This blog is devoted to uncovering the many ways that Hobbes was right about life on campus. The lecture halls may be filled with idealistic loons who prattle on about equality and justice and fairness, but in reality the college industrial complex is just another machine for redistributing wealth from the suckers to the politically connected. In other words, it moves money from the powerless to the powerful.
When we last tuned into life at UC Davis, there was a big hoo hah because the President had unleashed the hounds on the protesters. Well, not literally the hounds. That would be cheaper. She sent her campus police who started spraying pepper on the protestors and those guys earn a huge salary.
Well, after the legal industrial complex got their fingers in the stew, the kids who were pepper sprayed split a million dollar settlement, something that averaged about $30k for each kid. (And this amount is probably before lawyers’ fees are subtracted.)
Now Abby Ohlheiser at the Atlantic reports that John Pike, the officer who sprayed the kids, was not going to miss his chance to hire lawyers of his own. He claimed emotional pain and suffering. Naturally the college industrial complex’s bureaucracy agreed with the pain endured by their colleague and quickly endorsed a plan to give him some cash for the traumas he brought upon himself. He received $38k, an amount that’s more than each of those Occupying slackers.
Oh, before we drop this topic, let’s turn back the dial to discuss what he was paid before the Occupiers showed up: $110k a year. Not a bad deal. As for the kids: sorry suckers.