In California, he students are revolting!
Our good friend Donald Douglas, himself an associate professor of political science at a California state college, has several articles up, with lots of pictures, concerning the massive protests in the Pyrite State over cuts to education, here, here, here and here.
We’ve discussed this issue before, debating one of Dr Douglas’ readers who styled himself the Pissed Off Conservative. When I asked PO’dC how he voted in the special election in California on 19 May 2009, the one in which the voters were asked to approve (supposedly) temporary tax increases, PO’dC said that he had voted against the increases.
Well, a lot of Californians voted against those tax increases. Governor Arnold Schwarzeneggar (R-CA) told the voters that if they didn’t approve the proposed increases, there’d be significant cuts in state spending, including in education. State legislators from both parties told their constituents the same thing, the state education association campaigned for approval of the tax increases, and everybody knew what would happen if the voters turned down the tax increases.
By a nearly two-to-one margin, the voters rejected those tax increases.
So, it seems to me that there are really only a couple of questions to ask the student protestors:
- Did you vote in the special election on tax increases;
- If so, how did you vote;
- Did your parents vote in the special election; and
- If so, how did they vote?
It seems to me that, unless the answers to all of those questions are yes, then the protestors don’t have a thing to combitch about.