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Subject:  Re: WSJ: $10K College Degree Date:  10/9/2012  1:49 PM
Author:  Windowseat Number:  868004 of 902156

Ironically, in California anyway, my anecdotal experience is that many of the people (often professionals) who are all for defunding UC and CSU received their own highly subsidized educations at these same institutions. But hey, they got theirs, right?

Years ago, somewhere on these boards, someone was complaining because his property taxes went to pay for education for kids, but he didn't have kids, so the taxes weren't doing him any good. (No, it was NOT SP).

I'm always surprised when I hear something like this, because we are dependent on people who know how to read, write, and do basic math. My favorite example is that someday, a person who graduated from the local high school will repair the brakes of the car in back of you.

We are all dependent on the education of the people around us. We need doctors, lawyers, engineers, accountants, and dozens of other people who need a college degree and often graduate school. It seems short-sighted to want to cut back on school when there is an ever-increasing need for people with an education.

Clearly the current system isn't working well. I'm not saying it's broken, not yet, but it isn't working, and we (meaning Americans in general, not just the members of this board) need to find a new means of funding college.

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