In 1967, fees for in-state students at the University of California-Berkeley were $250. In today's money, that is around $1585.
Fees for the 2008-09 academic year, at the same university, are $8932.
This pattern is the same at public universities across the country.
Apart from the hypocrisy of politicians and business leaders refusing to maintain the education system they benefited from, and the short sightedness of bankrupting young people who want to achieve and be educated... apart from that - one has to wonder who is going to spend money in our future economy, given the kind of debt load placed on the shoulders of the next generation.