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.