Edward Packard

March 10, 2012

In yesterday’s New York Times Paul Krugman reported that at one of Mitt Romney’s campaign events a high school senior said that he was worried about the cost of a college education, thereby raising an issue that called for a thoughtful and constructive reply: In recent years government spending cuts have severely reduced educational opportunities and standards; college tuitions have risen at a faster rate than inflation; improving education on all levels and facilitating access to higher education should be an important goal of any president.

Romney told the student: “Don’t just go to the {college} that has the highest price. Go to one that has a little lower price . .  . And don’t expect the government to forgive the debt you take on.”

This reply was dismissive to a degree that its full substance could be condensed into two words. Romney is smart, but there is something critically defective with his brain. He lacks empathy and he lacks integrity, and he’s not even capable of hiding it. He’s shown it again and again. His election to the presidency would be a tragedy presaging greater tragedies.

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