- The Washington Times - Wednesday, March 31, 2010

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

The main point of the article “Obama: Student loan changes apolitical” (Web, Saturday) is simply not true. Writing as a university professor who was fortunate enough to have received an excellent private education and has spent his entire academic career teaching in public state and provincial universities, I say it is critical for Americans to understand that President Obama’s goal and the goal of the “progressive” Democratic Party is to ideologize America’s universities. Fortunately for me, I do not have to make this case. Mr. Obama has just made the case for me. Less than 24 hours after Congress recessed, Mr. Obama bypassed senatorial advise-and-consent procedures and made 15 ideologically challenged and highly political high-level appointments to his administration. These are the facts of Mr. Obama’s now well-established presidential track record - not opinion.

The mechanism by which Mr. Obama and the “progressives” will take control of the nation’s universities is simple and well-captured in this old adage: “Whoever has the gold makes the rules.” Once university students have a sole-source provider of financial aid, that sole-source provider has the power to grant or deny financial aid on any basis it wishes - including whether the university admits and graduates the “right” kinds of students and whether the university has the “right” kinds of faculty and curriculum.

Unlikely to be found on Mr. Obama’s required reading list is George Orwell’s classic “Animal Farm.” Too close for comfort, perhaps, are the pigs, who famously proclaim, “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” On the other hand, perhaps the collected works of Saul Alinsky and the sermons of the Rev. Jeremiah Wright can be “rehabilitated.”

GORDON E. FINLEY

Professor of psychology

Florida International University

Miami

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