Let’s fund tuition-free public education, instead of endless war

(10 am. – promoted by ek hornbeck)

Public universities across America are raising tuition so high that many students simply can’t afford it.

For example, the University of California system is boosting its average undergraduate tuition from $7,788 to $10,302. [1]

In five states, public universities already charge undergraduates on average more than $10,000 per year for tuition and fees. [2]

It’s outrageous that US politicians sign blank checks for war, yet turn their backs on young Americans struggling to get an education.

Tell your members of Congress to support tuition-free higher education at public universities.

State governments are justifying massive tuition hikes as a necessary evil in the face of growing state budget deficits. But the real question is one of priorities.

Congress recently passed the largest military budget in US history, [3] while Wall Street enjoyed a massive $14 trillion bailout. [4]

Our members of Congress must prioritize education above endless wars and subsidies for corporate profits.

The future of our nation depends on making quality education available for our young people.

Tell your members of Congress now: support tuition-free higher education at public universities!

Notes:
1. Jenna Johnson and Daniel de Vise, “Students protest cuts to higher-education funds.” Washington Post, March 4, 2010.

2. College Board, Trends in college pricing. October 20, 2009.

3. Tony Capaccio, “Congress Approves $636.3 Billion for Defense in Fiscal 2010.” Bloomberg, December 16, 2009.

4. “Behind the real size of the bailout.” Mother Jones, December 21, 2009.

2 comments

  1. It’s  what California had up till prop thirteen blew everything apart!

    • banger on March 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

    The American people, as a whole, love war and violence. We are a cowardly people that love to be fearful, stressed and misinformed — it is an addiction. Education, in the true sense of the word, is something most Americans hate. They want to live in a fantasy world that is the sum total of our entertainment (entrancement) medium. Logic and clear thinking would kill all that.

    Despite the success of the post-WWII GI bill in generating a fantastic growth in middle-class income (the investment vs benefits were insanely positive) Americans still denigrate education because, frankly, most Americans are stupid. They are unable to think clearly about anything other than whatever narrow specialty they have learned to earn a living and it is getting steadily worse.

    I don’t blame pols or corporations because they exist as legit cultural artifacts that represent the values of the American people.

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