I read with great interest, and more than a little trepidation, Samuelson's article about federal grant and loan programs for college students.
I must say I had no idea my college education was so cheap, but I congratulate Samuelson for bringing to the debate the kind of intellectual firepower that Education Secretary William J. Bennett's position has been sadly lacking.
However, I must object to Samuelson's major themes. What is all this talk about "dethroning the notion" that a college education should be open to all? Would Samuelson (and by association, Bennett), have us return this field to the way it was in the early part of this century, when a college education was the exclusive territory of the wealthy?
I should hope not, for it must be recognized that if only the wealthy have the access to the means by which authority and position to make decisions are obtained, then only the wealthy shall rule. Such a view would have in the late 19th Century been termed "social Darwinism," or simply, "them what has, gets," I pray our society has not retreated this far.