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The Federal Dole Brings Federal Control


American colleges and universities are discovering that there’s a price to be paid for going on the dole: federal control over their activities.

According to an article in Army Times, the Defense Department is implementing a new “get-tough policy” with colleges and universities that refuse to give the Pentagon equal access to their student directories. The military needs cannon fodder for their multiple wars and occupations around the globe and considers college campuses a perfect place to find it.

What happens if a college or university says no? That’s where the dole comes in. According to the article, “Federal funding can be cut off if colleges and universities do not give recruiters and ROTC programs campus access. While student financial assistance is not at risk, other federal aid, especially research funding, can disappear if a school does not cooperate.”

Whoops! I’ll bet those colleges and universities thought that all that federal IRS-collected money was “free.”

Why would the federal government distribute all that loot to schools, businesses, farmers, politicians, and foreign tyrants? Maybe those college and university administrators thought it was because of the government’s deep love for the poor, the needy, and the disadvantaged. As those administrators are now belatedly discovering, however, the dole is all about control. As every welfare recipient should know by now, he who pays the piper calls the tune.

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Jacob G. Hornberger is founder and president of The Future of Freedom Foundation. He was born and raised in Laredo, Texas, and received his B.A. in economics from Virginia Military Institute and his law degree from the University of Texas. He was a trial attorney for twelve years in Texas. He also was an adjunct professor at the University of Dallas, where he taught law and economics. In 1987, Mr. Hornberger left the practice of law to become director of programs at the Foundation for Economic Education. He has advanced freedom and free markets on talk-radio stations all across the country as well as on Fox News’ Neil Cavuto and Greta van Susteren shows and he appeared as a regular commentator on Judge Andrew Napolitano’s show Freedom Watch. View these interviews at LewRockwell.com and from Full Context. Send him email.