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      The children of working stiffs learned a brutal lesson this week as federal prosecutors criminally charged rich people with buying admission to elite universities for their less-than-stellar children.

      The lesson is that no matter how hard you work, no matter how smart or talented you are, a dumb, lazy rich kid is going to beat you.

      It’s crucial that everyone who is not a wealthy movie star, hedge fund executive, or corporate CEO—that is, 99 percent of all Americans—sees this college admissions scandal for what it really is: a microcosm of the larger, corrupt system that works against working people, squashing their chances for advancement.

      This system is the reason that rich people and corporations got massive tax breaks last year while the 99 percent got paltry ones. It is the reason the federal minimum wage and the overtime threshold are stuck at poverty levels. It is the reason labor unions have dwindled over the past four decades.

      This system is the reason we cannot have nice things. Despite all that land-of-equal-opportunity crap, the rich ensure that only they can have nice things, starting with what they can buy legally and illegally for their children and rising through what they can buy legally and illegally from politicians who make the rules that withdraw money from the pockets of working people and deposit it into the bulging bank accounts of the fabulously rich.

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          Woody Carver
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          Long years ago, on entering the US Navy, I, a commoner, had the misfortune of attending basic training in the same class as the son of the Captain of the naval base. Never was there a person more deserving of a premature stateside fragging than that boy, who was certain that his you-know-what did not stink. To say that he lorded it over the rest of us doesn't begin to describe the reality of his presence. Far from the first time I felt the sting of "attitude" coming from a privileged and entitled kid. I'm sure there are a great many people here who can relate to the experience.

          The rich, wealthy, well-connected do not, as a rule, spawn offspring of any greater intelligence or good looks than do regular people, but their kids do as a rule come onto Earth with the certainty that they have indeed won the lottery of life by being born into families of privilege. To put them at the head of the line by virtue of buying their way into college/university is -- well, let's just say it puts a bad feeling into the pit of my stomach.

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              Woody Carver
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              I think we've always known this, but not wanted to openly admit it. Maybe this is the start of something good, forcing this out into the open.

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