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Ralph Nader Editorializes Against Higher Education Spending Cuts in California

Ralph Nader, the former Green Party and Independent presidential candidate writes in the Register Citizen concerning higher education spending cuts in California and how students should feel about them.

Students of California, arise, you have nothing to lose but a crushing debt!

The corporate state of California, ever ready to seize its ideological and commercial hour during a recession, has a chokehold on California’s public universities. With its tax-coddled plutocracy and a nod to further corporatization, the state government has taken the lid off tuition increases big time.

Students of the University of California at Berkeley may pay a proposed $23,000 in tuition by the 2015-2016 school year, up from $11,160 this year (2011) that in turn is up from $2,716 in the academic year 2001-2002. In short, tuition for resident undergraduates has more than quadrupled in ten years.

Before and right after World War II the idea of a public university included a then-called “educational fee” close to zero, from city college of New York to UC Berkeley.

Old timers now look back at those days as economic life-savers toward a degree and a productive life for them and the American economy.

No more. Those gates of opportunity are crumbling at an accelerating pace.

Ralph Nader has run for President numerous times as a third party candidate, most recently as an Independent in 2008.

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  1. Rob Banks Rob Banks January 3, 2012

    Socialist/left parties?

  2. Trent Hill Trent Hill Post author | January 3, 2012

    Mainly thinking here of the Peace and Freedom Party’s placing him on the ballot in 2008.

  3. Scott Scott January 4, 2012

    Ralph for 2012! What ever happened to Ralph and Ron on the same ticket?

  4. paulie paulie January 4, 2012

    It was an April Fools Day joke, ‘tho you never know.

    AFAIK, Nader has no interest in running again…after four in a row, I can’t say I blame him.

  5. paulie paulie January 4, 2012

    @2 In that case you might also tag Nader posts non-left/right, as he was endorsed by the Reform Party at least once.

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