“We are all to blame in FL, we knew that he was a disreputable person of lower moral quality and yet we allowed him to take office. He has not helped FL in any way, only harmed the state and now he intends to harm the national elections. I am not surprised, he is a prime example of a businessman who sells-out to the highest bidder. This is what Romney will do in my opinion, continue to sell-out to big business and deregulate which will only favor corporations because they are people now. We are politically bankrupt in this country.”
Sep 21, 2012 at 13:10:53
“Big pharma like to wait until the patent is almost up on a drug and then they change one inactive ingredient and re-patent the drug as new so they can keep the prices artificially inflated for another 17 years.”
“I respect your point of view however, you are not speaking from a basis of fact. While there are many places that will rob you blind for a worthless and cheaply printed piece of paper, there are many other schools which offer regionally accredited degrees just like the big schools. I think the the problem we are experiencing in this conversation is that we are not covering all topics on their own merit. And just to add to the China story, that gentleman who was my elder DID have an advanced degree in economics. With anything new there will be issues, have the private schools taken profits, yes does that mean that we toss out the baby with the bathwater?”
“One more detail... this "settlement" reached with the banks for a couple of billion is about $300 Billion short of what is actually needed and by letting the banks decide how to apply these funds, we have essentially guaranteed their bonuses for the next few years.”
19th Amendment on Feb 17, 2012 at 14:29:49
“Brian ~ You'll not get an argument out of me; I wholeheartedly agree. Thank you for the thoughtful comments. The slowly approaching hurricane is a perfect metaphor. The settlement is lacking (to put it lightly) and certainly not moving quickly enough right the wrongs.
“I have to agree with you here, we all knew what was happening but we as a society are personal isolationist and are interested in our personal gain and our little slice of home and not much else. Now there is nothing wrong with increasing earnings and wanting more but when you turn a blind eye to the slowly approaching hurricane, you cannot complain when your house blows down.”
“Do you usually solve problems with hyperbole and inflammatory false statements and statistics? You are no better than the politicians and lobbyist who work so hard to steal your freedoms. The world is changing... 15 years ago, a smart and well traveled elder called me a fool for stating publicly that China would become a world power. I did not disrespect or contradict him because he was my elder, I hope I can give you the same excuse but if not... the world is changing and if you look around, you will see EVERY university in the US scrambling to create online programs.”
clanMcDonald on Feb 22, 2012 at 15:42:57
“Yes state and private universities are creating online programs to increase class offerings and bring more students into the fold. What the for-profit companies are participating in many cases is a pure sham, charging inflated tuition for a degree/certificate, that propels an eager grad into the working world looking for a position in a field that's saturated with applicants. Many pharmacy techs are trained within and don't need to spend 25k for a 2 yr. degree. My ire is directed towards for-profit mills, that are getting students with government loans, while a significant number of students aren't capable of finishing the program due to a lack of reading and writing skills. No offense Brian, but it didn't take an advance degree in international relations to forecast China's rise in the past 20 years.”
“You are correct in the fact that community colleges and adult night school is much cheaper but we again are faced not with 18 year old kids but adults with children and jobs. Adults who must cook meals and wash clothes, bathe children and clean the house. It is not as simple as you make it seem. As for "being in the pocket", I respectfully do not agree.”
jd2020 on Feb 17, 2012 at 12:32:28
“I guess I should have said that "some state governments" are corrupt. Also, I should have pointed out that many public universities now have extensive online offerings and flexible programs for working adults.”
“Can you see a single mother of 2 who works 40 hours per week (is she is lucky) going to a ground campus and sitting in class on a Thursday at 2:30 in the afternoon? Could you do that, people are trying to earn their degree to help improve their lives and advance in an ever changing world. Maybe the better question is why isn't the government both local and state, doing more to offer affordable education. All schools are expensive and where you might pay a few hundred dollars per credit at a for profit you will still pay a few thousand at a private university.”
jd2020 on Feb 17, 2012 at 11:55:26
“Maybe because state governments are in the pockets of for-profit eduction lobbyists and are doing everything in their power to dismantle our public schools? There are many evening programs at public colleges and universities and they are much more affordable than anything a private for-profit institutions offer.”
“This report makes it seem that they are directly taking tax dollars and using it to pay for this trip. These are people hired by the company of the university and who make a salary. They went to school, got a degree and worked hard to get where they are.
What business does not work to grow their sector so that they can remain in business? For profit schools do not just offer education to those who are not serviced by ‘traditional’ schools, they offer every day, family oriented working mothers and fathers with other responsibilities in life, the ability to actually attend class!
Because these classes are offered online does not mean they are not valid and a worthwhile education. I am a student at a major online for profit school and I find the program to be very well rounded with attentive and helpful professors. One of my professors this term is an active District Attorney for a major US City! Furthermore, this format allows me to work full time and attend school. My father graduated from University of Miami and I would receive a ten percent discount. Even with my legacy discounts, University of Miami is still four times more expensive per credit hour than my for profit school!
Disclosure: I am a current student and employee of a for-profit university and I DO NOT speak with any authorization or consent from the school or my professors, these comments and opinions are as a private citizen.”
“Why are we all so myopic... Warren Buffett is not the problem, the government is the problem, he is just operating within the rules YOU and ME allowed the legislature to pass... the Republican legislature I might add. Put blame where blame is due...”
“This is an intelligent and shrewd man... he advises everyone how to do what he does, he is transparent when he does not need to be and private when he wants. He has stood on the side of removing tax benefits on capital gains. We cannot hold it against him if the government makes the rules and then he tries to operate within them. If we do not like the rules these investors operate under, it is up to Us... the People to make that change come about. We need to get up and move into the streets (peacefully) and demand attention to our concerns as a country... but... we are lazy (yes YOU) and we rather be Monday morning quarterbacks. If you don't want to contribute to the political process then you have no right to complain.”
“I have said it before and I will say it again, this man should have never been elected to office. He was corrupt, stealing from the tax payer medicare system and now he is a puppet of the GOP in order to obfuscate the vote of the people. Governor Crist had made strides in the voting rights of disenfranchised Floridians and Scott unraveled all of them. He is a crook and should be impeached.”
“I have a wonderful recommendation for everyone... Read the farewell address of Dwight D. Eisenhower from Jan 17, 1961... he warned the US of what is happening right now. He must have seen the righting on the wall during the cold war and the beginning of globalization in conjunction with emerging technology. This speech is amazing and will blow you away!
“Your reply is not useful in finding a solution to issue at hand, one professors salary will not solve the profit taking by schools. There are lawsuits in the courts about the cost of school and the near abusive practice of scholarship bait-and-switch. You need to stop responding emotionally with an opinion and listen to all sides then you MIGHT be part of the solution but right now, you just come across as disconnected and ignorant.”