And their attitude? Cavalier, my friends.
"We all know that the law school can absorb this (cut) and nothing will change," [Sen. Ralph Hise] said.Imagine other public service institutions being told such things:
"We all know that the homeless shelter for war widows with children who have cancer can absorb this (cut) and nothing will change," he said.Why is it any less heartless when a school of law is involved in this reverse-Robin-Hooding by wicked and capricious governance? Is North Carolina lawyers having to absorb the cuts in their loan payments not a problem?
More troubling is that there is speculation the move may be attempted retribution against a presumably tenured faculty member.
Sen. Mike Woodard, D-Durham, said during floor debate the move could be aimed at Gene Nichol, a law school professor who has been a harsh and prominent critic of actions by the General Assembly's Republican majority. A decision in February by the UNC Board of Governors to eliminate a center on poverty at the law school that Nichol heads drew accusations of political payback from Democrats, a charge board members denied. Nichol is still employed at the school.It's not like it was a secret what they were getting with Nichol when he came back to the faculty.
But let's run with this idea. Is this really all it takes to get funding slashed at a public law school? Have one faculty member piss off a few Republicans? Shit, that's easy. Just launch an atheist stinkbomb at Christmas or post something on Facebook about using Obamacare's "free abortion" provision.
I know right now knee-jerk liberals are giving them a run for their money with Confederate Flaggate 2015, but no group in this county is better at pitchfork anger than a Bible belt-ish social conservative. And despite avowed belief in the Constitution, they don't believe in academic freedom of speech because universities have been overrun by hyperliberal loonies.
This brings me to amateur law school criticism. If getting funding slashed is really so easy that it can be done simply by some armchair political sniping, why do these blogs keep talking about student debt, unemployment, and all sorts of other ridiculous sidebar issues?
I'll tell you why and it's because these blogs are false flag operations backed by arch-conservative think tanks. Think about it. There's a highly-effective method for getting state funds slashed in becoming political and attacking the right targets. Yet the "scamblogs" are decidedly apolitical and, in fact, coincidentally attack the soft liberal targets of academe instead.
The only logical conclusion one must make is that these outfits are being bankrolled by conservative activist groups in an astrotrufy attempt to get funding for law schools cut but not by insulting their friends.
This is called logical reasoning, and it's why I scored high enough on the LSAT to get into Yale. Or something.
Mayor: Gentlemen, I understand you are here to present both sides of an issue. I wanna hear you both out and do this in a civil and constructive manner so that I can give you both the time and attention you deserve. Jimbo, why don't you begin?
Jimbo: Mayor, it's about the South Park flag.
Mayor: Jesus Christ, not this again!