If Duncan continues to blindly tout governors who have positioned right wing, anti-government wing-nuts to control federal education purse strings, it will truly be "Hasta la vista, baby" for the rest of us and our children.
By blocking any new revenue streams to fund higher education, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Senate Republican minority are not only taxing California's young people and their families, they are crippling the state's future.
California's problems are not insurmountable, but their resolution will require concerted action: new leadership, likely a new constitution, and the willingness to consider alternative revenue sources.
California's economy is in free fall. This appears to be of little concern to Governor Schwarzenegger, who instead prefers to focus his energy, attention and political capital on the ballooning state budget.
It didn't have to be this way. Had California accounted for its promises, billions would not have to be taken from discretionary programs, which is just the first wave of a massive tsunami: our underfunding is simply staggering.
Schwarzenegger demonstrated uncharacteristic candor when he addressed a joint session of the California legislature and accurately outlined the brutal reality underlying California's dire fiscal crisis.