We used to have the world's greatest system of higher education and we thrived. Now we have the world's biggest system of penal institutions and we're broke. That's the decision Californians have made over the past 30 years: more prisons and better paid prison guards, but lower taxes and less education. (And not just higher education, either.) It's hard to think of a stupider allocation of resources. But hey — at least our property taxes are capped! Hooray!