A tax reform bill proposed by the senate included a tax on all private college endowments of a certain size. Senator Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania proposed an amendment that would have exempted schools like Hillsdale that do not accept federal subsidies. As Senator Toomey explained: "If a college chooses to forgo federal money and the students that attend have to find their own way to get there, it diminishes the burden that that college would otherwise impose on taxpayers. So it is perfectly reasonable . . . to exempt such a college from the tax on endowments."
In opposing Toomey's amendment, Senate Democrats attacked Hillsdale College. Senator Jeff Merkely (of Oregon), for instance, claiming that Hi9llsdale "quit taking federal funds because of discrimination" and characterized the College as a specialist in discrimination.
These attacks were blatantly dishonest. Hillsdale's founding charter, dating to 1844, pledges us to teach "all who wish, without regard to race, sex, or national origin" -- a source of pride and a policy they have always maintained. As for the reason we refuse to accept federal dollars, even indirectly in the form of taxpayer subsidized student grants and loans? Because accepting that money would subject us to bureaucratic regulation--including a requirement to start counting our students bu race, which would violate our principle of non-discrimination.
You see, merkely is a liberal, a Marxists, and he can't stand a college he can't control, one that teaches freedom and democracy, things he fights against every day in congress. Jeff is the only senator to endorse Bernie Sanders.
QUESTION: What is Marxism? ANSWER: Marxism is an economic and social system based upon the political and economic theories of Karl Marx. Remember, Karl Marx never worked a day in his life. Marxism is the antithesis of capitalism. Marxism is the system of socialism of which the dominant feature is public ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange.
Meet the Leader of the Vast Left-Wing Conspiracy
Politico Magazine, By EDWARD-ISAAC DOVERE, September 19, 2017
Almost no one knows who he is, but there may be a spot for Jeff Merkley on the left flank of the 2020 Democratic primary—and he wouldn’t rule out running even if Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren are running. He’s already beaten Warren to Iowa, and he spent more time in Des Moines this month than Sanders has since last year’s caucuses. A senator from Oregon for nearly nine years, Merkley is probably best known for being the only colleague of (Bernie) Sanders to endorse the Vermont senator last year.