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Tuesday, August 14, 2007

The academy's big money politics 


Professors, it seems, are a leading special interest, and they give overwhelmingly to Democrats. I'm shocked and flabergasted. But this is an amusing factoid: "Employees of the University of California, which has nine campuses, contributed more to 2004 Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's campaign than any other employer, including corporations." Even without a Kerry victory, in 2004 the federal government kicked in more than $8 billion dollars to the University of California's total budget (pdf) of around $18 billion, more than twice the contribution of the State of California.

My question: Why doesn't the media examine the obvious money ties between the industry of academia and appropriations for that industry's benefit with a fraction of the diligence that it publicizes "corporate welfare" of one sort or another?


7 Comments:

By Anonymous Bird of Paradise, at Wed Aug 15, 01:05:00 AM:

Not surpising since most of them are liberal left-wing educators and big time socialists  

By Anonymous Sissy Willis, at Wed Aug 15, 05:19:00 AM:

Because their hearts are pure? ;-)  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Wed Aug 15, 08:36:00 AM:

Because they're teachers and they're doing it for the children.

You know, that children our are future, don't you?

-David  

By Blogger Larry, at Wed Aug 15, 11:25:00 AM:

"My question: Why doesn't the media examine the obvious money ties between the industry of academia and appropriations for that industry's benefit with a fraction of the diligence that it publicizes "corporate welfare" of one sort or another?"


Why is there air?  

By Blogger Purple Avenger, at Wed Aug 15, 06:46:00 PM:

I got a better chance of seeing Elvis in a 7-11 than ever seeing that question asked.  

By Blogger Assistant Village Idiot, at Wed Aug 15, 08:29:00 PM:

Watch out for Big School.  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Aug 16, 04:11:00 PM:

How can we dare to question their integrity?

They have PhDs, you know!!!  

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