But, earlier that year, newly-elected California Gov. Ronald Reagan, who won on a platform of cutting taxes and reducing state spending, told universities that there would be some “intellectual luxuries” that they would have to do without.
At a press conference in Sacramento on Feb. 28, 1967, Reagan told a crowd that the taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidizing intellectual curiosity. He told colleges to shift their focus by teaching workforce entry skills. It was a view 180 degrees opposed to the idea that college is a place for intellectual development and took a longer-term view about which skills are actually useful.
What better way of spending public money could there be than “subsidizing public curiosity”? Certainly not using it to provide vocational schools to service the staffing requirements of private business.
You cannot reason with these people. You cannot debate them, or negotiate, or compromise with them. They must simply be stopped.