GOP Candidates Stupidly Diss College Education
Opinions: Santorum, Romney hear it from the right and left today
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted Mar 9, 2012 12:39 PM CST
Rick Santorum speaks at Battleship Memorial Park, Friday, in Mobile, Alabama.   (AP Photo/Eric Gay)

(Newser) – Republicans are coming across as education bashers on the campaign trail, a sentiment that columnists on both the left (Paul Krugman) and right (Michael Medved) express frustrations with today:

  • Medved, Wall Street Journal: He warns that the "angry, populist tone" of the campaign is alienating the GOP from college graduates, a losing strategy given their prominence among swing voters. He mostly singles out Rick Santorum (remember that "snob" line) but thinks the problem pervades the party. "Republicans rightly slam Democrats for 'class-warfare'—pushing resentment rather than respect for those Americans who achieve economic success," he writes. "It makes no sense for those same GOPers to turn around and promote anti-intellectualism by encouraging similar spite for those who compile enviable academic records." Full column here.

  • Krugman, New York Times: He, too, hits Santorum but also Mitt Romney for pooh-poohing the notion of student aid. The GOP "has taken a hard right turn against education," he writes, asserting that Republicans aren't interested in helping the less affluent get the diplomas necessary to move upward. The party of traditional values? Bah. "They have actually made a radical break with America’s tradition of valuing education. And they have made this break because they believe that what you don’t know can’t hurt them." Full column here.

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Mar 10, 2012 8:05 AM CST
These guys want everyone to go back to cultivating the land. Sun up to sundown labor doesn't give anyone time to question the actions of their politicians.
Mar 10, 2012 1:50 AM CST
A lot of the usual haters are going to hate the Republican party, encouraged by Newser. Plus, I'm hardly a Republican. By the way, when did "diss" become a word of "educated journalists"? Why are they useing ghetto slang just to get a point across? To take Medved and Krugman seriously is to drink the Kool-aid they are offering. A MENSA classmate of Medved told a radio audience of how much hate Medved had for African-Americans. Krugman just hates anyone who has wealth. He sounds just like Karl Marx, doesn't he?
Mar 9, 2012 9:52 PM CST
Education is a very good thing. 150k in federal loans and no way to pay them back is a very bad thing. The kids that don't know what they want to do, need to be more strongly advised to start off at community college. You can get an associates in general studies for a few thousand or even free and transfer once you figure out what direction your heading. This way, if college isn't for you the bill to pay it back is manageable. Most people don't realize that major universities like LSU offer online classes for a few hundred dollars a credit, and accept everyone from any part of the country. You can even have your credits transferred there from another school. You get the same degree that the on campus students get. There are several other major universities that run similar programs.