by Patrick Wood, Editor
Do we have a responsibility to shell out some $8 billion per year in taxpayer money to educate over 60,000 communist Chinese students in American universities? That is, the very students who return to China to take jobs, factories and even entire industries away from American workers?
Apparently so, according to the U.S. State Department division that panders to wannabe Chinese students.
In a 2005 speech given by Donald Bishop, attached to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing, China, Bishop eagerly told prospective students how to game the American educational system for an essentially free education at taxpayer expense. He told them how to secure student visas, which programs to apply for, and how to get additional money to maintain themselves while in the United States.
Each year, over 20,000 new communist Chinese students join the other 40,000 students already present at American universities.Â Eighty-two percent (almost 50,000) of these are graduate students in mathematics, sciences and engineering. Those students who get Teaching or Research Assistant jobs find that tuitions are further reduced, in some cases to zero.Â Such opportunities are not available to undergrads.
At public institutions in the United States, According to Bishop,
â€œâ€¦ a student receives a dollar’s worth of education for perhaps twenty-five cents. The university’s other costs are supported by the taxpayers, which means the farmers and factory workers and business people of one of the fifty states.â€
At private universities, half of the tuition is subsidized by endowments and foundations.
Bishop summed up the financial angle by stating,
â€œAnother way to look at this is that every student admitted to an American university receives an (unstated) scholarship, or perhaps a subsidy, from American society. Every state debates the amount of money allocated for higher education each year. Every state wants to keep education fees low to benefit its own low-income students. But every year, states agree to use tens or hundreds of millions of dollars to subsidize the students that come from foreign nations. These billions of dollars demonstrate a true American commitment to diversity and international understanding.â€
Do Americans know about this â€œtrue American commitmentâ€ to educate communists on how to make nooses from our own rope to hang us with?
Have we forgotten that between 1949 – 1975, the Peopleâ€™s Republic of China (PRC) murdered an estimated 45 – 50 million of its own citizens? The PRC is still pounding on Tibet, where some 600,000 have died since 1950.
Have we forgotten that persecution of Christians is legendary in China? Even as China prepares to host the 2008 Summer Olympic games, they have forbidden foreign athletes to publically or privately share their Christian faith with Chinese citizens.Â Even after the current earthquake that killed at least 34,000 people, the PRC ordered a new crackdown on underground house churches that might have otherwise been a great source of relief to refugees of that terrible disaster.
Have we forgotten that the PRC ruthlessly enforces a policy of forced abortion for women who would seek to have more than one child? Untold millions of young women have been violated under this brutal policy.
Have we forgotten that China is the number one source of cyber-warfare against the United States in recent years? Just one year ago, the Department of Defense publically admitted that “The PLA (Peopleâ€™s Liberation Army) has established information warfare units to develop viruses to attack enemy computer systems and networks.”
Perhaps Mr. Bishop of the State Department doesnâ€™t remember such things. However, a more likely scenario is that he does remember and yet chooses to ignore them, to our own expense and peril.
That would mean, of course, that Bishop violated his oath of employment: â€œI will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic and I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same.â€
In all fairness to Mr. Bishop, we should acknowledge that he is acting in accordance with official State Department policies, under the leadership of the Administration of George W. Bush.
The global elite who opened up China to foreign investment and manufacturing in the early 1970â€™s are the very same people who are backing Chinese education in America today. After all, why should the elite spend their own money to educate their Chinese workforce when bundles of taxpayer money is available to do it for them?
Personally, this writer wants no part of China or the Chinese political system, and neither should you.
In the meantime, we owe them absolutely nothing and especially not a free education at taxpayer expense.