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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Surprise — College Professors are Democrats

"The free man will ask neither what his country can do for him nor what he can do for his country. He will ask rather 'What can I and my compatriots do through government' to ... advance our several goals and purposes, and above all, to protect our freedom? And he will accompany this question with another: How can we keep the government we create from becoming a Frankenstein that will destroy the very freedom we establish it to protect?" - Milton Friedman.

An analysis of Federal Election Commission data conducted by the Center for Responsive Politics shows that Democrats have raked in more than $400,000 just from employees of the University of California's network of colleges — 86 percent of all donations from UC employees.

Harvard employees ranked second in donations to Democrats, giving $327,028 to the party — 77 percent of total donations from employees of the university.

Employees of Stanford, the University of Texas and Princeton also gave more than $100,000 to Democrats. At Princeton, no donations have gone to a Republican, the study found.

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) has been the top recipient of academic donations, collecting more than $175,000 — likely from those active University of California donors.

Sens. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Harry Reid (D-Nev.) have also received more than $100,000 from university employees, as has Charlie Crist, the Republican-turned-independent senate candidate in Florida.

You can read the full story in Politico.

There is nothing new in this report! It has been a long held belief that college campuses are loaded with liberal progressive professors who have the ability and authority to bend the minds of the students they are supposed to teach to fit their political leanings. The students are young and not well versed in the history of the nation or the Constitution. They want to get good grades so they can graduate high on the list and go to graduate school. Is it any wonder we have so many liberal progressive zombies graduating from our institutions of higher learning. It’s really not learning as much as indoctrination.

Most of these professors have no knowledge of the real world. They exist in an academic bubble where they spend a great deal of time talking to each other so they are rarely challenged to defend their ideology. Students certainly can’t do it.

I have had personal experience with these professors while being the person responsible for allocating grants to engineering students at California State University at Fresno (CSUF). My firm, along with other firms in California, gave sizeable grants to survey engineering students at CSUF each year. Our goal was to help these students with financial assistance with the hope that they would consider one of our firms upon their graduation. Was this selfish? Yes in some ways it was, but the students were always the beneficiaries of our money.

One year, while attending the awards banquet where these grants were handed out I learned the professors were urging their students to forego work in the private sector and look for a position with California Department of Transportation or some other government agency. They were advising the students to this as they felt they would have better chances for advancement based on their academic achievements than on their performance.

I was furious when I learned of this. I was able to take the dean of the program aside and give him a “come to Jesus” lecture on the difference in opportunities between working for government and the private sector. He had no idea of how things worked in the private sector as he had been in academia his entire adult life. My pint was that I did not care where the students went to work upon graduation but I did not want him or his professors guiding them away from the private sector on our dollar.

This is just one small example of how students are not honestly shown all of their options in the academic world. Because their professors have little or no knowledge of the real work-a-day world they are unable to relate it to their students. They believe government, like academia, is the safe bet where mediocrity and lack of risk taking is rewarded. Some of those students, however, did not follow the advice of the professors and took positions with private sector firms. Today most of these students are principals, senior managers and executives with these firms some 15 to 20 years later. I know this as a fact because I hired a few of them.

I recall hearing an interview with J.C. Watts a football star at the University of Oklahoma and a Congressman from 1995 to 2003. Watts claimed that upon graduation for OU he returned home and his father told him that he would have clear his head of all the things he learned in college if he wanted to succeed in the real world.

For all you parents with children approaching college age be forewarned that you might have to give your children the same advice that Buddy Watts gave to his son.

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