Thursday, May 31, 2012

UCLA defends football scholarship for Diddy's son

Left Coast Strikes Again
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UCLA is defending its decision to give Diddy's son, Justin Combs, a full football scholarship.
 There has been some grumbling that Combs should not receive the $54,000 because he has a rich dad. The entertainment mogul was last month named the wealthiest artist in hip-hop by Forbes, with a net worth of $550 million. And some say the state school should be handing out taxpayer money to those who are more in need.

But UCLA spokesman Ricardo Vazquez explains that Justin deserved the scholarship because of his sports talent, not his need, reports Ace Showbiz. And he explained, "Athletic scholarships, such as those awarded to football or basketball players, do not rely on state funds. Instead, these scholarships are entirely funded through UCLA Athletics ticket sales, corporate partnerships, media contracts and private donations from supporters."
Via USA Today

These people--especially the student mentioned in the original report--are dead serious. The mindset that creates such foolishness is the same utopian garbage that has the state of California one swirl ahead of Greece in the fiscal drain. 

Since Justin's dad is wealthy, Justin's scholarship should go to a walk-on, or something. Never mind that if said walk-on possessed Justin's talent, he would have gotten the scholarship and Justin would have had to either walk on, or go somewhere else. None of that matters in the land of unicorns and pixie dust. In their world with pink skies and rainbows, you don't get to enjoy the merits of your abilities or the rewards of your hard work. It's to be confiscated and redistributed to those who are "needy."

Hopenchange. Yes we can.

It's not as if Justin Combs went to UCLA and demanded that the school give him a scholarship. The school offered it to him, and he accepted it. He earned that scholarship by being a good enough football player in high school that UCLA decided it wanted Combs to play for its football team.

His father earned that money, and Justin earned that scholarship. Nobody should be penalized for working hard and succeeding.

 You may recall that last month, the Occupy Wall Street crowd protested tuition increases at University of California system campuses. In proper context that is exactly is the same as demanding scholarship funds.

College is expensive. It is not expensive because of football and other athletics programs. It is expensive because it is in demand and mostly run by bureaucratic government types.

College is also not for everybody. Not everybody needs an expensive degree to be successful, and frankly not everybody is smart enough to complete the requirements. The country needs plumbers, truck drivers, electricians and drywall hangers. It doesn't need any more community organizers with useless degrees whining about rich men getting more than their "fair share."



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