By Bill Korach www.thereportcard.org
Ivy League colleges have received more than $26 Billion in Federal funds over the past six years according to a new report by Open The Books. Open the Books’ website says this:
“VISION: “Every Dime. Online. In Real Time.”
MISSION: Capture and post online all disclosed spending at every level of government- federal, state and local government across America. We’ve successfully captured over 3 billion public expenditures. We are rapidly expanding data in all 50 states down to the municipal level. Our goal is to map an additional 1 billion government spending transactions during 2016. It’s your money and you deserve to see where every dime is spent by your government.”
According to Fox Business News reporter Gerri Willis, the taxpayer money given to the Ivies is more that given to 16 states. Yet many if not most of these school have clamped down on free speech. Speech codes, safes zones, micro aggressions and the like favor leftist faculty and students to the detriment of conservative thought and action. Many other taxpayer funded $ billions are given to all sorts of colleges that deny free speech. At these colleges, students who disagree with fart left positions will be flunked and conservative professors cannot expect to attain tenured positions.
In the meantime, veterans who wish to use their benefits to attend college are forced to hear their own service and uniforms attacked by leftist professors. According to John Warren, writing in Town Hall:
“While the states primarily support general operations of public institutions, Uncle Sam provides assistance at public and private schools in the form of student Pell grants, research grants, and benefits to others. The latter category includes $12.2 billion in federal veterans’ educational benefits, and therein lies the rub.
Veterans may only attend colleges and universities that accept federal funding. They can attend schools like Rutgers, which denied Condi Rice the right to speak in May 2014; they can go to DePaul and Berkeley, which kept Milo Yiannopoulos from speaking in May 2016, and February 2017, respectively; they can go to all the schools that silenced Ben Shapiro throughout 2016; veterans can attend NYU, which prevented Gavin McInnes from appearing in February 2017. And Kellogg Community College—which also accepts federal money—would welcome veterans even though authorities there arrested students for handing out copies of the U.S. Constitution. And then, there’s Middlebury College, which forced the eminent Charles Murray from campus in March 2017. Middlebury gladly accepts federal funding, too, but appears to care little for the rights of those attending there.
Campus cries against the evils of war and environmental pollution have been honored traditions for as long as most of us can remember. Vilifying and bullying those with disfavored political or religious views by students and faculty alike are something else. It is organized fascism funded by the American taxpayer…..
The ongoing hypocrisy comes into sharp focus when we must endure the selective piety progressives employ regarding so-called Sanctuary campuses for illegal immigrants and the whole LGBTQ imbroglio. According to a recent Inside Higher Ed piece advocating limited cooperation with federal immigration officials, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Oberlin College in Ohio, to name two, sought administration guarantees to preclude release of student immigration status to federal officials. Jessica Vaughan, an executive at the Center for Immigration Studies—a group seeking limits on immigration—cut through the noise this way: “…universities…get a lot of money from the federal government, and if they are obstructing federal law, then they should not have access to federal funding potentially.”
The very point of higher education is to be a place where all kinds of ideas can be explored not restricted. It is long past time for the Federal Government to say “no” to colleges that say no to free speech.