Sunday, February 19, 2006

Thanks Ronnie, Tommy, & Bu$hCo

When I went to UW-Madison, yes, back in the day, I paid about $2,000 a year & that included living in the dorm, meals, books, tuition, & $50 a month spending money. My Dad made $8,000 the year I went to college & was only able to help me that first semeste. My Mom had started a job as a secretary. It's really lousy that after 16 years of Tommy Thompson, this is his legacy. The ReThugs have made class an issue by actions like this & I sure hope that something is done about it, & soon. A great university, who can generate donations, ought to be serving the people, not being served by them. No one making $8,000, or its equivalent in contemporary dollars, could even think about attending this school.

"Yet in 2004, a mere 8% of the freshman class at UW-Madison, the flagship institution, came from families making less than $30,000 a year, while more than 30% came from families making more than $92,000 a year. The median family income of freshmen was $72,000 - almost twice that of the state.

'Founded to be an engine of economic productivity, the UW-Madison threatens to become an engine of economic and social inequality,' a committee of UW-Madison faculty and staff said in a scathing report last year.

'The disappearance of low-income students from the UW-Madison threatens to exacerbate the growing gulf between the haves and the have-nots.'"

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