Saturday, February 7, 2015

Clown Car Rundown, Person the First: Scott Walker Shows His Cards

We knew he was anti-education when he took away teachers' collective
bargaining rights. Now we know he regards truth as the enemy.


Scott Walker stepped in it this past week. It was bad enough that he announced he was asking the Wisconsin legislature to cut the UW university system's budget by 13 percent while freezing tuition at current levels for two years. He reckons to get past 2016 before the damage is visible. BTW, Walker suggests that professors "teach an extra class" to make up the shortfall.

It got worse, and Walker got some serious blowback for another move he made:
It was not enough for Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin suddenly to propose a destructive 13 percent cut in state support for the University of Wisconsin’s widely respected system. His biennial budget plan, released Tuesday, reached gratuitously into the university’s hallowed 111-year-old mission statement to delete a bedrock principle: “Basic to every purpose of the system is the search for truth.”
The budget — patently tailored for the governor’s conservative campaign for the Republican presidential nomination — inserted language that the university should be more narrowly concerned with meeting “the state’s work force needs.”
Brazenly deleted as well from the mission statement, which is nationally appreciated in education circles as the Wisconsin Idea, were the far from controversial goals “to educate people and improve the human condition” and “serve and stimulate society.” It was as if a trade school agenda were substituted for the idea of a university.
 Here is a man whose motives are clear: Destroy education to keep 'em down on the farm. What a dick.

He tried to brush it off as a "drafting error," only an email was discovered that showed the administration had ordered the specific edits. What a double dick.

Presidential? Timber!


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