Apparently, many students don't like the idea of redistribution. But, only as it applies to GPAs...Young America's Foundation's fourth annual GPA Redistribution Petition and Video Contest has produced yet another stellar student entry, this time from Carthage College. This year, the national public policy debate has focused on "fairness" through taxing the wealthy in an attempt to redistribute wealth. Many young people support this socialistic policy. Yet, when students at Carthage were asked if they would be willing to sign a petition to redistribute GPA points from the top 10% to the rest of the college, most of them said NO. One student said, "No, because I worked hard for my grades!" Another said, "At Carthage, each student has an equal opportunity to get the GPA they desire." And another, "I don't want my GPA being taken away from me if I had an 'A'."
When the petitioners told students that oftentimes outside factors leave students at an unfair disadvantage, a student said, "No. I'm low-income and a minority, and I have a fairly decent GPA, so..."
Fittingly, some not in the upper 10% welcomed the free points. "Why not? I'm down, " said one student with a low GPA (eagerly signing the petition), but then the student's friend standing next to him said, "It takes away from people working hard... and obviously it's paid off with their higher GPA." Later in the conversation, when the first student told his friend to sign the petition, the friend responded, "How about trying harder for a semester?"
Hopefully, some of the students who were "greedy" with their GPAs understand redistribution of wealth a little better now.
No one has a right to something which someone else has worked hard for--whether it's their grades or their private property. While some have advantages to acquiring good grades or wealth, it doesn't mean we can steal and plunder the wealth of everyone who has worked hard for their rewards. The "Pursuit of Happiness" means you get to keep the "Happiness" once you've earned it.
Ironically, the professor in end the video says of the petitioners, "I think they're communists."
Don't tell that to the Left.
Ron Meyer is a program officer with 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 grades. Find out more about the contest here: *GPA Redistribution Petition and Video Contest*