Yes. The “Bernie” of our state’s gasping-for-that-last-breath driveby media is still peddling that nonsense that spending more money equals excellence. (That gets shot down ALL THE TIME. Texas Gov. John Connolly spent $11 million bucks – a LOT more than anybody else — his 1980 campaign for president. He won ONE — count ’em, ONE – delegate.)
Nevertheless, the old codger TRIED:
There are signs that the University of North Carolina system, for decades the state’s pride and joy, has been losing ground.
The legislature recently passed a $2.8 billion budget for the UNC system, barely an improvement over the $2.6 billion budget of a decade ago.[…]
Of course, we’re not talking here about all the private endowments and federal appropriations the place gets. MORE:
[…] In real, inflation-adjusted dollars, UNC has absorbed a double-digit cut in state appropriations during the past decade.
That is perhaps why UNC’s reputation has begun to slip. Ten years ago, UNC-Chapel Hill was rated the 27th best university in the country by U.S. News and World Report. Most recently it was rated 30th. A decade ago, N.C. State University in Raleigh was rated the 81st best institution of higher learning in the country by the magazine. Most recently it was rated 92nd.[…]
Oh, so we’re citing US News & World Report as the backbone of our thesis, eh? (Didn’t know we were gonna get all scholarly and intellectual up in here …)
Let me try my hand at that stuff. Thanks to my access to season basketball tickets in Chapel Hill, I get to see the campus a lot. Over the last twenty years or so, it seems like there have been massive construction projects NON-STOP across the campus. (It certainly doesn’t strike me as a place hurting for cash.)
We’ve got course catalogs on UNC campuses filled with nonsense like Queer Studies and Afro-American studies that will not land you a paying job post-graduation (unless you want to go be a social justice agitator or camp out in one of McClatchy’s dying media properties).
Gene Nichol and his wife are pulling down a half million in salary and benefits at UNC-Chapel Hill. I see little evidence of him doing anything more than writing nasty-grams to the N&O about Republican budget-writers on Jones Street.
The UNC Center for Civil Rights appears to be funded for the sole purpose of suing state and local government.
And let’s not forget the AfAm nonsense that got exposed with the UNC athletics scandal.
On this site, we’ve shown you examples of the financial nonsense that goes on in the name of public education. We must spend more and more money, we’re told, for the lil’ chil’ren. Far too often that cash goes toward furthering items on the radical Left’s agenda, or lining the pockets of radical leftists and their allies.
Colleges campuses have devolved into laboratories for radical leftists to perfect their destructive black magic. They pick apart the institutions that have made this country the great place it is — and we get to foot the bill for it.
What happened to living within your means? In the real world, you plan and strategize to get the biggest bang for your limited bucks.
What happened to training and developing young minds to go out in the world and contribute positively to the growth and prosperity of the economy and the culture?