June 24, 2012
Oh what webs we weave...
"Oh what tangled webs we do weave when first we start out to deceive." The deception ibvolves the so-called Flex degree program at the UW. Walker says it is designed to improve education in Wisconsin. Walker would have you believe the program is not designed to raise money and to cut subsidies to the UW!
The recall came to a very welcome end and now the focus can return to the Koch boys, their governor and his policies. Walker exclaimed just before the vote on June 5 that the 250,000 new jobs pledged might still be possible. After the election, he has a new diversion to take our gaze from the job promise. He resuses to list the new jobs on the Internet; he won't say if the new jobs will be family supporting and will not give a hint about possible benefits. Some promise!
Last week the Koch-brothers and governor Walker started pushing a "flex degree" program at the UW Madison. What's that? Well, listen closely because this will soon be on Walker's agenda. Walker, whose only degree we know of is from high school, is concerned that only 26 percent of badgers have an undergraduate degree. (National average is 28 percent.) He claims there are 700,000 Wisconsin voters who have had a taste of university life and learning but have not finished fighting for a degree.
Get this. Walker and Co. think they can make lots of money if they can coax the 700,000 non-degree holders to get on board and sign up for a flex degree. Whoa Nelly! Most would pay a flat fee. Walker's model is the Western Governor's University, begun when western states could not meet rising costs. The great state University of Wisconsin's flex degree may be a new "revenue stream." Educational content? Who cares?
Sad news. Bob Weitzel died. He drowned while attempting a solo circum-navigation of Lake Superior by kayak. Bob and his wife were both teachers and Bob wrote often for Fighting Bob.com. He was an interesting and challenging writer.
Bob and his wife Debra participated in Fighting Bob Fest. My favortite post of his was "The Civil War this time: workers fight among themselves and the wealthy elites reap the benefits." (Read all of Bob's articles in our archives.) He will be missed. Thank you Bob for sharing your thoughts with us. You made a difference.
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