I like Darrell Steinberg's idea: The people protesting cuts in education should sign on to the oil-severance tax bill, and then force the Republicans to decide whether they want to protect the oil companies or fund public education.
Not that the crazy no-new-taxes folks will come around and do the right thing, but the issue will be pretty clear; it's not, as Gloria Romero argues, a Sophie's Choice:
We don't want to cut education. The thing you have to ask is, are you willing to yank the dentures out of the mouths of the elderly? Am I willing to take away that wheelchair?"
It's oil company profits against the future of the state. Let's let Meg Whitman run for governor on that platform.