The domestic budget cuts that Mitt Romney and other Republicans are pushing for have consequences, especially for young Americans who are just starting to achieve independent adulthood. They’re seeking education to improve themselves, and when young people improve themselves, our whole society benefits. However, the budget cuts pushed through by Republican politicians are stripping money out of education at every level.
What results isn’t increased efficiency. What results is students kicked out of school because they can’t afford it.
Tuition at state universities in California has doubled over the last five years. At the same time, jobs available for students to work at to help them get through school have dwindled, and the jobs available to them upon graduation have become smaller in number as well. Those who can afford it least are being asked to pay more, because universities are being defunded.
Alternative budget remedies are available, but students make an easy target because they don’t have the money to make big campaign donations. Cuts to university education are being made so that wealthy Americans can avoid paying their fair share in taxes, and so that military contractors can keep their pork barrel projects moving forward.
Yesterday, huge numbers of students marched on the California state capitol in an Occupy Education protest, asking for an end to tuition increases. They were met by police in riot gear. 68 of the protesters were hauled off to jail.
If you can’t afford to go to school, you can always go to prison.