I recently read a post from another blogger complaining about some funding cuts to his university/program. The blogger sounded genuinely irritated.
To me, the complaining sounded, well, callous. The level of funding the program enjoys even with the cuts is far, far beyond anything my program, or indeed, any program I've ever been associated with experiences (yes, even in my phud program, I'm pretty sure).
As I was on the edge of irritation, I realized that the way he sounds to me is probably a lot like the way folks at my university sound to less privileged folks in my region, especially people who are really hurting financially, who look at my health insurance and job and wonder how I think I have anything to complain about.
Unfortunately, those aren't the people being helped by tax breaks in this area, so they're just hurting more and more. Moving the big budget cuts around here from the university to other state funded stuff will hurt them even more, since other than the university, the state pretty much pays for prisons, some Medicaid, some public education, some public health, state troopers, and some roads.
The new law in Indiana allowing businesses to discriminate against people based on religious belief seems insane. I hope every single ally in Indiana asks every time they walk into any business if that business discriminates based on religious belief, and if the business says yes, they turn around and walk out. If someone doesn't want to do business with some folks they don't like, then I sure don't want to do business with them.
It looks like some other states are working on similar laws.
How does that seem reasonable to anyone?