A Curious Eye

A Curious Eye

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"I Do Not Have the Money to Pay For This!"

posted by  on THU, SEP 27, 2012 at 11:10 PM

At around 10:30pm we noticed a couple of cop cars and and ambulance on our block. Didn’t seem like anything too serious, we could hear the cops talking to an agitated and possibly mentally ill man, the usual talking-him-down stuff. No lights or sirens or weapons or anything.

After a few minutes, they came from around a parked car and we saw that they had him on a stretcher, and for what seemed to be the first time he realized they were going to put him in the ambulance and take him to the hospital. They kept telling him it was for his own safety.

And that’s when he really became terrified and kind of lost it. He had been sounding pretty deranged before, but when he saw the ambulance, he completely freaked out. And why? Not because he might be committed, or lose his freedom, or get pumped full of some drugs, or anything like that. No, he lost it because he"[did] not have the money to pay for this." He screamed this over and over and over again, practically sobbing as they loaded him into the ambulance. Begging and pleading to not be given medical help because of the financial disaster he knew it would cause. Heartbreaking.

Obama 2012, and fuck the rest.

UW Class of 2013 Sees Tuition Rise 82 Percent Over Four Years

Republican Senators blocked a Democratic bill yesterday thatwould have kept interest rates on federal college loans from doublingcome July. Yet one more blow to students who have seen tuition rates skyrocket at public universities nationwide as states struggle to close Great Recession induced budget gaps.

Here in Washington the defunding of public universities has been particularly awful, resulting in four years of double-digit tuition increases. At the University of Washington the Class of 2013 paid tuition and fees totaling $6,802 for their 2008-2009 freshman academic year; their senior year will cost them $12,385, an 82 percent increase over four years. That’san average annual tuition hike of 16.2 percent a year(or 20.5 percent “every single year” inMcKenna Math™) over a four-year period when Washington’s median household income has actually fallen.

But more than just a cyclical blip this shift in the burden of paying for higher education from society as a whole to the individual students has been both dramatic and generational. In 1990 the state picked up over 70 percent of the cost of a college degree; it now subsidizes less than 30 percent. And the longer one looks back in time the starker and more profound the unraveling of this particular social contract appears.

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