Young America's Foundation's fifth annual GPA
Redistribution Petition and Video Contest has
produced yet another stellar student entry, this time from
Hillsdale College in Hillsdale, Michigan
As Tax Day approached in 2013, the Young Americans for Freedom
chapter at Hillsdale College set out to see what students thought
of a petition granting the administration power to redistribute
their GPAs to students with insufficient levels for graduation.
With our leaders engaged in "class warfare" and adamant in
splitting us for the sake of "fairness," more and more people feel
that equal results is better than equal opportunity. In a
recent Gallup poll, 6 in 10 American adults polled feel that wealth
is distributed "unfairly" in America. However, there is reason to
be encouraged by our youth.
Some students at Hillsdale aren't fans of redistribution;
especially redistributing their grades to people that don't deserve
good grades. When asked, one exasperated student said that,
"Honestly, I think that's one of the worst ideas I have ever
heard…Giving them this handout isn't going to motivate them to work
"I am not going to sacrifice my GPA for the sake of someone who
is not trying," a student responds to why he won't sign the
The students at Hillsdale took it one step further and visited
Michigan State University and interviewed students on the campus. Their
findings were a little more surprising, especially from students
who would benefit from it. However, a few had some reservations.
"It devalues everyone's degree," a teacher said when asked to
sign the petition.
The notion of redistribution is foreign to most Americans. By in
large, we subscribe to the notion that working hard for what we
earn is ours. Having government decide who gets what and how much,
is not capitalism. It's picking winners and losers and it's socialism.
Adam Tragone is director of external relations at Young
America's Foundation. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Young America's Foundation--as laid out in is
its Campus Conservative Battleplan--holds this
contest every year to highlight the hypocrisy of the Left's view on
taxes. Many leftists think it's great to take money from people
those who earned it, but it's immoral to redistribute
Highland High School, Medina, Ohio