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For Taxpayers, Free College Is Anything But

For Taxpayers, Free College Is Anything But
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Michael Dorstewitz By Friday, 20 October 2017 02:13 PM EDT Current | Bio | Archive

On Friday of last week, California Gov. Jerry Brown followed the lead of New York and Rhode Island by signing a bill into law providing for one year of "free" community college for California residents who are full-time students.

What’s odd about the measure is that California community colleges are already among the most affordable in the country. Students pay $46 per credit hour, translating to about $1,100 in tuition per year for a full-time student.

In addition, even that nominal tuition has been waived for low-income students for the last 31 years. During the 2015-2016 academic year, 43 percent of California’s community college students took advantage of this. Nonetheless, lawmakers believed the state wasn’t doing enough to prepare youth.

Assemblyman Miguel Santiago, D-Los Angeles, an author of the bill said, "We're trying to increase student success," said. He added, "If you enroll full-time, the success rate is much higher than if you're part-time."

The question eventually becomes, where does it end? Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., has been pushing "free" four-year college education for decades.

On a more modest level, former President Barack Obama proposed a two-year community college program "free for anyone who’s willing to work for it," as long as certain criteria were met, including:

  • The federal government would pony up three-quarters of the "average cost" of community college;
  • Students would be expected to enroll at least half-time, maintain a 2.5 GPA, and make steady progress toward completing a degree in three years;
  • Community colleges would have to offer academic programs that fully transfer to four-year colleges or occupational programs in high demand fields with high completion rates. They’d also have to implement "promising evidence-based institutional reforms."

Writing for The Federalist in 2015, Joy Pullman offered "Ten Quick Reasons 'Free Community College' is a Rotten Idea."

They included statistics indicating that 80 percent of community college students never graduate, a spiraling government debt and, something that especially applies to California, where everyone can already afford community college.

But her number-one reason is that paying for "free" college is stealing, pure and simple. There’s no such thing as free — someone has to foot the bill.

The way it would work out is that everyone would pay for your college education for the first two years. Then you would return the favor by paying for everyone else’s for the following 45 years.

Her second argument was a logical follow-up to the first — no one owes anyone a college education.

The day after Brown signed his free college education bill into law, he signed another — AB 424 — which prohibits teachers and staff who possess concealed carry permits from being armed on campus.

Assemblyman Kevin McCarty, D-Sacramento, the bill’s sponsor said, "A safe learning environment is essential for our children to be successful in the classroom. That’s not possible if a school district allows armed civilians to roam California school campuses."

Stated differently, in the event of a shooting incident on campus, school employees would be prohibited from shooting back — not exactly "a safe learning environment."

But on the bright side, California community college students won’t have to pay for placing themselves in peril — at least for the first year.

Michael Dorstewitz is a retired lawyer and has been a frequent contributor to BizPac Review and Liberty Unyielding. He’s also a former U.S. Merchant Marine officer and an enthusiastic Second Amendment supporter, who can often be found honing his skills at the range. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.

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Statistics indicate that 80 percent of community college students never graduate, and a spiraling government debt. Paying for "free" college is stealing, pure and simple. There’s no such thing as free. Someone has to foot the bill.
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Friday, 20 October 2017 02:13 PM
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