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  • 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 harder."

    "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 petition.

    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 atragone@yaf.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 grades.


     

    Honorable Mentions:

    Biola University

     

    Highland High School, Medina, Ohio

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