Anonymous wrote: "I KNOW that synod official's kickbacks are not quite as lucrative as you pretend."
I did not say kickbacks. Fact: the tuition for all synodical schools was given back to the graduate from seminary. That was halted during the Marvin Schwan era. Previously, the money had several advantages. One was to encourage the student to finish the program, since the tuition cost ended up as zero (prep, college, seminary). Another advantage was giving the new shepherd some money to buy furniture for the new parsonage and the new shepherdess (likely a DMLC graduate).
The synodical heroes who benefited from this policy took it away, using tuition and fees to help balance the budget they overspent.
Anonymous, keep that sunnyside-up, brainwashed attitude and you will do marvelously well in WELS. One very bright seminary graduate always answered any questions about doctrine and practice with, "I'm dumb but happy." He was soon the dumb but happy circuit pastor.
If you do not turn the brain switch to the off position, watch these things:
1. Who gets the synodical travel money to act like big-shots around the country?
2. Who speaks at the seminary's mission festival?
3. Who gets published in Forward in Chicken Soup for the Soul?
4. Who is running the synod machinery at the Love Shack?
The answer is - CGM apostates. They used to quote McGavran, Werning, and Wagner whenever possible. The new fad is Leonard Sweet.