I gave myself this tag and I "Like" myself too!
- May 4, 2006
Your comments aren't quoted here but the one I'm referring to is: "I do, and I have opinions when it comes to wiping out any consequence that might come with their decisions." (See Post #59 to confirm I have not changed the wording.)I'm going to comment on a bunch of these in bold inside your post because I think your post brings up many interesting points I want to address - I'm not trying to pick on you or change your words! Readers please note I'm inserting my thoughts, not changing hikergirl's words.
I understand but here's the thing with philanthropy or in it's less grandiose form, charitable giving - at a certain point one simply has to decide to give with an open heart and open hands, or not give at all. There's really no way to evaluate every recipient's merit closely enough, or to really know for sure you're doing only good and never any harm. We've discussed it here in many forms from giving change to panhandlers on up to donating to large organizations.
One thing other posters have correctly noted is none of these students had any clue they would be "bailed out" at any point. The decisions they (or their parents) made about financing their educations were made believing they indeed would be bearing any and all consequences.