Wednesday, January 19, 2005


Food For Thought

How rich has capitalism made our society? Rich enough that we argue over the level of subsidies we give for four years of party time! higher ed, as opposed to this story from China:

A female student at Zhongnan University of Economics and Law in Wuhan basically gets by eating leftover steamed buns and food she finds in the cafeteria. The school’s cafeteria manager, Zhang, noticed this behavior. When he checked her meal credit card he was startled to learn that she only spends 0.15 yuan (US$0.018) every other week or so. In all of 2004, she only spent 8.35 yuan (US$1.01.) The 0.15 yuan she spends is for a cup of hot water she gets from the water room.
When she graduates, she should send me her resume. I don't know or care what particular courses she's taking; people like her can succeed at anything.