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  •  one reason why the UC has been such a mess (1+ / 0-)
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    Kevskos

    since schwarzeneggar snuck in with the recall and appointed  bankers, real estate moguls and insurance execs as regents, is that the management of the UC has not been about academics. it's a profit-making enterprise using a university as a tax shelter. we've had brutal police crackdowns every two years, every time tuition goes up.

    •  May I suggest that the decline in the UC system (0+ / 0-)

      Started with Ronald Reagan and S.I. Hayakawa?

      Just sayin'...

      I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

      by tom 47 on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 12:17:15 PM PDT

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      •  began, yes (1+ / 0-)
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        wintergreen8694

        but the real death spiral kicked in after the recall, when schwarzeneggar and dianne feinstein's husband richard blum got together and planned the destruction of the UC. exponential tuition hikes, dodgy investments, privatization, the whole nine yards.

        •  Sorry, I guess I'm probably just a lot older (1+ / 0-)
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          wu ming

          than you, so my point of reference goes back further.

          And my enmity for Reagan is intergenerationally personal at my house:

          Reagan tried (unsuccessfully) to take money from the California Teachers Retirement Fund (this is before it was part of CalPers, I think - - roughly 1968 or 69?) in order to transfer it to the general fund to balance the California state budget.  My mother taught school for many years, and was still teaching at that time ( I was in junior high school), and that kind of cemented our views of Reagan while I was growing up.  

          Today, I like to say that my now 90+ y o Mom is continuing to enjoy her teachers' retirement, and Ronald Reagan is ....

          DEAD!

          I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

          by tom 47 on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 02:14:58 PM PDT

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          •  no, i know what you're talking about (0+ / 0-)

            i'm just speaking to the rate of collapse. reagan was a bastard, but schwarzeneggar and blum did more to undermine the UC.

            •  Yes, it started then, (0+ / 0-)

              but took further steps over the decades to REALLY destroy higher education in California.  There was a LOT of good to be torn down.

              When I was growing up, the UC and CSC system was THE best public higher education system in the US.  And I'll argue that with anyone who brings their lunch.

              I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

              by tom 47 on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 02:52:30 PM PDT

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              •  the students and faculty still are exceptional (0+ / 0-)

                that's what makes it all so enraging. they're destroying something wonderful.

                •  Asdf (1+ / 0-)
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                  wu ming

                  Yup.

                  I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

                  by tom 47 on Fri Jul 12, 2013 at 06:04:23 PM PDT

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