It’s always good to hear from my conservative cousin from New York. We’re happy to report that he’s also reading the Yale Diva. Here are his latest comments:
“Tonight I logged on to the Yale Diva’s site for the first time. It is heartening to know that such a bright Conservative mind shines at a dark place like Yale. Move over Bill Buckley – Ivy League Conservatism has a new voice in the 21st century. [note — I think the Diva would dispute that Yale is a dark place, although she’d probably agree that forces of darkness are present there — Deacon]
The whole University of Michigan admissions case strikes me as another example of how the liberal elite promotes policies that have the effect of limiting opportunities for people at the bottom ofthe economic ladder to advance.
It seems rather unimportant whether an African American with a 1200 SAT scores goes to the University of Michigan or Wayne State when weighed against the many more students from failing urban public schools who lack the basic skills needed to compete for entry level jobs in today’s economy. Yet the same people pushing for race-based standards as solutions to inequality in education become apopletic when any serious reform such as vouchers or charter schools are even mentioned. After all, people who live in suburbs with good public school or who can afford to send their children to private schools need not contend with the union-run urban public schools.
Social Security and Medicare are other examples of programs that on examination serve to block economic mobility. One man graduates high school at 18 starts work and has 12.4% of his compensation placed in Social Security. Another man goes to college and medical school, pays virtually nothing into Social Security until the age of 28. Then our Doctor only pays this tax on a portion of his earnings while the man in the lower paying job must pay the tax on his entire salary. Moreover, our physician with his greater dicretionary income has a far greater chance of providing for his old age through private investments that pay a far higher rate of return than Social Security. Try asking a liberal to support letting the workingman put a portion of his Social Security tax into a private account.”
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