Posted By: pangloss
Date: Thursday 14 March 2019, at 11:32 am
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I'm a fan of the rule of law.
Bribing people to cheat, whether it's fixing an SAT test for rich little Timmy dim wit, or giving him a sham athletic scholarship, it is clearly illegal.
When an institution accepts federal money, it agrees to abide by a set of laws and regulations. A system based on bribes violates the representations and certifications institutions submit to the feds before they get the funds. The Congress added those strings for getting federal funds because it is right.
You're correct that if the scale is large enough it becomes legal - give a couple million and Timmy gets in, no matter how inbred and dull. That doesn't make it right.
Our country was founded on a set of ideals. It's kind of a big deal. One of those ideals is equality before the law. The Constitution starts with 'We the people' not 'We the privileged few'. The founders are insulted by bribe based systems.
I think your suggestion that federal bureaucrats and the press are motivated by notoriety and class envy is also mistaken. These crimes offend the American ideals of equality and fair play. When the uber-rich violate the law, I want prosecutors to bust their privileged asses and I want the press to shine a bright light on them.
The thought of Bernie Maddow in prison makes me happy. And the humiliation of the rich folks who subverted higher education admission processes also makes me happy - not the noblest of motives, but I don't care. As far as I'm concerned, they should be marched naked down Pennsylvania Ave with we the people shouting "Shame, shame" at them all the way to an unheated bus to prison.
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