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Democrat's negative view of private sector

08/01/2012

OneNewsNow - August 1, 2012

The president of an association of for-profit colleges and universities says a report from a U.S. senator's office blasts private sector schools and displays the Obama administration's animosity for private sector business.

Former Congressman Steve Gunderson (R-Wisconsin), who heads theAssociation of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, says the report out of U.S. Sen. Tom Harkin's (D-Iowa) office is continued proof of the Obama administration's dislike of for-profit higher education schools.

"Unfortunately, Senator Harkin's report continues the tradition of ideology overriding reality," Gunderson says. "The report continues an unfortunate tradition of twisting the facts to fit the narrative -- proving that it is nothing more than his continued political tacks on private sector colleges and universities."

One of its wrongheaded recommendations, for instance, is that for-profits not be allowed to advertise.

"For the senator to suggest that no money can be used in marketing or advertising is to effectively suggest that the sector ought not to exist," Gunderson declares. "And it, unfortunately, implies that he and his staff do not understand the business model for private sector businesses and universities."

Ironically, the report suggests the goal of supplying the marketplace's increasing need for skilled and trained workers cannot be accomplished without for-profit colleges and universities.