“We’re sick and tired of balancing work and homework. We’re sick and tired of giving money we don’t have to UC regents,” Mina Arasteh, a second-year environmental policy student from Moraga, shouted from a bullhorn.You know what, Mina? I could say the exact same thing. I, too, am tired of balancing work and homework, but I do it because I chose this path for myself. I'm also tired of paying for your education when I don't see how it benefits me or the people of California when your behavior is so puerile. It's true that my education was paid for by taxpayers, but there was a contract involved in how I'd pay that debt to the taxpayers, and the requirements were specific. The taxpayer and I both fulfilled our ends of the bargain. What is it that you're doing for the taxpayer who funds your education? What, specifically, does the taxpayer get out of funding higher education?
I'll tell you this: watching you protest is not making this particular taxpayer excited about paying more for your education. Staging a walkout? How can I take you seriously when you walk out on the very education whose cost you're complaining about? Why not protest the dining commons when you're hungry, it's the same thing. It's a temper tantrum. Are you going to hold your breath until someone gives in?
As Margaret Spellings, former Secretary of Education, used to say, "Put your big-girl panties on." Start acting like you're not the center of the universe and that everyone owes you everything.
And then consider if people with your major might be part of the problem with both government and the economy in this state.