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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Memories of a long brotherhood tempered in common struggle
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - Arthur C. Brooks
Every parent with a college-age child worries about the spiraling cost of education. The price of a diploma can reach $150,000, even at a state school. A little cost-cutting is in order, and there's no better place to start than at the president's office.
Conservatives, beware: You can have reams of information, piles of studies and folders of charts at your fingertips. And you can still lose the debate.
In his revolutionary book "The Road to Serfdom," German economist F.A. Hayek observed: "No sensible person should have doubted that the crude rules in which the principles of economic policy of the nineteenth century were expressed were only a beginning - that we had yet much to learn and that there were still immense possibilities of advancement on the lines on which we had moved."
Rick Santorum endorses Mitt Romney, the man he once described as the "worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama." The presumptive nominee impressed the former senator from Pennsylvania with his "deep understanding" of the connection between social and economic issues.
"The Congressional Budget Office tells us that by 2038, government spending will be 50 percent of [gross domestic product]," he writes. "Americans will work from January 1 until June 30 each year just to pay for the government - a government that a large majority of us believes has too much power, tries to do too much, and provides unsatisfactory services."
Mr. Brooks also warns against the opposite of "earned success," which he calls "learned hopelessness."