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Free College? No Such Thing

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President Obama and the Democratic Party are counting on the, “Stupidity of the American voter,” as the head architect of Obama-care recently put it. The President has just announced his plan to create a federally/state-funded program in which he said, “Two years of college will become as free and universal as high school is today”. He’s promising two free years of community college for anyone who can maintain a C+ average, and follow a couple other simple guidelines. Honestly, though, I can’t imagine his plan is to pull a bunch of 40 year olds back into school, which means this plan is nothing more than Obama’s latest attempt to buy votes from the American youth for the Democratic Party.

Many Obama supporters have been pretty turned off over the last few years by Obama’s performance and his apparent gravity toward scandalous policy failures. This is evidenced by the nearly absolute lack of young-voter-turnout during the last election when Republicans maintained their majority in the House and won the majority in the Senate by a landslide.

In November, Obama’s head architect on Obama-care stated (in regards to the Obama administration having lied in order to get Obama-care passed), “if you had a law which said … healthy people pay in and sick people get money, it would not have passed. Lack of transparency is a huge political advantage. And basically, call it the stupidity of the American voter or whatever, but basically that was really really critical to get for the thing to pass.” Regardless of this horrible truth, according to Gallup, the day after Obama announced free-college for everybody his approval rating spiked to his highest level since August of 2013. Can you say “Purchasing votes for the Democratic Party”?

If Obama were going to personally foot the bill for everyone in America to go to college for two years I’d be on board. Or, if he were starting a charity into which folks could voluntarily dump their money as a means to his stated ends I’d be completely indifferent; people can do what they want with their own money.

Unfortunately, though, Obama is not saying either of these things. What he’s saying is that you and I, and our parents, and our children will be FORCED to pay for everyone to go to college.

We are already paying for the baby-boomers’ retirement, walls across borders, really big telescopes, one-way vehicles to comets and other planets, other people’s doctor visits, other people’s children’s schooling, and thousands of other things that we ought not to be paying for. And, now Obama is proposing legislation dictating that Americans MUST pay for young adults to be put through “higher” education.

This initiative raises some really serious concerns. After all, President Obama isn’t actually talking about “free” college. There couldn’t be an exchange of money for that to be true. He means it will be free to the consumer. In reality, Obama is advocating a hijacking of middle class Americans’ freedom as they will be FORCED to pay $60 Billion dollars for the program over the next decade, according to Politico.com.

And wouldn’t corralling youths into welfare-schools inflate demand and cause a reduction in the supply? And wouldn’t that result in skyrocketing costs? This means that tax-robbed people will end up paying even MORE money for OTHER PEOPLE to obtain a LESSER education!

That’s bad enough without mentioning the opportunity-cost people will suffer who won’t actually benefit from this “furthered” education while they could have been gaining workplace experience and increasing their wages through time in their industry. According to Forbes, “one-third to one-half of recent college graduates [are] taking jobs that usually go to high school graduates –they are “underemployed,” many of them still living with their parents and dependent on parental financial support.”

Forbes later goes on to say, “…[of] every ten students that enter community college, only three graduate within three years.” So why would we want to push even more people into institutions that are already producing such grossly incompetent results? And, won’t this tremendous influx in college-goers completely devalue the college degree for all the people who would otherwise actually benefit from obtaining one?

Also, Bloomberg estimates that every American is already (mostly unwittingly) saddled with $58,000+ in debt to the government’s creditors. Thus, I’d say that stacking this unfunded liability on the shoulders of the working class is a pretty terrible idea.

Further, people can’t afford to pay for other people’s educations (in the same way that they can’t afford to pay for other people’s healthcare). Bloomberg also points out that the average American household currently holds over $15,000 in credit card debt alone. People already come out of government schools financially illiterate, lacking critical thinking skills, and worshiping government. Most people can’t even begin to fathom that voluntary solutions to societal issues might exist without including the State’s force. A government takeover of community college-funding is the first few inches on the slippery slope to government stipulations, regulations, and government-approved curriculum.

The last thing Americans need is for young adults to be manipulated into staying in government-institutions becoming further indoctrinated, and causing true adulthood to be pushed off until years later than it already is.

I think it would have been far more impressive if Obama had decided to improve the government-controlled education system which currently exists; the one that lands American children 26th in Reading, 28th in Science, and 37th in Math compared to the rest of the world, according to Bloomberg. Government really ought to focus on doing less, and performing really, really well at what it already insists on doing.

Liabilities keep getting stacked one atop the next by the bureaucrats who all-too-willingly control our lives and enslave our children, and our children’s children, through national debt. These investments are not liabilities of the government; they’re our liabilities! We, the people, are the ones who’ll have to pay for these programs when America’s creditors come knocking.

It’s no surprise that so many are unable to see the light when it comes to government intrusion. After all, the government forced us to spend 15,000 hours “learning” what the government wanted us to know in government institutions. Our thinking skills are at the level the government wants them to be at.

Writes Nick Anderson of The Washington Post:
“The National Student Clearinghouse, a nonprofit organization, reported in December that there were about 6.1 million students enrolled in public two-year colleges, a drop of 3.5 percent compared to 2013. There had been similar drops in each of the previous two years. Obama officials hope their plan will turn that trend around.” This brings me to my last point.

The federal government has taken over the entire institution of student loans, to the tune of over $1 Trillion of student loan debt, which means that people are paying the Federal government interest on $1 Trillion. That’s quite a bit of income for the Feds. After seeing a decrease for three consecutive years in the number of people seeking “higher” education, the Federal government is planning to force its subjects to foot the bill for the first two years of everyone’s education in order to incentivize student loan applications in years to come. This program is an investment in the future alright – the future of the Federal government’s financial standing.

People are finally realizing that the “higher” in “higher education” doesn’t mean higher than otherwise attainable; it means higher institutional education than what people received at their poorly performing, government-run high schools. People are finally wising up and seeking out jobs in which to gain experience and knowledge. People are seeking the wisdom that living life (with the internet) gets them rather than traveling the traditional educational paths. That means people are losing interest in paying the Federal government for loans. And, since the internet has caused a tremendous decrease in the government’s leverage when using propaganda against its citizens, Obama MUST resort to legislatively criminalizing anyone who doesn’t pay for other people’s college.

This new proposal is simply the latest in a string of wealth-redistribution attempts. Government tells people they’ll get free stuff, and “the stupidity of the American voter” takes over. In reality, people who work hard to earn money for themselves, their families, and their retirement will see their wages garnished and given away to other people. This is textbook wealth-redistribution.

The Feds aren’t really interested in the wellbeing and livelihood of their constituents. They’re interested in getting their hands on our money, and our votes on their side of the ballot, so they can maintain power.

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