The Hill: What Legacy?
By Steve Gunderson
During the negotiations around the omnibus appropriations bill, the Obama administration made crystal clear their hostility to private sector education – when they informed Congressional leaders that any language in the bill delaying the implementation of the gainful employment regulation until Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act was ”non-negotiable.” Since the completion of the negotiations, the White House has claimed victory for stopping so-called “ideological riders” that were to be attached to the appropriations bill. The administration considers the gainful employment regulation part of Obama and Secretary Duncan’s legacies and went to great lengths to protect it.
Unfortunately, the costs of this blind ideology will likely define them in ways they will regret.
This administration is increasingly defined by its hostility to the private sector. And the data shows it. While they should be pursuing public-private partnerships, they continue to pursue big government in ways that curb the ability of the private sector to create real jobs, real incomes and a real chance for entrance into America’s middle class.
The Pew Research Center recently released a report that shows for the first time in decades there are fewer Americans in the middle class than the upper and lower classes. A similar look at the nation’s gross domestic product showed average growth of 5.7 percent prior to the great recession, and only 3.9 percent growth in the five years since the recession. Compare this data to China where an 8.1 percent average annual growth over the past five years is described as a recession.
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