Let's start with my patent bias: I'm a California taxpayer.
Yesterday University of California students protested proposed tuition hikes, engaging in tried and true protester stuff like taking over buildings and linking arms to block people and shouting slogans and stuff.
University officials said the $505 million to be raised by the tuition increases is needed to prevent even deeper cuts than those already made because of California's persistent financial crisis.
Protesting students said the hike will hurt working and middle-class students who benefit from state-funded education.
There's no dispute that California has a huge budget crunch, created by a combination of a shitty economy (and therefore reduced tax revenue) and out-of-control spending. There's no dispute that the UC system is facing deep cuts as a result, and has to find the money to operate somewhere.
What these students seem to be saying is that it ought to come from me — the taxpayer. Someone explain their point to me in short words that even a dumb guy can understand — is there some way to spin their argument as something other than "gimme your money or we'll disrupt things?"
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