Ignoring the Cause of Problems

Over the past few weeks I've step back, which is why you haven't seen any new columns written by me, and observed life.  I've been watching local political races in Merrimack, national politics leading into the 2016 elections and just general debates online.  One thing I've observed is that while everyone is quick to offer up solutions, and I'm talking about both sides of the political spectrum, very few if any ever stop to ask what is the cause of the problems in the first place.

Case in point, I was following a discussion about college tuition.  The argument was college tuition is too high.  Instead of discussing the problem and what was causing it, they jump right away to a "solution" supporting Obama's plan to pass the college bill from the college students to the tax payers.

This doesn't fix the problem, it only shifts it from one group to another.  Intead of driving students into debt, it drives the country and tax payers into debt.

Worse yet, the article found HERE, debating the need for "free" college education ignores basic economics of supply and demand.

Making college free would have one additional benefit: it would drive the for-profit schools out of business. They now enroll 13 percent of those currently attending American colleges, or 2 million students. A Senate Education Committee report in 2012 released by Iowa Democrat Tom Harkin provided “overwhelming documentation of exorbitant tuition, aggressive recruiting practices, abysmal student outcomes, taxpayer dollars spent on marketing and pocketed as profit, and regulatory evasion and manipulation.” For-profit colleges represent predatory capitalism at its worst.

Look close at the part I put in bold. 

Aggressive recruiting practices.  You mean like the concept that everyone needs a college education?  That's the problem.  Our public schools are judged by how many kids go on to college (which most fail to ever look at how many actually graduate) but let's face it, not everyone should go to college.  There are some very good careers for non college educated people.

It has more to do with the types of classes and degrees being offered then it does with private schools.  What exactly would you with a degree in Women's Studies other then perhaps teach Women's Studies?

But the problem is ignored, only the symptoms of higher education costs are looked at and addressed by passing the buck onto the tax payers.

College costs is just one example, when you begin to look at problem after problem you begin to see a pattern of people ignoring the difficult question of what is causing it and instead looking for what solution would make the most people happy.  Who wouldn't be happy with "free" college right?