The Revolution is coming.
The Left’s favorite “democratic socialist” recently published an op-ed for The Guardian calling for his own socialist revolution.
Since Trump’s choice words for socialism in his State of The Union address, the Left has doubled down in their push to turn the U.S. into an economic basket case.
In his op-ed, Bernie Sanders labeled Trump as “the most dangerous president in modern history”, completely ignoring the 100 years of non-stop government growth that have occurred since the advent of the Progressive Era.
Sander’s desire to create “a government based on the principles of economic, social, racial, and environmental justice”, sounds pretty but the means pursued to achieve this pipe dream are filled with destruction and despair.
Just ask countries like Venezuela what happens when you destroy property rights and rational economic thinking in the name of “justice”.
It’s true there’s a growing divide between Middle America and the coastal states. However, this is due to the Progressive style politics that the DC Swamp has pursued in the last century. For that reason, Americans voted for Donald Trump as a means of rejecting this corrupt status quo.
Trump has responded in kind by enacting an executive order to eliminate regulations at a 2:1 ratio, freeing the economy from the shackles of government bureaucracy. This is how you make people prosperous.
Sadly, demagogues like Bernie Sanders don’t get this. Ironically, Sanders thinks Trump is moving the U.S. “in an authoritarian direction”, when his top-down policies would actually move the country in such a direction.
Sanders also talks about taking “on powerful special interests that dominate our economic and political life – Wall Street, the health insurance companies, the drug companies, the fossil fuel industry, the military-industrial-complex, the private-prison industry and multinational corporations”.
But how is he going to carry that out?
Most of these interest groups are powerful because of their exploitation of state power through rent-seeking and other extractions of state privileges.
Sanders’s vision has nothing to do with freedom. The Vermont Senator channeled the gun violence epidemic language again calling for the U.S. to “expand background checks, end the gun show loophole and ban the sale and distribution of assault weapons”. Never mind that expansive gun control and tyranny have historically gone hand-in-hand.
Last but not least, Sanders called for ending “Trump’s support for authoritarian leaders”. For someone who praised the Soviet Union, one of the most repressive regimes in human history, this is an absurd criticism to make.
All in all, Sanders 2020 is no different from Sanders 2016 — a retread of socialist tropes.
Unfortunately, many deluded young souls will gobble up Sanders’s socialist Siren Song.
Large Numbers of Chinese Nationals Caught Cheating in U.S. College Applications and in Classrooms
Eduardo Neret of Campus Reform recently reported on some of the “many methods that Chinese nationals have reportedly used to gain acceptance into U.S. colleges and universities.”
“Fake transcripts and essays, falsified letters of recommendation and test scores, paid consultants, and fake passports and IDs” are some of the ways that Chinese nationals try to enter the U.S. educational system.
These incidents started out as isolated incidents but “has now turned into a vast, international money-making industry.”
In April, Hiu Kit David Chong, an admissions official at the University of Southern California (USC), pleaded guilty in April to wire fraud and in aiding Chinese students create fraudulent college applications. According to the Department of Justice, confessed to making $40,000 from a number of clients during the past few years by providing “false college transcripts with inflated grades,” “fraudulent personal statements,” and “phony letters of recommendation” to them as they applied to universities.
Additionally, the admissions official even offered to supply surrogate test takers for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) exam for international students.
A 2012 report by Time Magazine highlighted how a “huge industry of education agents” has grown to cater to a growing number of Chinese nationals who have desires of studying abroad at U.S. universities.
According to Zinch China, a consultancy firm, 80 percent of Chinese students use agents to file applications to U.S. colleges, with increasing numbers of them engaged in cheating. The company estimated that 90 percent of recommendation letters and 70 percent of college essays that Chinese students submitted are fraudulent. Furthermore, 50 percent of previous grade transcripts are also fraudulent. Ten percent lied about academic or extracurricular achievements and another 30 percent lied about financial aid information.
Surveys revealed that Chinese families view U.S. education as a luxury that can yield future financial benefits, which motivates the “whatever it takes” mentality that characterizes the manner in which Chinese nationals go about the application process. Zinch China also highlighted that the competition among college consultants and the pressure from parents also played a role in the cheating.
“Cheating is pervasive in China, driven by hyper-competitive parents and aggressive agents,” Tom Melcher, the chairman of Zinch China stated.
The number of Chinese students has grown substantially during the last decade. According to the Power of International Education, the number of Chinese foreign students in the U.S. as of 2019 was 369,548, which Neret noted is “more than the next three nations, India, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia, combined.”
What see here is another reminder of why the U.S. must drastically reduce migration from China. Although China has made somewhat of a transition from its authoritarian past, it still remains an adversary.
Like many U.S. adversaries, China recognizes the flaws in the U.S. migration system and will likely exploit them in ways that benefit its national interests.
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