I couldn't resist clicking through to this article supposedly laying out a "trend" that increasing numbers of women were finding "sugar daddies" to pay for college. I was considering an article calling BS on the whole trend when my attention was diverted. I found the best single-statement illustration of the attitude that is bankrupting this nation. First, the basic story:
Nearly 300 NYU co-eds joined the site’s service last year seeking a “mutually beneficial” arrangement with rich older men — a 154 percent jump over 2011.
It was the second-highest number of new members for any college in the country.
Hundreds more young women from Columbia, Cornell and Syracuse universities also have recently signed up for the service, the site said.“I’ll admit that I’ve thought about doing something like that,” said a Columbia junior who gave only her first name, Karen.
“It would be easier in some ways than working, taking classes and then spending years paying back loans.”
The writer is obviously trying to get me to be outraged, but all I can do is shrug. There are a lot of worse things in the world to worry about than people entering into "mutually beneficial relationships." But this is the line that stopped me short:
“Clearly, we need more financial aid if those are the lengths people are going to pay for school,” sniffed Ashley Thaxton, 20, an NYU theater major.
God, is there ever going to be a non-problem that doesn't require more government spending. How about lowering tuition? Cutting back on bloated administrative staffs? Eliminating useless academic departments? Channeling less money to the football team? Or how about we just accept that some people make personal choices that might be distasteful to us, but are really their own god damned business.