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Foothill students join march on Sacramento

Original post made on Mar 26, 2010

Looming final exams and papers didn't stop four busloads of Foothill College students from taking Monday to go to Sacramento, where they marched alongside their peers and delivered a message to legislators: Stop the budget cuts to education.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 26, 2010, 10:27 AM

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Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 26, 2010 at 2:08 pm

USA is a registered user.

"Looming final exams and papers didn't stop four busloads of Foothill College students ..."

Yeah, that makes me want to pay more taxes to fund your "education".


Posted by Patric, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 26, 2010 at 4:58 pm

nice shot of the people at the demonstration in the paper -and yes Chuck Norris Kicks butt ha ha


Posted by a.j., a resident of North Whisman
on Mar 27, 2010 at 8:40 pm

"
"Looming final exams and papers didn't stop four busloads of Foothill College students ..."

Yeah, that makes me want to pay more taxes to fund your "education".

"


This is a democratic republic founded by the people for the people. If you want to go about privatizing everything then go all in, not just education, including privatization of the roads you walk on, the police force that protects you in times of need, the fire brigade that comes running to your door when your house is about to burn down, the EMT who come to save your life. It is all or nothing pall, do not pull this half and half stunt. I am sure the privatization of these industries (i.e. no government interference in any service activity, leaving all up to big business to monetize over) will work just as peachy as the de regulated financial industry did...oh wait.

But big businesses regulate themselves and help their neighbors and workers, the middle class through "trickle down " economics! /sarcasm

Back on topic, these adults are taking it upon themselves to voice their displeasure at something which will very directly screw with their future. They are doing it while handling full course loads and, many are doing so while juggling several part or full time jobs, to offset the large amount of debt that they are placed under with less and less grant money available to them for educational pursuits. They are organizing, just as a Union would when unfair and oppressive practices serve to fragment and dissolve the workers who have put in long hours to make living wages. They are organizing for a cause that is greater than their individual selves, for generations that will come after them who will be saddled with a partially functioning general education system. This is what America has always stood for, and i applaud their efforts to make a stand, take active voice and help restore proper educational funding levels to a state, and country that has seen it been robbed ever since the end of the free collegiate education in the UC system in the late 1960s.


Posted by Bruno, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 29, 2010 at 11:26 am

USA,

Just imagine that all of your specific tax dollars go to bombs, bullets and billy clubs. Does that make you rest easier? I'm so sick of people complaining that their tax dollars go to this, or their tax dollars go to that. Your tax dollars go a lot of places! Quit cherry picking and acting all victimized.


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 29, 2010 at 4:08 pm

USA is a registered user.

Bruno,

Billy club vs. students who live at home and blow off school during finals week. Hmmm, that is tough one. With a billy club, you can bop a bad guy on the head. With a student-protester, you can make a venti latte. It's pretty much a wash.

"Your tax dollars go a lot of places!" Indeed they do.

"Quit cherry picking and acting all victimized." On the contrary, it is these so-called students who are complaining and playing the part of victims. You don't see me in those pictures. (No, that is not me carry the Chuck Norris sign.)

It is the Liberals that want to spend money on every cause that comes down the pike. They don't seem to get the concept that every dollar spent somewhere is a dollar less that is available to spend elsewhere. If the students wanted to do something useful, they would tell those in Sacramento and Washington to stop spending money on Viagra and cable TV on incarcerated sex offenders, free transgender operations for public employees, and subsidized abortions for illegals and use that money to help support education, so that California can someday be as good as Arkansas academically.





Posted by Bruno, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 29, 2010 at 4:44 pm

USA,

It's not like these kids are the most spoiled of the bunch, they go to Foothill for crying out loud! I went to Foothill too, so I'm not bagging it. In fact, half of my friends' parents met at Foothill, including mine! Why shouldn't we stand up for local students trying to hang in there and get a quality education for a reasonable price?

You also cherry picked your tax dollars at work again. I'm just going to assume that all my personal tax dollars go to fixing the Bay Bridge. Makes just as much sense as anything else!

P.S. Not all liberals are to blame for everything bad. Labeling people is how this country got into this mess in the first place.


Posted by reader, a resident of another community
on Mar 29, 2010 at 4:52 pm

I would much prefer that billions of government dollars went to propping up JP Morgan et al, the capitalist non-governmental entities that torpedoed the entire nation's economy through their own incompetence. Now THAT'S my tax dollars at work.

Quit complaining, liberal whiny students trying to get a leg up!


Posted by USA, a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 30, 2010 at 11:22 am

USA is a registered user.

To clarify:

* The vast majority of Foothill students stayed and home and studied hard to make something of themselves. Good for them. Every community has whiners and doers. The SF Bay Area seems to have more of its share of whiners.

* I did not say the Liberals were the cause of all problems. The belief that government spending is the solution to all problems is in itself the root of many of our current fiscal problems. (See the Prop 13 discussion elsewhere on this site.)

* True Conservatives ("Tea Baggers", if you need a label) believe in private profit and private debt. In other words, people should enjoy the fruits of their labor but also suffer the consequences of their actions. Responsibilities go hand-in-hand with rights. JP Morgan et al should have suffered the consequences of their irresponsible behavior.


Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Mar 30, 2010 at 11:02 pm

Interesting how a tea-bagger would be upset about individuals making a choice to exercise their right to free speech-- even placing the exercise of said right above a few hours of studying.


Posted by reader, a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2010 at 10:35 am

No, because the, uh, "conservative" has paid his HARD EARNED TAX DOLLARS for their education, he thinks, so now those kids are obligated to study when HE SAYS and not WHINE SO MUCH. Something like that.


Posted by eric, a resident of another community
on Mar 31, 2010 at 3:20 pm

Reader, that makes absolutely no sense.


Posted by just thinking, a resident of North Whisman
on Apr 18, 2011 at 12:50 pm

let's see - the most recent Republican budget proposal does not actually reduce the deficit - it actually simply takes (a lot of) money from those who need some support to million or billion dollar corporations (both individuals and companies). It is not privatizing to lower the tax rate of the rich. Privatizing would be allowing them to provide competition to the government on services...like UPS. If I were 20 right now and was looking at no job possibilities (do you know anyone who has LOOKED for a job recently?), loss of health care, loss of Medicare for my aging parents, and lack of funding for my own education, yeah, I'd be protesting, too. Their future is looking mighty bleak right now.


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