Friday, July 12, 2013

No Chance for Hillary in 2016 - Yale & Harvard Streak will End


Now average Americans are going to have a hard time accepting this because average Americans consider the Ivy League to be something found in a the history books, or maybe in prose or fiction books.  The Great Gatsby comes to mind.
When it comes to power, the Ivy League is IT but normally in terms of the dominant Ivy influence over Wall Street, the international banking community and the engines of commerce.
Where did the following Latin phrases come from?
In Deo Speramus - (In God We Hope)
In lumine Tuo videbimus lumen - (In Thy light shall we see the light)
Quisquam qui ars  - (Any person -Any study)
Vox clamantis in deserto - (The voice of one crying in the wilderness)
Veritas -(Truth)
Dei sub numine viget - (Under God's power she flourishes)
Leges sine moribus vanae - (Laws without morals are useless)
Lux et veritas - (Light and truth)
Those are the mottos of the eight venerated Ivy League schools.

It seems we understand the power and influence of the Ivy League in terms of commerce but we really don't when it comes to national politics.  In fact the attitude of the general public in terms of the Ivy League in politics is rather bleak.

According to the most recent Rasmussen polls only five percent (5%) of American Adults think it is better for America to have presidents only from Ivy League schools.  A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that 85% believe it’s better for the country to have presidents who come from a variety of schools.

Try this!

There have been 43 men who served as US President as of 2008. It is often said that President Barack Obama is the 44th President of the United States of America. However, President Obama is only the 43rd different person to serve as President of the United States. This is due to the fact that President Grover Cleveland served non-consecutive terms and so is usually counted as both the 22nd and the 24th President.

Of our 43 presidents, 14 attended Ivy League schools.  Forbes magazine identified these additional political facts about the Ivy League.

All considered, more than a third of all U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices and currently serving U.S. senators have attended an Ivy League school for undergraduate or graduate study.

It gets better.  When Obama completes his 2nd term in 2016 we will have had 28 straight years of presidents from Yale and Harvard alone under Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2 and Obama.  In fact in the 224 years we have elected presidents, don't forget George Washington first took office in 1789, the Ivy League has held the presidency 82 of those years, or 37% of our history.

Hillary would be the 15th president from the Ivy League and that may be a bit too much for a nation in the which Ivy League represents just 8 out of 4,140 institutions of higher education.  For those of you into decimals the Ivy League makes up under 2 tenths of one percent (.001932) of our institutions yet controlled the presidency 37% of the time.

Public 4-year institutions     629
Private 4-year institutions 1,845
Total 4 year                           2,474

Public 2-year institutions   1,070
Private 2-year institutions    596
Total 2 year                           1,666

Total 4 & 2 year                    4,140

So money talks and legacy institutions prosper but you may be surprised when it comes to the costliest universities in America, long thought to be dominated by the Ivy League.

A recently compiled list of the 20 Most Expensive Colleges in the country shows prices, which include Tuition and Fees and Room and Board, range from $59,400 to just under $62,000 per year.

#1 New York University $61,977
#2 Harvey Mudd College $61,760
#3 Bard College $61,446
#4 Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute $60,779
#5 Sarah Lawrence College $60,656
#6 Wesleyan University $60,214
# 7 Dartmouth College $60,201
#8 University of Chicago $60,039
#9 Bard College at Simon's Rock $60,003
#10 Trinity College $59,860
#11 John Hopkins University $59,802
#12 Fordham College $59,802
#13 Carnegie Mellon University $59,632
#14 University of Southern California $59,615
#15 Occidental College $59,592
#16 Scripps College $59,570
#17 Oberlin College $59,474
#18 Haverford College $59,416
# 19 Pitzer College $59,416
# 20 Northwestern University $59,389

Sources: Business Insider and U.S. Department of Education

To my amazement only one Ivy League school, Dartmouth, made the list.

What does this all mean?  It seems the more other schools catch up with the Ivy League in terms of the number of schools and the cost of education, the stronger those dastardly Ivy League schools get control of our presidency and political processes.

Harvard was the first university in America founded in 1636.  By 1800 six of the first 16 universities in America were Ivy League, 37%.  Now the Ivy League represents less than 1 percent of institutions of higher education.  In spite of that we are completing 28 straight years of presidents from just Yale and Harvard and along comes Hillary seeking to extend that Ivy stranglehold on the presidency to 36 straight years.

Isn't it about time we give someone else a chance like MIT or Stanford or Slippery Rock or even The Pennsylvania State University New Kensington Campus of the Commonwealth College, (the longest college name in the USA)?

To be perfectly honest, I set out in life intending to go to Yale for undergraduate work and Harvard for law school.  Even back in the 1960's it took two years to get through the process of screening.  When I visited Yale in the spring of 1964 I found out they had no athletic scholarships thus ending my Ivy League career.  I would have been classmates with Bush, Jr. and Bill Clinton, along with Hillary.

But in spite of my Ivy loyalty even I think enough is enough, give someone else a chance to lead us.  Besides, since she is now making $200,000 per speech, more than her annual salary as Secretary of State, she will be seduced by the money.

How is this for a dilemma?  Do I become president at $400,000 a year and spend 24/7 365 days a year tearing out my hair and getting fat at political dinners, or do I work two days and make the same amount without all the BS.

Ivy League Fashions

Besides, Bill Clinton showed us the way with his $100 million in earnings the few years after he was president.  Same with Gore and a host of other politicians.  Why would Hillary want any less?

The only glass ceiling she needs to shatter is the one holding the millions of dollars she will be making.

When Secretary Of State, Hillary Clinton's annual salary was $186,600 making her the fourth highest paid government official in the United States behind the President ($400,000), the Vice President ($225,551) and Secretary of Treasury ($191,300).

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