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  •  Univ of Calif tuition cost $222.25/qtr when I (10+ / 0-)

    went there in the 70s. California State Colleges (now California State Universities) cost $66/semester then. Both of these figures were for full-time (12+ units/qtr or 15-16 units/semester) enrollment. Working your way through college, though not easy, was common and doable.

    But that was a time when the majority of voters considered education to be an investment in the future of the state and by extension, their own future. People regularly, if reluctantly, voted to increase income taxes on themselves to fund basic and higher education because they firmly believed that a more educated populace benefited everyone.

    Many have said this, but Michael Moore's words on the causes of violence resonated with me. At the top of the list:

    1. POVERTY.  If there's one thing that separates us from the rest of the developed world, it's this. 50 million of our people live in poverty. One in five Americans goes hungry at some point during the year. The majority of those who aren't poor are living from paycheck to paycheck. There's no doubt this creates more crime. Middle class jobs prevent crime and violence. (If you don't believe that, ask yourself this: If your neighbor has a job and is making $50,000/year, what are the chances he's going to break into your home, shoot you and take your TV? Nil.)
    Saddling young people with student debt is consigning a large number of them to living hand-to-mouth until the debt gets paid off. Extrapolating the issue to medical students, I'm guessing that the amount of debt incurred going to med school probably contributes to the high cost of health care.

    But then, as many here have noted, the GOP-baggers don't want a flourishing middle class. That would deprive their corporate overlords of a ready-made peasant class desperate for whatever low-wage jobs they could get ~:-|

    •  Very well articulated, 1BQ (3+ / 0-)
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      The GOP may want to eradicate the middle class, but who will but the products and services that they churn out with that peasant-class labor? I don't think they've thought this through. Extrapolate this austerity-think worldwide, and it's a generations-long mess from which there may be no recovery any time soon.

      Now on twitter @cassandra17lina featuring limerick Tweets

      by cassandracarolina on Fri May 31, 2013 at 01:29:30 PM PDT

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