Megan McArdle aptly sums up the perpetual nausea of students protesting for more free stuff: "Students Protest University Cutbacks, Reality".

But while I'm sympathetic to students finding it harder to attend college, I'm not sure what they think is supposed to happen. There's no money. This is not some question of reallocating resources from bad uses to good--everything is being cut because their institutions are under serious financial duress. When administrators point this out, the students reiterate how hard it all is, as if doing so will spur the administration to shake the money tree harder until extra cash falls from the skies.

I mean, they might protest the core business model, in which so many employees are effectively unfireable, meaning that everyone else has to take a disproportionate share of the cuts. But other than that, what is all this protesting going to accomplish?

Brings back memories of my old student protest days....



Whether or not you like my sign, at least I could spell.


(HT: Instapundit.)

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