Pork Lovers in Academe on a Diet

Chronicle of Higher Ed article (subscription) on how universities are coping without pork projects for the rest of the fiscal year. For anyone who shed tears over Harry Reid’s beloved UNLV or Robert Byrd’s West Virginia U not get the earmarks they are accustomed to, reflect on this closing:

For many colleges, the moratorium for 2007 also means that they will have little to show for the millions they collectively spent on Washington lobbyists last year to help them obtain earmarks. A growing number of colleges have hired federal lobbyists in recent years, with 558 spending nearly $62-million in 2003, mostly to seek earmarks.

Wow, colleges might have to cut back on their use of taxpayer subsidies to lobby for more taxpayer subsidies? The horror.