Out of curiosity, do you often see people who'd like to get rid of tenure at the Uni level? I ask because I'm not familiar with it. I'm very familiar with people wanting to get rid of it at the primare/secondary level of education though. I think there's a great case for tenure at Uni, due to research and not wanting to have people canned for <wrong-think> or upsetting a politician/lobbyist/corp/local admin.
Of course. Most of the professional staff tends to feel that way, a little out of disgust and a lot out of jealousy. You tend to focus on the easy targets, the 78 year old guy who swings by once a term to teach one class and still makes like 120k. Or course, this same guy built the program from the ground up 40 years earlier, but does that matter now? Well, yes and no.
I think a lot of the Trump people who want a lobbyist ban like you've described haven't considered the consequences. I know that I would prefer one, even with them. It will perhaps discourage some of the greatest minds from seeking position, but if they were only seeking it for the opportunity to participate in graft, well, I'd say good riddance. I honestly think this is a weak reform; but I don't project my opinions as mainstream.
I think a lot of people, republicans and democrats (but mostly republicans right now since they are initiating the change) haven't considered the consequences. The problem is that everyone feels like they are in the know. That there is difinitive everything. The number of variables associated with even the smallest of policy and changes is way too complicated for the standard voter to know.
It's so simple to say, "My healthcare is skyrocketing and it's Obamacares fault." "There are too many lobbyists, drain the swamp." Hell, "we need to close Guantanamo!"
It goes on both sides and there is one thing I know completely and utterly difinitively, it's that I don't know anything completely and utterly difinitively.
I will say that if you undermine the method that people use to make money, they find other ways to make money. Be careful of what you wish for...you may get it. I think a better method is managing how these people handle becoming lobbyists and whatnot and their access to government officials rather than just to say, none for you for 5 years. You'll find out that they will be doing other, more sketchy stuff to try to get around it and make money.
Never underestimate the drive for someone to make as much money as possible. Posted via Mobile Device