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Heather Mac Donald
Granting Absurdity « Back to Story

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Thanks for sharing so significative article with us.
Hear, hear
Ms. MacDonald,

Your probably wanted the word "discrete" in the first paragraph, rather than "discreet". The GSA's actions were anything but discreet!
It is never going to change or stop. The only alternative is for a "Seven Days in May.
I've been thinking this for years--I'm so glad Heather put it into words. This expose should be integral reading for every civics course across the land. I know: The Department of Education should make its inclusion a mandate! (Enforced on pain of school districts losing all federal funding, of course).
Our government has become a monster, but it was only able to do so because of a press that pushed it to be that way. Thee military industrial complex was peanuts compared to the present day government media complex.
Lived in Bakersfield in the early 90's. About 60% of the admitted freshmen to Cal St Bakersfield were deficient in both math and English (believe it was 63%/English and 57%/Math, but has been about 15 years since leaving). These students, most of whom were non-paying because there were low-income, were provided special college-credit classes to bring them to college-level ability. They were provided tutors, counselors, mentors, unlimited time for tests,"assistants" for writing papers, just about anything they needed to ensure their success. All of this funded at taxpayer expense. Their classroom competition was basically among themselves, not a broad, diverse spectrum.
They were accepted to college deficient in college ability and basically escorted through college.
Cities once flush with block grants are flush again with ARRA money churned through state departments of labor and education.

Green jobs training, green jobs for felons, food desert activism -- it's beyond me that journalists in every city are failing to follow the cash and see who pocketed it.

And now mayors like Kasim Reed in Atlanta are whining that they didn't get enough of the pie. Extraordinary.

You don't even need to be in a population center to find fraud: Recovery.gov is like a board game of shot cash. Just type in words at random and see how the recovery got wasted.
Don't overlook the impact on scientific research.

In a recent contact with the head of a university's cancer research laboratory I learned that he was spending all his time in "grant writing hell."
Exactly right - a new modern scheme of taxation without representation. I believe a war was justifiably fought on such grounds.
Sponsored as it is by so many MIT alumni, The Manhattan Institute should surely lead the drive to extend remedial science and math programs to Conservapedia Editors and readers alike
Curmudg: It can be argued that most all federally distributed local grants benefit the nation as a whole. But the point of the article is that too much of the money goes into paying bureaucratic processors when such funds can be provided by the states without first going to Washington. What's worse, our elected officials take credit for various bridges to nowhere when they have little involvement in the faceless management of these programs except to add more pork into the barrel.
There are some legitimate math and science grants. Advancing science advances the nation as a whole. The benefits cannot be captured by a single state, so no single state has a reason to fund the advance. But the nation does. That's one of the things the federal government does right.
What on earth are 'minority science and math programs" mentioned in paragraph 2? When did minorities begin to study different science and math? Could this have some connect with the lower employment of me groups?