Up for Debate: Vanderbilt feels policy pressure

Thursday, April 19, 2012 at 12:42am

How much of a negative effect do you think Vanderbilt University's "all-comers" policy has had and could continue to have on the school's reputation, as well as fundraising efforts? Is the university powerful enough to stand its ground? Or will it eventually be forced to readjust its stance on the policy?

187 Comments on this post:

By: Loner on 4/19/12 at 2:07

The specter of Palin as Veep would scare any investor...shall we pile on Palin?

I Googled it...McCain announced his Veep choice on Friday, August 29th, 2008...17 days later, on September 15, 2008, Lehman Brothers folded their tent and ran for the exits...a stampede followed....financial and economic chaos ensued.

McCain's goofy choice spooked the markets...they don't like frightening surprises like that....the guy is goofy.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 2:17

I guess when they saw the writing on the wall they figured they should cozy up to the Commissar, gd. Chicago politics is hard-ball you know... Obama probably sent his bag-man Timmy Geithner around with the "It'd be a shame if somethin' happened to 'dat nice little financial industry you got there" message.

It's interesting, too, that the same guy who claimed foul on Citizens United decision is also the guy who outspent his opponent more than 2 to 1 in his last election and over 4 to 1 in advertising in the final month.

By: gdiafante on 4/19/12 at 2:18

Or...the summer of 2008 just happened to be when the housing bubble (that was years in the making) burst and the house of cards came tumbling down.

Conspiracy theorists are really starting to tick me off.

By: gdiafante on 4/19/12 at 2:21

Again, Ben, you seem to completely misunderstand what's right in front of you or just refuse to see it because it's incompatible with your ideology.

There is no contradiction in a grassroots campaign and opposing the USSC stating that corporations are people. It's all pretty well documented...jeez.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 2:24

You don't think Obama running around promising to bankrupt the coal industry, pass the Cap and Trade VAT, and double the capital gains taxes had anything to do with market irregularity, gd?

I stand by my tipping point argument.

And I think there should there be a George Nori Rule, like Godwin's Law for when someone is unjustly accused of being conspiracy nut like Yogi.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 2:27

Nori -shb-> Noory

By: gdiafante on 4/19/12 at 2:29

Do I think it had no effect? Absolutely not. Do I think the effect was significant enough to cause a major market crash? No. This was a problem that was brewing for years, it had finally reached critical mass that summer. A summer that just happened to be in an election year.

By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 2:30

The Art Bell clone?

By: Loner on 4/19/12 at 2:30

Let us all think about it....What would scare the One Percenters more, a Harvard Law professor, who happens to be black, as the Democratic nominee for US President, with Joe Biden as his Veep choice...or a goofy and bitter white racist as the GOP's presidential nominee, with an air-headed bimbo as his Vice President?

Ben, your theory does not hold water, as they say...instead, you are carrying water...for Bush & Cheney...McCain and Palin too....for free...why do that?

By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 2:32

Whoosh.. I just got. sorry.

By: gdiafante on 4/19/12 at 2:37

The electorate wanted someone who was not Bush and someone who was not crazy. That only left Obama.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 2:40

Then I think my tipping point argument is a line drive to short-stop and not a foul over the right field wall then GD.

We have a disagreement about what contributed to the day of reckoning in 2008 for the sub-prime bubble among two reasonable people; not the ranting of a wild-eyed conspiracy nut against an empirical absolute.

By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 2:41

Old white guy versus articulate young guy = Clinton / Dole disaster. The Repubs. shoulda learned.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 2:43

By: gdiafante on 4/19/12 at 3:37

The electorate wanted someone who was not Bush and someone who was not crazy. That only left Obama.

"And Obama scared the sh*t out of the minority of voters with substantial sums to lose on investments and in the market who were paying attention to what he was saying."

By: gdiafante on 4/19/12 at 2:45

I saw a clip of Bill Maher, circa 2006 or 7, where he predicted the crash. He was speaking primarily of California's real estate problem...which was indicative of the entire country, and how eventually, the value of real estate was going enter freefall.

I bought a home in 2004, which was artificially high priced. I could see it coming too. It was a bubble, much like the dot.com bubble during Clinton.

Incidentally, I'm now trying to get rid of that home and its value is about $30K less than what I paid for. Yay bubbles...

By: Loner on 4/19/12 at 2:48

Slack nailed it @ 3:41.

Romney may look young, but next to Obama he'll look like a draft dodger from the Vietnam era.....the GOP does have a learning problem in this regard.

Who will Mitt pick for Veep...will Joe Biden drop out...could a new face show up along side Obama's on the 2012 campaign buttons?

By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 2:52

I think Mitt is a viable candidate. He could win.

By: Loner on 4/19/12 at 2:55

Perhaps, Slack...how do see it coming down?

By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 2:56

Loner, he can't dump Joe. Biden would have to fake an illness, spend more time with my family..etc. Hillary wouldn't help him on the ticket, he already has the female vote.

By: Loner on 4/19/12 at 2:58

Gd...I feel your pain on home values...notice how our property taxes did not go down when the actual market values went down....few home-owners marched in the streets about that, did they....we are but sheep, methinks.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 2:59

I agree slack. Outside the liberal echo-chamber Mitt's gaining ground.

By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 3:01

Loner, depends on conditions, and they can change quickly. Jobs, gas, Zimmerman trial, major screw-up in the debates, terrorist attack. It looks like Obama squeezes it out, but Mitts in it at the present IMO.

By: Loner on 4/19/12 at 3:06

Slack...Hillary is worn out and she knows it....some young, Democratic acolyte might be available...say...maybe....Kirsten Gillibrand?


By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 3:18

Loner, I think Obama will stick with Joe. Mitt will pick someone who guarantees him a swing state. Mitt is a smart guy, if he can get some of the independents he might win.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 3:22

Mitt will go Rubio. Florida puts the rest of the nation in play.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 3:28

Romney and Rubio speeches will be welcome reprieve from the condescending Professor Obama speeches he gives to national audiences and the Firebrand Pulpit speeches he targets to each of his wedge audiences.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 3:30

It's funny... If the teleprompter decided to swap it up on him a few times he'd be screwed.

By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 3:34

Well.. that takes care of the election. Maybe tomorrow we can work on gas prices. lol

By: bfra on 4/19/12 at 3:43

Golly Ben, what's the big issue with the teleprompter? Bush couldn't make a decent speech with the teleprompter, because he couldn't read it.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 3:45

Looks like we split a 4:20 slack.

By: BenDover on 4/19/12 at 3:48

Why the hyper sensitivity about the teleprompter bfra?

By: slacker on 4/19/12 at 3:48

bfra, Mittens is gonna need the gal vote... you onboard?

By: bfra on 4/19/12 at 3:55

This gal is smarter than that slacker!

Ben you are just like yogi, you just put you cuts more camouflaged.

By: Rasputin72 on 4/19/12 at 4:30

LONER..........I would suspect that some misguided southerner would be bellowing the same rhetoric as you had the South prevailed at Gettysburg.

There would be fools crying at the top of their lungs to capture and hang Tecumseh Sherman and Abraham Lincoln.

Someone like me would have stood firm on keeping them alive and offering complete amnesty after they served their sentences for restriction of states rights.

By: yogiman on 4/19/12 at 4:42


If Mitt Romney puts Rubio on his ticket, he's on the same platform as Barack Obama. Rubio is no more Constitutionally eligible than Obama. He was 4 years old when his parents became American citizens. He can't be a natural born citizen.

But I believe a scheme is being considered on the issue which will eliminate the Constitution as our official document. I believe it was being considered when they let Obama make a run in 2008 knowing full well he wasn't legally eligible.

By: Captain Nemo on 4/19/12 at 5:28

Shut up yogi.

By: yogiman on 4/19/12 at 5:52

Yesser, dumba$$, I'll follow your orders... that is if you ever get enough intelligence to give sage advice.

But it's OK, I understand your mental inability.