The crippling our nation’s intellectual infrastructure

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For a sign that America’s economic dominance in the world is slipping – just take a look at how many people we’re graduating from college. A new study by the Center for American Progress reveals that the number of Americans graduating from college in America is declining – while China and India are producing more and more college graduates.

Between 2000 and 2010, our nation’s share of college graduates in the world dropped from 24% to 21%, while China’s share increased from 9% to 11%. And by 2020, if the trend continues, then there will be little daylight between the United States and China when it comes to each of their shares of college graduates in the world.

One explanation is that the price of college has increased dramatically in America. Plus, there’s the proliferation of for-profit colleges that care more about taking government money that graduating students. And of course, there’s the unsettling student loan debt problem – which is a trillion dollar weight on young people trying to go to college.

All of these factors are crippling our nation’s most important infrastructure – our intellectual infrastructure. Time to start investing in education – sending Americans to college for free to ensure the United States is still competitive in the global economy the century.

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I am most distressed about this particular issue. If more people were properly educated, they might see what tyranny is controlling them. To get minds out of the gutter so they can soar should be on the do NOW list. Sending Americans to college for free is a great idea. You can't put a price on knowledge, nor the ability to think through and get something out of that knowledge.

Dissatisfaction with the government won't go away if we still do (next to) nothing and a new generation of waiting-to-be-corrupted future candidates come along, too eager to serve the money men who have them in chains. It's a vicious cycle, and if we really want "change we can believe in" maybe it's time for a revolution, because I can't see a prosperous future if things keep going the way they are, no matter how promising the election lies are.

Let's take back America and have a country to be proud of.

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This fits in perfectly with what the conservative Republicans are striving for. They would like to see no government help for advanced education. They would like to see advanced education be too expensive for the average person. This way only the rich and priviledged can receive a higher education and keep control of the low wage, expanded tax base that will provide their riches for them. The only real threat to the rich elite is the middle class. The middle class is within reach of their perches and they will continue to chip away at it until there's nothing left.

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