In another one of his videos posted on Facebook (and posted from the very-expensive-to-fly Air Force One), President Obama glossed over his plan for free community college, which will he will formally announce on another showmanship tour to Tennessee Friday. “We also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits,” he said in his talking points. He also said “what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who is willing to work for it.”
Quite logically due to a complete lack of details and who’s actually going to pay for this, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio issued an immediate critical response, who said, “with no details or information on the cost, this seems more like a talking point than a plan.” Well, I’m going to have to agree with this one. Additionally, this plan outlines maintaining a 2.5GPA. Let’s be honest here, rarely do people hire students with a 2.5GPA and rarely is there a scholarship or financial aid award that tolerates such a low GPA.
So here’s the bottom line on this one: This will cost you, the taxpayers of America, an unknown sum of money, for low standards, and really no guarantee of success. Do these degrees need to be effective degrees where there is a higher potential to earn and be productive or is this, yeah sure we’ll pay for your philosophy degree? Frankly, without requirements of getting an economically productive education, this seems like a money pit with no guarantee of return on our investment.
A White House press release states federal funding would cover three-quarters of the average cost of community college and states that choose to participate will be expected to contribute the remaining funds necessary. They also expect roughly 9 million students to participate in the program with each saving around $3,800 a year on tuition. That’s roughly $34B (that’s right, with a capital B) that’s got to come from somewhere. Guess where it’s gonna come from? Out of your pocket in the form of more taxes for you.
Frankly, this is not the best idea ever. Yes I think people should be educated, but not with money forced on the taxpayers. For the record I took out student loans for an engineering degree. Wise choice, good return on my investment so far. It’s hard work folks. It really is, but I bore the cost of my own education. Frankly, I don’t see the value in handing out free money to do whatever feels good. It’s not right, and our Congress should not stand for this.
You can watch the announcement below: