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Money Of An Alabama Education
by David Lester Young
Saturday, April 02, 2005
Rated "G" by the Author.
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A)
So the poor have to pay more for elevation.
The dictatorship of American education,
President deemed all freshmen must reside
In the dormitories of confining limitations.
Here they can be groomed, under restrictions.

Even if they live, close enough to save money.
Tuscaloosa adults, forced into internment camps,
Veterans fighting for freedom enslaved,
In a boot camp of institutional learning.
Adults whose rights are being violated,
Having to pay more for dictated rooms.

Married couples mandated to state grounds.
What about the elderly, must they comply too?
Equality, means all adults are treated the same.
Could corporations in the future mandate this,
Because the State of Alabama allowed this?

Will those in fraternities have to comply?
The ones where poverty is a social disease.
Country club membership of color privilege,
Those families with social wealth standing,
Whose money gives them their independence.

Some would prefer to silence this Vietnam Vet
But my voice was earned under a draft threat.
So they attack the principles of free speech.
Wanting to silence Americans who wake up,
Majority who would then, vote their conscience.

B)
So the poor have to pay more for elevation.
The dictatorship of American education,
President deemed all freshmen must eat in,
The restaurants of confining limitations,
Here they can be nourished under restrictions.

Oh my how free they must feel to be American,
Having to eat Burger Kings with inflated prices.
When the discount ones are found off campus.
But all this healthy food that they dish out
Does fatten up the coffers of the administration.

No free refills from this mall of fast foods,
Everything is accounted for handsomely
From prepaid educational costs which
Mandate predetermined fees for one and all,
From freshman to senior class president.

Their educational philosophy is very simple,
You do not use it, then you will lose it.
Now this sounds like corporate America
At work, taking in surplus you cannot bank,
By not paying extra taxes on the profit.

Will those in fraternities have to comply?
The ones where poverty is a social disease.
The country club membership of color privilege,
Families with social wealth of tax deductions
Supporting the status quo of except-ability.

Some would prefer to silence this Vietnam Vet.
But my voice was earned under termination.
They have attacked my principles of free speech.
Wanting to silence me in my employment,
In unemployment, I fight for our constitution.

C)
So the poor have to pay more for elevation.
The dictatorship of American education,
President deemed all students can pay in
The Bama Cash of confining limitations.
Here they can have credit under restrictions.

But this credit, credit companies would die for.
You see the students prepay into it, ahead of time.
The university getting the interest from both sides,
In the real world, loan sharks would love this!
While the chosen few business pay higher rates.

They should teach a course of creative accounting.
Eliminate the competition by having you own
Bama Cash and declaring students as servants,
To the higher cost of getting a higher education.
Segregating those whose dreams are flat broke.

Do not try to pay for a meal there with a MasterCard.
Its American Cash or a prepaid university credit card.
They still take it for dues; they have not found a way
To make more money, prepaying a semester in advance,
In order to assure a student, a spot in the enrollment.

D)
They even have two university malls here in town
One of them a private corporation to other state owned
University land owned and leased by a state university.
Soon they will have another strip mall to rent out,
Should the city allow them annexation it to the campus.

This will force private businesses to pay higher dues.
Next, they will decree students must use these malls,
Making huge profits as Tuscaloosa looses tax revenue.
How much money has the city already lost in taxes,
Property, sales, licenses, ect. and still supply services.

E)
Why should I care? If education costs stops dreams,
The ones that take someone out of poverty.
Student workers, who struggles for tuition costs,
People scraping and starving to realize opportunity,
Only to have it snatched away, as a class privilege.

Dues paying aristocracy of wealth and intimidation,
Because they think Middle America in a farce.
People seeing elementary public education as a curse,
Refusing to fund the basics of reading and writing.
Yes, maybe I need to keep quiet and cry inside
The dreams that used to be America, the beautiful.

Take no ground, do not stand up for your voice, as
Creative accounting takes our heritage of diversity.
I am sure you love to be told what to do, by those
Who look out for your own personal social welfare.
Knowing your children’s children wish you had.

We all know how popular banning is these days
It is the newest craze in American fashion conformity.
Soon we may have to wear uniforms to claim citizenship.
I know these thoughts are extreme and ludicrous
But just think what has happened in the last five years.

Note: With these extra costs of an college education and they still want to graduate from The University Of Alabama, I suggest they go to UAB, a satellite college, or another two year program which the credits will transfer after they finish. They can take the boring basic courses and get that done. The university can tell you ahead, what will transfer, if they do get it in writing! While the wealthy can afford the luxury of four years on campus, those with limited funds can save money for later or have obtained grants to fulfill their dreams. May those dreams never give up, from the heartbeats of being an American! I know this will not make some people happy, but America cannot be silent no more, if we expect to be truly free with a society that is diverse in its culture. If we must be treated as someone from a foreign country wanting his or her money, give me the liberty to decide where I can be educated.

D.Lester
Somewhere in America not on company time 04/02/05 ©
The Terminated Free Spirited Poet

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