Skip to comments.An attack on liberty-loving colleges (Government now seeks monopoly on student loans)
Posted on 04/05/2010 7:43:43 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Ronald Reagan said it best.
"The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: 'I'm from the government and I'm here to help.'"
I was reflecting on this quote in light of Washington's plan, as part of "health-care reform," to nationalize all college loans.
This is an aspect of the legislation that hasn't received nearly as much attention as it deserves, because it's one of those seemingly innocuous, do-gooder notions that most people just don't understand.
Why would a government deeply, hopelessly in debt seek a monopoly on college loans?
Obviously, Washington under the rulership of Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid intends to grab power any way it can. Obviously, there is a desire to increase the public's dependency on government. Obviously, such a move will result in most college graduates being in servitude to the state.
But there's even more at stake in this ploy.
There are a handful of colleges across the country that remain independent of federal control Hillsdale College in Michigan, Grove City College in Pennsylvania and Patrick Henry College in Virginia.
These colleges do not accept federal dollars even indirectly through student financial-aid programs. If they did, they understand they would have to accept federal control over their curricula and other matters.
In other words, they have chosen to take a very principled stand to remain free, independent and to pursue academic excellence.
What will happen to those few institutions holding out against intrusions by Washington if students are forced to get loans from the federal government?
Think about it.
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Its worse. Certain people will not be required to repay student loans.
Any guesses as to who those people will be?
More wealth transfer from our own Robert Mugabe.
Its worse. Certain people will not be required to repay student loans.
They will be Obama’s brown shirts in Government service.
Good point. Hopefully the courts will take the latest fed monopoly powers into consideration the next time they make another ruling. Then again, the courts are packed with liberals with a political agenda, so no chance.
Can’t we all see the day that some Dem/Commie introduces a bill to forgive all student loan debt for African Americans. It is the Camel’s Nose under the tent for the Reparations crowd.
18. When this greatest fundamental truth has been overturned or weakened, it follows that those truths, also, which are known by the teaching of nature must begin to fall - namely, that all things were made by the free will of God the Creator; that the world is governed by Providence; that souls do not die; that to this life of men upon the earth there will succeed another and an everlasting life.
19. When these truths are done away with, which are as the principles of nature and important for knowledge and for practical use, it is easy to see what will become of both public and private morality. We say nothing of those more heavenly virtues, which no one can exercise or even acquire without a special gift and grace of God; of which necessarily no trace can be found in those who reject as unknown the redemption of mankind, the grace of God, the sacraments, and the happiness to be obtained in heaven. We speak now of the duties which have their origin in natural probity. That God is the Creator of the world and its provident Ruler; that the eternal law commands the natural order to be maintained, and forbids that it be disturbed; that the last end of men is a destiny far above human things and beyond this sojourning upon the earth: these are the sources and these the principles of all justice and morality. If these be taken away, as the naturalists and Freemasons desire, there will immediately be no knowledge as to what constitutes justice and injustice, or upon what principle morality is founded. And, in truth, the teaching of morality which alone finds favor with the sect of Freemasons, and in which they contend that youth should be instructed, is that which they call "civil," and "independent," and "free," namely, that which does not contain any religious belief. But, how insufficient such teaching is, how wanting in soundness, and how easily moved by every impulse of passion, is sufficiently proved by its sad fruits, which have already begun to appear. For, wherever, by removing Christian education, this teaching has begun more completely to rule, there goodness and integrity of morals have begun quickly to perish, monstrous and shameful opinions have grown up, and the audacity of evil deeds has risen to a high degree. All this is commonly complained of and deplored; and not a few of those who by no means wish to do so are compelled by abundant evidence to give not infrequently the same testimony.
20. Moreover, human nature was stained by original sin, and is therefore more disposed to vice than to virtue. For a virtuous life it is absolutely necessary to restrain the disorderly movements of the soul, and to make the passions obedient to reason. In this conflict human things must very often be despised, and the greatest labors and hardships must be undergone, in order that reason may always hold its sway. But the naturalists and Freemasons, having no faith in those things which we have learned by the revelation of God, deny that our first parents sinned, and consequently think that free will is not at all weakened and inclined to evil.(13) On the contrary, exaggerating rather the power and the excellence of nature, and placing therein alone the principle and rule of justice, they cannot even imagine that there is any need at all of a constant struggle and a perfect steadfastness to overcome the violence and rule of our passions.
Wherefore we see that men are publicly tempted by the many allurements of pleasure; that there are journals and pamphlets with neither moderation nor shame; that stage-plays are remarkable for license; that designs for works of art are shamelessly sought in the laws of a so called verism; that the contrivances of a soft and delicate life are most carefully devised; and that all the blandishments of pleasure are diligently sought out by which virtue may be lulled to sleep. Wickedly, also, but at the same time quite consistently, do those act who do away with the expectation of the joys of heaven, and bring down all happiness to the level of mortality, and, as it were, sink it in the earth. Of what We have said the following fact, astonishing not so much in itself as in its open expression, may serve as a confirmation. For, since generally no one is accustomed to obey crafty and clever men so submissively as those whose soul is weakened and broken down by the domination of the passions, there have been in the sect of the Freemasons some who have plainly determined and proposed that, artfully and of set purpose, the multitude should be satiated with a boundless license of vice, as, when this had been done, it would easily come under their power and authority for any acts of daring.
It is worse than that even.
It means they can also control what a college/university teaches.
It also means that they can deny anyone who doesn’t agree with them an education ,there by also deny them employment in the government itself which can change/set policy since so many positions require a college degree.
If they can control who gets and education , what that education entails and who can set policy then they also control policy itself.
My daughter attends Grove City College, a 130 year old college in PA.
They were one of the earlies colleges to accept women to their school ( long before the suffrage movement came about ). Their athletic programs were well balanced with men and women programs long before TITLE IX came about. Early on, they were accepting students who took Federal loans to pay for their tuition.
In the mid 70’s ( Carter’s era ), the Federal Government demanded that they sign an agreement that would force them to adhere to the new TITLE IX law ( requiring that men and women programs be balanced), which would also have subjected the entire school to federal regulations, even future ones not yet issued.
New legislation subjected every department of any educational institution that received federal funding to Title IX requirements.
In response, Grove City College withdrew from the Stafford loan program entirely, and established its own loan program in association with PNC Bank. The move earned the respect and admiration of many influential academics, including David Warren, the president of the National Association of Colleges and Universities.
Warren said in a 1996 interview that Grove City has a “history of making bold and principled decisions. And a lot of colleges sympathize with what they’ve done.”
Currently, Grove City does not allow its students to accept federal financial aid of any kind, including grants, loans, and scholarships.
The school thrives and charges their students ( tuition plus board and lodging included ) just $20,000 ( half of what all other private colleges charge ).
Grove City was ranked as the nation’s second most politically conservative college by US News and World Report. Human Events Magazine ranks it as one of the cream of the crop in America’s conservative colleges. The conservative think tank Free Congress Foundation, includes Grove City among its list of top colleges that provide excellent liberal arts.
The Young America’s Foundation placed Grove City in its Top 10 Conservative Colleges list. The schools on this list offer coursework and scholarship in conservative thought and emphasize principles including smaller government, strong national defense, free enterprise, and traditional values.
Fiske Guide to Getting Into the Right College concurs and lists Grove City among its top 10 conservative colleges.
According to the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s 2007 publication of Choosing the Right College, the 2007 US News and World Report college guide ranks Grove City the number one “best value” among northern comprehensive collegesthe fifth year running the school has earned that distinction. The school has a total cost (including tuition, room, and board) of $20,000 a year. Similarly, Barron’s Educational Series has called Grove City College a “Best Buy” and USA Today ranks Grove City among the top 100 best value colleges in the nation for 2009.
It has also been positively reviewed in the Intercollegiate Studies Institute’s guide Choosing the Right College: The Whole Truth about America’s Top Schools. Princeton Review also ranks Grove City College as among the Top 20 in career/job placement services based on satisfaction of students who graduate from the school.
And get this -— In two consecutive nationwide studies made by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI) in cooperation with researchers from the University of Connecticut’s Department of Public Policy to determine the extent of civic literacy in higher education, Grove City College students ranked among the top 5 nationally in terms of knowledge of U.S. history, government, economy and international relations. The study was based on the results of a multiple-choice test given to 14,000 randomly chosen freshmen and seniors on 50 college and university campuses. In two consecutive years of ISI’s study, Grove City was ranked number 4 in 2006 and number 2 in 2007, above most Ivy league universities.
The school’s college debating team is ranked number 1 by the National Parliamentary Debate Association, the biggest intercollegiate debate league in the United States.
College Prowler, the largest publisher of college content in the United States, gave Grove City College an “A+” rating for the safety and security of the campus, according to its latest released rankings. Only 12 schools in the USA received the highest ratinglence of campus theft.
Schools like Grove City and Hillsdale continue to prove that you don’t need Washington butting into your affairs to thrive and be excellent.
Cynically, I must say that even if the governmnt reserved al lcollege positions for African-Americans that they would still would not compete. Their famiy structure is so screwed that it would not matter. They could no more compete than whites can in the NBA.
My son went to Hillsdale. Best money I ever spent. he is a history teacher (social studies). They taught him how to think. Wiki Hillsdale and look at how progressive they were. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hillsdale_College
Blacks were admitted immediately after the college’s 1844 founding, and the College became the second school in the nation to grant four-year liberal arts degrees to women
Hillsdale once turned down a bowl game in the 1950’s because they would not let Hillsdale’s black running back play.
Liberals want to give the impression that Conservatives are against progress when in fact schools like Hillsdale and Grove City have been proving that long before government programs were put in place, truly conservative schools were years ahead of them in terms of progress.
Is there a comprehensive list out there somewhere of all US colleges that do not accept federal funds?
Thank you. Yes, I have that particular list but I know there’s more. For example, Amberton University in Garland TX also does not take federal funds. I’m sure there’s even more out there.