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Friday, March 15, 2019

David M. Mayer: Federal attorneys have arrested 50 people in a college admission scam that allowed wealthy parents to buy their kids' admission to elite universities. Prosecutors found that parents together paid up to US$6.5 million to get their kids into college. The list includes celebrity parents such as actresses Felicity Huffman and Lori Loughlin. Some might ask why did these parents fail to consider the moral implications of their actions? My 20 years of research in moral psychology suggests many reasons why people behave in an unethical manner.

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The article says "Sense of entitlement, Consequences of status loss, Feeling invulnerable."

Those are all symptoms of the privileges that come with wealth.
That's why my answer is: Because they can afford to be unethical.

#1 | Posted by snoofy at 2019-03-15 11:21 PM | Reply

"Because they can afford to be unethical."

True.

Consider: any law which only has a monetary fine is saying, "It's okay if you're rich."

#2 | Posted by Danforth at 2019-03-16 12:56 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

"Consider: any law which only has a monetary fine is saying, "It's okay if you're rich.""

I think of it often here in S. Florida when driving. Rich people in expensive cars treat everyone else on the road like peasants there to enhance their feelings of superiority. It's everyday. We used to play a game, when someone would cut you off in traffic the question was did they have a UofM license plate on the front of their car. Almost always, they did. Rich, spoiled, mean punks. I know working class people who cheer for UofM football and they don't understand why I laugh at them, they also don't understand that the rich, mean punks who are UofM alumni are also laughing at them.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-16 01:13 AM | Reply

I'm not sure why rich people waste their time buying their kids into a school they aren't qualified to attend.

Why not just get it over with and buy them into a job they aren't qualified to perform?

#4 | Posted by MrSilenceDogood at 2019-03-16 05:34 AM | Reply

Its funny the clowns get all wiggly about words like communism while doing the things so reprehensible it makes communism seem like a good idea.

#5 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-16 05:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

SILENCE

At some time those children will leave the nest ... and that sheepskin allows them to marry well ... or bypass the mailroom and mid-management if they're climbing the corporate ladder. Unfortunately, it's not WHAT you know, it's WHO you know that matters.

#6 | Posted by Twinpac at 2019-03-16 05:49 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"I'm not sure why rich people waste their time buying their kids into a school they aren't qualified to attend."

So they can tell their friends that their kids goes to xyz school and went to xyz school for whatever.

PLUS

It is a laundering of the entire person. Now that person has attended that school and carries along with them the legitimacy of its history. When they say that they went to USC for business, we confer some of USCs authority to them.

A person who is otherwise useless has, in 48 months of partying, become an unquestionable success.

Then those degrees open the doors of power. 2/3rds of Harvard grads go on to consult. They make the decisions that control the world.

#7 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2019-03-16 07:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Affluenza.

"I'm not sure why rich people waste their time buying their kids into a school they aren't qualified to attend."
So they can tell their friends that their kids goes to xyz school and went to xyz school for whatever.
PLUS

Because it doesn't matter if they are qualified or not. People will look at a degree from Wharton and say "Hey Wharton. You must be really smart." No matter that your dad bought your entrance and you barely graduated. Hell, maybe they didn't even have the actual grades to graduation but your dad stepped in and funded another building on campus. Money corrupts everything it touches. PERIOD.

#8 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-03-16 08:48 AM | Reply

I think of it often here in S. Florida when driving. Rich people in expensive cars treat everyone else on the road like peasants there to enhance their feelings of superiority.

I was reading where one of them evil socialist European countries addressed this by making traffic violations progressive fines. They more you have, the more your fine. Finland and Switzerland base the fine on your daily income.

"Switzerland uses a similar system, and currently holds the world record for a speeding ticket. It was handed to a Swedish motorist in 2010 who was caught driving at 290km/h. He was fined 3,600 Swiss francs per day for 300 days – around 1,080,000 Swiss francs ($1,091,340) in total."

The US needs to do this.

#9 | Posted by Nixon at 2019-03-16 08:54 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

My daughters both got a lecture when they were starting high school. We were always slightly above or slightly below the federal poverty levels. I explained to them that their mother and I could contribute nothing towards their education, that it was on them to get good grades and participate in a few extracurricular activities. They did this, and both were accepted and graduated from a fine nearby private college. They achieved massive scholarships, and the older one graduated with $10,000 in loans, and the younger did it four years later with $16,000 in loans. They're both married, the loans were paid off, and everybody has a real job with benefits and stuff. I was and am extremely proud of both of them.

#10 | Posted by john47 at 2019-03-16 09:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Why not just get it over with and buy them into a job they aren't qualified to perform?"

It has to look legit and the kids don't want a job anyway. You think kids from parents like this are worth 2 ----- to an employer?

These same folks with money also can't say no to their kids. The kids want college.....and parents are going to give it to them.

Keeping up with the jones......

#11 | Posted by eberly at 2019-03-16 10:02 AM | Reply

"Why not just get it over with and buy them into a job they aren't qualified to perform?"

They do but first college then "career."

#12 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-16 10:13 AM | Reply

A prestige degree is a certification that you've been admitted to the ruling class. Doesn't matter if you're a dumbass.

i1.wp.com

#13 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-16 10:15 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Watched "W" the other night on Showtime. That movie tells you how it is, now we have President Trump. Just goes to prove that intelligence, grades, character have little or nothing to do with success even ascending to the highest office in the land. "W" is a real eye opener, I highly recommend it. You'll never view George W. Bush with an ounce of respect again. As it should be.

#14 | Posted by danni at 2019-03-16 10:18 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why dont we see the 'outrage mob' thundering about the fraud which deprived 'a more deserving kid' of a place at the University?

You, know, like they do when they are fuming, snorting, and bellowing, about how unfair it is to 'white people' when a University admits a person of color in an Equal Opportunity Program.

#15 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-03-16 10:22 AM | Reply

The Ivy league schools all offer slough classes, so you can graduate without doing anything but party for four years. Many do not give a grade less than D under any circumstances. This attracts many rich people able to throw money at the school, which is happy to accept it, until it smears their name. The second George Bush was a product of this and most likely so was Trump, who obviously is another Republican idiot. George BushII never completed his Air Guard pilot service after drug testing was announced. Yet there is an institutional need for the country to prop up these buffoons and maintain a facade of national credibility. Unfortunately, the US military and dollar hegemony play an important role in this regard, because nobody likes a bully.

#16 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-16 10:26 AM | Reply

--how unfair it is to 'white people' when a University admits a person of color in an Equal Opportunity Program.

Actually it's asian-americans that are getting screwed by affirmative action the most. I guess they are "people of the wrong color."

#17 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-16 10:28 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

and that sheepskin allows them to marry well ... or bypass the mailroom and mid-management if they're climbing the corporate ladder.

Actually that is very true especially in this time of online job applications where resume's are scanned for bullet points and if a university isn't mentioned its dumped into the deep abyss and no human eye ever sees it.

#18 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2019-03-16 10:30 AM | Reply

Why dont we see the 'outrage mob' thundering about the fraud which deprived 'a more deserving kid' of a place at the University?

I am outraged .. why do you believe I am not, I have always protested Universities greedy behavior.

This is how any constrained system works....

Liberals want to admit with identity, rich with money ... me personally merit.

Just another datapoint.

#19 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2019-03-16 10:42 AM | Reply | Funny: 1 | Newsworthy 1

The kids want college.....and parents are going to give it to them.

The kids don't want college. Just watch some Instagram videos or tweets from Lori Laughlin's kid. They don't want it at all.

It's for the parents who can't deal with the humiliation that they raised a child to be an Instagram influencer.

#20 | Posted by Ben_Berkkake at 2019-03-16 10:43 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Mackris, your silence till prompted speaks poorly of the legitimacy of your "outrage".

#21 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2019-03-16 10:46 AM | Reply

""I don't know how much of school I'm gonna attend," Olivia Jade, a YouTube star and daughter of Full House actress Lori Loughlin, told her fans just before she moved to the University of Southern California (USC) to begin freshman year. "But I'm gonna go in and talk to my deans and everyone, and hope that I can try and balance it all. But I do want the experience of like game days, partying....I don't really care about school, as you guys all know."

reason.com

#22 | Posted by nullifidian at 2019-03-16 10:51 AM | Reply

- me personally... my prep school, my trust fund, and my all round sense of entitlement.

#23 | Posted by Corky at 2019-03-16 11:37 AM | Reply

This is a benefit which plagues those born into wealth, stymieing their ability to amount to anything. But their money just keeps compounding daily so life is a breeze. It is amazing how many there are that show up in Florida in the winter with their Bentley convertibles where dealers and servicemen charge extra for everything, poor or rich.

Notice how amack and nulli turn this into a "liberal sin". when everyone know Jared, Ivanka, DonII, Eric, Jeb, George, and Neil enjoyed these benefits and got away with it. They will not admit that Barrack and Micelle Obama earned their degrees and were anxious to learn on the job, unlike the orange sloth.

Some rich people are liberal and some conservatives are rich. The underlying problem is class warfare, not the predisposition of conservatives or liberals to be more or less honest than other classes of people. Just that rich people are pron to be less honest because they are less likely to be caught and less likely to be severely punished.

#24 | Posted by bayviking at 2019-03-16 03:46 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's unfortunate they only caught those who aren't rich enough to buy their kids in to college like billionaires do.

#25 | Posted by Tor at 2019-03-16 03:57 PM | Reply

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