The head of the U of California has a nice post, attacking the myths about funding. Sure, it is more than a bit self-serving, but most of it is very much objective and on-point. So much ignorance about government funding of higher education. So few people realize how much of an engine it can be for the state's economy.
Anyhow, check out the list. The basic thrust not only applies to U of Cal but to most public universities, including McGill and Carleton.