particularly attracted to doling them out. I’m beginning to think it’s because they’re basically mimics.  People give them directions and they just repeat them and pass them on. It’s a habit, like responding “good morning” to a similar greeting.

    Monkey see, monkey do.  We think monkeys are very clever when they ape human behavior and we like behavior that’s responsive to verbal commands.  When it’s simply a matter of repetition, we tend to assume it’s an effort to fix it in memory. We don’t expect humans to repeat automatically and when humans behave like robots, we find it very confusing. Malevolent robots are downright disconcerting.

    Apparently, electoral campaigns are not designed to reveal the difference between robotic mimics and real people.

    • Lucy Edwards

      by years of political ads and talking heads on TV, to respond only to robotic mimics and to scoff at real people who have real emotions and want to say more than sound bites.  TV is the perfect medium for monkeys, apparently.  

  • elwood

    [Art.] 83. [Encouragement of Literature, etc.; Control of Corporations, Monopolies, etc.] Knowledge and learning, generally diffused through a community, being essential to the preservation of a free government; and spreading the opportunities and advantages of education through the various parts of the country, being highly conducive to promote this end; it shall be the duty of the legislators and magistrates, in all future periods of this government, to cherish the interest of literature and the sciences, and all seminaries and public schools, to encourage private and public institutions, rewards, and immunities for the promotion of agriculture, arts, sciences, commerce, trades, manufactures, and natural history of the country…


    “Not only does throwing more and more taxpayer money at funding college education cause more problems than it solves, it inaccurately signals that college attendance is the only route for success in life,”

    Mr. Speaker,

    I see that you have several college degree’s, How many tax payer dollars were spent helping you pay for these?

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