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Just curious what others think of this idea...

It's Time For College To Be Free


Asked by pam19 at 9:15 AM on Nov. 22, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • "Too costly you say? It's estimated that the cost of tuition at public universities across the nation amounted to between $70 to $100 billion dollars. Sounds expensive until you realize providing free higher education for American citizens would cost slightly more than the Bush tax cuts for the top 2 percent of the country.

    See - that right there is either fuzzy math or a flat out lie, take your pick. The tax cuts cost us nothing. We don't pay out anything and are not beholden for those costs. They don't rise over time. It's simply money that we choose not to collect. You could say that we COULD have a 10% tax on lattes and that not charging it costs us $x amount of money, but that doesn't make it money we're spending, just funds we could hypothetically collect and choose not to. Paying for college is a commitment that will steadily rise in cost over time. It's not static.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:25 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Free college would be great for our economy. If education were easily available to everyone & seemed attainable, than i think more people would attend & more people would have the oppurtunity to make more money.


    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:34 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • As I sit here waiting for class and half the seats are empty... kids paying the bill don't show up or make an effort. Imagine if it were all free. I deal with enough lazy wastes of space as it is.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 12:55 PM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Then...not than...i hate bad grammar, yet i can't write...haha...

    Answer by samurai_chica at 9:37 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • NP--what about his suggestion of raising taxes by another 2% for the wealthiest after letting the tax cuts expire?

    And then again in 2 more years, and again 2 years after that, and so on and so on. We are too large of a nation with too high of a population for that to ever be equitable. It works in small countries because there is a finite number of potential students at any given time. It's a question of scale - and I doubt many of the college faculty supporting it work in the econ department, considering that was a basic econ 101 assignment - examine the pros and cons of national higher education.

    Answer by NotPanicking at 9:38 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Nothing is free. Do you really think we can put all burdens onto the top wealthiest people?

    Answer by Carpy at 9:40 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • Do you really think we can put all burdens onto the top wealthiest people? Answer by Carpy

    Yes, some of them do.


    Answer by QuinnMae at 9:43 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • It isn't FREE if you are making someone pay for it. Why should the wealthiest foot the bill for your kids college? I put myself through school and so did my dh. We are saving money so our kids won't have to.

    Where do the supporters of this propose that all these college grads will go to work? There are thousands now collecting unemployment. Who will work the non-degree jobs that are still vital to our daily lives? Not all people are cut out for college or the white collar work often associated with it.

    I would rather see everyone get a QUALITY elementary and secondary education than a college one. There are a lot of successful people that never went to college..........there are a lot of really successful people working blue collar jobs. I think we are doing a disservice by not also supporting the option of trade schools.

    Answer by yourspecialkid at 10:22 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • I can't understand why they keep using words like a burden on millionaires and billionaires. Do you really consider it a burden to them? There is only so much a small percentage of society can do with all of the money. It has been proven that the top % aren't going to put it back into the economy they are going to save it. The middle class is who will pump money back into society. If all the money is concentrated to such a small percent it will only hurt the economy. If the cost of becoming a billionaire is higher taxes then I think a lot of us would be willing to make that sacrifice for the good of all. It's not a punishment to the ultra rich it makes good economic sense to get the money circulating into the economy. We seen what cutting their taxes has done for us. For the good of everyone it needs to expire. We are falling so far behind in education something drastic does need to be done.


    Answer by mommom2000 at 10:56 AM on Nov. 22, 2010

  • So mommom appropriating someone else's money is okay because they aren't going to spend it anyway? That is nothing more than stealing. If you want money get your own...nothing is hampering you but yourself.


    Answer by yourspecialkid at 11:00 AM on Nov. 22, 2010