A Learning Experience
Topic: Liberal Fascism
You may wonder why California, the largest and richest state in the nation, is essentially bankrupt. Students in the University of California system, who’ve just been hit with a whopping 37% tuition hike, would certainly like to know what’s going on. So would hard-pressed taxpayers and struggling small businesses.
The answer is simple: California is a laboratory of progressivism. For a generation now, the Golden State has been meeting unmet needs, coddling the public sector and drinking the green Kool-Aid of radical environmentalism. The net result of all this advanced social policy has been to wreck California’s public finances. Hence those hefty UC tuition increases.
But (if I may paraphrase a line from Animal Farm) though all Californians may be equal, some are more equal than others. As noted here by the Wall Street Journal, California’s ultra-generous public-sector pension system has grown into a crushing financial burden. California’s public employees’ unions, the precious darlings of Democratic legislators in Sacramento, are simply devouring the state budget.
Last year, for example, $3 billion had to be diverted from other programs—including $800 million from higher education—to meet state pension obligations. And up goes tuition. So students—most of whom, I have no doubt, of advanced progressive political views are taking it to the streets with their protest signs and chants. Sorry, kids, but the very politicians you support are selling you down the river for the benefit of their deep-pocketed union supporters. Maybe someday you’ll learn.
Posted by tmg110
at 8:03 AM EST
Updated: Wednesday, 10 March 2010 8:06 AM EST