Cost of making all public colleges free of tuition: $62 billion - Federal dollars spent in 2012 to make college “more affordable” via grants, tax benefits, & student loans: $175.9 billion. - (source linked)
"Lazy cynicism has replaced thoughtful conviction as the mark of an educated worldview."
“To make something new, to transcend, one must have an honest relationship with what is: history, context, form, tradition, oneself. Dishonesty is the biggest obstacle to making original, great art. Dishonesty undermines a work’s internal integrity — the only standard by which a work can succeed. If the work becomes a vehicle for one’s ego, personal or political agenda, self-image, desire for fame, adulation, fortune — human as these inclinations may be — the work will be limited accordingly.”