Cut the Education Budget on College Hippies!
“Here’s the thing that gets me so angry. The most destructive charity on the planet is the government. Can you come up with an organization that takes thousands of dollars from you every month and then it disappears? This is the worst, most corrupt charity on the planet.” – Greg Gutfeld
A Facebook friend posted an infuriating article (about students and faculty of state colleges and universities who protested budget cuts on education subsidy) on his Facebook wall in which he made the following interesting comment: “My political philosophy dictates that there must be reduction of government spending including social services. However, the motivations behind these cuts are not exactly about having a small government. Hence, I cannot fully support it. Nevertheless, I wholeheartedly condemn the Spirit of Entitlement behind these walk outs. I also say… the same thing with those students who stormed UK’s Parliament.”
Here’s what I said in response to his comment: “The “motivation” may not be about reducing the size of government, but such a ‘policy’ (to cut spending) is the most commonsensical reaction to the current state of our government. Whether or not it was motivated by small government, one must make a moral judgment. I have made mine, and I condemn these college know-it-all hippies and their professors and officials at UP and other state colleges and universities.”
First, let me say that that Facebook friend of mine is from the University of the Philippines and he calls himself “agnostic Libertarian”, which means he believes in limited government.
The news article posted on Abs-cbnnews.com is about students, faculty and officials of state universities who protested against the billion-peso cut on the budgets of government funded colleges and universities.
Students, faculty and officials of state universities on Thursday protested against the billion-peso cut on the budgets of state universities and colleges.
To attack public education and welfare statism, one must identify their philosophical roots: the concept of “right” to education” and of a ‘Santa Claus’ government. We cannot approach this issue by simply pointing out distressing statistics and empirical studies on the failure of public education.
In response to the growing clamor of some sectors of our society that benefit from government subsidy, I wrote the following in my post titled Separate State from Education:
I have stated several times that privatization of ALL public schools, colleges, and universities is NOT the first reform. It is economically, socially, and politically dangerous to embark on an abrupt, unplanned privatization of all public SUCs without addressing first other government areas that could be the subject of initial reform process so as not to cause much damage to the economy. I’m not an economist, but I think that the first wave of reforms must start within the government. Depending upon how government officials and planners weigh things out, they may start with the burdensome, high-spending government agencies, corporations, and other state instrumentalities, particularly the Philippine Amusement and Gaming Corp. (PAGCOR). The fundamental process is to revise the 1987 Constitution in order to establish a Republican government whose role is purely limited by the fundamental law of the land.
The only proper role of the government is to protect individual rights. That is, 1) to protect individual from violation of contracts and fraud and to settle disputes through the establishment of effective law courts; 2) to protect our country against internal threat and invasion through building a formidable military; and to protect individuals against criminals through establishing a reliable police force. These are the only proper role of the government of a free society.The primary function of the Constitution of a new Republican government, on the other hand, is to limit the powers of the government and its agents. All government powers and those of its agents must only be limited to the protection of individual rights.
Now is the time to cut the budget on state universities and colleges, which are some of the main targets of communist propaganda and recruitment. The continued rise of student activism is just one of the destabilization goals of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP). The communist planners clearly understand the role of the youth in the revolutionary struggle. Perhaps not all student activists or militants fully understand what they’re wishing for. Their activist mantra— “better and free access to education”— which is being lauded by socialist politicians in Congress, does not belong to a semi-Republican society, but to a socialist slave pen.
Education is not a right. A ‘right’ means man’s freedom of action in a social context. It pertains only to human action, specifically, to man’s freedom of action. A person is not born with a right to a trip to tour the country’s tourist destinations. A person has no in-born, innate right to a dinner at Manila Hotel, or a free cosmetic surgery at Belo Medical Clinic or a college degree in Nursing or Medicine. Those who argue that every person in these parts has the right to free education either do not understand the proper concept of right or have sinister political agenda. We cannot have such right to a better and free access to education because the concept of individual rights in a free society does not impose any obligation on other people. The only obligation or responsibility of every individual is to leave his neighbor alone, to not violate his rights, to not interfere with his private life. We don’t have a right to enslave the productive members of our society.
Free access to education simply means socialized or highly subsidized education. It means that someone has to be immolated or sacrificed to others in the name of the greater good. While students in private schools, colleges, and universities pay the ‘agreed’ amount of school fees, student activists would like to be exempted from this obligation. I used the word ‘agreed’ since student consultation is required by the government through the CHED before any tertiary school is permitted to increase its tuition rate. If students activists demand exemption, the question is: who would pay for their “better and free education?” The taxpayers, of course.
In the Philippines, the most taxed and regulated by the government (e.g., corporations, businesses, and other profitable private entities and individuals) are being denounced by the leftists and their new student recruits. While these socialist ingrates call for more government spending on education, health care and other public services, they blatantly vilify and call for the enslavement of those who produce the goods and make wealth possible.
The evil political ideology behind “free access to education” is very clear: Socialism. Five to ten years from now, the young leftists in our campuses would become part of our social system, and they would be instrumental in the concretization of the ideology they absorbed from their leftist professors and the neo-liberal intellectuals. Our campuses are like a ticking time bomb. Most of which, particularly the taxpayers-funded colleges and universities, are a threat to our freedom and to the future of this country.
Here’s an excerpt of the news story:
Hundreds of students and faculty gathered in front of UP Diliman’s Palma Hall for the protests, based on reports by Tinig ng Plaridel, the official student publication of the UP College of Mass Communication (CMC).
As of 1:30 pm, the Philippine Collegian, UP Diliman’s main student publication, reported “thousands” of students on campus walked out of their classes in support of the protests.
Rain Sindayen of the UP Student Council told ABS-CBN News they will also hold an overnight vigil Thursday evening at Palma Hall.
They are also scheduled to march to Mendiola, Manila on Friday.
The students and the faculty of the University of the Philippines in Manila also walked out of their classrooms at around 10 a.m. and walked around Taft Avenue as part of their protest.
At noon, they held a boodle fight, eating tuyo, rice, and kamatis together with school staff as a sign of unity.
At the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP), meanwhile, students also held protest actions.
Kabataan Partylist Rep. Raymond Palatino, who was at the PUP rally, said that they won’t stop protesting the cuts until President Aquino pays attention to them.
Billions of pesos cut from budgets
Earlier, officials and students of the country’s state universities and colleges (SUCs) announced they will hold a series of protest actions in their campuses to oppose the cuts.
In a press conference, officials of the Philippine Association of State Universities and Colleges (PASUC), along with Palatino, announced they would be staging campus strikes “to urge the government to increase the operating budget and allocate adequate funds for the capital outlay of our cash-strapped state schools.”
A total of P1.1 billion was slashed in the 2011 budget for the operations of the 97 SUCs in the country, while not a single centavo was earmarked for the construction of new buildings and facilities. Funds for student financial assistance were also cut by 43%.
The University of the Philippines (UP) and the Philippine Normal University (PNU) are among the top 5 SUCs that will suffer the biggest budget cuts.
UP’s budget will be reduced by P1.39 billion to P5.5 billion in 2011 from P6.9 billion in 2010, while PNU’s will be slashed by P92 million to P295.88 million from P387.23 million.