I was just talking to a student last week and we were wondering where the money in California all goes; I mean, it can't just disappear into thin air and create a huge deficit: it circulates, right? So somewhere, like China or a building contractor's bank account or someone's pocket, is where all the money in California must be. It's hard not to feel like something corrupt is going on.
Then again, I remember reading that the Pentagon lost a couple trillion (or billion) last year...I voted for the CA Lottery so my kids would have a well-funded education, but their schools have weekly fundraisers. It's still unclear to me where exactly the money goes. Probably into corporate profits.
On further reflection, though, I think the money in the budget goes to prisons and cops. Apparently, that's a much more profitable business than education.
I added links to an SF Chronicle article to the front page, way at the bottom, along with 2 California spending graphs and stuff about Prop 98 and prison spending.
I also think this is all part of the trend toward privatization, like the utility companies that took over electricity or the phone companies that took over phones from the government...There's always a big disaster right before the "brilliant solution" of having an outside contractor take over.
I think we should sell California to Wal-Mart. That's my solution. Or maybe Starbucks. They have better benefits.