No Taxation without Education…

In the aftermath of the University of California at San Diego terrorist concern, “noose-gate”, the state of California has more than one problem with its institutions of higher learning.The students across the state of California, in a grand show of solidarity, began to hit the streets to protest a 33 percent increase in tuition. In the same state the spawned the protests of the sixties, and gave birth to the west coast office of the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense, working class and poor college students are once again being called upon to defend human needs from human’s greed. Today is a Day of Action to Defend Public Education.

As the president of the United States, Barack Obama laments the need for productivity and the need for higher education, his words sink like human excrement to the ground as those of us who are actually attempting to walk the path of the intellectual are being bombarded with impossible colleges prices. Students are expected to study hard enough to make 4.0’s while working two jobs, and many taking care of other responsibilities besides themselves. The price of education continues to rise, while the value of the bachelor degree and master degree are losing traction. The well to do are once again given an advantage in this country while the working class is being forced into substantial debt attempting to live the American Dream.

Where is the advantage of this? What has the value of the US taxpayer’s dollar become? Where is the Robin Hood of this era to take from the rich and give to the poor, the same way that the government has taken from everybody else and given it all to the bankers and corporations? While Maddoff is sitting in federal prison, the predatorial lenders are still flying private jets sipping chilled glasses of Sherry. I guess it isn’t what you do, but who you do it to.

No taxation without representation. Where is the representation for those students across the country out tonight forced to represent them? Where is the education president at? Where is the country of democracy on this issue of educating the masses in order to have an informed public?

I want to give a special mention to all the protesters who have gone out to demonstrate the evils that men do in this country. Who have bonded together in civil demonstration, to plea to the world, “Why are they being fleeced of their pursuit of happiness?”

To those three who were arrested outside Hunter College…

To those five who were arrested in California outside of the Capitol for protesting the budget cuts…

To those students who attempted to take the seventh-floor of Hunter…

To those students who walked out of class at the New School and New York University…

To the students who hit the streets to voice the pain of a dream being deferred by the bottom line, at over 100 California colleges campus…

To all the students around the world, but especially those who are standing strong to protect our duty to be educated as the president of the United States might say…

YOU HAVE MY UTMOST RESPECT. I AM HONORED TO SEE THIS DAY…

Thank you for reminding me….

Aluta Continua…

12 thoughts on “No Taxation without Education…

  1. Thank you for this post. I hadn’t heard about the protests. But as one who is contemplating and lamenting the financial hurdles of getting back into college (turns out the application ISN’T the most daunting process!), I can certainly understand.

    While I’m in a better or rather, more stable, financial condition than others, I’m still worried about how I will end up paying for a potential $80,000 bill if I walk across the stage again.

    I hope people take notice. I hope the government takes notice and if they can’t quell the rising tuition prices, they provide more resources for students to survive while trying to better themselves with knowledge and experience that college can bring forth.

  2. Thank you for this post. I hadn’t heard about the protests. But as one who is contemplating and lamenting the financial hurdles of getting back into college (turns out the application ISN’T the most daunting process!), I can certainly understand.

    While I’m in a better or rather, more stable, financial condition than others, I’m still worried about how I will end up paying for a potential $80,000 bill if I walk across the stage again.

    I hope people take notice. I hope the government takes notice and if they can’t quell the rising tuition prices, they provide more resources for students to survive while trying to better themselves with knowledge and experience that college can bring forth.

  3. Thank you for taking the time out to respond!

    I totally agree, I’m hoping I don’t have to run to some foreign country to avoid Bankers with bodyguards attempting break my legs. I really hope that all of us who are involved in the educational system will be able to be alleviated of the stress and burden of tuition costs gone wild.

    If Pres. Obama is serious about building the progressive society, he really needs to consider what these brave hearted students are telling the world.

  4. Thank you for taking the time out to respond!

    I totally agree, I’m hoping I don’t have to run to some foreign country to avoid Bankers with bodyguards attempting break my legs. I really hope that all of us who are involved in the educational system will be able to be alleviated of the stress and burden of tuition costs gone wild.

    If Pres. Obama is serious about building the progressive society, he really needs to consider what these brave hearted students are telling the world.

    1. FOR ME, it was never any added difficulty to receive loans, and much of my undergrad expenses were covered through grants and scholarships. Depending on the institution, of course, there are programs for students to take advantage of. As I have moved closer to grad level, I have noticed that the loans, grants, and scholarships become more difficult to receive. With institutions wanting students to take their particular courses, or tracks, it isn’t so much about the loan, itself, rather how much one has to ask for, how often, and at what interest rate. This is because the institutions demand that students take particular classes, and must have so many credit hours from the institution.

    1. FOR ME, it was never any added difficulty to receive loans, and much of my undergrad expenses were covered through grants and scholarships. Depending on the institution, of course, there are programs for students to take advantage of. As I have moved closer to grad level, I have noticed that the loans, grants, and scholarships become more difficult to receive. With institutions wanting students to take their particular courses, or tracks, it isn’t so much about the loan, itself, rather how much one has to ask for, how often, and at what interest rate. This is because the institutions demand that students take particular classes, and must have so many credit hours from the institution.

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