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    Cheating is OK

    Cheating is OK when you disagree with the rules.

    The recent college admissions scandal really doesn't pose a problem if you're a parent trying to get your kid into a school. It seems many paid for admission more than the actual cost of the education. So they would've happily paid the tuition, maybe even more, to get their darlings into their school of choice. These pesky admissions standards and procedures just get in the way.

    Similarly, people who don't believe there should be taxes believe there is no wrong in doing dubious, even illegal, things to avoid them.

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    Yes, nice guys do finish last but thatís not the right way to look at it. The best way to look at it is that those that are smart and can work loopholes in the system AND get away with it AND willing to take risks will gain more than those that canít or wonít.

    The more one is willing to risk, the more they will gain - that is almost a natural law in everything. Those that wish to stay within the boundaries and get what everyone else gets will be lost in the masses.

    We are lucky we live in a system where the more risk averse get rewarded but I donít condemn those that try our new ideas to get their way. Iím actually surprised that there are even laws against such things - rich people donating to colleges to get their kids in has always been a thing. Since when did being wealthy become a bad thing!

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    Re: Cheating is OK

    Quote Originally Posted by SharmaK View Post
    Yes, nice guys do finish last but that’s not the right way to look at it. The best way to look at it is that those that are smart and can work loopholes in the system AND get away with it AND willing to take risks will gain more than those that can’t or won’t.
    For the purposes here let's define finding a loophole as not breaking the rules. It's finding a way through by, say, finding some variant that was overlooked or not covered by the rules.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharmaK View Post
    I’m actually surprised that there are even laws against such things - rich people donating to colleges to get their kids in has always been a thing. Since when did being wealthy become a bad thing!
    Indeed, would it have been more to just donate to the school? Would anyone have even known? For real I mean, people kind of assume wealthy/powerful/famous children get in for reasons beyond merit.

    Is there some reward or penalty (like socially) to getting into school on your own merits? The one daughter made a youtube video saying she didn't even care about school itself, rather she wanted to go to parties and game day. So why didn't her parents just pay her way in?

    There must be something else. Seems like it is something akin to stolen valor. Being able to say, "yes, my dad is a wealthy senator, but I got into Yale on my own merit...you can check with admissions." If you can't for real then cheat.
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    Re: Cheating is OK

    I feel like this was intended to be satirical.

    But ya, following the rules isn't always the morally right thing to do. If the rules say you can own other human beings, then freeing them is theft but still the morally right thing to do if you find slavery immoral.

    But, not being able to cheat at exams or buy your kids college entrance is not something most folks argue is moral behavior. I suspect the people doing it would mostly agree. They just decided to be selfish about it. People are apt to do that sometimes. Been there myself from time to time in my life.

    Heck, I'm not even very invested in the morality of this case. Rich people cheating to get into rich schools that are at least partly expensive simply because there is a sense of prestige about attending them due to them being so expensive. It's no harm to me if they cheat at it since I'm not in the running. But I'd say it is bad behavior overall. If you want to go to the institution so badly, one would think you would want to preserve its honor and reputation rather than sully it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigfried View Post
    But I'd say it is bad behavior overall. If you want to go to the institution so badly, one would think you would want to preserve its honor and reputation rather than sully it.
    That's what I was trying to get at in my last post. Why not just walk in and offer to pay double what it would normally cost? There has to be an element of getting in on merit that has value also that would influence people to cheat.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyX View Post
    That's what I was trying to get at in my last post. Why not just walk in and offer to pay double what it would normally cost? There has to be an element of getting in on merit that has value also that would influence people to cheat.
    With a games perspective, it is interesting. If it was truly just the most money gets you in, then it would lose its perceived value as prestigious and people would be less willing to pay. So if you openly took bribes, you would remove the motivation for the bribes.

    So you need a dance wherein the reality is that money gets you in, but the perception is that it is merit that gets you in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sigfried View Post
    If it was truly just the most money gets you in, then it would lose its perceived value as prestigious and people would be less willing to pay.
    True, good point. But wouldn't they just be able to keep it on the DL? Daddy's name doesn't necessarily need to be on the side of a building.

    I suppose there must be some type of legal requirement for reporting donations. Maybe moreso at a public university (???...dunno).

    Applications and grades are private and can't be looked at so it seems bragging rights are what's important - "my darling got in on her hard work and smarts" - which seems to be the case here with the mother bringing it up on whatever talk show she was on. If you didn't care about that and rather cared about getting a good education then "**** yeah, mom bought my way in, so what?"
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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyX View Post
    For the purposes here let's define finding a loophole as not breaking the rules. It's finding a way through by, say, finding some variant that was overlooked or not covered by the rules.
    Breaking the rules and not getting caught is also valid strategy! Thatís what hundreds of parents have apparently done and theyíre now all exposed.


    Indeed, would it have been more to just donate to the school? Would anyone have even known? For real I mean, people kind of assume wealthy/powerful/famous children get in for reasons beyond merit.
    Thatís the most puzzling part of this.


    Is there some reward or penalty (like socially) to getting into school on your own merits? The one daughter made a youtube video saying she didn't even care about school itself, rather she wanted to go to parties and game day. So why didn't her parents just pay her way in?
    Thatís the thing - in the case of that girl, it was just done for some kind of prestige. For others, theyíre looking for a good degree and a career afterwards.


    There must be something else. Seems like it is something akin to stolen valor. Being able to say, "yes, my dad is a wealthy senator, but I got into Yale on my own merit...you can check with admissions." If you can't for real then cheat.
    I think this stuff is all hidden and masked. There was a story that some kid got in on athletics through his parents but when he joined, because he didnít know what was done to get him in, he said he never did athletics. Still stayed in though. So no one is really verifying this stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CowboyX View Post
    Cheating is OK when you disagree with the rules.

    The recent college admissions scandal really doesn't pose a problem if you're a parent trying to get your kid into a school. It seems many paid for admission more than the actual cost of the education. So they would've happily paid the tuition, maybe even more, to get their darlings into their school of choice. These pesky admissions standards and procedures just get in the way.

    Similarly, people who don't believe there should be taxes believe there is no wrong in doing dubious, even illegal, things to avoid them.

    Nice guys really do finish last and those who follow the rules are truly suckers.
    Cheating is OK when you disagree with the rules.

    The growing number of families illegally crossing the border really doesn't matter to no-border and no-rules Leftists. Parents should do anything possible to get their little darlings into the country of their choice. Those pesky immigration rules are just something to ignore. Honest immigrants who follow the rules and wait in line are truly suckers.

    The only reason you think college admissions cheating is wrong, Cowboy, is because it is the rich spending money to break the rules. When the poor or Leftists (Antifa, BLM) break the rules, you applaud.
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    Re: Cheating is OK

    Quote Originally Posted by evensaul View Post

    The growing number of families illegally crossing the border really doesn't matter to no-border and no-rules Leftists. Parents should do anything possible to get their little darlings into the country of their choice. Those pesky immigration rules are just something to ignore. Honest immigrants who follow the rules and wait in line are truly suckers.
    I agree that's cheating. But does it matter if all they are doing is coming to go to Disney Land. I mean in that case, who cares as long as they spend money in the country? But I did notice you left out the businesses who look the other way in regards to employment verification, visa status, or how about the drywaller who stops and picks up his day laborers (who he pays in cash and off the books) at Home Depot? Doesn't seem like you consider that cheating. Or how about Home Depot, for that matter, allowing loitering and that kind of business being conducted in their parking lots? Not cheating, right?

    Let's not forget the landlords (including long stay hotels and motels) providing housing to these people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evensaul View Post

    The only reason you think college admissions cheating is wrong, Cowboy, is because it is the rich spending money to break the rules.
    I don't think you could possibly know how I define 'rich'. I'm not sure exactly where these parent's lie but it doesn't seem to be among the super wealthy. I'd guess upper middle class. But your the one who knows so tell us.

    It does go back to the OP and our discussion of how there's something more there than just money and the education it buys, there's the reputation of how you got in that people care about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by evensaul View Post
    When the poor or Leftists (Antifa, BLM) break the rules, you applaud.
    What are you talking about?

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    Quote Originally Posted by SharmaK View Post
    I think this stuff is all hidden and masked. There was a story that some kid got in on athletics through his parents but when he joined, because he didn’t know what was done to get him in, he said he never did athletics. Still stayed in though. So no one is really verifying this stuff.
    I agree. I'm really curious to see if this is going to blow up and expand. Seems like it's just very elite schools right now but I wonder if something will erupt in, say, the high-tier public schools. And the sports angle is also very interesting. That's a whole other area no one ever seems to want to talk about. Big $ for sure.
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