Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Over the last couple of weeks with the help, advice, and resources given to me by Professor Goeller, the main construction of my argument deals with our government and how it has disadvantaged higher education and American students through policies rooted in neoliberalism, and ultimately how I feel that our democracy has slowly started to become something like a plutocracy. Between Suzanne Mettler and Henry Giroux, the evidence that our politicians care only about themselves, their money, and their wealthy constituents is heavily prevalent. Starting with Ronald Reagan, neoliberalism has been on the rise, and every president since then has carried a neoliberalist agenda. This plays a determining factor in why our country has shifted from a democracy towards a plutocracy, which is a government by the wealthy. Whether it is Sallie Mae lobbying in Congress for more student loan rules or allowing for-profit institutions to thrive and award graduates with useless prospects and a mountain of debt, the rich continue to get richer and the poor continue to get poorer, thanks to Uncle Sam. The inequality in this country is as bad as it was in the 1920's, and the privatization of higher education and the student loan crisis, both due to our government, is a key factor.