More Budget Crisis

Today we cut our department’s travel budget by half because there’s another funding crisis. The whole travel budget for the year is $2,000. That means we cut $1,000.

We also got rid of office supplies and a couple of student workers. (I’m ranking stuff in the order of importance for the functioning of the department.) The total amount that we had to scrounge up was $8,300. The whole exercise makes the cheerful wasting of huge sums by the diversity folks even more aggravating but that’s not even the point. We are the leading state in the nation, aside from Alaska, I believe, in our reliance on state funding. And this is the result. We are spending our Friday afternoons getting rid of paper clips and conference travel.

On some level, I can understand people who vote for Trump. But people who want to vote for Warren are a mystery. I’m not saying they are bad or anything like that. I just don’t get them.

14 thoughts on “More Budget Crisis”

  1. “On some level, I can understand people who vote for Trump. ”

    At least, you know Trump isn’t going to outlaw the drive-thru at your local McDonald’s.

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    1. Forget the drive thru. Trump won’t give Putin the gift of a lifetime by banning fracking. That’s already a plus.

      I can’t believe the kind of idiot we are running this year.

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  2. Don’t know how Warren is to blame for your difficulties. Perhaps if one or more of your six-figures salaried Adminstrators could take a small pay cut, you wouldn’t have such a big problem.

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          1. Symptoms of paranoia and delusional disorders include intense and irrational mistrust or suspicion, which can bring on sense of fear, anger, and betrayal.

            https://www.mhanational.org/conditions/paranoia-and-delusional-disorders

            Quinnipiac University national poll last week showed Warren winning 19 percent of the African American vote — a 9-point jump over the poll’s August results. In the latest Morning Consult poll, released Wednesday, she’s up by 5 percentage points with black voters since August.

            Those advances have played a role in her surging overall numbers, which have seen Warren expand her lead over the African American candidates in the primary — Sens. Kamala Harris and Cory Booker — and even overtake Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders in some state and national polls.

            https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.politico.com/amp/news/2019/10/02/elizabeth-warren-black-voters-support-2020-01664

            https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.politico.com/amp/news/2019/10/02/elizabeth-warren-black-voters-support-2020-016649

            All this new African-American support must be from the high earners in that demographic, from your reasoning.

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              1. https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-african-american-income-20170915-story.html%3f_amp=true

                African Americans have the lowest earnings of any racial group by far. While median household income for African Americans was just over $39,000 last year, it was over $47,000 for Latinos, over $65,000 for whites and over $81,000 for Asian American households.

                Lower incomes make it harder to get by, let alone get ahead. African Americans are much less likely than whites to own homes or invest in the stock market, in part because low wages leave them with limited extra income to save up for a down payment.

                How is it racist to state that it’s mathematically impossible that all her new support in the AA comes from upper-income African-Americans alone?

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  3. Not surprisingly, the Dean who is mandating this budget cut is a huge wokie and a Warren fan. Obviously.

    I thought the fact your dean was a STEM drone had more to do with it. STEM drones don’t usually see the point of the humanities whether they’re “conservative” or “woke” or “centrist” or “libertarian.”

    Forget the drive thru. Trump won’t give Putin the gift of a lifetime by banning fracking. That’s already a plus.
    The oil and gas industry stood to significantly benefit from the 2016 Republican party platform. That was like the only sector where you could point and say, “Ok you have a concrete reason to vote for this for economic reasons.” Why would he forfeit the adoring West Virginian crowds? Even the fact Rex Tillerson had an Order of Friendship didn’t outweigh the fact he was an former Exxon-Mobil CEO. And I think A LOT about that troll editorial in the NYT from September 5, 2018 which states:
    Take foreign policy: In public and in private, President Trump shows a preference for autocrats and dictators, such as President Vladimir Putin of Russia and North Korea’s leader, Kim Jong-un, and displays little genuine appreciation for the ties that bind us to allied, like-minded nations.

    Astute observers have noted, though, that the rest of the administration is operating on another track, one where countries like Russia are called out for meddling and punished accordingly, and where allies around the world are engaged as peers rather than ridiculed as rivals.

    On Russia, for instance, the president was reluctant to expel so many of Mr. Putin’s spies as punishment for the poisoning of a former Russian spy in Britain. He complained for weeks about senior staff members letting him get boxed into further confrontation with Russia, and he expressed frustration that the United States continued to impose sanctions on the country for its malign behavior. But his national security team knew better — such actions had to be taken, to hold Moscow accountable.

    This isn’t the work of the so-called deep state. It’s the work of the steady state.

    Shot, chaser for “civility.”

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  4. African Americans have the lowest earnings of any racial group by far. While median household income for African Americans was just over $39,000 last year, it was over $47,000 for Latinos, over $65,000 for whites and over $81,000 for Asian American households.

    Lower incomes make it harder to get by, let alone get ahead. African Americans are much less likely than whites to own homes or invest in the stock market, in part because low wages leave them with limited extra income to save up for a down payment.

    African Americans also are more likely to lack health insurance. The Census released data this week showing that the uninsured rate for the nation overall was 8.8%, an all-time low. But it was 10.5% for African Americans

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