Taxpayers spent $3.4 million to study the aggression levels in hamster fights at Northwestern University. The largess of unknowingly generous taxpayers also funded one hundred additional studies at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, U. Penn, Princeton, and Yale. What makes this all so special is they all violated the law and didn’t reveal how more than $246 million was spent.
One $230,000 project conducted by New York University and the University of Rochester studied whether “monkeys prefer photographs of other monkeys’ rear-ends on red or blue backgrounds.”
They didn’t report how the money was spent.
Not reporting it is against the law as Free Beacon explains quoting Jeff Flake.
The White Coat Waste report from Sen. Jeff Flake’s 2017 Wastebook also found widespread transparency failures by Ivy League universities receiving more than $2 billion annually from the National Institutes of Health.” What are they hiding?
Don’t laugh, it’s not funny. You can’t make ends meet but you pay for monkey rear-end studies.
The non-profit Open Books organization released a 43-page report in March showing that over a six-year period, Ivy League schools received tens of billions in tax dollars, more than students paid in tuition. In fact, it took 16 state governments combined to equal the amount of taxpayer funding they received.
The stunning numbers exposed payments and entitlements costing taxpayers more than $41 billion from fiscal year 2010 to fiscal year 2015.
The spending is especially controversial because these eight schools — Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University — have enormous resources at their fingertips, including endowment funds (money raised from donors) in 2015 exceeding $119 billion. Take that total and split it up among Ivy League undergrads and it comes out to $2 million each.
In a statement, Princeton, suggested the study was flawed because it didn’t take into account all the money the college receives and then reinvests.
Oh sure, that’s it.
This is the reality check provided by Fox News to determine if the Ivy Leagues should continue to get taxpayer funds:
- With continued donations at the present rate, the money could provide free tuition to the entire student body in perpetuity,
- Without new donations, the endowment could provide a full-ride scholarship for all Ivy League undergraduate students for 51 years.
Let’s not stop there.
In fiscal year 2014, the balance sheet for all eight Ivy League schools combined showed accumulated gross assets of more than $194 billion, or the equivalent of $3.35 million per undergraduate student.
They don’t need the money, taxpayers need the money, cut them off! We owe $20 trillion.
Enough! These were just payoffs and it’s corruption. It’s taxation without representation.
Our Founding Fathers fought a revolution over taxes on tea and such. What would they say about this?