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Student protesters may think they are simply battling a wasteful, callous government bureaucracy that is more concerned about bailing out Wall Street banks than supporting a frivolous thing like education. But really the fight is about something much more basic and widespread: It is a fight between the young and the old, between California's baby boomer pensioners and everyone under 49.The fight over the 32 percent tuition hike on University of California campuses is about something much more basic and widespread than student protesters may realize.

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