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MSNBC Lets Cat Out of Bag

October 19, 2018

Most mornings I watch MSNBC and CNN to see what the Progressive Left has up its sleeves. Recently, Progressives are up in arms about the murder of WAPO journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, attempts to repeal Obamacare and protection of citizens with pre-existing conditions, tax cuts that benefit the rich, and, of course, the many “sins” of President Donald Trump including his current campaign theme: ‘Democrats produce mobs, Republicans produce jobs.’

But, this morning we learned something different. MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle expressed consternation when she learned that Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for the U.S. Senate in Texas has not organized Hispanic voters. The reason?  Labor union members, that are the backbone of the Democrat Party in Texas, don’t want competition from Hispanic workers.

A split between support for unions and enhancing the power of Americans of Hispanic descent is destroying Beto O’Rourke’s campaign for the U.S. Senate.

Ms. Ruhle, who attended Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania that seems to generate Leftist commentators like Ruhle, is now in contention with Mika Brzezinski for the Tokyo Rose Award for PC “journalism.”

What is it about “hidden Ivies” like Lehigh and mainline “Ivies” that they graduate Politically Correct graduates? Surely, if you’re smart enough to be admitted to Harvard, Princeton, Yale of Lehigh, you should be able to think for yourself.

Ability to pay high tuition cost is one explanation.

In the 2016-17 academic year, according to this report, tuition at Lehigh was $47,920. “The total cost of attending Lehigh as an undergraduate will now be approximately $61,010 — including tuition, typical room and board charges and the undergraduate technology fee.”  Over four years, it costs $204,000 to attend Lehigh University.  Ruhle’s family in Park Ridge, New Jersey, where the median family income is $97,294, could afford Lehigh’s tuition cost.

Is this a “class” thing? “Belonging” to your class being uppermost? Few upper class Americans joined the conservative movement in 1964 nor the Tea Party movement in 2008. That just wasn’t done.

The economy of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where I grew up during the decline of the steel industry, is much improved. Annual family income in the ‘Burg is about $60,000, but old racial, ethnic and religious differences are alive and well.  I attended the University of Pittsburgh, a state-supported University, where tuition, today, is $18,130 a year to attend the undergraduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Tuition at Pitt over four years is $72,500–compared to $204,000 at Lehigh–though is high relative to public colleges in other states but, if students take out a student loan, live at home and work nights they can earn a Pitt diploma–and stay in the ‘Burg.

My guess is that students from families of high family income who leave their home towns and attend prestigious colleges like Lehigh are inclined to go along with the Progressive political views of their college teachers. We at Pitt gave them the finger.

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