In order to create smart 21st century work force the Golden state heavily subsidizes education. Then we import programmers form India, and many of our homegrown engineers are also foreign-born. But it’s the American-born (and Hispanic) students that are having all the fun.
The recently passed Proposition 30 mandates a variety of tax hikes, some of them retroactive. It was sold statewide as a measure to help our beloved, hard-working, unionized, retired public school teachers. Now that the funding is secured interest groups are going after after it, which should be interesting:
Proposition 30’s victory at the polls may have ended the prospect of deep midyear budget cuts for California’s public universities, but students are in no mood to celebrate.
On Thursday, some of the very students who helped rally their campuses around the tax measure demonstrated across the Bay Area, demanding rollbacks to ever-rising tuition hikes and more space in overcrowded classes.
They learned that the new revenue from Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative will do little to fix California’s higher education funding crisis in the long term, as the state’s universities are still looking for creative ways to make space in lecture halls and squeeze more dollars from some students.
Young voters were considered critical to the measure’s success; polls released this fall by the Public Policy Institute of California found 70 percent supported it, compared to about half of all likely voters. Now, with deep budget cuts and much higher fees averted, student leaders have focused again on the bigger picture: ever-increasing tuition and fees and reduced courses and services.
Tax hike won’t solve the structural problems, eh? The funds the state is projected to collect are finite, and will diminish as businesses are closed and are driven out of state. Educational bureaucracies, on the other hand, can always expend. So ladyparts and their male companions are holding rallies, flexing their proverbial muscle, demanding their “fair share”. For instance, they are unhappy with the $372 fee on “superseniors” at CSU. Yep, $372.
I have an idea: instead of arguing over the sum of money required to pay each semester after the course load is complete, vote for robust economy. It helps when the foot soldiers of socialism are hungry and mean. They get a bone once in a while, like maybe dropping that $372 fee or the free Pill, but their lives will end in ruin. It doesn’t matter if the federal government bails out California. They will inhibit a country where opportunity diminished significantly and greedy politicians cannibalized their youthful energy. Their best hope is legal marijuana.
UPDATE: Linked by Temple of Mut — thank you!