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This morning, for your perusal, I present two stories of higher education funding. Compare this one:

Putting a Price on the President

with this one:

Students facing 5 years at UA because of cuts

Now, I triple dog dare you to argue with me that the Arizona Board of Regents and the Arizona state legislature are not comprised entirely of blind idiotic goofballs. If your argument involves the outrageous line, “well, the funding for the president comes from a different account than the funding for instruction,” I will summon followers to thrash you about the head and shoulders with a trout. The sighing “different accounts” logic makes about as much sense as peeing into a breeze. Why do people accept that excuse?