Apparently she cares a lot because she is working to get folks to sign a petition that will force the issue. If she is successful at getting 10 percent of the student body to sign a petition, the question will be put to a referendum.
When a girl stood up in class today and asked me to sign the petition, my initial response was to say, “Well, this is an attempt to get around a common-sense congress.” But, I do agree that it is good to have free referendums. However, this particular issue seems to be tricky.
You see, most students here do not pay their tuition out of their own pockets. So, when a decision comes before us regarding the raising of fees, many times it is of no great consequence for us to simply say yes. This is what congress-woman Taylor Holgate meant when she said, “I believe that if this goes to referendum, students will pass it.” We will pass it even if the raise is a ridiculous waste of an increase during hard economic times.
Also, the fee increase is to help out a small percentage of students who have made a conscious decision to get impregnated. It is, first and foremost, their responsibility to take care of their children. It is not my job, nor is it yours, to pay for day care or any other care when it comes to other people’s children. To bring in around $300,000 of revenue in to pay for this is simply unacceptable to me as a fiscal conservative.
So, in closing, the fee increase is a bad idea. Should we have the right to decide as a student body? You decide whether you want to decide by deciding whether to decide to sign the petition. I say give the referedum to our parents.