“It’s as simple as that.”

By RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press 1 hr 24 mins ago

IOWA CITY, Iowa – Under pressure to cut costs, state universities and lawmakers across the nation are going after one of the oldest traditions in the academic world: the professor’s cherished sabbatical.

Professors often use the paid breaks from teaching to write books, develop new courses or collaborate with colleagues around the world. But the practice is increasingly being questioned by critics who say it offers little more than a paid vacation at a time when other public employees are being furloughed or laid off.

“Why should the taxpayers of Iowa be paying to basically give these folks a year off from teaching?” asked incoming House Speaker Kraig Paulsen, a Republican whose party won control of the chamber in November. “It’s as simple as that.”


The only thing ‘simple’ here is the quality of thinking some of our elected officials generate.

Now that we’re not in the top ten in manufacturing, finance or education anymore, is it safe now to cut school budgets again?

Are people sufficiently stupid enough now to not notice that our schools are simple warehouses to babysit kids until they turn eighteen, and those who gave birth to them can kick them out on the street?

Can we get away with giving teachers another reason to pack it in and find work that pays?

U.S. Teachers are already among the lowest paid in the modern world.

Should we step on their fingers as they try and hang on?


Is teacher sabbatical really that big an issue?


If everything really is ‘on the table’, then how about capping what legislatures spend on staff?

What a high level staffer makes just might shock you, since they are paid as ‘consultants’, and how many legislators does your state have?

If a total of what a state legislature pays to it’s staff and consultants is a number no one seems to want to talk about.

If it’s mentioned at all, they use the old ‘…we need the best and the brightest…’, just like the dirtbags who spent bailout money on bonuses.

Does anyone here think we’ve got the ‘best and brightest’ minds at work in the government now?

Does any result that’s been shown, in the last ten, or twenty years, look like we have anywhere near the best or the brightest?

Hell, at this point I’d settle for a dim bulb that was honest.


One Response to ““It’s as simple as that.””

  1. Vicki Peterson Says:

    Right, look at what is paid for staff…but how about the money thrown at the prison industrial system…or the military?

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