sitting on the edge of the sandbox, biting my tongue

November 13, 2012

California Students: Not So Bright

Filed under: politics — Tags: , , , — edge of the sandbox @ 9:26 am

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.

Cream of the crop: UC Berkeley students work themselves up at the post-Prop 30 rally

UPDATE: Linked by Temple of Mut — thank you!



  1. I’d like to be optimistic. But if that’s the future, then we are doomed.

    Socialism here we come! (I can’t wait until the re-indoctrination camps officially open.)

    Comment by Infidel de Manahatta — November 13, 2012 @ 10:58 am

    • My hope is that I can get my 9.5 years in a Soviet grade school to count towards my re-education.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 19, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  2. As goes California, so goes the nation. Not a very bright future.

    Comment by Conservatives on Fire — November 14, 2012 @ 1:55 pm

    • I hope not. I’m sure Pacific Nothwest will follow in our footsteps, and so will Nevada, but there is still hope for the other states.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 19, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

  3. Liberalism reaches a tipping point where it feeds upon itself and needs more and more money from a smaller and smaller pool of capital. Trouble is, capital is mobile and until moving it from one state to another is outlawed the pool of it in CA will continue to grow smaller and smaller.

    Comment by Harrison — November 16, 2012 @ 10:07 pm

    • Exactly. The money pool will shrink, but the number of organizations and individuals vying for it will not.

      Comment by edge of the sandbox — November 19, 2012 @ 9:38 pm

  4. […] Sitting on the Edge of the Sandbox, another survivor of the Great California Nov. 6 Slaughter, blames the kids: California Students: Not So Bright […]

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  5. […] Sitting On The Edge Of The Sandbox has a laugh at California college students. […]

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  6. SITTING: Please write me at lpeastman at sbcglobal dot net!!!! I have some big news to share with you, and I want to schedule you for Canto Talk after the holidays, as I hope you will add more perspective as a fellow Californian about out crazy state. 🙂

    Comment by mutnodjmet13 — December 10, 2012 @ 8:28 am

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