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I think most people would prefer to have control of their own retirement funds.
Part of the problem (most?) occurs when companies (or the state of Illinois) refrain from actually putting their withholdings into safe accounts and instead play with the money that is supposed to be set aside for pension obligations.
Your post #136 clearly blames college costs on the mere founding of the DOE, yet you have not shown any data to support that.
Fine. Here's one that goes back to 1972 and shows pretty close parity until the financial crisis of 2008
With respect to federal financial aid and rising college tuitions, note that federal Pell grant amounts have increased rather slowly compared to college tuitions, and federal Stafford or direct loan amounts have been the same since 2007. So pinning the blame for the last decade's rapid rise in college tuitions on increased federal financial aid increases misses most of the reason, whatever it is.
Pell grant amounts: https://www.lanecc.edu/sites/default/files/budget/financial_aid_award_levels.pdf
Pell grant amounts in inflation-adjusted dollars: https://trends.collegeboard.org/student-aid/figures-tables/maximum-and-average-pell-grants-over-time
Stafford or direct loan amounts: http://www.finaid.org/loans/historicallimits.phtml
I applaud you for taking the time to post lengthy counter-arguments here, even though your viewpoints tend not to be very popular on this heavy-left leaning forum. It's good to have both sides of the story!
I also agree with your statement about less experienced teachers at private and charter school. I am not convinced that beyond the first few years, additional experience adds much value to an essentially identical job.