Rolling Stone magazine—not exactly a conservative publication—apparently ran a cover story last year on the college-loan bubble.  (Warning: language.  It is Rolling Stone, after all.)  While the story presents itself as non-partisan and claims to criticize both conservatives and liberals, it agrees with the (previously conservative) observation that federal student loans themselves are a big part of why tuition costs are so high and increasing so fast.  Maybe that understanding is becoming mainstream?

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I’ve called before for a “Separation of School and State” on the grounds that the education itself is different—and not as good, for the recipient or for the rest of us—to the extent that it is paid for by the government.

This week in National Review Online, Michael Barone discusses another reason:  Government’s attempts to help are actually making college more expensive.  Read the rest of this entry »