‘Luxury day care centers’: Bill Maher calls college a ‘grift,’ slams Dem push to pay with public funding

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Left-wing comedian Bill Maher is no fan of President Joe Biden’s plans to use taxpayer funds to pay for young Americans to seek an “education” at the “racket” and “grift” that is college.

Friday on HBO’s “Real Time,” he admitted that college graduates earn more money than non-graduates but argued that this is exactly why offering free college “education” is regressive, not “progressive.”

“We imagine going to college is the way to fight income inequality, but actually it does the reverse. If you have a bachelor’s degree, you make about 65 percent more than someone who doesn’t, and with a master’s degree it’s more like a hundred percent more,” he said.

“And the unemployment rate of college grads is about half what it is for high school grads. I know free college is a left-wing thing, but is it really liberal for someone who doesn’t go to college and makes less money to pay for people who do go and make more?”

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Plus, Maher continued, modern colleges function more like “giant luxury day care centers” than institutions of higher learning,

“The University of Missouri has a river grotto inspired by the Playboy Mansion,” he said.

This is true:

“Texas Tech has one of the largest water parks in the country that includes a 25-person hot tub, tanning deck, waterslide and a lazy river,” he added.

This is also true:

“A third of students now spend less than five hours a week studying, and when they do, it’s for their onerous magna cum bulls–t course load of ‘sports marketing history through Twitter,’ ‘advanced racist spotting,’ ‘intro to microaggressions’ and ‘you owe me an apology 101,'” Maher continued.

“Why is China kicking our ass? Because in 2019, we issued more undergrad degrees in visual and performing arts than in computer and information science or math. Say what you want about Lori Loughlin, at least she understood that one good scam deserves another.”

Loughlin is among a group of wealthy parents who participated in a pay-for-play scheme to get their children admitted to prestigious colleges — even in cases where their children had zero interest in seeking out higher so-called “education.”

“And in the immortal words of [Loughlin’s] daughter Olivia Jade, ‘I don’t know how much school I’m going to attend, but I do want the experience of, like, game days and partying,'” Maher said.

Yes, Loughlin’s daughter really said that:

“Yeah, I’m not paying for that!” Maher exclaimed.

“In 1960, colleges awarded A’s to 15 percent of the students. Well now it’s 45 percent, and it’s not because they got smarter. … Colleges are businesses selling a consumer product for hundreds of thousands of dollars, and they want to give the customers what they want: a magical piece of paper called a diploma,” he continued.

“But that’s only the beginning of the scam. A wannabe librarian needs a master’s degree just to get an entry-level job filing books. You know, I’ve heard this from so many nurses and teachers and administrators, rolling their eyes when relating how they needed to take some bulls–t course in order to advance in their field, when really they already learned what they need by working the job.”

As far as Maher concerned, college is clearly a “grift.”

“[I]n the grift that is our higher education, when you want to move up, hold on there, not so fast, toll booth ahead. You need to pay for more education before we decide if you can do what you do. This is what Scientology does — makes you keep taking courses to move up to the bridge of total freedom,” he said.

It’s also no different than the “grift” practiced by the Catholic Church during the Middles Ages, he claimed.

“The Catholic Church famously sold indulgences which were just tickets to heaven that you could buy. Well, now another priesthood of academia sells a different ticket to heaven, and because it’s so necessary, colleges can charge whatever they want,” he said.

The rise of a college “education” has therefore risen by 500 percent since 1985, according to Maher, meaning it’s doubled every nine years.

“It increases at four times the rate of inflation, and yet no one knows how to change a tire,” he said.

A 2016 survey by CheapCarInsurance.net found that only 42.2 percent of Americans were “completely confident” in their ability to change a flat tire and only 26 percent were “completely confident” in their ability to change their car’s oil.

(Source: CheapCarInsurance.net)

“The answer isn’t to make college free. The answer is to make it more unnecessary, which it is for most jobs, so that the two-thirds of Americans who either can’t afford to or just don’t want to go don’t feel shut out,” Maher concluded.

“Because the system we have set up this winter loser dynamic and breeds resentment that working hard has less value than sitting around in this thing, and that in turn feeds into our widening political division. Or as one recent politician put it, ‘I love the poorly educated.'”

Vivek Saxena

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