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  •  Until the Advent of St Ronnie in '67 (10+ / 0-)

    There was no tuition and further, any CA HS Grad with a GPA of 3.0 or better (on the old 4 point scale) had an automatic in to any UC.

    That was Gov Pat Brown's vision, a free University education in the UC system and he began implementing just that with a bold expansion plan when he took office in '59. Brown understood that a world class economy required an educated populace and if you could make that education as cheap as possible to the student, the state was making an investment in its future, NOT giving anything away with nothing expected in return.

    This was possible because corporations and the wealthy were taxed fairly. Stupidly resenting that taxation without any sense at all how they directly benefited from the policy, they supported St Ronnie with big bucks and the finest campaign organization possible. They knew St Ronnie would start stealthily eliminating their taxes and re-institute tuition in the UC system because St Ronnie was their front man, the smiling face of goddam Fascism is what he was and he eventually rode that persona, hiding what he and his supporters were behind it- right into the White House.

    By '66 Brown's vision was a reality but St Ronnie campaigned to electoral victory railing against all those damn ungrateful hippies causing trouble at all those UC campuses, successfully using the strategy the ruling class has always used to divide us- tap into the prejudices and bigotries of one group to cause them to lash out at the very people who share their economic interests but run afoul of their prejudices . At the time, it was rather easy to tap into working class resentment at those fortunate enough to get to go to a UC campus, that these students had long hair, wore funny clothes and were unquestionably dope fiends. Reagan tapped and they responded.

    It's been downhill ever since in CA but I remember what once was and what will one day be again if we the people reclaim our governments from the monsters who use slick front people to paste a happy face over the Fascist beast they have instituted across our country.

    I've labored long and hard for bread, For honor, and for riches, But on my corns too long you've tread, You fine-haired sons of bitches. —Black Bart, The PO8 - 1877

    by Dave925 on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 08:52:13 PM PST

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    •  I honestly don't know (8+ / 0-)

      who I despise more, Chimpy McFlightsuit or St. Ronnie of the Greedheads.

      Fuck them both.

      "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

      by Sharoney on Wed Nov 16, 2011 at 10:20:38 PM PST

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      •  haven't seen you around here in a long time (1+ / 0-)
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        I like paying taxes...with them, I buy Civilization
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        "A great democracy must be progressive or it will soon cease to be a great democracy."

        by Angie in WA State on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 12:57:08 AM PST

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        •  Got turned off by the infighting (0+ / 0-)

          and went to FB and Twitter. Then got tired of the BS and head games on FB from family members (the worst one of my siblings did me a BIG favor and blocked me! Bwahahaha! I WIN!) so I started looking in here more often.

          But lately I've just been busy, busy, busy.

          But thanks for noticing!

          "The truth will set you free...but first it'll piss you off." - Gloria Steinem

          by Sharoney on Fri Nov 18, 2011 at 07:52:05 PM PST

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    •  Two words: Proposition Thirteen. (5+ / 0-)

      And its continued devastation on the state budget have made funding of UC, CSU, K12 utterly impossible at the levels it once was given the drain those tax dollars not taken in from commercial property deficiencies in payments because of that absurd and destructive law. Even when I was at UC the when Jerry was Gov the first time and then the Duke the budget was getting slashed. I spent 2 years as the Director of the UC Student Lobby doing nothing but shlepping back and forth to Sacramento - and we had Education champions in State Senator Gary Hart and then Assemblymember and late Sec of Ed. Jack O'Connell. Didn't matter it was a near constant battle against defunding. The UC system was once the envy of the world. It could be again. We need to reform the Regents appointment process and get alot of nonviolent offenders out of our ridiculously overcrowded prisons as a start. Then go after the Prop 13 leeches draining the blood from our state treasury.

      post hoc, ergo propter hoc

      by RvgAqs on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 12:38:30 AM PST

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      •  Couldn't Agree More (2+ / 0-)
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        Especially the wolf in sheep's clothing that is Prop 13.

        There are jillions of $$ worth of commercial property that now pay taxes at 1975 levels while the single family homes that were promised relief back in '77 during the signature gathering process have long ago lost that status. There are zombie holding companies that have managed to keep commercial property (and this includes some 50 odd families that own the vast majority of apt. rental properties in the state) sales "not sales" to keep that 1975 status.

        Prop 13 is perhaps the most cynical of all right wing initiatives but so typical of how they operate politically, a bone tossed to and long ago consumed by the voters who approved it that continues to benefit a handful of in-state oligarchies. The fact does remain that as property appreciated more rapidly than it ever had back then, people were caught in property tax increases that were truly brutal. As the legislature ignored the pleas for relief coming from homeowners, an opportunity was left wide open for then front man Howard Jarvis to exploit with this wretched initiative.

        The lesson here is when Democrats fail their natural constituency, an opening is left for Repukes to play populist savior and there is always a wolf in sheep's clothing involved when these fascist frauds get involved.

        I've labored long and hard for bread, For honor, and for riches, But on my corns too long you've tread, You fine-haired sons of bitches. —Black Bart, The PO8 - 1877

        by Dave925 on Thu Nov 17, 2011 at 03:48:49 AM PST

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