Democrats in office are rarely liberals. They're only trying to get re-elected and are discovering that since most voters never got a college education, they don't prioritize funding colleges. Don't conflate the two
Although in many states, *everything* is getting cut and it's just that colleges are getting cut *more* than the roads, bridges etc.
It's short sighted in some cases, where even world class universities have faced massive cuts and have been rejecting in state apps more and more and may even privatize, but in other cases, the quality of education and research opportunities at these commuters and state universities is rather dubious. Does louisiana really need 12 public colleges?
Fine with me - I am TOTALLY against government funding of post secondary education except for essential degrees (doctors, engineers, etc. - NOT lawyers).
The idea that governments in ANY WAY fund such ridiculous subjects as Elizabethan Poetry majors or other nonsensical programs is ridiculous.
You want a degree in art - fund it yourself.
'What kind of sick and twisted toy factory is this?'
'We are all the sum of our tears. Too little and the ground is not fertile, and nothing can grow there. Too much, the best of us is washed away.'
"Better to be dead and cool, than alive and uncool."
In contrast, many repubs openly deride the "elitist" mentality that education be universal. It's a proudly anti-intellectual party, despite many of them went to elite schools.
When I was growing up, Republicans were derided as elitist and over-educated rich snobs (think William F. Buckley). Now they're derided as anti-intellectual rednecks. Pretty amazing that the stereotyping has spun 180 degrees in a generation.