The following is an excerpt from my latest analysis in The Hill:
Across America, parents are tucking their children into bed at night knowing that two "Menaces to Society" are off the streets. “Full House” star Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, are going to "the Big House" for their part in the College Admissions Scandal.
The sentences came down on Friday. Last May, the couple pleaded guilty to paying $500,000 in bribes to get their daughters admitted to the University of Southern California via an “in” with the crew team, although the girls never actually took part in that rowing sport.
Obviously, cheating and lying to get your kids into college is dead wrong. News anchors and pundits of all ilks responded to the sentences this week by asking “Is it enough? .. Did they get off too easy?” And so I may be the only soul in America to offer this particular analysis: The reaction to the offense is not commensurate with the crime. The punishment seems out of whack to me, compared to far more alarming and dangerous misdeeds.
Allow me to explain.
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It's the rational conclusion, Sharyl. Buying one's way, or one's kids way, into college has been done for... probably since such institutions have existed. It violates a sense of merit and fair play, to be sure. Yet nobody's rights were violated, only a mutually voluntary transaction was reached. To run to the emotionally satisfying "but that's not fair!" Is understandable but to act on it smacks of leftist "cosmic justice" (h/t Dr Sowell) seeking.
The most punitive actions I can envision would be that those who believe in meritocracy boycott the college for making such things possible; I'd add: end any federal taxpayer-funded loans to the school or its students as a consequence but I already consider that an overall policy, not specific to this occurrence.