Meet Alexander Heffner, a pro-Occupy student who targets the first and praises the latter in a false Harvard story.
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Presumably we will never know. But that Barack Obama Sr. in fact has a strong Harvard tie plus a Master’s and was later pushed out is nowhere in Mr. Heffner’s tale of the two Harvards.
THE OTHER FACT IN NEED of ignoring by Heffner is that the private sector is not just the economic backbone of the country at large, it is at the very heart of the existence of Harvard itself. Where in fact does the money for the school’s $32 billion — that’s billion with a “b” — endowment come from?
Why, from the private economy, of course.
Thus the need to divert attention from Mr. Heffner’s daily activities at an institution financed from the private earnings of people like — Mitt Romney. Or, as Heffner describes these evil beings/alumni — perpetrators of “corporate greed.”
One can only marvel at the subjective nature of this redistributionist urge at Harvard.
Let’s assume that Mr. Heffner is a good student and has his requisite share of good grades. While grade inflation has been at issue at Harvard, let’s assume Heffner has earned some A’s and other Harvard students have not. Has Heffner announced his willingness to redistribute his good grades to those who do not have them — out of a sense of fairness? In spite of insisting on the need for “social responsibility” over “personal wealth”? Under Obamanomics the “share the wealth” idea has resurfaced from the political depths, and certainly “wealth” is a term that can be applied to any number of things beyond money. So is Heffner leading a campaign to share top grades out of a sense of fairness? He doesn’t say. How about girl friends? Is he starting a “my girl is your girl” campaign? No word.
In other words, Heffner’s Harvard yen for “social responsibility” rings decidedly hollow when it suits. But he certainly isn’t alone in admiring the Harvard Occupiers.
Take, for example, the case of one Timothy McCarthy, quoted here in Slate:
Timothy P. McCarthy, a Harvard Law School lecturer, explained the relevance of a school-specific Occupy protest to the Crimson: “If Harvard is going to be a place that produces people with power, then Harvard must be an institution where the public good is more important than private profit.”
This is an intriguing statement, yes?
I contacted Dr. McCarthy of Harvard and asked him four questions:
1. What is your salary as a “Harvard Law School lecturer”?
2. Who pays that salary?
3. Since Harvard is a private institution, if your paycheck comes from Harvard, who supplies the money that enables Harvard to pay you your salary?
4. If you are being paid by monies gained from private profit, why are you accepting the money when, by your own definition, those funds would be better served going to the “public good”?
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Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
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