I WANT, but I Don’t WANT to Spend

This is why I love economics, see a problem here? A survey from the PPIC via the Sacramento Bee:

The PPIC poll found that strong majorities of Californians believe that state budget cuts and affordability are major problems with the University of California, state college and university and community college systems, while holding all three in high esteem.

Despite their concern about the colleges, strong majorities of those responding to the PPIC poll were unwilling to either raise college fees or taxes to offset reductions in state support.

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53 Responses to “I WANT, but I Don’t WANT to Spend”


  1. 1 Jessica Whalen November 12, 2009 at 10:56 AM

    That’s America for you. We always want more and make a fuss when things arn’t the way we want them to be, but we are rarely willing to spend the time, effort, or in this case money to make the necessary changes.

  2. 2 Matthew Abang November 12, 2009 at 11:19 AM

    This is always the interesting part of budget problems. People do not like to pay higher taxes or fees to send their students to college. What everyone must remember is that nothing is free. Someone has to pay for everything somewhere along the line. Californians need to choose whether or not they want to pay more for tuition or have schools receive budget cuts. The state cannot give education for free. The concept of free public education has long been accepted, yet we the taxpayers are really the ones making it possible. If parents do not like cuts to public colleges, they should look into private schools.

  3. 3 Larry Oppenheimer November 12, 2009 at 4:12 PM

    This is how economies get in trouble. People want services from the government, and there are a limited number of ways that governments can generate revenue, taxes (including tariffs) being one. We all hate paying taxes, and certainly governments have abused tax collection through history, but they are a necessary evil.

    When people will not accept taxes (and the idea becomes dirty) but want services, borrowing is the only way to get the money. Borrowing without a source of revenue to pay the loans back is obviously just going to run up a huge debt.

    It has always been baffling to me how people can ignore one of the simplest situations they are ever likely to see in the public realm.

  4. 4 Deb Snyder November 12, 2009 at 5:33 PM

    Services = Taxes

    Taxes = Services

    That’s about as simple as it gets.

  5. 5 Jennifer Tarbell November 15, 2009 at 2:56 AM

    Everybody wants alot for a little and always comes to conclusions of getting there that arent realistic. in todays world most people believe that raising taxes to suffice for the deficit yet when raising taxes really becomes a reality everyone is in a uproar about how hig they already are. so raising taxes is like taking one step forward and two steps back. so in the end you are going to have to either pay a little for a little and a lot for alot. the economy is a dirty business and you get what you pay for.

  6. 6 Cole Norton November 15, 2009 at 7:09 PM

    I think people are starting to forget that the only way their complaints will be heard is if they actually contribute to trying to influence change. Especially in today’s economy, it is important that people not only speak their minds, but try to make changes, and all this article shows is that people would rather complain about what’s wrong than actually fix it, which seems to be a common trend nowadays. No matter what we do, people will be unhappy, and from an economic standpoint, that is how business in general is, there are always going to be unhappy consumers, so instead of trying to please everyone, we should focus on pleasing the majority and be happy with that, otherwise, we will end up getting nowhere.

  7. 7 Kaitlin E November 16, 2009 at 7:43 PM

    This seems to be a common, fundamental part of all human beings in general. Most everyone has a seemingly endless amount of wants, but is not willing to make the equal sacrafices necessary to attain those desires. It is a very strange aspects of humankind.

  8. 8 Mike Beretta November 17, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    I agree. Everyone wants something for nothing. Many of the students are on scholarship or have some other type of funding to pay for their college education. If they have a set amount that was awarded when they graduated from high school and then the fees go up, these students complain that they are not being treated fairly. How about the professors and staff of these universities? Their taxes go up, their pay is cut, their insurance costs rise, they have families to support and bill to pay. Everyone is complaining and no one is thinking of how to solve the problems. All we hear is how bad the economy and how it is effecting everyone, but no one is willing to give up something or sacrifice their time to enable the economy to get better.

  9. 9 Remy Smith-Lewis November 17, 2009 at 3:51 PM

    People do not like to pay higher taxes or fees to send their students to college. but they want the best something is going to have to give.

  10. 10 David Perez November 17, 2009 at 6:46 PM

    It is a terrible situation right now, but nonetheless, who is to bear the majority of California costs? High taxes are never popular, but it seems that we will go down that road eventually.

    On the contrary, being a student, I have realized that everything comes with a price tag. There are always some kind of strings attached, and what looks free isn’t free at all. Since this article specifically sheds light on universities, I have my own opinion to share. College education is a privilege. It may not feel that way, but when it comes down to it, it is the truth. If college was a right, this article wouldn’t be here and we would all be in college tuition-free.

    My point of this is that people have to stop wanting everything, and not expect the government to be Big Brother. Things will get better, it just that waiting that is bad.

  11. 11 Ruby S November 18, 2009 at 1:48 PM

    It seems that people want to complain about a problem and then don’t like the solution that is presented to them, especially in this case where more money is needed in order to change the school prices. It’s scary to think that taxes and fees could get higher and almost defeat the perpose of spending less at the colleges.

    Money is such a sticky situtaion when no one really has any…

  12. 12 Nick Pasquale November 19, 2009 at 12:50 PM

    No matter what changes are made nobody is going to be happy about it. If fees for schools are raised then the students and parents will be upset. And if fees are not raised then the schools and teachers may be upset. For instance if teacher want a raise the only way for them to get that raise is for tuition to be raised. So either way nobody is going to be happy.

  13. 13 Maria Rogan November 19, 2009 at 6:44 PM

    It’s always the same…we want something to change, but are unwilling to change it ourselves. We want everything done for us. It’s as simple as this, you want something to get done, you have to do it yourself. If everyone wants budget cuts to end, they need to start raising money and fighting for it to stop..simple as that.

  14. 14 Yolly T. November 20, 2009 at 2:39 PM

    I agree with Deb and Larry. The people forget that nothing is free. And if it is, its still not free. The government revenue comes from our money. It’s a cycle of the cash flow. We can’t expect to get the service if we did not pay for it.

  15. 15 Genine Lobo November 20, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    The biggest problem is that people do not like to change their old ways of life, especially if this requires them to pay more than they once did. If I was a professor, faculty member, parents, or student, I would also be distressed at the situation they are facing. I know many students who have had extremely difficult times getting classes because the major decrease in courses offered. It is especially frustrating that this once was not a problem for them, and will now have to pay an increase in tuition for the courses they want, which may be difficult for many students. I have read about many protests regarding the increase in tuition and wonder what the Univeristy of California, states, and city college systems will do in consideration to all factors.

  16. 16 Ciara Pedroncelli November 26, 2009 at 12:35 PM

    I feel like Californians have a right to worry about this and be upset with the state government for what is happening. Californians have worked hard to have one of the best school systems around. Our public colleges are very cheap and yet the best schools in the country. But this is slowly going to disappear because of our poor leaders in government at this time. In the past couple of years, the state government has given Californians no reason to have faith in them. Californians have every right to be unhappy.

  17. 17 Hyo Kim November 29, 2009 at 1:37 AM

    I agree with some comment up there, just like someone said,
    “no matter what changes are made nobody is going to be happy about
    it”. Even though people expects better services, if government can’t get out of the budget, taxes will keep go up high, and
    and, there still won’t be a good service.

  18. 18 Evan Schlinkert November 29, 2009 at 11:55 AM

    I agree with Jessica when she says that this is what America has become. The fact is we so always want more, and we make a huge fuss when things aren’t the way we like them to be. And the fact is we are, at least most of the time unwilling to spend time and effort, or even in the case of money we will not spend to change things.

  19. 19 Marie Moussa November 29, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    As humans we are never completly satisfied with what we have. We always want more, so that we can be bigger and better. When things don’t go the way we want them to we complain. But most of the time we dont make the extra effort to see the changes we want. This is simply because it’s much easier if things are done for you. We need to change this negativity and start doing things to help.

  20. 20 Vince Kaehler November 30, 2009 at 11:00 AM

    Everyone wants something for free… thats human nature. I think the argument made here is how the government is spending the tax revenue that they have received. California has dug itself into a big hole and with over 30 billion in debt, its hard to see any positive in that. How did California get so far in debt? its because people insist that they have everything paid for by the gov without paying for it.

  21. 21 Jacqueline Guerrero December 1, 2009 at 4:10 PM

    Higher education costs money. Every student knows what they are getting themselves into when they decide to go to a UC or private university. The whole economy is suffering right now and that does not exclude higher education. There is always going to be someone to complain about something, and I feel like that is what this article is about…someone complaining because they are unhappy.

  22. 22 Britany Linton December 1, 2009 at 7:57 PM

    We are never going to get out of this economic slump if we don’t buy. People are intimidated to spend their money at times like this when the future doesn’t look so bright. Everyone is holding on to what they make in case things get worse. Hopefully things will slowly start looking up (like the new and improved unemployment rate) and people will feel comfortable to spend more money.

  23. 23 eldiel December 2, 2009 at 10:10 PM

    I agree, Americans will never be happy because we always want more. People start to forget that things aren’t free. Finding a balance to make both the teachers and the parents happy is nearly impossible. I know no one likes to pay taxes, but thats the price you have to pay to accept the benefits of being an american citizen.

  24. 24 amos mccray-goldsmith December 3, 2009 at 11:05 PM

    as of now in the california budget, the amount spent on the prison system and schools is about the same. and about half of all of the prison inmates are in there as a result of some arijuana charge. so really i see the easiest way to free up money in the budget is to legalize marijuana which will not only cut down on prison charges, but also gain tax revenues for the state.

  25. 25 Samantha Vavricka December 4, 2009 at 4:09 PM

    To be honest I don’t blame the public for not wanting to pay more taxes for education. The reason for the increase in taxes is to get California out of it’s budget slump. When are the politicians going to realize what exists now is not working.

  26. 26 Justin Castro December 5, 2009 at 9:16 PM

    This article doesn’t surprise me much. Everyone wants as much as they can get without spending money, but it seems like the common attitude for many Americans to want everything to be perfect, but not willing to spend the time or money to make it that way. No one wants higher taxes or to spend more money to send their kids to college, so something really has to give because it is impossible to make both sides happy in this scenario

  27. 27 Angela December 6, 2009 at 1:46 AM

    ” I want, buy I don’t want to Spend” seems that is what a lot of people want.Decrease in the education budget does hurt students pocket. Education is already expensive and increase the fees even more will cause that some students will end up dropping school.

  28. 28 Jorge Clavijo December 6, 2009 at 6:45 PM

    And that is all we want; we want everything on the best possible deal. It is good that our community thinks that way because it pressures many companies to acquire that new understanding on how to spend by consumers and use it for sales purposes. If you want it, you have to be able to afford it; it is what it is.

  29. 29 Martin M December 6, 2009 at 9:47 PM

    I myself caught myself complaining about my education being so costly but nothing is free in life. I do agree with what a lot of people say in it is what it is, nothing is free and sometmes, we may not all be happy. ones going to have to lose in the end.

  30. 30 Margaret Garbo December 6, 2009 at 10:24 PM

    Education is an important aspect in society so it should not come as a surprise when people are upset or just concerned about it. Sadly, not everything is free and I guess it frustrates a lot of people because they have so much things to figure out that budgeting can be a difficult thing to do. An increase in high tuition and expenses is something that no one would want to have to do but this also comes with the fact that, are the people getting their money’s worth? Wont consumers be willing enough to spend a higher amount of money for a product that will give them the satisfaction and quality that they desire?

  31. 31 Lukas Bradvica December 6, 2009 at 11:06 PM

    California college have usually been good to California as the tuition is lower for California residents versus out of state students. California residents were also given scholarships and grants like it was nothing. Now with these pay cuts California residents are equated to out of state students.

  32. 32 Sarah Reddell December 6, 2009 at 11:10 PM

    Education is one of the most important things if not the most important. It amazes me that many people will complain that we need to support the education system but yet they will not agree to the necessary steps to supporting it. This reminds me of the way some people talk about politics, especially around voting time. I have heard of many young adults complaining about President Bush but had not even made the effort to vote in the first place. If you want something to be done than you must simply do it. Sometimes we must simply do what we dont want to because it is the right thing.

  33. 33 Chris Griffiths December 7, 2009 at 1:29 PM

    This shows what happens whith alot of programs on both national and local scales, people want more public programs and support but are often unwilling to pay for the either directly or through taxes. The only way to get more programs that we want without increasing defficits we as a culture must be willing to pay for them.

  34. 34 Josh Highness December 7, 2009 at 1:39 PM

    Money and government seems to be two things people don’t trust when they’re hand in hand. Yes the rising costs of education should be a concern for many parents but being optimistic this could quite possibly increase the level of education. Financial Aid and other avenues of receiving monetary help for schooling could help in this situation also.

  35. 35 wallacej December 8, 2009 at 4:45 PM

    Services need to be taxed but the governement and money is a tricky topic.Education is very important because you become skilled in the workforce and economy. Nowadays unskilled workers are being replaced by technology and we are importing goods from other countrys that are using unskilled workers because it is cheap. We are exporting goods by the use of skilled workers.

  36. 36 Stephen Cassinelli December 8, 2009 at 7:25 PM

    Americans need to start realizing that you cannot always get what you want. It looks like the topic is hitting education hard in that people need to be educated in order to succeed in life and if they are not, many unskilled workers will be replaced by simple technology. I like to agree with many who are saying the same things that have to do with the topics on money and education.

  37. 37 Vina Giang December 8, 2009 at 7:56 PM

    all i have to say is that money is everything, that is how you get your ways with thing especially here in the U.S. If you want something you have to pay for it, it’s just like buying something from the store and if you don’t pay for it someone has be the one paying for it.It is understandable that people don’t want to taxes because no one really does but taxes pay for a majority of the stuff we want and vote for.

  38. 38 JamieB December 8, 2009 at 8:59 PM

    This is a very touchy issue with a lot of people. People beleive that education is getting the short hand of the stick, but no one would want their taxes raised to help pay for it. When money is tight in times like these, people don’t want the government to take any more of their money. The thing is people believe there is a problem, but they also believe that they don’t have enough money to help sove that problem.

  39. 39 Kyle Ray December 9, 2009 at 1:04 AM

    Yea, the article raises a really good point. I guess thats why we need the government. To make those decisions that people as an unorganized mass could never make because of shortsightedness like that. But having politicians be so beholden to their constituency is often the same thing.

  40. 40 Nubia Cazares December 9, 2009 at 10:00 AM

    Taxes are always going to exist and the fact that taxes might go up is not a beneficial thing for many people. Yes,I agree that we need taxes in order to have the government help, but there is only so much a government can tax. You can’t expect people to still be able to afford going to school if taxes keep on raising, there has to be a limit. We need the education system and its one of the most important things people need to support, and if taxes must be raised well they should at least be raised reasonably so that everyone can have the same opportunity to higher education and not let it reach to a point where people will no longer have a choice.

  41. 41 Kirstie Scott December 9, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    Everyone always wants more more more, I agree, just as everyone else has pointed out. That is capitalism for you. (not that I have anything against it..I love it) But at the same time I am reading a book by Bill McKibben called “Deep Economy” right now and in it he talks about how more is not always better and that we should focus on quality over quantity. He also mentions that we need change the way we consume and focus more on what we NEED rather that what we WANT.

  42. 42 dlilpanama December 10, 2009 at 8:28 AM

    i agree with the last four people that wrote about this. them are the only ones i read. i agree that a lot of people want more then they need and that they get it not based on the quality of it which is not good. i agree that taxes arnt really bad because the government is using the money they get from taxes to help everyone out with other things. i get financal aid and where does that money come from i think the taxes that we all pay. at the same time i dont think they need to rais taxes because then it will be that much harder for people to buy things.

  43. 43 Anita Haas December 10, 2009 at 9:17 AM

    We always want more for our money and paying for education is worth it in the long run. In these times we like to hang onto our money as we worry about making it from day to day, but how can you put a cost on your education?

  44. 44 Broderick Nickelberry Jr. December 11, 2009 at 1:50 PM

    I don’t understand why they want to raise taxes and cost for school when money is hard in these times. Theirs lots of unemployment. But they can do what every they want to try to fix to things and make people struggle more.

  45. 45 Taylor Smith December 11, 2009 at 4:40 PM

    It is not fair to punish students who are having a hard time with money from the get go, just so that they can make more money. It is not right to target the youth when it was the governments fault in the planning. Also, by raising the cost of education will just lower the education in the United States making it a lower educated country which will lower its stand as a global player.

  46. 46 Heinrick Devera December 12, 2009 at 9:19 AM

    I’m not surprised that people don’t have too much confidence in California’s government right now. I would have to agree with whoever said that we won’t get out of this crisis if we don’t start buying. It’s a whole cycle we have to go through and we have to do our part. People are just concerned about the rising cost in education. Maybe that’s why they’re cutting back on other things, which definitely doesn’t help the overall economy. We should be going for give and take, but the high education prices are making people worry.

  47. 47 Hayden Scott December 14, 2009 at 7:41 PM

    This reminds me of the work that David Brady has done on public opinion and the disparities between what people want from their government and what they are willing to give up to get it. Approval for increased spending is highly sensitive to the way the thing is phrased and on general presentation. For instance, any indication that health care reform will involve that individual being accountable for a part of it monetarily immediately results in a negative response. For education, something that one rarely has any direct interest in unless in attendance or the attendance of close relations, the benefits are hard to make compelling. There is no such thing as altruism and individuals are inherently self interested. The trick here is that, as many things have proven to be, education does not readily demonstrate that it satisfies these individuals interest. The costs are readily apparent, while the social profit remains abstract.

  48. 48 Anna Hernandez December 17, 2009 at 12:59 PM

    Agree with Deb Snyder. Amazing how something so simply put can say it all. We want something that is of decent quality, we must pay some sort of fee or else this country would be in shambles financially. Does not make sense to offer something for free when someone has to supply the service by backing it up with money. Not sure how something can come from thin air.

    This reminds me of the UC and CSU system protests. Although fees are rising, the education is still fairly inexpensive compared to private schools that charge thousands over thousands for its services. If you want an education, you will pay for it and deal with the debt. It’ll be worth it when you’re earning 150k a year.

  49. 49 Nathan Couch December 17, 2009 at 3:34 PM

    Your first link to the Sacramento Bee is broken.

    However, being a student and an advocate of life-long education I have no problem paying taxes that are verified to be going to colleges. The problem I have with most of the tax system is that they are not held accountable for what they spend the money on. One example is how the gasoline tax for the last however many decades was use for other things than constantly upgrading the road system.

    In shrot, misuse of funding is always my primary concern about tax increases and if I could have it verified that my tax money goes towards schools and education I would have no problem with an increase.

  50. 50 Caitlin K May 17, 2010 at 6:29 PM

    Something needs to be done to fix our budget deficit, which means that something has go to give. People do not want tuition to raise, and i can understand that as a college student, but they also don’t want to raise taxes. How do people propose to pay off the debt if no one is willing to make a change? People want things to stay the same, if not become cheaper, but our circumstances have changed and we need to adapt. People are not going to like higher taxes, but I think that it is a better alternative to raising tuition. We still want people to go to college, and raising fees would discourage that. Yeah it will be uncomfortable, but thats life, the state is doing what its leaders can offer as a solution.

  51. 51 Matthew Jaber May 17, 2010 at 6:58 PM

    Being a college student it is easy to spend money and want many things. It is hard to fufull our unlimited wants because of the time we are in, people are trying to save a lot of money because it is getting harder and harder to get jobs. However, if we do not start spending and selling it will be very hard for our economy to get back on its feet.

  52. 52 Kyle Barraclough May 18, 2010 at 2:39 PM

    I think people are starting to forget that the only way their complaints will be heard is if they actually contribute to trying to influence change. Especially in today’s economy, it is important that people not only speak their minds, but try to make changes, and all this article shows is that people would rather complain about what’s wrong than actually fix it, which seems to be a common trend nowadays. No matter what we do, people will be unhappy, and from an economic standpoint, that is how business in general is, there are always going to be unhappy consumers, so instead of trying to please everyone, we should focus on pleasing the majority and be happy with that, otherwise, we will end up getting nowhere.

  53. 53 Stephanie Boyle May 18, 2010 at 8:49 PM

    This is hard. Everyone wants freebies and such, but when it comes to education it can’t be free. Kids who attend public school in their younger years do not receive as good of an education as those who go to private schools. Therefore college cannot be free. Also professors have higher educations than high school teachers so they deserve more. Obviously people do not want to pay higher taxes and do not want to pay higher tuition, but they have to pay somewhere. But one thing I would like to know is where are all of our taxes going right now?


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