But, despite being the leaders of the liberal/Marxist wing of Nevada’s elite, the education community, led by Chancellor Jim Rodgers, demands the money flow to them. Despite the governor’s request for fiscal discipline, Rogers has demanded not only maintaining the already bloated status quo, but, to add insult to injury, a 9.5-percent increase; adding 163 million scarce dollars for their starving professors.
The tax pie has shrunk considerably thanks to a stalled economy, yet members of the so-called “higher” education community feel they should be immune to what all the rest of us face. In response to their greedy demands, Governor Gibbons has delivered what should be the coup d’etat: the fact that more than 1,300 higher echelon people like Rodgers make more than $100,000 a year, with at least one pulling in more than $400,000 in taxpayer dollars a year. It must be tough; who can get by on such a miserly income?
Sympathy for Rodgers, who undoubtedly is surrounded by cheering sycophantic proponents making those 100G salaries, is in seriously short supply. The idea of raising taxes to help prop up their massive budgets is even harder to find. In an economy like ours, raising taxes makes no sense whatsoever. People are having a tough time making ends meet – gas and food prices up, wages down, foreclosures still expanding – yet the $100,000 club demands always more.
We all know naturally, Rodgers & Co.’s motives are completely altruistic; they are not doing this to merely line their own pockets. Of course not. It is all about saving the children. Without all those $100,000 a year workers, our sadly neglected children will suffer.
To generate the dough demanded, King Rodgers, with monarch-like majesty, is proposing a “restructuring” of our tax system. Yes, since it was conceived way back in the olden days, before math had been discovered – 1955 – it now needs an overhaul. To save the children, of course.
King Rodgers even has the ability to read minds. Gazing into his crystal ball, he has discovered that Gibbons, to add spice to the pot, is a hater of public education and has secretly been plotting for an economic downturn like this. With malice in his heart, Gibbons refuses to raise taxes, secretly delighting in the intense suffering
That in a nutshell – and truly nutty it is – is the rationale behind Mr. Rodgers’ bizarre attack on Gibbons. Yes, in case you missed it, the governor is honoring his no-new-taxes pledge to carry out some supposed “real agenda,” which in the twisted mind of Rodgers is a conspiracy to bring down the whole school system.
Wow. Talk about nut case conspiracy theories. Actually, as the financial lid is being lifted off the murky world of “higher education” budgeting, a major overhaul seems more than prudent. Not too many ordinary Nevadans make more than $100,000 a year, and the more exposure the bureaucratic education budget gets, the more the rank and file support for “saving our children” will dry up. Sunlight is truly the best disinfectant.
So, keep on waving the red flag, Comrade Chancellor Jim Rodgers. For those of us already aware of how overpaid and underworked our pampered “higher education” elitists are, Jim Rodgers is a godsend. The more he whines and moans, the more dollar-wise and disgusted the average Nevada voter becomes.
An extra bonus: Rodgers’ efforts give Governor Gibbons a chance to get out of the political doghouse and back on the offensive. To even propose raising taxes to give fat raises to 1,328 education bureaucrats making more than $100,000 a year sounds like a surefire way to sink even the most liberal politician’s political career — and rightfully so.
There is one tax I would gladly support — and not hold it against Gibbons for violating his no-new-taxes pledge. Anyone in higher education making more than the governor’s salary ($146,640) should pay, say, a 95-percent “excess profits” tax on amounts above that threshold. How “progressive.” Liberals who believe so strongly in “equality” should proudly pay the tab. For the good of the children, of course.
Ira Hansen is a lifelong resident of Sparks, owner of Ira Hansen and Sons Plumbing.