New bill seeks to thin-out liberal profs to more balance the academic playing field on college campuses

A bill making liberal heads explode has been introduced in the Iowa Senate that attempts to achieve something liberals scream for constantly — diversity.

Senate File 288 would institute a hiring freeze among the state’s university faculties until the percentage of conservative-leaning professors are within 10 percent of liberals.

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Senate File 288 seeks to distinguish liberal from conservative faculty members by concentrating on their party affiliation. It provides:

A person shall not be hired as a professor instructor member of the faculty at such an institution if the person’s political party affiliation on the date of hire would cause the percentage of the faculty belonging to one political party to exceed by ten percent the percentage of the faculty belonging to the other political party.

 

Sen. Mark Chelgren, the lawmaker who drafted the legislation, said it’s all in keeping with current hiring practices at state colleges and universities.

“I’m under the understanding that right now they can hire people because of diversity,” the Ottumwa Republican said. “They want to have people of different thinking, different processes, different expertise. So this would fall right into category with what existing hiring practices are.”

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Faculty members with no party affiliation wouldn’t be counted into the mix. Chelgren added that it would benefit students to know beforehand a professor’s leanings.

“We have an awful lot of taxpayer dollars that go to support these fine universities,” he said. “(Students) should be able to go to their professors, ask opinions, and they should know publicly whether that professor is a Republican or Democrat or no-party affiliation, and therefore they can expect their answers to be given in as honest a way possible. But they should have the ability to ask questions of professors of different political ideologies.”

Liberals — both professed and apparent — found all sorts of objections to the bill.

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Even conservatives thought the bill was a bad idea.

Eastern Michigan University Professor James T. Todd observed that the bill would likely do something other than achieve parity between liberal and conservative lecturers.

And that may not be all bad.

Then again, imposing hiring quotas — whether on the basis of race, sex, religion, sexual orientation or any other factor — is seldom a good idea.

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Also, laws — even those based on the best of intentions — have a way of backfiring. Think Obamacare.

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