There are a lot of reasons for tuition increases in the UC and other systems, but one of the big ones is that the modern Republican party decided that they would change the terms of the deal. Everyone over 55 gets the package that’s been around for a few generations: an inexpensive state-sponsored University education, and Medicare and Social Security when you’re 65. The rest of us get thousands of dollars of college debt, vouchers that cover a fraction of Medicare costs, and privatized Social Security. If fucking the young is what it takes so the old don’t pay more taxes, then the young shall be fucked. The only thing surprising about the Occupy movement on college campuses is that it isn’t more widespread, and that it didn’t happen earlier.
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