March 22 2013
Austerity Updates: Bondage Classes at U.T. Imperilled; Wasserman-Schultz Staff Going Hungry
The University of Tennessee’s first-ever “Sex Week,” slated for April, has scheduled a lot of a lot of courses that are essential for anyone who aspires to join the fellowship of educated men and women:
“Getting Laid,” “Sex Positivity; Queer as a Verb,” “Bow Chicka Bow Woah,” “How to talk to Your Parents About Sex,” “Loud and Queer,” and “How Many Licks Does it Take…” – a workshop about oral sex.
A stuffy administrator, however, has pulled the plug on taxpayer dollars for this worthy project:
“We support the process and the students involved, but we should not use state funds in this manner,” Chancellor Jimmy Cheek said in a statement.
Cheek made the announcement after reviewing “Sex Week’s” final agenda. As a result, the student-led event will be forced to find $11,145 in additional funding. The university will continue to let the group use $6,700 in student fees.
Actually, I don’t support the process. You don't have to be Cotton Mather to be appalled that $6,700 in student fees still are being used to teach such things as “Bow Chicka Bow Woah.”
Can you believe that people take out college loans to contribute fees to universities that use money this way?
A judgmental state legislator shares my concern:
“We should be teaching these children what is important to learn so they can get jobs,” state Sen. Stacey Campfield told Fox News. “I don’t know what jobs they plan on getting if they’re having seminars on oral sex and bondage. I don’t see how that will help someone in their professional career – unless they plan on becoming a porn star.”
At least Campfield is not blaming the sequester.
Speaking of the sequester, Florida Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz says that her staff can no longer afford to eat good lunches because of the sequester. Literally:
At the carry-out cafe in the Cannon Office Building, where Wasserman Schultz has her office, you can get an 8oz bowl of Ham and Bean soup for $2. You can buy gourmet sandwiches and wraps for around $5. Both of these are cheaper than I can get at delis down the street from my house.
Her aides could walk across the street to the Longworth Building, which has a large sit-down cafeteria. Today, it is featuring a roasted stuffed Chicken, with asparagus and mashed potatoes, for around $7. Or, one could opt for a heaping 12oz bowl of Chicken Chili for $3.
There is also the tried and true method enjoyed by millions of workers around the country: a brown-bag lunch.
Wasserman Schultz's top aide earns around $160k a year. She pays two additional aides around $120k a year. She has five additional aides who earn between $60-100k a year.
Whenever anyone proposes cuts in federal spending, Democrats like Wasserman Schultz warn that the cuts will endanger seniors and children. I used to think the argument was just a cynical political play for votes. After Tuesday's hearing, however, I'm afraid Wasserman Schultz may actually believe it.