[QUOTE=Steamer;57142]Where is the economy to be found? If it has any it should be determined by the market. If there is a need for a maritime academy let’s open the property and facilities for bids from the private educational sector.
KP doesn’t provide this nation with a single person or product that is not available at lower cost from any number of private or State institutions. The only claim KP has on it existence is tradition and an alumni who seem to have little else to define their own lives. Why should an ever increasing number of impoverished taxpayers be tapped to fund this theater? KP is not the Vatican, its existence benefits a very very few, and those who fund it do not do so voluntarily.
The incestuous relationship between MARAD, the alumni, and the DoD has been proven to provide a breeding ground for ( I will be kind) questionable financial practices and shadowy personnel management. The smell rising from a loss of purpose and transparency has become too much to ignore. Like many other DoD facilities, it’s useful life and purpose has passed. It is time to transfer the physical assets to private enterprise and relegate the historical artifacts to museums. It is far better to have the institution go out with at least the facade of honor and some vestige of dignity than crumble under a series of Congressional investigations.
And after we eliminate the vacuum known as KP, let’s look at the CG academy.[/QUOTE]
Let’s also look at the US Military, Naval and Air Force Academies. Had the original premise been looking at all the US academies instead of singling out Kings Point my position would have been different. I am still for eliminating congressional appointments and instituting a competitive exam so that the taxpayer truly gets the best and brightest, not the most “connected”.