Unless you’ve lived in a cave the past few months, you know all about Louisiana’s budget “crisis,” particularly in regards to higher education funding. Herewith is a letter to the editor in The (Baton Rouge) Advocate with a point of view you’ll never otherwise hear:
Letter: Let’s re-examine needs for state’s structure of higher education
In a recent issue of The Advocate, the article on cutting funding for higher education shows the total number of campuses spread across the state at 30. Fourteen of these are four-year colleges. This is a dilution of the total money available for higher education. This number is unreasonable for a state the size and as poor as Louisiana.
I know this is a political sacred cow and no politician will touch it. With the exception of LSU’s main campus, none of these university’s athletics can support themselves. Funding must come from the university’s educational funds. Do we really need 14 four-year universities when only about 50 percent of freshman graduate? Maybe it’s time to re-evaluate our needs.
Keep in mind that whenever a politician uses the term “it’s for the children,” what he’s really doing is using kids as a “human shield” to extract more taxes from the enslaved, that will in turn be spent to pay off political favors and for patronage jobs.
There’s never enough money for them, ever.