Saturday, November 18, 2017
Crocodile Tears. . .
Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and the other 60 or so well endowed institutions who would be affected by this tax have long been bastions of the liberal establishment. While I am sure that you get a decent education there, I am not at all convinced that the education you receive at these elite universities is worth the $60-100K per year tuition, room and board, books, and beer cost. Sure, they have scholarship programs and talk all the time about diversity (and make sure there are enough students who fit the definition to give at least lip service to it). But at what cost? They are like vacuum cleaners sucking up the dollars of people who want their ne'er do well sons and daughters to have an ivy league diploma and have done a highly effective job of making sure every other spare dollar from any donor finds its way into university coffers. They have also done a mighty fine job of making sure government grant monies are well represented among their many sources of income. Perhaps they deserve it. But at what cost?
The American university system has become one of the few places where free speech is in real and immanent danger. It fosters an idea of progressive and liberal values that finds any challenge offensive. It does an excellent job of throwing its weight around even as it raises tuition at a rate faster than any other cost across the vast American landscape. It is already supported by student and parent loans operating under government subsidized or supported programs leaving students and parents in painful debt for a good long time. Can we afford to keep the direct or indirect subsidies going? I don't think so.
It would be different if the educational playing field were fair. It is not. Church run colleges and universities find it hard to compete with cheaper state schools and the more expensive name brand universities. This might not be so bad if it were not that these same schools are threatened with the liberal bias which says no conservative or Christian idea can be left without challenge. My own church body is wrestling with the whole idea of a Christian university and a Lutheran one and if it is even tenable given the nature of culture and politics in America. This left leaning tilt has certainly come as a result of the many on the left who taut their expensive university degrees to narrow the range of what is tolerable in education, business, industry, culture, and religion. They certainly have a right to do this but they do not have a right to be subsidized as they help to squeeze out alternatives from the church or secular viewpoints that disagree.
Call it sour grapes but I think it is not such a bad idea. If we think it a cost too great to bear to allow family businesses of some worth to be passed on to sons and daughters, why do we think that it is not a cost too great to pass down a legacy of elitism that has power greater than its numbers over what happens among us?