Fight for Transparency in every part of government! What does your tuition pay for? Make them tell you in detail!
Mr. Sean McInnis
The University of Massachusetts at Boston
100 Morrissey Blvd
Re: Freedom of Information Act Request
Dear Mr. McInnis:
This is a request under the Freedom of Information Act.
I request that a copy of the following documents [or documents
containing the following information] be provided to me:
(1) FISCAL YEAR 2010 BUDGET INCLUDING ALL DEPARTMENTS. SPECIFICALLY ALL MATERIAL RELATING THE FUNDING OF THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT BOSTON (GRANTS, STIPENDS, PUBLIC FUNDS, PRIVATE DONATIONS, TUITION AND FEES, ETC..)
(2) A LIST OF ALL CORPORATIONS, BUSINESS, OR PRIVATE PERSONS WHO GAVE ANY FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE TO THE UNIVERSITY BETWEEN FISCAL YEARS 2000 AND 2010.
(3) A LIST OF ALL RESEARCH GRANTS THE UNIVERSITY HAS BEEN CONTRACTED WITH. ORGANIZED BY FEDERAL AGENCY/DEPARTMENT (WHERE APPLICABLE)
(4) A LINE ITEM SUMMARY OF ALL PROJECTS ASSOCIATED WITH THE ’25 YEAR CAMPUS MASTER PLAN’ TO DATE.
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that I am A student at the University of Massachusetts at Boston who is seeking information that will aid in my research into the funding of higher education.
I request a waiver of all fees for this request. Disclosure of the
requested information to me is in the public interest because it is likely to contribute
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and is not primarily in my commercial interest.
Thank you for your consideration of my request.
Timothy James Gallant
This was a reaction paper written for a PoliSci Class.
The American system of electoral democracy has been a beacon of stability and prosperity for over two-hundred years. The idea of a, ‘…Government of the people, by the people, for the people (1),’ has been spread around the world as the solution for peace and stability. Yet, here in America, we have allowed our electoral democracy to become nothing more than a market of power where our highest offices are sold off to the richest or most connected bidder. Money is the key player in politics, not the persons vote.
With this knowledge of how politics is really played in the United States, I approached this paper with caution. How am I- an individual with an obvious disillusion with this countries political system- supposed to choose between a group of other individuals who’s ideals are totally alien to me but shockingly similar to each others? Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and the rest of the GOP field that has risen and fallen in the last year have all stood for things that I fundamentally cannot agree with. Their ideals of a small yet overly intrusive government churns my stomach, and it is my belief that not one single candidate in the current GOP field is fit to hold the office of President.
Mitt Romney (2), Rick Santorum (3), and Newt Gingrich (4) all support putting American lives at risk to strike against Iran in a preemptive, unprovoked attack aimed at destroying their alleged military nuclear sites. Mitt Romney in particular believes in an American military, “….so powerful that no one would ever think of challenging it.(5)” All these candidates believe in increasing the military budget as well(6)(7)(8). As an American who supports peace and supports de-funding the military industrial complex in the United States, these statements make these men completely unelectable in my eyes.
Furthermore, I am a supporter of free markets and prosperous business. I am also a supporter of progressive government regulation in business. Corporations are entities formed for profit, they are not people and they do not have a voice. They cannot be imprisoned, and they feel no pain. Yet, many in the GOP field feel that these entities should be free to do whatever they please, free of regulation or control(9). These types of policies have destroyed this country and brought about the largest financial crash since the 1930’s(10). As an American consumer, these men are unelectable in my eyes.
Finally, on a social level, by voting for any GOP candidate would be a voluntary surrendering of my rights. Rick Santorum has compared my relationship with my partner to sex with animals, and he believes that I am sick(11). Not one candidate supports my right to marry the person I love(12)(13)(14). How could I possibly vote for a person who wants to make me less of a person? As a human being, these men are unelectable in my eyes.
It is for these reasons and more that I cannot answer the question to this very paper. If the choices are just a group of white, middle aged, upper class, conservative base panderers then I choose not to participate in the process.
(1) Abraham Lincoln, “The Gettysburg Address” in The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, Ed. Roy P. Basler, (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers UP, 1955), 234-238.
(2) Mitt Romney, “How I Would Check Iran’s Nuclear Ambition,” Washington Post Online, http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/mitt-romney-how-i-would-check-irans-nuclear-ambition/2012/03/05/gIQAneYItR_story.html (accessed 17 March 2012)
(3) Huffington Post, “Rick Santorum: I Would Bomb Nuclear Sites in Iran,” Associated Press, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/01/rick-santorum-iran-iowa-caucuses-2012-_n_1178483.html (accessed 17 March 2012)