Neal McCluskey on Senator Harkin’s Crusade

Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin has been gunning to get the for-profit higher-ed sector for several years and yesterday his committee released a report that attacks it relentlessly.

There is a lot of quick-buck artistry in the sector. Unscrupulous firms dragoon in students and collect money from them (mostly funds that come through government programs), go through the educational motions, and in the end leave many of those “students” worse off than before. But the root of the problem is not that the schools are for-profit, but that when you have lots of money going through the fingers of third-party payers, you’ll almost inevitably get a lot of scams. Many “non-profit” colleges and universities behave in much the same way (I use the snicker quotes because, as Vance Fried correctly observes, non-profit schools earn profits, but spend them on an array of needless frills), but Harkin is only interested in attacking the explicitly for-profit schools.

Neal McCluskey of the Cato Institute has an excellent comment on Harkin’s nasty little project here.

George Leef — George Leef is the director of research for the John William Pope Center for Higher Education Policy.

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Broward’s Cowards

It is impossible to imagine circumstances under which Broward County sheriff Scott Israel could attempt to perform his duties with the confidence of the public. He should resign immediately, and if, as he promises, he refuses to go quietly, then he should be shown the door by the people he professes to ... Read More
Culture

Courage: The Greatest of Virtues

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Or Listener), As the reporter assigned the job of writing the article about all of Sidney Blumenthal’s friends and supporters told his ... Read More
Immigration

My American Dream

This morning, at 8 a.m., I did something I’ve wanted to do for as long as I can remember: I became an American. I first applied for a visa in early 2011, and since then I have slowly worked my way through the system — first as a visa-holder, then as a permanent resident (green card), and, finally, as a ... Read More
Politics & Policy

CNN’s Shameful Town Hall

CNN recently hosted an anti-gun town hall featuring a number of grieving children and parents from Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., who aimed their ire at the National Rifle Association, politicians peripherally associated with the NRA, and anyone who didn’t say exactly what they wanted to hear. ... Read More
U.S.

The Gun-Control Debate Could Break America

Last night, the nation witnessed what looked a lot like an extended version of the famous “two minutes hate” from George Orwell’s novel 1984. During a CNN town hall on gun control, a furious crowd of Americans jeered at two conservatives, Marco Rubio and Dana Loesch, who stood in defense of the Second ... Read More