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LBN 11/29/2020

*MORE THAN 1 MILLION AMERICANS TRAVELED VIA PLANE THE DAY BEFORE THANKSGIVING:
 

More than a million Americans traveled via plane on the day before Thanksgiving — the highest number since the COVID-19 pandemic exploded in March, new statistics show. Figures released by the Transportation Security Administration show that 1,070,967 travelers went through US screening checkpoints Wednesday, down from 2,624,250 in 2019. The one-day total is the highest recorded by the TSA since March 16, but still a 59 percent decrease from last year. Public health experts and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had urged people to scrap their Turkey Day travel plans due to rising infection rates across the country.

The TSA also screened more than 1 million passengers on Sunday and Friday. Prior to that, the last time the agency eclipsed that mark was on Oct. 18, when 1,031,505 went through airports, statistics show. In total, almost 6 million passengers were screened at airports from Friday through Wednesday, TSA data shows. A forecast by AAA and HIS Markit predicted earlier this month that Thanksgiving travel would be on the “lighter side,” with 50 million Americans expected to hit the roads and get on planes — or at least a 10-percent drop overall, marking the largest one-year decline since 2008.

*GIANT NEW YORK RATS OVERTAKING CENTRAL PARK AND THE UWS:


Rat school is in session as fed-up New Yorkers try to learn how to deal with a surging rodent population. Rats as big as bunnies are roaming the streets in broad daylight, nesting in trees and chewing through car engine wires that can cost thousands to fix. And there are so many that residents are kvetching about them every chance they get — 311 hotline complaints about rats have totaled 12,632 so far this year — a third more than the 9,042 for all of 2019. With the Upper West Side teeming with the hungry critters, Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal and the city Health Department sponsored the latest incarnation of “Rat Academy,” two hours of rat prevention training livestreamed Tuesday to nearly four dozen supers, tenants and homeowners. The city began such training sessions about 10 years ago. Gail Dubov, president of the West 83rd Street Block Association, has a “Ph.D in Rat Academy” from sitting in on a couple of sessions, including Tuesday’s. “Rats are devious,” she pronounced with authority, “and they’re smart.” Dozens who belong to Upper West Siders for Safer Streets have posted their gargantuan vermin sightings on Facebook, including Melanie Sloan, whose daughter is Scarlett Johansson.

“Central Park is overrun with huge fat rats,” Sloan wrote. “I saw a man on a bench in the rambles swatting them unsuccessfully with a rake.” Not a day goes by that Amanda Levine doesn’t see at least one rat. She sprays her Jeep Grand Cherokee with a cocktail of cinnamon and mint oils and water — under the hood and on all four wheel bearings — to ward off the critters. In her apartment complex, at 107th Street between Amsterdam and Broadway, her neighbors tell her they hear scratching behind the walls. Levine ticks off four reasons why she thinks rats have invaded the UWS: outdoor dining, more homeless New Yorkers, shoddy street cleaning and the biggest — trash not being picked up often enough, both from the cans on sidewalk corners and the stacks of bags hauled to the curb by building supers.

The Department of Sanitation is responsible for both street cleaning and garbage collection. Spokesman Joshua Goodman told The Post that DSNY is committed to keeping the city clean and reducing the rat population. “Only when residents, businesses, and the City work together can we address a problem that is as old and as persistent as the City of New York itself,” Goodman said. As far as Levine is concerned, the only one to blame is Mayor de Blasio. Not in the 20 years she has lived on the block have rats been so thick. She is convinced that Hizzoner wants to do away with the Sanitation Department: “He’s a f–king waste. He’s turned this city into a s—hole.”

*MEGYN KELLY IS DITCHING NYC AFTER SCHOOL PROMOTES REFORMING ‘WHITE KIDS’, SAYS FUTURE ‘KILLER COP’ IN ‘ EVERY CLASSROOM’:

Independent journalist Megyn Kelly is pulling her children out of school and leaving New York City after her boys’ school promoted a call to “reform white children” and accused white people of “reveling in their state-sanctioned depravity” and slaughtering black people. Kelly, who founded Devil May Care Media, revealed a letter that her boys’ school administrators circulated among parents and faculty during an episode of her podcast, “The Megyn Kelly Show,” on Monday. Kelly said that she and her husband were pulling their children out of school and leaving New York City over the “out of control” racial social justice agenda in the city’s schools. “It’s out of control on so many levels, and after years of resisting it, we’re going to leave the city. We pulled our boys from their school and our daughter is going to be leaving hers soon, too,” Kelly said. “The schools have always been far-left, which doesn’t align with my own ideology, but I didn’t really care. Most of my friends are liberals, it’s fine. I come from Democrats as a family.”

“I’m not offended at all by the ideology and I lean center-left on some things, but they’ve gone around the bend. I mean they have gone off the deep-end.,” she continued. “This summer in the wake of George Floyd, they circulated amongst the diversity group – which includes white parents like us, there are people who want to be allies and stay attuned to what we can do – an article, and afterward they recirculated it and wanted every member of the faculty to read it.” Kelly said the letter was written by Nahliah Webber, the executive director of Orleans Public Education Network, and the host then reads excerpts from the letter that asserts that white children in the United States are indoctrinated racists. Webber’s letter appears to be a version of a blog post Webber wrote for Education Post in June. Kelly then read excerpts of the letter circulated at her boys’ school. The letter, according to Kelly, says:

There is a killer cop sitting in every school where white children learn. They gleefully soak in their whitewashed history that downplays the holocaust of indigenous native peoples and Africans in the Americas. They happily believe their all-white spaces exist as a matter of personal effort and willingly use violence against black bodies to keep those spaces white.
As black bodies drop like flies around us by violence at white hands, how can we in any of our minds conclude that whites are alright? White children are left unchecked and unbothered in their schools, homes, and communities to join, advance, and protect systems that take away black life. I am tired of white people reveling in their state-sanctioned depravity, snuffing out black life with no consequences.

Where’s the urgency for school reform for white kids being indoctrinated in black death and protected from the consequences? Where are the government-sponsored reports looking into how white mothers are raising culturally deprived children who think black death is okay? Where are the national conferences, white papers and policy positions on the pathology of whiteness in schools? This time if you really want to make a difference in black lives — and not have to protest this shit again — go reform white kids. Because that’s where the problem is — with white children being raised from infancy to violate black bodies with no remorse or accountability.

*BLM FOUNDERS DEMAND JOE BIDEN SUPPORT A ‘ROADMAP’ TO ABOLITION OF POLICE, PRISONS:

Despite indications that the “Defund the Police” movement had a negative impact on Democrats’ election success, leaders of Black Lives Matter are petitioning for a meeting with an incoming Joe Biden-Kamala Harris administration, and demanding that Biden support the “BREATHE Act,” which includes a “roadmap’ to abolishing law enforcement and a demand for reparations.The Act, which BLM touts as “a radical reimagining of public safety, community care, and how we spend money as a society,” is its central legislative effort and represents a list of demands that align only with the aims of far-left legislators. But, Fox News reports that BLM’s founders, including self-identified Marxist Patrisse Cullors and their “Squad” allies in Congress — notably Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) — are pressing for the BREATHE Act to pass Congress and receive a rubber stamp from any Biden White House.“Black Lives Matter activists are pressuring Democrats to embrace the BREATHE Act, which includes a section requiring a ‘roadmap for prison abolition.’” the outlet reports Sunday.

“Cullors, who has written a letter to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris requesting a meeting, told The Hollywood Reporter she is requesting that the new administration work to pass the BREATHE Act within the first 100 days,” Fox notes. Although the report only notes a “summary” of the BREATHE Act’s, the Act’s campaign website notes that it includes a full divestment of “federal resources” from law enforcement — defunding the police and immigration enforcement on a federal level — and ending incarceration, a priority that also includes the “full decarceration of federal detention facilities within 10 years and enacts a moratorium on all new federal prison, jail, immigrant and youth detention construction.” The act suggests that any money saved by not enforcing the country’s criminal laws be rerouted to minority communities to address income inequality and other progressive pet issues. Cullors penned an op-ed for “Teen Vogue” last week that makes it clear that she not only expects the Biden administration to pass the BREATHE Act, she believes Joe Biden and Kamala Harris should use the legislation as a means of “repaying” support from the black community.

*LAS VEGAS JOURNALIST TESTS NEVADA VOTER SIGNATURE VERIFICATION, FINDS 89% FAILURE RATE:

A journalist who tested Nevada’s signature verification process for mail-in ballots found that the state is wide open for fraud. Columnist Victor Joecks of the Las Vegas Review-Journal conducted his experiment noting that the issue is deeper than any single contest. “Leave aside the presidential race. Even small amounts of fraud can swing results,” he wrote, pointing to a race where a state senator won an election by 24 votes. Joecks said in his piece Thursday that he proved a voter could vote many times. “Clark County election officials accepted my signature on eight ballot return envelopes during the general election. It’s more evidence that signature verification is a flawed security measure,” he wrote, saying the assurances from elections officials that the process was secure were so much puffery.

*SUPERMODEL ELLE MCPHERSON SHILLS FOR DISGRACED BF’S ANTI-VAX FILM:

Supermodel Elle McPherson is now publicly shilling for the anti-vaxxer movie made by her boyfriend, disgraced fraud doctor Andrew Wakefield. The Australian beauty talked up the film at an event in North Carolina, even suggesting it was extra-important “in this divine time where vaccination and mandatory vaccination is on everybody’s lips.” Wakefield is infamous for falsely claiming he had found a link between vaccines and autism—a lie that got him removed from the medical register in Britain. His discredited ideas have found a new audience among anti-vaxxers in the U.S. McPherson, 56, is helping him spread his message even as respected health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci say American trust in vaccines is crucial to ending the coronavirus pandemic.

*ACTRESS AND NEW STYLE SUPERMODEL, CIARRA CARTER, IN THE LAUNCH FOR SKIMS BY KIM KARDASHIAN MOMMY AND ME LINE:

Ciarra Carter is an actress and New Style Supermodel. Named, “The NEW, Supermodel”, Ciarra is currently very proud to be a super top fit model for two of the most popular brands in the world today, Kim Kardashian’s amazing SKIMS Line and Khloe Kardashians wonderful Good American swim brand. Recently, she shot for Kim Kardashians SKIMS Cozy Mommy and Me line. The line is a mother and child lounge set in which she shot with her baby daughter named, LOVE, for the mother and daughter set which launched Nov. 19th. “I’m proud and humble to be able to have the successful career that I have. I am so thankful for the opportunity to part of this launch and have no doubts it will be very successful,” states Ciarra Carter.

Ciarra is one of the behind the scenes body’s for top brands in the world while lending her one of a kind body fit to these iconic companies, helping provide the perfect fit to their customer. She has also been a spokesmodel for energy drinks and premier jean companies. Ciarra is also a super top fit model for some of the leading brands in the world, which says a ton since the fit model profession goes mostly unknown outside of the fashion world but is paramount to the success of the industry of fashion. Some may even go as far as naming fit modeling the “underground secret blue print”. “I have been able to not only be a supermodel, but also a role model. My work is about showcasing positivity and when I am told from others they see that in my work, I know I am doing something right,” states Ciarra Carter.

Ciarra’s graced many print campaigns for some of the top clothing brands in the country. She’s been in national tv Commercials for some of the most iconic car brands, beverage and food lines, and Insurance companies to name a few, all the while starring in movies. Ciarra is an actress who’s been on the big screen and the small screen in motion pictures and television programs. Catch her in her latest film, “A Christmas for Mary” airing December 8th on the OWN NETWORK which is just in time for the holidays (check your local listing for schedule and times.) Ciarra also stars in the lifetime film “The Wrong House Sitter” that is currently playing on the network. She plays a detective in her next lifetime thriller starring and produced by Vivica A.Fox, Directed by David Decoteua, and set to air on lifetime (Dates TBD) . Ciarra is currently shooting another film, “Divorce Bait”, and has just landed a lead role an upcoming film Exceptional Beings” (Writer / Producer Njedeh Anthony ) which begins production in January 2021. Ciarra the Actress /New Style Supermodel is full of wonderful surprises and great projects are sure to come. You need to be on the lookout for this start talent and see her whenever you can. Keep her on your watchlist.

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When Beethoven died, between 10,000 and 30,000 people attended his funeral at the Church of the Holy Trinity. Franz Schubert was a pallbearer at his funeral.

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Wells Fargo’s former CEO and a top exec were charged by the SEC with misleading investors about the performance of the bank’s core business.

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Goldie Hawn and Kirt Russell at their Pacific Palisades home.

*EXAMINER – HEALTH: DOCTOR’S OFFICES, MEDICAL INDUSTRY ALSO TAKING HIT FROM COVID-19:

Doctor’s offices have felt the squeeze of the COVID-19 pandemic as more than 16,000 practices across the country have been forced to close due to safety concerns, fewer patient visits and other challenges, according to a report.  Dr. Kelly McGregory, 49, said she made the difficult decision in August to close her pediatric practice just outside Minneapolis. “It was devastating. That was my baby,” she said.McGregory said that as a newer practice without access to stockpiles of personal protective equipment, she had feared at times that she wouldn’t be able to keep her staff safe.

“As an independent practice with no real connection to a big health system, it was awful,” she said, noting that at one point she only had three surgical masks left for the office. There also was not enough business provided through virtual patient visits, she said. “I did some telemedicine, but it wasn’t enough volume to really replace what I was doing in the clinic,” she said. Her medical practice is among the more than 16,000 estimated to have closed during the pandemic, according to a July report from the nonprofit group Physicians Foundation. *THINK FREELY – BE INDEPENDENT – MAKE UP YOUR OWN (DAMN) MIND: READ LBN EXAMINER




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Actress Melissa Gilbert had her fourth spinal surgery and afterward called the operation “wildly successful.” The 56-year-old “Little House on the Prairie” star shared her health update –  “Surgery was wildly successful! Dr. Bray was able to remove all the old hardware, shave off bone spurs causing numbness in my right hand and, and, and, he was able to give me the artificial disc,” Gilbert captioned a post-surgery photo of herself smiling. “So now I focus on recovery and remaining Covid free. Thank you all for your love, support and prayers. I send so much love back to you all.”

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If your politics lean right, you likely didn’t hear that Sen. Rand Paul says COVID-19 survivors should ‘throw away their masks, go to restaurants, live again’.

If your politics bend to the left, you probably didn’t hear that Trump’s Attorney Sidney Powell said ‘We’re Fixing to Overturn the Results of the Election in Multiple States’.

*WE’RE COOKED – POLL: 37% HAVING THANKSGIVING OUTSIDE HOUSEHOLD:

Public health experts have said over and over again that one key to slowing the spread of the coronavirus this winter is limiting holiday celebrations to people in your household, if possible. But a new online survey says just under 4 in 10 Americans will follow that guideline. The poll by the tracking site Covid Near You and SurveyMonkey found that 37 percent of people plan to celebrate Thanksgiving with friends or family they don’t live with—and the number could go even higher, since about a quarter of the respondents weren’t sure what they were doing yet. The survey did find a political trend: just about half of Republicans plan to attend these get-togethers, while less than 30 percent of Democrats or independents said they would. In addition, two-thirds of those traveling don’t plan to get tested before or after their trip.

*MOVEMENT RIP-OFF- ‘YOU ARE NOT HELPING US’: BLACK LEADERS REBUKE ANARCHIST FOR HIJACKING RACIAL JUSTICE MOVEMENT:

Several black leaders and community activists in Portland said that anarchists have hijacked the racial justice movement in America by perpetuating violence. Anarchists attracted significant media attention nationally over their roles in the riots, looting and arson that erupted following the death of George Floyd in May. While many black activists view President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election as an opportunity for social justice reforms, anarchists essentially view Biden and President Donald Trump as bedfellows defending a capitalist economy they seek to dismantle.

Black community leaders and activists have said that the anarchists’ actions, like setting a building that houses a police station and black-owned businesses in Portland on fire, weren’t helping black Americans. “When I hear about somebody burning something down, I think about that as an act that’s always been used against black people,” Ron Herndon, a longtime black activist, said at a news conference the morning after police used tear gas to disperse protesters firing paintballs, the LA Times reported. “You are not helping us.”

*SAN FRANCISCO CONSIDERS $1,000 FINES FOR PEOPLE SMOKING TOBACCO OR CANNABIS IN THEIR APARTMENTS:

San Francisco politicians are considering yet another policy that would harm renters while infringing on property rights: a ban on smoking inside private apartment buildings.  On Thursday, a committee of the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to advance a bill that would ban smoking inside private dwellings located in apartments with three or more units. The San Francisco Examiner reports that the restrictions would apply not just to tobacco products, but also to smoking marijuana and even to vaping. The goal, according to bill sponsor Supervisor Norman Yee, is to protect nonsmoking apartment dwellers from the fumes of their inconsiderate neighbors.

*NEW HEALTH TECH STARTUP – REULAY- WINS STARTUPALOOZA IN NEW YORK AND IS RAMPING UP TO REVOLUTIONIZE MEDICINE:

New York and Cambridge, MA based startup, Reulay, may be having an identity crisis, but it hasn’t stopped them from an early win at Startupalooza in New York City. The event, held on September 30, 2020 featured six other New York based companies and Reulay’s mission, vision, business plan and energy got them the unanimous vote for best startup. The startup founder and CEO, Patrick Candela, together with the co-founder and Chief Medical Officer, Srini Pillay, M.D., are both excited about this recognition. “While this isn’t the Nobel Prize in medicine”, said Pillay, “it’s really helpful and encouraging to have this recognition so early in our development. It’s long hours and a lot of navigating and connecting.” “We’re still in stealth mode”, added Candela, “but we’ve gotten a lot done.” When asked why they say that they have an identity crisis, the startup founders say that they are using technology—virtual reality and mixed reality and machine learning—to be specific—to deliver an experience that they hope will elevate the human experience and save lives. In essence, they say that too often, technology startups get infatuated with the technology, when in fact, it’s the human experience that matters. Says Candela, “We never want to lose sight of this. We’re not just a technology company. We’re a human experience and longevity company first.”

Reulay has filed patents for an omnichannel virtual platform that will use machine learning to deliver a proprietary brain-based mixed reality experience with a view to not only decrease stress, but impact the genes that stress can change before it opens up pathways to cancer, heart disease, stroke, and Alzheimer’s disease. Pillay, former top medical student, a Harvard-trained psychiatrist who graduated at the top of his class, and a brain-imaging researcher who also worked in biotechnology across all medical diseases explained, “For years now, there has been tremendous research showing us that certain kinds of stress can literally change our genes. For example, stress causes a process called methylation that can lock genes, making it impossible for cells to divide normally. Down the line, this takes a toll on the body. We believe that this is an important contributor to disease.” He adds, “While certain types of stress can be good for you, a study out of Germany in March this year showed that occupational stress is particularly impactful in altering genes in this way. That’s, in part, why we are starting to deploy this in the workplace. And we are proud to be partnering with the leading leadership development companies in the world to do this.”

Candela excitedly explains that when he and Pillay met, they were both struck by their synergies of interest in consciousness, the body, humanity, and technology. “It wasn’t long before we realized that we were simply carrying out a process that we were meant to advance.” He humbly adds, “We’re a long way from refining this solution. It’s also not a one-size fits all kind of thing” Says Candela, “At Reulay we often say we’re all explorers in unchartered territories – looking for other explorers and creators who are mission aligned to join us. One focus now is assembling this team of world class talent across art, biotechnology, mixed reality, and machine learning. We are overjoyed with the response of those wanting to join us and contribute to a deeper understanding of illness, but even more so, that we believe strongly that we will be able to do something about this.”

Pillay explains that their pipeline is evolving. In addition to their brain-based anxiety-reducing technology, they have also filed patents for a cyberdelic—a technological way of simulating the effects of psychedelics on the brain. He adds, “Psychedelics have a history of dramatically allowing people to reconstitute themselves, but the bad trips and unknown effects of certain doses can limit the use. We believe we are adding to the quest in alleviating depression and anxiety by offering a mechanism to control the dose and experience. At the very least, it is likely to add to the power of the work that is being done in this field.”

When asked what their moonshots were, the two looked at each other amused. New to their pipeline is an augmented-reality paradigm that will be used to help astronauts and travelers who experience anxiety when traveling to outer space. They are combining forces with Martine-Nicole Rojina in Munich Germany, to design this paradigm. Rojina has been studying “no gravity” conditions and sound relationships with the moon for a while now. Next for Reulay is finding the right brand partners. “We’re a broad thinking group that can’t afford to be categorical. You don’t combine the human condition, brain science, technology and design by narrowing your field of vision.”, explains Pillay. “So, we’re researching companies as varied as Louis Vuitton, Apple and Netflix.” “And we’re starting our first round of investment as well”, adds Candela. “So, we’d love to talk to any brands or investors who are turned on by the idea of living longer and saving lives.”

For now, Reulay plans to hard-launch at the end of January 2021. It is completing studies with “The Mayo Clinic” and “Blue Shield of California” with preliminary results to add to its dataset. The two founders are knee deep in execution right now, but being human, they are having a ton of fun, living through the ideal of making revolutionary strides that connect mind and body, so that people can live their lives to their maximum potential, passionate, healthy and worry-free. If you’re interested to talk or partner, Patrick and Srini are reachable at solutions@reulay.com

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According to French heritage law, the Mona Lisa cannot be bought or sold. The painting belongs to the public.

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Sophia Loren photographed at home by her son Edoardo Ponti, who helmed her new movie.

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Mars, the company behind M&M’s and Snickers, is acquiring the maker of Kind bars, the snacks that celebrate their lack of artificial flavors and preservatives, company executives said. The deal for Kind North America comes three years after Mars, a privately held giant in the candy industry, took a minority stake in the company. The purchase was confirmed by company executives. Terms were not formally announced, but people with knowledge of the deal said it valued Kind at about $5 billion.

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*EXAMINER: BARACK OBAMA – WHITE HOUSE WAS ROUGH ON OUR MARRIAGE:

Barack Obama‘s time in The White House was full of challenges … not the least of which he says was his relationship with the First Lady. The former Prez opens up about his 8 years in office in an upcoming memoir called “A Promised Land” … and one of his most interesting anecdotes is about how the Presidency took a toll on Michelle. Obama says he could sense an “undercurrent of tension in her, subtle but constant,” despite her own achievements and growing popularity … and their roles in America’s First Family amplified all of the stress involved. Barack says … “It was as if, confined as we were within the walls of the White House, all her previous sources of frustration became more concentrated, more vivid, whether it was my round the clock absorption with work, or the way politics exposed our family to scrutiny and attacks, or the tendency of even friends and family members to treat her role as secondary in importance.”

He adds that he became wistful many nights while he was lying next to Michelle thinking about the time before he was Prez “when everything between us felt lighter, when her smile was more constant and our love less encumbered, and my heart would suddenly tighten at the thought that those days might not return.” The poignant excerpt from Obama’s 768-page book — which comes out next week — is just one of many interesting topics he touches on … including his historic 2008 election, racism, and of course, Donald Trump.

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Circa 1905. “New York City, Snap Shatow, 42nd Street, showing entrance to Grand Central Station.

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HOW ELITE COLLEGES RIP OFF TAXPAYERS

Yale University has fancy dining halls. They pay no property tax. Local restaurants struggle to compete, but their tax burden makes that hard. “We basically pay one-third of our rent in taxes!” complains Matt West, manager of Koon Thai Restaurant. “Yale is a money-making machine.” It is. Many colleges are. Yale has a $31 billion endowment. Harvard’s is $40 billion. My alma mater, Princeton, has $26 billion. Yet, these schools also get government handouts and tax breaks. How government rips off taxpayers and students by subsidizing colleges is the subject of my video this week. Yale owns about a quarter of the town of New Haven, Connecticut, but the school pays little property tax. It even has a golf course that’s half tax-exempt. Politicians tried to tax the school, but they cannot. “It’s written into the constitution,” complains New Haven Board of Alders President Tyisha Walker-Myers. “They just don’t have to pay.” Now the city is ticketing more cars to try to cover its budget shortfall. Everyone else pays more because colleges get tax breaks, government grants, and government loans.

“De-fund universities!” says Inez Stepman, senior policy analyst at the Independent Women’s Forum. “Their entire business model is dependent on the taxpayer.” I push back: “You make it sound like it’s all government money. But people pay their own way.” She corrects me: “Without that lifeblood of those federal student loans, very few universities would be able to operate. They are dependent on that federal interference.” They’re dependent because they’ve raised their prices so much. When I went to college, my tuition was $1,950. Now, Princeton charges $53,890. After government increased subsidies, colleges raised tuition prices at four times the rate of inflation. They spend the money not just on golf courses and fancy foods. They build new stadiums, first-class swimming pools, media rooms, and some even offer students housekeeping. Why not spend? Colleges know they will get more money from taxpayers. The federal government is now America’s biggest largest provider of student aid.

“There is no check on the cost of a college degree,” says Stepman. “If students had to walk into Wells Fargo for those loans, Wells Fargo would look at whether or not those loans would be paid back. The federal government doesn’t ask any of those questions.” So, money is thrown at students who don’t benefit. Today, almost half the students given loans don’t graduate in six years. Instead, says Stepman, they have “$50 or $60 or $80,000 in debt, without the degree to show for it.” Taxpayers lose. Students lose. The winners are bloated colleges. Colleges say they deserve every loan and tax break because they make “wiser citizens.” “They’re not,” says Stepman. “They’re making citizens who hate their country.” I push back again. “Most colleges educate rather than indoctrinate.”

“I wish that were true,” replies Stepman. “I was part of the College Republicans… registering voters. I actually had a professor walk up and spit on me. Another called us the ‘Nazi Youth.’ These are professors!” “It’s offensive,” she adds, “that we take dollars out of mechanics’ pockets and put them into the pockets of, largely, middle-class and upper-middle-class students.” It is offensive. But that’s what America does.

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