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Posted at 6:33 PM ET, 11/19/2010

Reconciliation

By Ezra Klein

Recap: The Democrats have picked a bad strategy on the Bush tax cuts; a concrete budget prediction; and Rachel Maddow's cocktail advice.

Elsewhere:

1) I review some cookbooks.

2) Josh Barro is not impressed by the deficit-reduction plan put out by Americans for Tax Reform.

3) The "permanent austerity" in higher ed.

Recipe of the day: Shaved Brussels sprout salad with lemon, pecorino and red onion.

By Ezra Klein  | November 19, 2010; 6:33 PM ET
 
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The permanent austerity piece was interesting. A personal note about one of it's points, the constant need to upgrade facilities and equipment to be competitive with other colleges.

One of my children was considering going to Rochester Institute of Technology so we took a field trip. The guided tour led us to one surprising place, the gym. Mind you this school is a "nerd factory" where they even have a major in game design. This is nothing like an NCAA power in any sport. The gym was like nothing I have ever had the privilege to work out in, though largely unused. It was full of new gleaming equipment.

I can only imagine how much was spent in the construction. This was simply to keep pace with what other schools have, not because of any accounting or investment related projection that x number MORE students would go there, thereby justifying the revenue expended.

Touring colleges with your chidren brings the tuition expenses into a whole new light.

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Posted by: ghorisalman | November 20, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Yum. I've got brussels sprouts growing merrily in the fall garden, and now I know what I'm going to do with the first ones to mature. Don't have a mandoline though. Don't even know what one is. But google will no doubt reveal all.

Posted by: bgmma50 | November 20, 2010 1:16 PM | Report abuse

After googling around, I realize that I do have a mandoline. I just always thought it was an itty bitty slicer.

Posted by: bgmma50 | November 20, 2010 1:18 PM | Report abuse

Perm Austerity is great. One canard in it however is the high cost/low productivity of older faculty. See:
http://chronicle.com/article/Older-Professors-Fewer-and/125347/
the # of profs over age 65 has remained steady at 4% of the total for the past twenty years, productivity rises over time

Posted by: undisclosedangler | November 21, 2010 11:51 AM | Report abuse

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