Speak With Authority: "Shop Around?" Puh-lease!: "So who are these radicals, these out-of-touch elites who don't understand that competition chews up and spits out regular Americans? Who are these people suggesting that top-of-the-line housing, medical care, and health insurance apparently are "luxuries reserved for the privileged few"? How about, in order, Barack Obama, Democratic Senator Max Baucus, and Linda Douglass of the White House Office of Health Reform.
Granted, in each case, these statements are accompanied by explanations of why government must be heavily involved in housing, medical care, and health insurance to ensure fair competition and affordability. But when it comes to higher education, not only must the government be heavily involved (you can't expect the students themselves or their families to handle it, after all,) but price is no object. As I wrote about earlier this week, even the Obama campaign seemed to realize perhaps they overdid it on their endorsement of educational extravagance. But apparently in this case, they were unable to contain their disgust for that Walmartian-sounding advice "shop around." "
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