Higher education

The Liberal Arts—RIP

Featured image Leftists in the academy get very defensive when you charge them with killing the liberal arts, but today the Washington Post provides fairly damning evidence that this proposition is true. The subhed to their story on the “most-regretted majors” of college graduates, drawn from a Federal Reserve study, is: “Almost half of humanities and arts majors regret their choice — and enrollment in those disciplines is shrinking rapidly.” Who dominates »

Understanding the giveaway

Featured image The New York Post elaborates on the terms of the student loan giveaway engineered by President Biden. The terms of the giveaway sound suspiciously legislative in nature. Where is all the hubbub about democracy? I have excerpted the Post editorial below the break. * * * * * Biden would roll back borrowers’ maximum monthly payment on undergrad loans to just 5% of “discretionary” income — and cut the amount »

Cancel this: An update

Featured image Speaking with with a friendly congressman running for reelection yesterday morning, I asked about the political impact of Joe Biden’s student loan giveaway. The White House has posted the transcript of Biden’s August 25 remarks announcing the giveaway here. It deserves close study as a question-begging exercise in deceit and avoidance. However, I appreciate the common-man autobiographical nuggets with which Biden larded his remarks as well. This is classic: “My »

Cancel this

Featured image This past Thursday President Biden announced his unconstitutional plan to “forgive” student loans in some massive cumulative amount. The White House has posted a transcript of Biden’s remarks here. According to Biden, it won’t cost you a dime: “The point is this: There is plenty of deficit reduction to pay for the programs — cumulative deficit reduction — to pay for the programs many times over.” I’d like to get »

Theorems on the Student Loan Cancelation

Featured image In addition to the observations Scott and John have entered below, a few additional thoughts: • Invoking the HEROES Act as the legal justification for student debt forgiveness reminds of Franklin Roosevelt invoking the World War I-era Trading With the Enemy Act as legal ground for his “bank holiday.” At the time everyone was so dumbstruck and panicked that no one thought to raise a legal challenge, but that’s surely »

More On Student Debt, and Our Decrepit President

Featured image Scott wrote about the Biden administration’s massive cancellation of student debt here and here. On its face, the administrative action appears to be illegal. In January 2021, a memorandum by the Principal Deputy General Counsel of the Department of Education concluded that the “HEROES Act” did not confer authority for such a mass loan forgiveness. That memorandum was repudiated and revoked yesterday by the Department of Education’s General Counsel. Nancy »

The cancelations: If the law doesn’t fit

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon’s Joe Simonson takes a look at the law that the Biden administration purportedly relies on for its student loan cancelation scheme. See his Free Beacon story “Biden Says This Law for the Troops Gives Him Authority To Cancel Harvard Grads’ Debt.” Subhead: “‘The Heroes Act allows reservists leaving their job and family relief making student loan payments.'” I link to the OLC legal memo citing the »

The cancelations

Featured image The Biden administration “cancelation” of student loans in the aggregate amount of hundreds of billions of dollars is bad public policy in several dimensions. It lacks any respectable justification. The Department of Education has posted a press release describing the scheme here. Axios provides a brief outline of the details here. The scheme is of dubious legality, although they the a theory. It is cynical beyond belief. Take a hint »

Yale’s Latest Disgrace: The Report They Don’t Want You to Read

Featured image I recall reading some time ago that administrative personnel at Yale University had come to outnumber faculty. I don’t know if this is true, but here’s some relevant data: A 2018 Chronicle [of Higher Education] report showing that Yale has the fifth-highest ratio of administrators to students in the country, and the highest in the Ivy League (for comparison, peer institutions like Columbia, Harvard, and Stanford were 24th, 35th, and »

History Is Bunk After All

Featured image Henry Ford is reported to have said, “History is bunk.” When Henry Ford died in 1947, the legendary historian Arnold Toynbee is reported to have said, “Henry Ford is history.” Who knows whether either quip is authentic. This exchange comes to mind in following the latest sequel to the disgrace in academic history that we have covered here and here over the last few days. As noted in our last »

The China syndrome, pandemic edition

Featured image Yesterday I regretted that Tucker Carlson’s interview with Steven Mosher was not included in the FOX News clip of Carlson’s opening Thursday monologue. Today the New York Post delivers the substance of Mosher’s remarks in the illuminating column “China has helped spread four epidemics — and COVID’s not the last.” The column is an excerpt from Mosher’s Politically Incorrect Guide to Pandemics, to be published by Regnery later this month. »

A Painter passing through (again)

Featured image Unless you are a faithful Power Line reader, you may have missed the reference to University of Minnesota Law School Professor Richard Painter in David Jensen’s message to me yesterday. Without naming him, Jensen cited Painter to illustrate the ideological diversity at the law school as a member of the faculty who has “advised and worked with (or in)” the (George W.) Bush administration. Painter is a left-wing flake and »

On behalf of Dean McGeveran

Featured image David Jensen is the University of Minnesota Law School’s chief advancement officer. Mr. Jensen has emailed his response to my message to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Dean William McGeveran, who moderated the Zoom webinar I addressed. I am posting Mr. Jensen’s response verbatim without further comment. * * * * * Dear Scott: Thank you for writing to Professor McGeveran regarding your concerns over the “Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s »

Dear Dean McGeveran: A footnote

Featured image The decline of the University of Minnesota Law School is only a small part of a much larger story and of limited interest at that, but it is my alma mater and traditionally a beneficiary of state funding as part of a public university. I found evidence of rot at the law school in a Zoom webinar promoted in the law school’s recent email newsletter and wrote to Associate Dean »

Dear Dean McGeveran

Featured image I’m scheduled to have another lunch with my conservative attorney friend next week. We were in law school together at the University of Minnesota and crossed paths in the course of our practices. I now seek to persuade him that the law school has become an enemy of everything we believe in and that it would make sense to reconsider his support. Following up on our last lunch on the »

Not a parody, cont’d

Featured image I wrote about the University of Minnesota Law School’s in-your-face alienation of conservative alumni earlier this week in “Not a parody.” Now a reader writes to ascertain if I feel his pain: I can top your recent “not a parody” piece about law school with an even greater illustration of insanity. I am not making this up. I needed a reference article and had to create an account. This was »

Not a parody

Featured image I have sought to persuade a conservative attorney friend with whom I attended the University of Minnesota Law School to quit supporting the school. They are an enemy of everything we believe in, I argued. Ask them if they have a single conservative professor on the faculty, I implored him. The development staff cited the ludicrous former DFL candidate Richard Painter. Case closed. I also asked him to leaf through »