90 Miles From Tyranny : Free College?

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Free College?


More income redistribution and unfunded benefits.

President Obama is proposing that the federal government pay the tuition of 9 million community college students.  As long as the students maintained a 2.5 grade average, the benefit would be available.

There's only one small problem, according to the National Journal's Fawn Johnson: the president failed to say how he would pay for it.

Without that crucial piece of the program, which would be available to students as long as they maintain a 2.5 grade-point average, the idea is little more than a pipe dream. It resembles Obama's proposal in 2013 for a universal pre-K program for 4-year-olds. To provide free public pre-K just for low-income families would cost $75 billion over 10 years. Early-education lobbyists are struggling to figure out how to persuade lawmakers to pony up for that small part of a larger proposal. (A cigarette tax is among the items they are bandying about.)


When it comes to community colleges, the lobbyists haven't even gotten that far. Yet Obama is hoping to capitalize on a ....
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