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LAWMAKER SUGGEST SCHOOL “GO PRIVATE” TO AVOID STATE MEDDLING

Aside from his federal indictment as part of a stem cell racket (and an ongoing lawsuit that could open him up to public corruption charges), S.C. Rep. Stephen Goldfinch (RINO-S.C.) is best known as the liberal lawmaker who wants state government to take over the Charleston School of Law (CSOL).

Or merge it with the College of Charleston – where his wife, Renee, serves as a board member.

In light of his efforts to expand the Palmetto State’s hopelessly bloated higher ed system, we were curious to see Goldfinch’s response to a College of Charleston student leader who objected to recent ideologically motivated budget cuts at the school.

Specifically, we’re referring to a recent decision by the S.C. House of Representatives to cut $52,000 from the school’s budget in protest of its pro-gay required reading program.

“Out of one side of your mouth you demand that we fund your school and many of your educations, yet, out of another side of your mouth, you demand we stay out of your school and your education,” Goldfinch wrote in an email to the school’s student vice president, Chris Piedmont. “I have a simple solution for you: Ask your school to go private. At that point, you can require obscene pornographic mandatory reading without any intervention from the people who fund your school now.”

Indeed!

Unfortunately, Goldfinch’s email isn’t a serious privatization proposal … it’s an effort to make the College of Charleston swallow the General Assembly’s ideological orientation.

You know, just like powerful lawmakers are trying to dictate the selection of the school’s next president … 

As we’ve stated on numerous prior occasions, taxpayers should not subsidize the propagandizing of any sexual orientation. At any government entity. We believe colleges and universities should be free to offer such courses, but they – like all higher ed institutions – should do so within the private marketplace.

“Higher education” in South Carolina continues to veer radically to the left – in its social views but more importantly in its speculative investment in “economic development.” The result is more expensive – yet less valuable – degrees.

Of course the state’s ridiculously large network of 33 state-supported schools (which includes more than eighty different campus locations) is able to stay afloat despite such diminishing returns because it gets billions of tax dollars each year.

It’s time – past time, actually – to turn these institutions loose and let then fend for themselves in the marketplace.