Wednesday, March 28, 2012

A Beltarian View of What the Right Education Can Get You

Tyler Cowen informs on the Koch-funded Mercatus Center (My emphasis):
The Mercatus MA Fellowship is a two year fellowship designed for students and young professionals who want to enter into or advance a career in public policy.  Students have gone onto careers in government (both federal agencies and Capitol Hill) and think tanks, and three have been named presidential management fellows.
According to the Presidential Management Fellow web site, the PMF program builds "government leaders":
Bearing the Presidential moniker, the PMF Program is a flagship leadership development program at the entry level for advanced degree candidates. It was created more than three decades ago by Executive Order and has gone through many changes over the years. The Program attracts and selects the best candidates possible, but is really designed with a more narrow focus - developing a cadre of potential government leaders...
According to the site:
[The] government fellowship is sponsored by the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) for recent graduate students who seek a two year fellowship in a United States government agency. Selection begins with the nomination of the student by the school followed by a rigorous assessment process. Agencies that hire PMFs include the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Education, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Interior, Justice, Labor, State, Transportation, Treasury, Veterans Affairs, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as well as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Library of Congress, NASA and the United States Agency for International Development.

What possibly would any student with a free market orientation want to do with these statist, central planning agencies?  To me it looks like beltarian opportunism and that's about it.Young kids being co-opted by statist lucre.

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