And the University dart board is back on the wall again:
“There should be no sacred cows,” the Winston-Salem Republican said in an interview Friday. “The UNC system needs to be subjected to the same scrutiny as everything else.” Brunstetter cautioned that it is too early in the dialogue to identify particular campuses that could close, merge or transfer to the community college system – all ideas lawmakers are considering.
Sacred cows? The UNC System has suffered cut after cut during this recession, while students and their families have been forced deeper into debt due to tuition increases, and he's talking sacred cows? But not to worry, closing public universities is not the end of the world, since Georgia did it:
Barefoot pointed to Georgia’s move earlier this year to consolidate eight campuses into four. “The state budget is a fixed pot,” he said. “The pie can only be divided so many ways.”
A fixed pot? Somebody needs to set aside some money in the budget for a wider and more appropriate list of colloquialisms.
Both the budget and revenue streams are refined on an annual basis, so don't give us any crap about your "hands being tied" or other nonsense. Republicans (by and large) don't believe tens of thousands of North Carolinians need or deserve a university education, especially if they want to compete with the (already) wealthy for jobs and influence.
North Carolina's university system is the very best weapon against a class-based society, and any effort to tear it down should be seen for what it is: an attempt to keep our classes in check, or even facilitate a downward trend.