Time to Take Inventory - How Many High Ranking Government People Went to Ivy Leagues?

Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Indeed, no American likes to see discrimination, and I certainly don't. However I have noticed a bias towards Ivy leaguers in our government at the highest levels. Most of our presidents have been Ivy league schooled, and far too many folks who are in the cabinet, advisers to presidents, and running the top bureaucratic agencies have also gone to these institutions. It seems there is a disconnect between those folks, and the rest of the population. It's as if there is a discrimination against anyone in government or politics who did not attend. I'd like to talk about this for a moment if I might.

You see, in business as a franchisor I noticed that folks that went to these business schools and were able to get loans from their friends, and grow their businesses in competition against me at a rapid pace. However they were easy to beat in the marketplace because they didn't know what they were doing, they didn't understand the consumer, and they simply cruised by. They had the right connections, but they didn't have the right mindset, or the hard work ethic. Perhaps they worked so hard getting their degrees in school and doing all that studying, that they felt that they were owed a free ride after that.

Unfortunately, that's not how the real world is supposed work, and if we reward people who are just cruising by their credentials, or due to the fact that they have friends in high places, we are going to get more of the same. Specifically we are going to get more of what Adam Smith warned us about in his treaties on the wealth of nations. Perhaps it's time to take inventory and asked ourselves; just how many high-ranking government politicians and officials went to Ivy League schools. Then this information needs to be posted on the Internet in full transparency for everyone to see.

I think what we will find will be so alarming, that we will want to remove every individual in that category from every position in government. There are of course some positives to having this sort of education history from folks in our government, because many other government leaders in other nations have also come to the United States and gone to the same schools. And that's all well and good except that this is our country, it is supposed to be for the people and by the people and not for a few chosen individuals who were born with silver spoons in their mouth.

Everyone who is in a leadership position in our government should have earned that right, and they should be in it for America, not for themselves, their friends, and their extended family. Until we change that, all we will have is more of the same, and as far as I'm concerned this is unacceptable during my life experience, and things need to change, otherwise we will lose our nation to mediocrity, and we may as well piss on our Constitution. In fact, it seems to me that that is going on right now. Please consider all this and think on it.

By Lance Winslow