Friday, 8 January 2016

University of Missouri Fallout

One of the regional channels around Columbia, Missouri....near the University of Missouri....came up with a report that a downward trend exist in applications to the campus......since all the 'Black Lives Matter' episodes.

Five percent less applications....that means 941 less freshmen in the fall.  Even for black students.....almost twenty-percent less than the previous year.  Graduate students.....by almost twenty-percent.....declined as well.

It was predicted.

What happens here?  There will be various discussions and some people will say it's a temp-thing.  Maybe.....but let's say in January of 2017.....there's another five-percent drop.  That's the point where you go to the professors and instructors....and start to discuss the idea of letting people go.  Then they get all upset and frustrated.

A bad trend?  Some people would say that it was simply reality.  Parents got involved and suggested to the kid that this wasn't the right atmosphere....the right place to get educated....and suggested another college in the state.  It may take a decade for some reversal to occur and people forget about what happened.

My guess is that if you look around the region.....other colleges got the five-percent instead.

The "Fine" City

One of the things that I learned while living 3.5 years in Arlington, VA.....was that the District of Columbia is a money-eating machine.

I'm not talking about the federal government itself.....I'm talking strictly about the city management folks and the underlying support staff.

This week, it got brought up in DC and some folks are all hyped.....over the new fine that will go into effect if you are caught speeding twenty-five mph over the speed limit.  The old fine?  $300.  The new fine?  $1000.

There are other fines on the increase which irked the locals.

You could be fined $200 for rolling through a red-turn-on-red light, without stopping.

You could be fined $500 for blocking traffic  while sorting out an accident.

You could be fined $100 speeding near a recreation field or senior citizens center.

You could be fined $500 for failing to slow down or getting out of the way of an ambulance or emergency vehicle.

Oddly, you could be fined $500 just for failing to yield to a METRO bus trying to reenter traffic from a stop.

There's talk that some folks are fairly angry at the city council and maybe this might be changed back to the old fine amount.

The city relies upon the federal government to give them a fair amount of their pocket money, and upon city property taxes, and city income taxes for those really stupid and need to live in DC itself.

How often do these fall into effect each week?  No one really says much about that.  I'd take a guess that the over-25-mph speeding episode ($1,000) might be a thing that only happens five or six times a week.  The $100-fine for speeding near a senior citizens center?  If you don't know the neighborhood.....this might be fifty or sixty times a week.

Without counting parking fines.....which are bad enough.....these guys are probably making over half-a-million a month from these various fines (my humble guess).  For a population of 650,000-odd folks.....it's a fair chunk of money.

You can imagine going to the wife to mention you got a ticket on the way home today......and she finally drags it out of you.....a $1000 fine.  That just wouldn't work.