Left-wing Palm Beach Post wrong to attack private prison’s gift to FAU

The Palm Beach Post’s Editorial Page editor has yet to figure out that people in prisons don’t like being there, and they complain about it. A lot.

In his editorial, “FAU can’t talk its way past the GEO stadium controversy,” Randy Schultz joins the attack against The GEO Group and its $6 million gift to Florida Atlantic University. In return for the donation, The GEO Group gets to put its name on the stadium for 12 years.

GEO Group is one of the largest private prison operators in the country, if not the world. It’s headquartered in Boca Raton, and CEO George Zoley is an FAU alumnus.

Schultz acknowledges that FAU needs the money, and that no other corporate entity has offered the school as much. That’s why I call it a gift and not a straight-up naming rights business deal.

But he acknowledges those key points in typical snide fashion:

No surprise there. FAU needs that $6 million. FAU and GEO have described the donation as “philanthropic,” but Dr. Saunders acknowledged that the amount is the minimum needed to make bond payments on the stadium. She also acknowledged that FAU had received no comparable offers in its effort to sell naming rights to what critics now call “Owlcatraz.”

Schultz blathers on about the charges and questions a small group of students has hurled at FAU President Mary Jane Saunders like, “What about the charges that GEO has mistreated Hispanic immigration detainees?” or “Was Dr. Saunders aware of the many abuse cases GEO has settled?”

What a farce.

The very small group of FAU kiddie malcontent protesters need to learn a few things about life, and Schultz could use a remedial course himself.

Corporations often settle lawsuits when the cost to litigate is more expensive than settling the case. That’s standard operating procedure in the business world. It doesn’t mean a damn thing, and Schultz knows that, even if the students might not.

Just about every prison in the country, whether public or private, has some group or individual screaming about “human rights abuses.” Prison is not a fun place, and prisoners will do or say anything to try to get out, or improve their privileges while incarcerated.

The students are trying to play the race card, and so is Schultz, who repeated their loaded descriptions of “mistreated Hispanic immigration detainees” like they were legitimate.

Being Hispanic, or an immigration detainee, has nothing to do with anything.

Running a prison is a tough business. Its job is to lock up the people government says should be locked up. GEO doesn’t make the laws that determine who should be in prison; politicians do.

Mistakes are made at every prison in this country, and while they should be reported and corrected, the FAU flap is not about any alleged or manufactured wrongs committed by The GEO Group. At least it’s not for Schultz.

What really bugs Schultz and the rest of the left-wing media attacking GEO’s generosity is the word “private.”

Schultz and his progressive buddies have long opposed prison privatization, and just about any other plan to privatize government services and save taxpayer dollars.

So they’re all going to attack FAU for taking the money, and do their best to assassinate the character, and the reputation, of the people offering those badly needed resources.

There isn’t anything a private prison operator like GEO, or FAU, could possibly do to appease Schultz or the gift’s other critics, and they shouldn’t even bother to try.


Find Schultz’s editorial “FAU can’t talk its way past the GEO stadium controversy”, here.


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