Glenn examines the problem with higher education

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President Obama is hitting the road today for a two-day bus tour through New York and Pennsylvania. The objective: expand upon the higher education reforms he hinted at during is State of the Union address in February. The cost of high education has skyrocketed, and the President is looking to make college more affordable.

“The president has some ideas about how we can better align federal assistance with a commitment on behalf of colleges to keep costs low for students,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest said earlier this week. “And that will be part of something that the president will talk about this this week.”

Glenn has been vocal about what he feels to be the shortcomings of high education for quite some time. While President Obama did reference the importance of reemphasizing vocational training during his State of the Union speech, on radio this morning, Glenn explained that government regulations have made it nearly impossible for businesses to offer students apprenticeship or internship opportunities.

“You know, the president is out today giving some stupid speech on how college education has gone up 250 percent. I got news for ya, Mr. President: since you’ve gotten into office, it’s gone up a lot more than 250 percent,” Glenn said. “While he was talking about health care, education was going up in cost much faster. And why? Well, because we took it out of the free market system. It’s been going through the roof ever since – what was it, the 1960s – when we started to say that government will give you special loans, they will make it cheaper for you to get a loan and everything else.”

Higher education has existed in this country for some 200 years, and yet the cost of pursuing higher education has only become a serious problem in the last several decades.

Why?

“We always had college education… It was there during the Revolutionary War. How come everybody could afford it before? How come the Ivy League was relatively affordable compared to now,” Glenn asked. “Well, because nobody was guaranteeing loans. And not everybody went to college. And not everybody should go to college. Not everybody needs to go to a four‑year college.”

President Obama will most certainly blame the rising costs on the universities when, in reality, it is government interference that is wreaking havoc on the system. Additionally, it is virtually impossible for businesses to offer opportunities to those who are not enrolled in college.

“Do you see what they’re doing with interns now? White House interns work, I believe the average intern works 45 hours for free at the White House. Why? ‘Well, we’re giving them an experience they wouldn’t be able to get anywhere else.’ Really,” Glenn asked. “Well, how about if I have an intern? I can give them an experience they won’t be able to find anyplace else. I can have them intern here? No, no, no. I’ve got to pay my interns… You have to pay for them now.”

“This is what progressives do, right? They remove competition,” Stu interjected. “They have this structure built with the universities in which they get to indoctrinate everybody. And the only way you can really learn an industry without going there is to get an internship and work your way up. Well, if you remove companies’ incentive to do that, well, then you control everything.”

College is not for everyone, and Glenn is a perfect example of that. But the way the system is rigged today, there aren’t very many opportunities to break into an industry for those who do not earn a college degree.

“And you notice that you have to be going to a university or a college to become an intern,” Glenn said. “I can’t just say, ‘Hey, you, you want to learn this? Come on in.’ No, no, no. You have to pass through the portal of an educational system to be able to come in here and work. I understand, we don’t want anybody working slaves. We don’t want any, you know, indentured servants. We don’t want any of that. I got it. I got it.”

Stu explained that he got his start in radio because Glenn allowed him to work on his program and taught him the ropes. “This was a path I chose. I chose to work my butt off for free for several years, and you were very up front with me. You said, ‘Look, this is gonna suck for a while. What’s going to happen in the next few years is probably going to suck, but if we can stick with it, work hard, and on our own merit make this into a giant company, someday you’ll be rewarded,’” Stu said. “And you know what? It worked out because we worked together really hard to put something together like this.”

Glenn got his first job in radio at 13 years old, but there is no way he could employ a young, dedicated kid legally under today’s laws.

“At 13 years old, I’m working at a radio station,” Glenn said. “Could I hire a 13‑year‑old today? Could I hire a 10‑year‑old today? I would love to hire some kid that had the same desire… Now, I can’t hire him. I can’t have him walking around doing stuff. Of course, that would be illegal. That would be horrible. I would love to put a kid in an entry role and say, ‘You’re going to learn absolutely everything about television. I want you to stand next to the camera. Whatever that camera guy tells you to do, you do.’”

“And I would gladly do that. Gladly do that. But the government won’t let me do that,” he concluded. “Why? There’s too much money to be made in education. There’s too much power to be gained if we can just churn out a bunch of rubes.”

  • ken.

    it’s simple, leftists being in control!!!

  • phillyoscar

    Wait, didn’t you criticize a bunch of interns on your old FOX show for complaining about not getting paid to intern in NYC?

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    I listened to Obama’s speech, its the same basic lies: more programs, more government control, more lies upon lies u[pm lies upon lies. 

    In short business as usual for the left.

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    Absolutely.

  • Anonymous

    Does everyone that goes to Glenn Beck, website totally agree  with this idiot. College isn’t for everyone but everyone needs education. If we left education up to the conservatives  we all believe that the world is 6000 years old  man lived alongside dinosaurs. They be no Internet digital television  or cell phones. The only ones that would have computers would be  medium and largest sites corporations. if it was up to Glen Beck and his right wing followers a ninth grade education  would be the norm.

    Why is it that  conservatives are proud of their stupidity and lack of understanding when it comes to real world  ideas. Conservatives are anti-minority, anti-women, anti-technology, anti-environmental, anti-health care, anti-union,Anti-Mexican… But most of all their anti-logic.

  • Anonymous

    How can anyone take this clown seriously?

  • Anonymous

    Glenn Beck makes people dumb, and horny for perversion

  • Anonymous

    And if we left education up to someone like you, nobody would be able to form a coherent sentence, spell correctly, or use proper grammar, and everyone would believe that over half our country’s population is full of hateful racists and sexists. 

    Maybe you should try posting an educated reply (i.e. using proper punctuation, grammar, and spelling) before bashing conservatives about how education would be since THEY’RE (not “their”) so “anti-logic”. 

    OTHER CORRECTIONS:  “If we left education up to the conservatives  we all believe (WE WOULD ALL BELIEVE) that the
    world is 6000 years old  (AND ) man lived alongside dinosaurs. They (How about THERE WOULD BE) be no
    Internet digital television  or cell phones . . . if (CAPITALIZE IF AT THE BEGINNING OF A SENTENCE) it
    was up to Glen (AT LEAST SPELL THE PERSON’S NAME CORRECTLY, IF YOU’RE GOING TO BASH HIM – GLENN HAS 2 Ns) Beck and his right wing followers a ninth grade
    education  would be the norm . . .

    Why is it that  conservatives are proud of their stupidity and lack
    of understanding when it comes to real world  ideas. (A SENTENCE THAT IS A QUESTION SHOULD TECHNICALLY END WITH A ?)

    But hey, thanks for showing your true, uneducated colors.

  • Anonymous

    What is clear from Obama is that he is a puppet on the strings of socialist/communist masters.  He has a gift for reading prepared speeches that appeal to the prevailing audience and pushes their buttons with fine sounding words.  He notes the realities of the topic of his speech, e.g., higher educate is expensive, but never LEADS with a plan to solve problems related to the topic.  

    For example, we all like ice cream and know that compared to the prices in the 60s, the price has gone up.  So wouldn’t everyone like free ice cream and guess what, the Federal Government under Obama’s administration can give everyone the free ice cream if only Congress can get its act together.  Then his next speech will be about hamburgers.  He won’t propose a solution, just pose a “problem” of his choice.

    And so what are these junkets really about?  To identify and foment divisions and to deride his political adversaries for standing in the path of progress of a false and non existing problem.  

    Please note where he gives speeches: Blue States and forums that are loaded with the

  • Anonymous

     What’s with you and handouts? I swear, Glenn, you are becoming your grandpa. Baby boomers had dads who went to school on the GI Bill when they got out of the war. Which was technically a handout. The only difference between that and what President Obama is proposing is the returning vets served this country BEFORE going to school. Nowadays college graduates who want their student loans to be taken care of need to either work for a non-profit agency or for the country for a few years AFTER they finish their education. Maybe part time or something like serving the country might be like national guard duty but for charity work instead of the military.

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    Maybe part time or something like serving the country might be like
    national guard duty but for charity work instead of the military.

  • greywolfrs

    B S, you are liar.

  • greywolfrs

    Sounds like you needed no help.

  • Anonymous

     Do you actually get paid for posting your ignorance?

  • Anonymous

     You need to learn how to spell.

  • Allison C

    I’m 20, and I’m a former intern for Mercury Radio Arts. Over the past year, I’ve also interned for the House Majority Leader, and I’m currently interning for a former Speaker of the House (who’s name I probably shouldn’t divulge for professional purposes, haha). My next internship for the fall is scheduled with The Daily Caller.

    No, I haven’t gotten paid for any of the work I’ve done over the past few years. But it has been a privilege. Why? I’m a college dropout, and this is the only available path I see to break into politics/political journalism. 

    And Glenn is absolutely right…90% of the internships I’ve applied for have required that you be in school. I’ve had to lie in the past about being in school just to get my foot in the door. I’m not proud of that, but you do what you have to do to forge a path in life. I’ve been fortunate that my employers haven’t checked up on my credentials, lest I be found out. However, my current employer knows full well that I don’t intend to finish school, as I bashfully explained to him during my interview. He thought it was admirable that a young person was attempting to forge a different path and breakout of the current model of thinking.

    We, as young people, shouldn’t be denigrated for finding creative alternatives to the norm, and as I find myself continually having to explain to my peers…I’M NOT AN IDIOT. 

  • Allison C

    I’m 20, and I’m a former
    intern for Mercury Radio Arts. Over the past year, I’ve also interned for the
    House Majority Leader, and I’m currently interning for a former Speaker of the
    House (who’s name I probably shouldn’t divulge for professional purposes,
    haha). My next internship for the fall is scheduled with The Daily Caller.

     

    No, I haven’t gotten
    paid for any of the work I’ve done over the past few years. But it has been a
    privilege. Why? I’m a college dropout, and this is the only available path I
    see to break into politics/political journalism. 

     

    And Glenn is absolutely
    right…90% of the internships I’ve applied for have required that you be in
    school. I’ve had to lie in the past about being in school just to get my foot
    in the door. I’m not proud of that, but you do what you have to do to forge a
    path in life. I’ve been fortunate that my employers haven’t checked up on my
    credentials, lest I be found out. However, my current employer knows full well
    that I don’t intend to finish school, as I bashfully explained to him during my
    interview. He thought it was admirable that a young person was attempting to
    forge a different path and breakout of the current model of thinking.

     

    We, as young people,
    shouldn’t be denigrated for finding creative alternatives to the norm, and as I
    find myself continually having to explain to my peers…I’M NOT AN IDIOT.