From With depressing predictability, FCC boss leaves office with a list of his deeds… and a giant middle finger to America
I probably should have mentioned this before, but Paiâ€™s leaving is a good occasion. Bullet lists are administrative faves because they appear to make factual claims.
Just as he had done during his tenure, however, Pai has mirrored the 45th presidentâ€™s approach and, rather than give an overview of actions to show a coherent drive and philosophy, has created the longest list possible. Bigger is better.
They leave out anything unwanted. Leave no room for counterpoint. Appear complete when partial. Appear cohesive when scattered.
Close relation: Take Aways.
As in U Wisconsin Systerm, so MnSCU. Quid pro quo has become systematized.
Why am I not surprised? Because as anyone who has been paying attention knows, the chancellors have been carrying water for UW System President Ray Cross and the Regents for several years now. These outsized raises are financial rewards for their not having opposed or obstructed a single top-down edict from Cross and the Regentsâ€“for their having carried out his orders like good soldiers or middle managers are expected to do.
Put differently, what both the raises and the punishment reveal is that these raises are payoffs, ex post facto bribes, or quid pro quo rewards for UW System chancellors having accepted without objection the destruction of tenure and shared governance; repeated massive budget cuts; unfunded tuition freezes; and the break-up and distribution of the UW Colleges and Extension to the four-year, comprehensive, and doctoral campuses, aka the UW System merger.
Looks like students need to go further afield to find an ethical university.