It’s a funny thing: I taught political science for 17 years and have a Ph.D. in the field, but that doesn’t seem to matter much. Among liberal progressives, a group that generally values education and expertise, if you are on the “wrong” side of the issue, clearly your credentials were either mistakenly granted or suspiciously purloined.

Many of my former colleagues, liberal progressives and socialists, all would simply say when questioned by non-professionals, “You have Fox, I have a Ph.D. I win.” I always thought that was quite arrogant, but like any group of experts, there was always a sense that they knew better than the common man or woman. I never felt that way.

I have been struck for some time now by a growing chasm between the right and the left of American politics that has very little to do with policy or any understanding of civic duty or anything else we taught in class. It has to do with attitude. The left seems to be overwhelmingly characterized by a negativity about everything: the climate, the economy, COVID, fairness — you name it and they are down about it and looking to the government and “experts” (not me of course) to come up with solutions and a plan for them.

People on the right of American politics tend toward optimism and self-reliance. Many of the poorest places in America are now “red” and the left gets frustrated by the rubes who don’t know well enough to vote in their own self-interest. They fundamentally misunderstand.

These people don’t want a D.C. generated plan or a paternalistic government deciding what they should get, they want government to get out of their way. They want a chance at achieving a better life for themselves and their children even if “experts” tell them that the American dream is a mirage. They still believe. That belief is, in my opinion, priceless. It helps us to get out of bed in the morning after a succession of bad days. It gets us to tell our children to try harder and they will achieve, not that the deck is stacked against them. It tells us not to rely on a government that is “systemically racist” to solve our problems for us. It tells us, in a word, not to give up hope. It tells us to remain eternally optimistic. It is a fundamental difference between the right and the left in American politics and it makes me thank God daily that I switched sides almost 20 years ago.

Evidence of this divide is not hard to find. Turn on the TV and you will see it among the “journalists” who long ago stopped reporting and started editorializing. I turn on MSNBC and CNN and am met with constant negativity and scowls. The only time the “reporters” smile is when they are mocking someone on the right as a simpleton. COVID, which has tragically killed 2.75 percent of the people who have tested positively, not those who have contracted it, (according to the CNN ghoulishly updated death clock 0.06 percent of Americans have died of this plague) is discussed as if it is the new Black Death, which killed almost 50 percent of Europe. I believe life is sacred, but to talk about this pandemic as if it was a national crisis deserving the lockdown (in America, surely you jest!) of the entire economy, the closure of schools and government mandates on Americans’ behaviors? Please.

According to a recent Gallup poll (not a pro-Trump organization) 56 percent of Americans said they were better off now than they were four years ago. This poll was conducted in mid-September after the economy had been closed for six months and unemployment had gone from near zero to 8 percent. Imagine what the poll would have reported had it been done in February.

If Joe Biden wins and the Democrats take the Senate, I fear our country will be unrecognizable by next May. We will have two new states (D.C. and Puerto Rico) the end of the filibuster and the Electoral College, the end of energy independence (remember “no blood for oil?” Neither does the left), the normalization and acceptance as “mostly peaceful protests” of violence against law enforcement and public institutions, an assault on the stock market (there is only so much that can be squeezed from the top 10 percent of earners who already pay 70 percent of federal taxes), Truth and Reconciliation commissions (seriously, MSNBC has suggested it) and a packed and fully politicized Supreme Court. It is doubtful the left will ever be voted out in such a system. Why the answer to those who cry “systemic racism” at every turn, is even more government, I’ll never understand.

As the father of three biracial children, I do not want a world where the government decides what they can have based on a race-based quota system. I want my children to be judged, if they must be judged here on Earth, based on their abilities and their goodness; not judged by an unelected bureaucrat inside the beltway. This is why, on Nov. 3, it’ll be a momentous vote.

David E. Staveley, Ph.D. writes from Monrovia. He can be reached at destaveley@gmail.com.

(137) comments

jth7100

So the Republicans are optimists and the Democrats are gloom and doom? Re-read your last two paragraphs. The end of America, dogs and cats living together? Funny.

jth7100

Education and intelligence can be unrelated. What's new?

veritas

Dang, Dave, you sure did open up a big ol' can of liberal consternation and outrage. Of course it's not really all that hard to do. You just have to tell the truth! Good on you, sir.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@V

Where exactly did you see the truth in the above column? You are supposed to be truth seeker so how about you seek the truth in the above column and point it out for the rest of us okay? Because I saw no truth in the above column just Faux "news" talking points so... Your idea of the truth is far different than mine, and that could explain why you don't stick around to talk about the truth.

des21

Thanks Veritas. I always enjoy hearing from you.

des21

-14 positive emails - a new record- 0 negative. I’m very pleased.

MRS M

Awwww, Dave, that's really so nice.

Heartfelt congratulations on "a new record".

And thanks for letting us all know.

(Who knew a grown man could be this needy? Says alot.)

des21

Who knew an old woman could be so full of hate. I will pray for you Mrs. M.

Appreciative does not = needy but i guess you were never taught that- along with other aspects of manners. Again, I will pray for you.

phydeaux994

Bottom line, if Conservatism is the way GOD intended (Snark Snark), how has it produced such horrible Government and Governing over the past 30 years? The last two times the Democrats have brought good Government and a solid Economy to the Nation, the RINO/Conservatives have ripped it apart. All the Rights and Liberties that have been gained for minorities and women and the LGBTQ Community over the past 80 years are being threatened by the Radical Right to continue the control the WASPS have had over America since 1776 and before. Actions Speak Louder Than Words and the actions of the Radical Right are destroying our Country. A Gallup Poll recently said that 56% of Americans are better off than they were four years ago but is the same privileged 60% that have had the most freedom to succeed since Columbus landed.

matts853

Des, when a person is so purely partisan like yourself, and has proven themselves to be such a horrible judge of character, a PHD in poli-sci seems pretty worthless.

DickD

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Greg F

It sure didn’t help either to help in a pi$$ poor attempt at spinning things either.

matts853

I could pick this gibberish apart piece by piece - and I’m just a lowly retired CPA - but why bother? Dave and the cult members are impervious to logic, facts, and reason.

All I can say is that people like Dr. Dave who endorse and perpetuate Trumpism are doing America a great disservice. Just a couple days ago Trump retweeted a QAnon conspiracy theory that Bin Laden is still alive and that Obama and Biden had SEAL Team 6 killed to cover it up. I’m not saying Dave believes this, but there are a lot of impressionable people (almost exclusively FOX watchers) that buy into this propaganda and are on the brink of a collective nervous breakdown. They take Trump seriously when he tells them to “Stand By”. Trump is even recruiting an “Army” to patrol and menace polling places. Trump’s demagoguery is dangerous to basic civility and he’s set the stage for a probable civil and constitutional crisis. Trump has given a voice to a lot of really insane people and it could take a long time to bring them peacefully into reality. Four more years of him as president will really change America for the worse, perhaps permanently.

des21

If you say so I guess it must be true because, well, you're you right? You hurt me very deeply Matt[beam]

sdm817

Great letter. [thumbup][thumbup][thumbup]

MRS M

Wake up, sd, and show some respect. It's not "a letter"! Dr. Dave prefers that you know he is a (self-described) "essayist". Geez................

des21

I love that that gets you all wound up! Its hilarious how much time you have on your hands. Well, sad really.

b1sellers

Yes the right is so optimistic - is that when they are screaming and red faced? When the guy are planning on kidnapping governors? When they disrupt peaceful protests to sow discord? Or show up with guns to intimidate? Or the violence they commit? The FBI is far more concerned with far right extremists than they are with far left. But you probably know that and chose to overlook it. Your column reminds me of propaganda and you do come across as arrogant.

NewMarketParent

Dear Letter Writer,

Don't let your own personal politics cloud your judgement as it obviously has in this letter. A PhD in Politics also does not necessarily translate into being on the right side of history. I would guess it has to do more with understanding fundamental mechanisms of how to move the political machinery, but does not guarantee your own personal morality nor moral compass. If you are supportive of the current administration, well then it becomes obvious that your compass needs some serious calibration.

pdl603

If Trump was proven guilty of half the stuff that is alleged, then he’d be a democrat in good standing. Don’t ask me ask Wheezy.

Greg F

Trump was impeached. He is facing charges as soon as he is out of office and has many sexual assault and fraud cases in litigation now. He will be brought up on other charges once his supposed immunity from being in office is no more...and no, he can’t pardon himself.

JerryR

Here's absolute proof of the cancel culture - Twitter and Facebook both stopped the story about the emails on Hunter Biden's laptop that the NYP published. But do they do the same about suspect stories about Trump? Hell no! The CEO of Twitter even just admitted they are biased. I knew, a long time ago and told my liberal friends that this would happen and that Joe and Hunter's shenanigans would come to light and change the election game showing Sleepy Joe is corrupt along with his son and Obummer turned a blind eye to it. The chickens have come home to roost. You reap what you sow!! 47 years a swamp rat and a millionaire off the American tax payers.

Greg F

Even if true (which has not been shown), it is a drop in the bucket compared to trump who literally today is directly profiting from his position, helping friends and family and giving the farm away to the rich and foreign dictators. Add the sex cases, tax evasion, and all the violations you have a far, far more nasty guy in trump, and it gets worse with his racism and backing by the KKK and Nazi parties. Whatever way you stack it, your guy flat out sucks.

pdl603

Lil’ Greggy, if Trump was proven guilty of half of what you allege, then he’d be a democrat in good standing.

Greg F

Piddle...you are laughable and seem to forget all the current litigation against him for sex assaults and fraud on his contractors and employees for nonpayment. He will face charges when he gets ousted and won’t be exempt. Keep your head where it is piddle, up your rear end.

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PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

Wait till Jerry R finds out this:

YouTube banned QAnon, Other Conspiracy Theory Content Targeting Individuals And Groups

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/youtube-ban-qanon-conspiracy-theory-target-individuals-groups_n_5f886b3fc5b6c5eccffe3d50

It's about freaking time YouTube did this..now if Face Book did the same?

NewMarketParent

@PurplePickles

However will JerryR get his news and where will he find out where the next JadeHelm or Pizzagate is happening?

PurplePickles aka L&M

@NMP

You forgot Jerry R still has Faux “news”. But imagine if we didn’t, we probably wouldn’t have as many Jerry R’s and we would all agree on the same facts and we would all be living in the same real reality, also no columns like this anymore.

shiftless88

Hey Jerry; they did not "stop" the story. You just had to click one extra time. I realize that this is a huge barrier to some but perhaps you should adjust your comment to be more truthful.

Hayduke2

Jerry R - you ought to read the story about the laptop.. Repair man a Trump supporter, couldn't say who dropped it off, what he fixed, was confused when questioned and offered several versions, it can't be proved the emails are actually real, etc. And you go nuts over a made up story. Come on bro.

bosco

Sort of like how the left went nuts over the made up Russian dossier paid for by Hillary and used to obtain bogus FISA warrants? That sort of nuts?

At least the FBI has the Biden hard drive before the DNC had a chance to take a hammer and bleach to it.

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awteam2000

I think you mean how Fox News and Trump went nuts over the Obama administration supposedly spying on him (masking of fisa warrants). Even his his crony Bill Barr, came up with nothing 🤷‍♂️.

Also, when was Hillary last in office? Answer: 8 years ago. That’s a non-starter. You and Des21 need to move on.

On the other hand Trump is waiting on 25 indictments, if he’s not re-elected. From tax evasion, fraud, sexual assault, emolument violations, misuse of political donations (why is he out of campaign money) along with conspiring with a foreign government against American interest. Plus he’s an obnoxious human being. Is that your appeal?

Hayduke2

Yup Bosco- right up there with Benghazi, email stuff, unmasking,etc

JerryR

Right on Bosco!! The hypocrisy of the left knows no bounds!!!

pdl603

Read the story again Dukey. The repairman has a vision issue limiting his vision. But again it wouldn’t matter what nadless Wheezy did you be there to swallow whatever he produces.

Hayduke2

I’ll ignore the childish name calling and tell you that Rudy G and others are pushing this Russian disinformation propaganda- no factual basis and pure garbage. Research it yourself bro. Vision problems - what hooey!!!!

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threecents

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JerryR

You do - go get a job!!

Dwasserba

I just want to go a day without feeling I have to watch some news to know what outrageous thing Trump has done or said today. He ruins lives. He's ended lives. I had no left/right bias. I'm Independent. I vote for YOU based on my opinion of YOU. I'm over-saturated with R thinking now. Your messiah is a bully you all hide behind and snicker. I met you as a kid and thought you grew up too. Do-nothings.

MRS M

Deb, the sheer exhaustion and disappointment demonstrated in your comment reminds me that these factors alone, ( with both Trump and the GOP), will be enough for many independents, and others too, to cast their vote for Biden/Harris. For many, the constant dysfunction, divisiveness, and ugliness of this administration and the GOP is completely untenable, disgusting, and emotionally draining. And it's a reminder, too, of why the 8 years of the Obama presidency resulted in the phenomenal and enduring respect America has for that presidency and that man. Eight years of relative peace and prosperity...ahhhhh..... .no drama Obama vs four long and hate-filled years of a whiny little bit**h and the cowards who have enabled him. Still, today poor Dave is living in fear that our "country will not be recognizable by next May" if Biden wins and the Senate flips". I'd say, rather than living in fear, Dave needs to dig down real deep now and "believe".

shiftless88

Like those self-reliant conservatives in the military or working in the military-industrial complex. Oh wait; who funds that again?

NewMarketParent

The part he forgot:

Conservatives like to describe themselves as self-reliant and optimistic.

I like to describe myself as having a head full of hair and a top-notch lover.

See how much fun we can have when describing ourselves when there is no way to objectively measure any of that?

shiftless88

Des; I see the greatest reason for this chasm is people throwing out one-sided generalizations of groups of people when they know, or should know, that these are just simplistic representations.

Dwasserba

[thumbup] I sure hope you are right. Groups at rallies seem to be in agreement in their resistance to simple restrictions. Do my eyes deceive.

Corgi

Awesome, spot on. This really sums up the difference's today.

Hayduke2

Corgi, I'll disagree since it denigrates one group and doesn't recognize the flaws of the other group as well. Nothing more than adding to the discord with generalizations, half truths and personal opinion.

Piedmontgardener

This isn't even close to an evenhanded critique, it's a litany of Fox News buzzwords. A PhD should have a better command of rhetoric.

Dwasserba

I was thinking, having a PhD gives you liscense to be arrogant! I don't mind, you earned it! Then I read further.

NewMarketParent

@Piedmontgardener

Right? I mean they have gotten to the point where they don't even try to recognize their own biases anymore. This is what happens when you live in a vampire's den.

PurplePickles aka L&M

It is hard to understand how someone that has Ph.D. wrote this article but okay.

So the left is seen as negative because we are concerned and want to effect change when it comes to the climate, the economy, COVID, fairness ? So we are to just not worry and be happy? Since when does burying our heads in sand solve anything?

We aren't Republicans...who think the answers are somewhere in the sand if they go deep enough.

Doesn't he want to solve Covid or climate change or racism, that surely his biracial children have experienced ?

(there is only so much that can be squeezed from the top 10 percent of earners who already pay 70 percent of federal taxes)..where did he come up with nonsense? How did Mr. Staveley forget about the corporations that pay no taxes at all, if EVERYONE and EVERY BUSINESS paid their fair share of taxes, you know like rich corporations then there is a lot more left to squeeze. Also did he forget that the orange one paid only $750.00 dollars in federal income taxes so no we are not taxing everyone fairly are we?

This really is a nonsensical article and maybe why Mr. Staveley is looked upon by his colleagues as an oddity.

threecents

Doesn't he want to solve Covid or climate change or racism? Of course not. He is happy, so why bother with unhappy thoughts? It is more fun to laugh at concerned people.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@threecents

I almost thought this could have been written by bosco because he has been singing that same song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy, how can anyone be happy when everything around them is burning down? And I mean everything lives, forests, towns.

Greg F

Trump can't even remember the name of the virus that infected his kid....one time caling it "the um..um...you know what it is" and another (in this video)..."he had...he had...the um...corona-19 virus" and then lies about everything from there on. Cuomo in this video shows just what a boob Trump is, and how utterly incompetent and uncaring he is toward anyone but himself. https://www.cnn.com/videos/politics/2020/10/15/trump-family-coronavirus-cuomo-open-cpt-vpx.cnn

threecents

He often called it a flu or the China virus. It's all part of his failure to take the virus seriously and to expect the country to take it seriously.

MRS M

Dave is making a strong and erudite case here to "BELIEVE". And to always keep HOPE alive. I don't know about y'all, but I'm HOPING and truly BELIEVE Dave's next column will be in December, when he can convincingly speak to, and make a case supporting, his belief in Santa Claus.

PurplePickles aka L&M

@MRS M

I am really looking forward to that column, his biracial children should also enjoy it.

pdl603

I agree the LTE is spot on. Case in point, The Party and its political arm (MSM, Social Media) are election meddling as of right now. Why haven’t the major networks, cable networks, Twitter and Facebook reported, referenced or allowed the comment on the bombshell news regarding Wheezy’s lie that he didn’t know anything about Hunter’s business or that he didn’t meet with executives from Burisma?

Greg F

Hey Piddle....let's see you try to tell us that THIS is not meddling with the ballot...it is, after all, a felony what they are doing. https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/14/politics/california-republicans-ballot-drop-boxes-cease-and-desist/index.html

pdl603

Lil’ Greggy can you answer the question? Or, does your silence show that Wheezy is just as corrupt as The Party.

gabrielshorn2013

As I posted on another thread GregF:

GregF, Untoward? yes. Poor taste? Absolutely! A felony? Absolutely not. Not even illegal, and may also be done here in Maryland. This story was on the NBC nightly news on Tuesday. 25 states, including California and Maryland allow others to deliver ballots to the voting board. It was a shocker to me too. Please see the NBC story at this link.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFng9YGKUwI

dabittle

Liberal progressive orthodoxy asserts that all conservatives, republicans and dissenting voices are illegitimate and should thus be shutdown and canceled, leaving no room for debate or for ideological cleavages--they're right and you're wrong! These ideologues embrace the motto of "Ready, Fire, Aim!" And, it is the liberal progressive PhDs who exhibit, and grotesquely specialize in, academic and pedantic condescension of those with whom they disagree. Their arrogance is breathtaking and essentially smacks of, "If only you poor dumb fools had the benefit of my Liberal Arts education you would see things more clearly."

This vocal minority of disenfranchised radicals vociferously demand unceasing virtue signaling and the repudiation of all things capitalism as signs of conformity. Marxism, they believe, is the only acceptable solution to deal with their inexhaustible list of social injustices. Among their more absurd demands is the equality of outcome over equality of opportunity!

PurplePickles aka L&M

@dabittle

No liberal progressive orthodoxy does not assert that all conservatives, republicans and dissenting voices are illegitimate and should thus be shutdown and canceled.

What us liberal progressive types are asserting is that we are more than happy to engage with you conservatives, republicans in a discussion that involves actual real facts and actual real reality.

Republicans today,(notice I did not say conservative) are living in a different reality, and using alternative facts to argue with so ...and until we can all live in the same reality and use the same facts then a discussion is pointless.

dabittle

The manifold belligerent actions of the radical arm of the liberal progressive malcontents speaks louder, indeed much louder, than your few words pledging to enter into a discussion once you hear something to your likening. Numerous examples of cancelling free speech, rioting in the streets, burning down the businesses of hard working middle-class and delegitimizing the U.S. Constitution (to name a few) ARE the facts. BTW, I'm a conservative but reregistered as an Independent, not a Republican...and for the record, Trump is an idiot!

PurplePickles aka L&M

@dabittle

I'm also registered as an independent even though I do lean left and a tad progressive when it comes to many things so...

I will gladly enter into a discussion when I hear facts, actual facts! I'm glad to hear you think Trump is an idiot and that you aren't a Republican but a Conservative, you must really be dismayed at the current state of things?

Your comment does not contain actual facts but your opinions, and opinions are not facts.

Yes there are has been rioting in the street and burning down of businesses of hard working middle-class American's but what is your point ?

How is the radical arm of the liberal progressive delegitimizing the U.S. Constitution? What are the facts concerning that?

And where are the facts concerning us radical liberals cancelling free speech?

And you are sounding a tad belligerent.

JerryR

PP - that's complete BS. And you know it!

shiftless88

Interesting that you would say this in response to a conservative demonstrating arrogance as well as condescension of those with whom they disagree.

threecents

Dab, While there is some truth to what you wrote, liberal progressives are not Marxist.

micky

Wow, the trolls are out in full force. If the democrats win and do all that they have promised, who will protect us from the government ? Thank goodness I'm old !

sevenstones1000

Self reliance will not go far in stopping a plague or fixing climate change.

The delusion is strong in this one.

DickD

Dave, what you fail to understand is your biracial children will be treated better by liberals than the conservatives that prefer white supremacy. This has always mystified me about you. And you fail to look at the good liberals do for the unfortunates. For instance, in New York State you could go to a State college without paying tuition, prior to sometime around 1980. You fail to realize that the good of many outweighs the good of a few

Yes, you did very good, yes the government can be a pain. It does not mean that it is better for the nation, as a whole.

Blueline

Dick - you must mean the '50's for NYS Universities. In '73 I applied to Oswego, & Baruch (NYC). Both had tuition, though you could work your way through. I worked at a golf course & made the tuition. It's when liberals took over the University systems that tuition began to skyrocket. Of course, they countered that by making loans easily available to cover the higher costs. How did that work out?

shiftless88

Blue; it is well documented that soaring tuition in state schools is due to a concerted effort by conservatives to reduce taxes. The state taxes used to support a much larger portion of the university than they do now. University administrative growth is one part of this, too, but not the dominant part. I can find the reference if you cannot.

Hayduke2

Blueline - unfortunately this is similar to the good ol day syndrome that many feel as they get older. Kids today work to offset costs as well but tuition costs, like the price of groceries, gas, insurance, cars, electricity and everything else have risen to the point that a minimum wage job won't cover the cost. Sure, companies took advantage and encouraged huge debt loads but I believe some of that is on parents who had kids and did not adequately plan for future costs among other things. To blame liberals or conservatives for the costs is not valid.

Blueline

Hayduke - the point is that College costs have risen way beyond the rates of inflation. The items you mention, i.e. gas, groceries, cars, etc., can mostly be tied to inflation, but tuition does not. Plus, most colleges have large endowment funds stockpiled. There is something else in play as to why tuition is so high. You can bet that if the cost of milk or gas rose 12-15 times, politicians would be on TV demanding an explanation, but colleges seem to escape any scrutiny.

shiftless88

Blue; first off, you are mixing up private and public universities (private universities often have large endowment funds; public ones do not). Tuition at private universities is a market-driven phenomenon. Perhaps you are against market-driven prices? State university tuition has increased while their state tax support has dropped. I noted this above, in a comment you avoided.

Are you aware that the items you list are used to DEFINE inflation? Therefore they will largely track inflation by definition.

Blueline

Shiftless - I haven't seen documentation that soaring tuition rates were caused by tax reductions. I am aware that private universities will generally have larger endowments, but its not accurate to say that public universities don't have them. Going back to Dick's original SUNY example - NYS funding of the University system in '79/80 was $104M. Funding in '20/21 is $12B, a 115% increase. SUNY Oswego (public) in 2018 had an Endowment Fund of $36M, below the median for all colleges of $67M, but still not inconsequential. Whether tuition at private universities should be market driven is a discussion for another day, but going back to Economics 101, if you pump easy money into a system (i.e. tuition loans) you generally cause the price to increase, which is what has happened with college costs.

threecents

I agree that college tuition - both private and public - has gone up Way beyond the rate of inflation for decades. I am not sure what the reasons are, but it is a fact. As Blue pointed out, it is no longer possible to pay for a major chunk of a 4-year college with a part-time job.

shiftless88

Blue; there are many studies. Here is one: https://www.cbpp.org/research/state-budget-and-tax/a-lost-decade-in-higher-education-funding

shiftless88

And I am sure that you realize that absolute dollars is not the right metric. It is dollars per student. And really, an endowment of $36M is basically nothing. With about 8k students that is basically one semester tuition for all students and then it is gone. Harvard has $42,000,000,000 in comparison. $36M is like a rainy day fund

DickD

Free tuition ended with the education law of 1961...Prior to that Governor Dewey set up the State University System of New York, providing free tuition for residents

It was based on the G.I. Bill of Rights that provided G.I.s free tuition and the previous concept that college tuition should be free to end discrimination. Not just race or religious discrimination, but financial as well. The 1961 law assumed scholarships and loans would replace free tuition.

DickD

The two driving forces in tuition increases are the lack of state, federal and local funding in addition to allowing colleges to spend funds as they desire. Add in higher demand and costs to obtain professors and the costs have risen so high that it becomes doubtful if the education expenses are a good investment.

lilysue22

How can you scapegoat all left wing people as negative when all you ever do on this website is comment negative, judgmental, condescending, insulting things at people? I agree that there is too much negativity (on both sides - you left out fear mongering on the right also going on right now), but you are right in the thick of it, at least on this website. If you are serious about being positive and spreading good vibes instead of hatred, you should start with your columns and comments on the FNP. I look forward to more positive commentary from you in the future.

JerryR

Lady, in case you've been absent form the FNP comments on other LTE's, columns, etc., the negativity is primarily from the left wing nuts who slam anyone who does not go along with the liberal agenda. Talk about drinking the Kool Aid?? It's cancel culture at it's best!!

bosco

Well said, JerryR, and they will continue to prove your point in this and other threads each and every day.

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lilysue22

I think you got the wrong one baby!

lilysue22

Don't be mad because they are dishing it back. I've been reading the comments for years now and it used to be people like you yelling into the abyss, now it's both sides yelling into the abyss and being nasty to each other. If the right wing didn't want this they should have been respectful and open to deep discussions. Instead the left wingers turned into the right wingers and you are mad at the monster you created. Read Frankenstein this October for a great perspective on that!

Dwasserba

[thumbup]fun to read

Hayduke2

Well said lilysue....

Dwasserba

His voice and opinions are authentic to him, though. He's not a cheerleader. We get lied to enough. This is his truth, like it or not. I don't. Too bad for me.

threecents

The thesis that doom and gloom is a liberal thing is laid out, and then Des predicts doom and gloom if Biden is elected. In 2016 Trump campaigned on doom and gloom. Trump told us how bad things were and that only he could fix them. I was surprised to read that Des watches MSNBC and CNN, and I'm certain he watches Fox. I avoid all the cable news channels. I encourage everyone to stay away from the polarizing "news" on both sides. As this column demonstrates, even a Ph.D. is often not enough protection.

Hayduke2

Well said three....

shiftless88

Very true; three. Not a lot of optimism in this letter.

Mixer

You sir are just a simpleton with a PHD.

bosco

Thank you for proving the LTE authors point about negativity from the left.

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awteam2000

Where’s the “negativity”?

bosco

Maybe calling someone a "simpleton with a PhD"?

awteam2000

Positively.

Thewheelone

Mr. Staveley, please answer the question as to why our country has over 20% of the cases and deaths from Covid and only 4% of the worlds' total population? Do you really believe it is not because of our collective behavior in response to this virus?

You are a student of political science and thus, I find it hard to imagine that you do not seem to acknowledge the effects that systemic racism (you put the term in quotes in your column) has played in the functioning of our federal, state and local governments. Perhaps it is not as evident today as it was in the our parents' generations and in previous generations, but there are lingering effects which have imbedded themselves in our culture, society and government.

Lastly, you write that if Joe Biden becomes president that our country will become "unrecognizable." Look around you, Mr. Staveley. Is what you see happening in our country appealing and recognizable to you? Is the discord you see, hear and read about every day recognizable? Is the chaos and deception that is evident every day coming out of the white house recognizable to you? Because sir, what I see going on today is not recognizable to me, nor is it acceptable and clearly we need a change.

Mixer

Thank you for you eloquence, because i wanna, oh excuse me. I would like to curse his dumb ass out. lmaooo

DickD

That is a great comment, Wheel. [thumbup]

threecents

Wheel[thumbup]

Hayduke2

Well said Wheel!

awteam2000

Sounds like someone is unhappy ☹️ that the other kids say he doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

DickD

David has a white daughter living in Binghamton, New York.

gabrielshorn2013

Ummm...no Dick. She is biracial too.

Hayduke2

And this has what to do with the topic Dick?

gabrielshorn2013

[thumbup] hay

awteam2000

It’s troubling, even sad when you need to bring up your family is biracial as part of your political argument, today. Sounds like “I have Black friends too”,or saying “I have a cocker-spaniel“, two breeds.

DickD

Aw mamade a comment about other kids. Maybe I am wrong, but Dave made a comment about his daughter, by his 1st marriage, about a year ago, and I thought he said she was not a minority. .Although, I don't recall his exact words.

Dwasserba

I have an Asian daughter living in Glen Burnie. Do I win something?

jsklinelga

Des,

I agree with many points but question a couple. The chasm or divide between the right and left is not entirely mysterious. As someone that voted for Obama twice I still remember the shock I felt when the leaders of the left encouraged the Baltimore rioters to let it burn. I remember the dismay at Obama's executive order not to abide by the duly legislated DOMA law, which in turn led to Obergefell . Then the absurdity of the new bathroom laws that drove a deeper wedge into an already fractured divide. These are just several of the items that helped fuel the divide.

:But most importantly I question: "I fear our country will be unrecognizable by next May" if Biden wins. The electoral college is going nowhere. Packing the courts would require a herculean effort that neither Biden nor Harris is capable of. And if things got to bizarre we still have the protection of the 2nd Amendment. No. Our country may be rattled for a bit but it will survive. Because the real government is not in Washington but in the hearts and soul of the American populace.

awteam2000

JSK you have a track record of wrong choices. Right? You keep repeating them, and repeatedly surprised 😲

DickD

So, Jim, you feel that the 2nd Amendment will save you if Biden wins?

Hayduke2

So jsk, the second ammendment will protect you? Are you advocating for armed conflict in the US?

bosco

No, that's the aim of Antifa and the Burn Loot and Mayhem crowd - especially when you add up the damages from the "Summer of Love".[lol][ninja]

Hayduke2

So you ignore the FBI and Homeland Security reports that the biggest threat to the US is white supremacist groups? The armed quasi militia groups like Boogaloo Boys, 3 Per Centers, etc...

bosco

Like I said, add up the damages.

[ninja]

Hayduke2

Okay, no real rebuttal. As expected

lewisantq

Bosco, Have you forgotten Tim McVey, the Oklahoma City bomber? He was a member of a white supremacist militia.He caused far more death and destruction in that one act than have all of of the liberal demonstrations in the 25 years since. Bob Lewis

phydeaux994

Last 5 Administrations jsk, Democrats 2 successes, Republicans 1 failure and the worst 2 Presidents in American History. Why do you not think that Biden will lead the recovery from the Trump Disaster/Economic Crash like Clinton and Obama did for the Bush Boys failures. Keep wishing for the same thing and expecting a different result???😂🤣😷

armillary

Elections are how we judge men here in America. And as you hope, Trump will be judged based on his abilities and his goodness. For many of us, he has been weighed in the balances many times since 2017. He has been tested, and he has been found wanting.

bosco

Elections are how we judge men here in America. And as you hope, Biden will be judged based on his abilities and his goodness. For many of us, he has been weighed in the balances many times in 47 years. He has been tested, and he has been found wanting.

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olefool

That's a brilliant thing you just said there bosco, where did you come up with that???? Oh, you plagiarized it... Like most of your comments here, can't you doo better>>

bosco

What's the matter, oldfool, don't like it when the premise is reversed? And thank you for proving the author's point about negativity from the left.

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Hayduke2

Wait bosco.. You just thanked someone for displaying the negativity from the left - do you not see the irony in your display of negativity from someone on the right? Do you not see the negativity displayed in this column with its thin veneer of rightousness? Come on man.

NewMarketParent

@olefool

The best Reek can do is dodo better.

DickD

In four years Donald Trump has been a collasal failure.

bosco

That must be why in a recent Gallup poll, 56 percent of Americans said they are better off than they were four years ago - even during a pandemic.

[ninja]

threecents

The economy has continued its general upward trend, but a lot of that is due to the very overspending that Trump pledged he would not do. Remember he pledged balanced budgets every year in 2016? Clinton was the last president to produce a balanced budget. We have not come close since then. The national debt is much higher than ever under Trump. Eventually the air that both sides put in the economy is going to burst the bubble. And that is not liberal doom and gloom; it is what conservatives said when Obama was president.

gabrielshorn2013

"The national debt is much higher than ever under Trump

A gratuitous true statement three, but why is it higher?

threecents

Why is the debt higher? I already answered that question - because our governments since Clinton have made no effort to even balance the budget, much less pay down the debt. Trump's first three years would have been a perfect time to start paying down the debt, as the economy was in great shape. Instead he added many billions. Now that we are in Covid crisis, the government is forced to spend even more money it does not have to bail out individuals and businesses, and the debt continues to look like a growing black hole.

phydeaux994

I’d say that’s about right bosco. “White Privilege”

What percentage of the US is white 2020?

59.7%

Racial proportions will shift. In 2020, non-Hispanic white people, hereafter called whites, are still the majority race in the U.S., representing 59.7% of the U.S. population.Jan 2, 2020

threecents

Actually, it looks like Biden is up for a promotion.🤗🎈

Greg F

Trump has been weighed in since the days of his KKK grand-daddy and father. He's fallen not even to the stump of the tree....he's clung on to those ideals like crap to toilet paper. Boxcar....trump has ZERO redeeming qualities...none. His business is a sham, his money was given to him by daddy warbucks, and if he did nothing with it at all, he would be a true Billionaire rather than the one he tells banks he is when he wants a loan, and the taxman something different for his returns. His policies are rampantly racist, misogynistic, and homophobic. He tramples allies while coddling dictators. Yet you, Bonzai, would rather coddle cold war enemies rattling our windows and attempting to break into our homes with Trump as the accomplice than just suck it up and admit your guy is one of the worst leaders in human history aside maybe from Nero or Caligula.

shiftless88

bosco; you seem to forget how many elections he has won. In fact, how many elections has he lost?

phydeaux994

Trump has been found wanting for 74 years bosco. And how about yourself? I have given you recently an outline of my modest abilities and goodness in my 80 years that I am quite happy with as well as the abilities and goodness of my children and grandchildren that I have made some contributions to. des lists his accomplishments frequently. So far I know that you have ridden your Harley all over the Country.

Greg F

Goodness? What goodness? Name something, anything...and not a BS propaganda point from a rally. Does a GOOD person allow the GOP to put out "official" ballot drop boxes that are in no way official, AND that is a felony? Voter fraud.....anyone...anyone...Beuller? https://www.cnn.com/2020/10/14/politics/california-republicans-ballot-drop-boxes-cease-and-desist/index.html

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