Thursday, August 14, 2008
Beinart Suggests Class Instead of Race for Affirmative Action
The idea is to get Obama to champion targeting class, not race, for affirmative action. Supposedly, this ploy would change the race argument for Obama, and innoculate him from attacks on his blackness.
What does "class"mean? Obviously, class refers to income levels of the parents of prospective college students, and perhaps for certain job applicants as well. It would seem that academic capability, HS grades, IQ, or SAT scores would become meaningless for a percentage of applicants; merely being broke as a family is adequate credentials for a government handout of about $40,000 or so a year per student, plus living allowances of, say, $6,000 a year, for a total of almost $50,000 a year.
What this means to the taxpayer is just about universal college for most teens, since a majority of parents cannot pay $50,000 a year for their child to go to college, and if they have two children. paying $100,000 a year is certainly not possible. Even with a "deductable" of a given amount the parents could be expected to pay of, say, ($10,000 x 4 years) or $40,000 all told, by way of a loan, this would still admit the majority to college with tuition, books, and living free.
So, the hidden factor here is in reality very near to Universal College Education for All at taxpayer expense. This is yet another liberal objective to add to free health care (Hillarycare), and many other government handouts liberals champion to buy votes, along with Open Borders, and Guaranteed Employment.
Individual responsibility and initiative can be put to bed now.