More evidence of The Inversion from Kevin Williamson.
My thought of student loan forgiveness is generally pretty generous. I think the system treats students like “mules”. They exist to funnel cash from the feds to universities. I’d forgive all the loans IF we could concurrently eliminate the programs. Otherwise? NFW.
A quote: “Take as your model the example of Michelle Obama complaining about having to repay her college debt. Mrs. Obama attended Princeton, and, like many Ivy League students, she attended at a discount. For the relatively small part of the expense of her education that she was expected to pay, she was provided with loans at a subsidized rate on very easy terms. (Perhaps she was the world’s most credit-worthy teenager.) A Princeton degree is not a guarantor of a happy and successful life, but it puts you right at the front of the line. Mrs. Obama went on to scale the commanding heights of American social and economic life, and when she complained — quite bitterly — about simply having to repay the generous loans made to her at a subsidized rate in order to provide her with the best undergraduate education money can buy, thereby easing her way into a life of genuine privilege, her complaints were met with general sympathy rather than with revulsion at her audacious ingratitude.”
On a related note (and more evidence of The Inversion), Democrats continue to push for restoration of unlimited deductibility of state and local taxes…ie, they are pushing for huge tax cuts for the rich. As Californians continue to flock to Texas and New Yorkers continue to flock to Florida, that feature of “Trump’s tax cuts” (capping SALT deductions) may be one of his enduring legacies.
Just a few chapters in to the new Charles Murray book. He starts with a review of some basic statistics, then goes into sex differences in personality.
My immediate reaction is an old one: For all the concern about rejecting “science” with regard to evolution or the environment or any of the other areas the IFLS crowd us worried about, no anti-scientific view has gained more traction or done more damage that “the blank slate” (the idea that the brains of baby boys and baby girls are identical, and apparent sex differences in personality and preference are entirely culturally created).
I also find myself a little depressed that Murray thought it necessary to review and explain the statistics stuff. It’s pretty elementary, and (going back to the student loans) something is wrong when a society spends as much as we do on education yet can not assume a basic level of numeracy among the population.