‘The system is rigged’ feels real when the rich cheat to get their kids into top colleges

Column: The college entrance cheating scandal unveiled by federal prosecutors on Tuesday is a story for our time, a perfect snapshot of fatuous American greed and savage inequality, Steve Lopez writes.

‘The system is rigged’ feels real when the rich cheat to get their kids into top colleges

Felicity Huffman is among those accused in a college admissions cheating scheme that sends a corrosive lesson to our kids.


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  1. It is real. It is called “Pay to Play.” Those students should have their diplomas revoked.

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  2. Nothing new! Used to be straight with the school. I’ll buy you a building.

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  3. “American greed and savage inequality”

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  4. The amount of money these people made from the parents is crazy.

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  5. The consequence of education being unattainable is that the electorate doesn’t get education.

    No education = silly and potentially harmful results from voting.
    Democracy can’t survive without being serious about education.

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  6. Getting into a top tier college is not really the main concern for the middle class. Graduating without becoming a debt slave for life is the real concern.

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  7. Remember when Ted Kennedy was admitted to Harvard? Yeah, Pepperidge Farms remembers….

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  8. Not sure why the headline says “feels real” when this situation has literally uncovered that it IS real???

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  9. Just another advantage of the 1% club.

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  10. Lobbying should be called bribing.

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  11. Replace “feels” with “is”.

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  12. Oh please, there were what, like 20 Californians involved? I don’t think that makes much of a dent.

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  13. It’s common knowledge that the wealthy pay their kids’ way into *and through* college, devaluing the degree for the rest of us. 😐

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  14. The system “feels” rigged because it IS rigged.

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  15. let’s see the Trump’s school records.

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  16. Likely all “Trump is NOT MY PRESIDENT” types too…..

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  17. this has probably been the case since ivies began. it’s just extra irritating to hear about it now.

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  18. “Story for our time”? This has been going on forever for the children of the wealthy. Does anyone think Trump got into Wharton on his merits? It also affects the justice system, employment, the list goes on. It is the driving force of continued income inequality in this country

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  19. It feels real because it is real folks 🙄 when you hear idiots defend the rich and how much they are paid with ‘but they work so hard’…….that’s the equivalent of this. Sorry but most of the wealthy folks in this country have never worked a fucking day in their life, and it apparently starts when they are young

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  20. I am embarrassed that anyone still needs to be convinced “the system is rigged.” That is the real crisis of education in this country. 🤦‍♀️

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  21. This has been going on forever🤷‍♀️

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  22. Lol, people beliving in fairness and that the US is supposed to be about merit and hard work

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  23. The universities go along with it because big donors.

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  24. A system that doesn’t exclude would benefit far more,but for those who can get in by merit of their work and grades,this is unfair

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  25. Being funneled straight into our society’s ‘ruling classes’ to escalate their grifting throughout their careers: “…The court filing says the family paid at least $425k. Meanwhile, her LinkedIn pg states that she’s a ‘incoming summer Wealth Mgmnt Analyst in NY’, & an ‘Investment Banking intern in DC…'” https://www.rawstory.com/2019/03/rich-georgetown-student-bragged-sat-cheating-now-degree-might-jeopardy-report/

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  26. Not a new story. Shocking! Thank you Captain Obvious!!

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  27. Is anyone really surprised? Everyone has known this has been a reality. Someone finally built a case and pursued justice in some small way. For this scammer, the are hundreds of others, I’m sure. Still, kudos to the Federal Prosecutors for seeing this thru.

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  28. And George W. Bush got into Harvard (and Yale) with a C average… did they arrest anyone for that yet? LOL

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  29. not just to “Get in” but to graduate.

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  30. From forth these loins no average child shall pass!

    This is as much an indication of the competition that exists between parents as it is a snapshot of wealth disparity and privilege.

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