The University of Texas is facing steep budget cuts. To hear the administration tell it, if the university gets one penny less than they received last year, essential research will be sacrificed and the University will lose its first class status. Important projects vital to the welfare of the nation will be lost, catastrophe will no doubt follow and the research necessary to invent radar will not take place and we will probably lose World War II and the cold war--oh wait, we already won those didn't we? Well, anyway, something disastrous will happen.
The more likely scenario is that one or two assistant associate deans of diversity won't receive cost of living raises and the official who plans and coordinates University Sex Week will have his/her travel budget cut. Administrators now out-number faculty in most colleges; the tail is busily wagging the dog.
I remember when Mr Charm worked for the State of New York budget cuts were in the offing. Our whole way of life was threatened. Heads would roll, people would lose their jobs, the staff would not be able to purchase paper clips and its vital functions would be endangered. A black cloud hung over the people of the State of New York.
In the event, two part-time charwomen were laid off and everybody lived happily ever after. Except for the two charwomen, of course.