Friday, January 9, 2015

"Free College Will Save You Up To $3800...."

That's the latest word from the President's most recent plan to soak the taxpayers provide free college education to "students willing to work for it." That is according to

President Obama is poised to announce his latest proposal - a free two year college education for all students. Under his plan a student would be able to complete a two year course of study at a community college with the federal government paying 3/4 of the tuition and the states paying the other 1/4. Seems like a good plan, right?

“What I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who’s willing to work for it,” Obama said on Thursday. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anybody in the world.”

An free education paid for by the government. What could be better? But wait - where does the government get its money? That's right - from you! The federal government is going to pay 3/4 of the tuition from your federal taxes. But don't worry. The states are going to pay the other 1/4...  from your state taxes. Anyone want to bet both your federal and state taxes will be going up to help pay for this free education?

The White House says "if all 50 states participate, as many as nine million students will benefit and could see an average savings of $3,800 in tuition."

An average of $3800 in savings. That sounds promising. Why, it was just a few years ago that President Obama himself said that if all 50 states participate in the Affordable Care Act the average household would see their insurance premiums go down by $2500 a year. And we all know how well that worked out.

The White House is not saying how much this will cost the taxpayers but have said it will be "significant." That can't be good. USA Today reporter Gregory Korte says he's done the math and it will cost roughly $32.4 billion. A drop in the bucket for all of you wealthy one percenters who pay taxes. But since no one but the wealthy pay taxes it won't be a problem for the average Americans of average means because we don't pay taxes. Oh, wait....

“I hope we’ve got the chance to make sure that Congress gets behind these kinds of efforts to make sure that even as we rebound and grow in 2015, that it benefits everybody and not just some,” Obama added. He offered no information about how this free education would be funded - another red flag to taxpayers paying attention.

Free, government paid education works in other countries. Why shouldn't we have it here? I think the best answer to that question is two-fold. One - a free college education paid for by taxpayer funds will end up being an extension of Common Core - the brainwashing of our children by the federal and state governments. Secondly, if a government paid education is to be the plan it should be implemented with the approval of the people who are paying the bills. They should have a right to decide if more of their taxes are going to go to higher education and if they're willing to part with more of their income in these times of economic hardship. It's easy for wealthy politicians to make decisions that effect everyone when those same decisions won't hurt them at all.

Already people have gone to Twitter to either praise or condemn the plan. Republicans and conservatives voiced their opposition to the idea. At least one liberal responded with a typical spin... "Republicans want to outlaw college."

I guess some things never change. Democrats enjoy raising taxes and liberals in general enjoy attacking Republicans with falsehoods.

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