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Saturday, March 28, 2009

That damned...what now?

What's Mallard raving about today?

Tuition

I am completely confused...

Since I started this blog over two years ago, Mallard had consistently decried Higher Education as worthless (at best) and seditious (at worst).

I fail to understand why he cares how much it costs, since it would be utter hypocrisy if he (or his offspring) took part in the system he hates so much.

21 comments:

fuckreagan said...

Tinsley hates students and smart men but he, also, hates usury (read: Jew) practices. A conflict between his racism and antiintellectualism is a strange thing. Dear God, I hope this not a week long theme.

confused said...

I've always figured Tinsely's dislike of Universities comes from some slight he faced at a younger age. I always figured it was because he was rejected from a college(s?) he wanted to attend. Perhaps it was because of funding?

wv: AINIS -- I'll just let this one speak for itself.

exanonymous said...

I'm not exactly sure what the solution is supposed to be here for this two-day rant.

They could redirect more tax money into public universities to ease tuition costs. Hmm, that's unconservative as they're supposed to depend on the charity of private organizations.

They could give the students loans.
Heh.

We could stop paying professors so much. They should settle for 50 grand a year or less for something as cushy as teaching. Who cares about attracting leaders in their field to come teach?

They could make a big deal out of sports to draw in money from the community. Ooops, already saw a strip about how bad that is.

They could move to Finland.

ajm said...

I've always figured Tinsely's dislike of Universities comes from some slight he faced at a younger age.

Some professor probably didn't grant him an extension on a term paper lo those many years ago.

GeoX said...

He was ordered--ORDERED!--to read a book by a non-dead white male and write a report about it. When he refused, boldly standing up to political correctness, his professor failed him. So you can see that his rage is truly righteous.

Anonymous said...

Why, it's almost as if over the past hundred years, a college education has transformed from a elite level of education, to an absolute requirement if one wants to hold a job more advanced then a McDonalds' general manager. And being driven in large part by for-profit (read: capitalist)business, why would they have any incentive at all to charge people LESS for something they NEED?

Sure, you could go to a small and/or community college, but everyone knows that's only a small step above a GED on the Diploma Status Symbol scale.

fuckreagan said...

Tinsley was angered when he failed middle school because he was too stupid.

MToje said...

This straw-man politician looks kind of like Al Franken to me. Which, because he is not declared the winner of the Senate election, would make no sense. Of course not making any sense is par the course for Tinsley.

Jesse said...

Actually, student loans and subsidies are part of the problem and the main reason tuition inflation has outpaced wider market inflation over the past three decades. Businesses, including colleges, will charge whatever the market will bear for their services. So how do you expect a business to respond when it discovers that all of its customers can now afford higher prices because of easy credit?

It's a bubble fueled by easy credit. College is being driven up by easy loans the same way housing prices were, and in the end it's the customer that loses. Tinsley's right on this one.

rewinn said...

Jesse, the "bubble" model is attractive but incorrect.

In most advanced countries, the nation itself covers the cost of education, for those who meet academic requirements. It's good for the nation for people to be educated and therefore the nation invests in those citizen who want more education (...not everybody does; some of the happiest people there are don't require higher education for their trade ... but that's another subject...). Investing in higher education is one of those reasons advanced nations are advanced.

Now, here in Washington State (following the lead of California in the Reagan years), the government is cutting subsidies for higher education, which must therefore be made up for by increasing tuition and fees. As a result, fewer people get higher education and those who do are burdened with insanely high levels of debt (...much of which is privatized. Did you know most student loans are exempt from discharge in bankruptcy? The private loan companies know where to invest their political contributions!)

Thus, today's cartoon has some truth to it. Privatizing tuition results in economically irrational behavior. When times are good, legislatures cut higher education forcing an increase in tuition and fees; when times are bad, they do the same.

Does anyone doubt Tinkly will explain this in his next "comic"?

Anonymous said...

Two cartoons for the Mallard "regulars." Cartoon #1 and Cartoon #2.

Anonymous said...

Uncle Jay Explains Madness

exanonymous said...

Day by day...

Um, okay. You hate Obama and the environment.

Got the message a while ago, but thanks for the repeat. Nothing to do with today's Fillmore, and hardly convincing of anything.

That's a really long way to give us the finger, isn't it?

GeoX said...

Tip for anonymous idiot: people can SEE your URLs. The chances of any of us actually clicking on a link to a Day by Day cartoon--"Chris Muir: The Only Cartoonist Dumber than Bruce Tinsley!" are pretty well nonexistent. Next time, try tinyurl. It still probably won't work, but come on, man, at least put some EFFORT into your trolling.

Anonymous said...

GeoX,
Are you always on the rag? I realize that anyone who can code as I can, is able to see the URL. I do use tinyurl when I feel the need. What is your problem? You actually believe you are intelligent, does your mommy still tell you that you are?

Do you look at the code before you click on any link? Afraid you might see something conservative? You wish you were as bright and as talented as Muir. You would be making a hell of a lot more money than they pay English teachers. A typical angry liberal. How dare I link to a Day by Day cartoon :)

Anonymous said...

Shorter Republican Party:

"Why don't these goddamned trollop cunts vote for us? Are they on the rag or something?"

rewinn said...

Anybody: What is "bright and talented" about Muir?

OK, he can draw girls as well as any boy in highschool.

And ... judging by AnonymousCoward's link, Muir writes as badly as Tinkley. Imagine this for a laugh line: A girl saying "Blow me!"

Ho-ho-ho-he-he-he. Yeah, that really worked in high school!

ian said...

when i clicked on Anonymous' links i knew what i was getting into, day by day cartoons are also fun to make fun of.

GeoX said...

You're awesome, Tinzanonymous. Seriously. You're the most easily-provoked troll I've ever seen. It's barely necessary to prod you to get you to explode into a barrage of childish insults. Are you really so utterly lacking self-awareness that you don't realize how stupid you look? Don't bother answering that.

Rootbeer said...

Half-tempted to start my own "Day Bidet" weblog on Blogger, whereupon we comment on idiocy put forth by the conservative cartoonist who got ding letters from all the newspapers, even the ones that print Mallard Fillmore...

But why bother, this LJ entry's already got it covered:
http://shaenon.livejournal.com/40813.html

Scanman said...

A car from the 60's without airbags, a cup holder and decent seat belts is a safer car than a Prius? I don't think so....