JOBSEARCH: DOD’s TA is just the first of many benefits to go

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


The Death of Tuition Assistance, Redux

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We called it almost eighteen months ago, and it looks like our prediction is coming true. This week, both the Marine Corps and the Army announced an immediate halt to the tuition assistance (TA) program for active duty personnel, members of the Army National Guard and reservists. The cessation of benefits–which was blamed on sequestration–eliminates tuition payments for off-duty education programs.

Under the now-halted program, Marines and soldiers received up to $4,500 a year for voluntary education programs. Tuition assistance paid 100% of tuition costs, up to $750 a course, with benefits being capped at the annual limit. As of this writing, members of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Air Force are still receiving $4,500 annually in tuition assistance, while sailors receive $4,000 a year. There has been wide speculation that the other services will also halt their TA programs in the coming days, in an effort to save money.

Sadly, the demise of TA was all-but-inevitable.

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The interesting part is so much “education” is available free on the net.

Everyone will have to rethink the value of “papers”.

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INTERESTING: Poll question assumes facts not in evidence

Thursday, November 1, 2012

What do you think?
Do you believe that the economic benefits of legalized gambling outweigh its societal impact?
Yes, the economic benefits strongly outweigh its societal impact
Yes, the economic benefits somewhat outweigh its societal impact
No, the societal impact somewhat outweighs the economic benefits
No, the societal impact strongly outweighs the economic benefits
No strong opinion

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The questions presumes several things.

(1) That we think.

(2) That there are things such as “economic benefits”, “legalized gambling”, and “societal impact”?

(3) And that there can be a trade off.

Don’t forget our old friend Bastiat! “The broken window fallacy” — Frédéric Bastiat Ce qu’on voit et ce qu’on ne voit pas (That Which Is Seen and That Which Is Unseen) 1850 

We can’t see what the other side of the choice is!


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