Sunday, January 11, 2015

Obama Proposes "Free" Community College

While Western countries face an increased threat from Islamic Fascist Terrorists, around the world, Socialist President Pinocchio Obama is out on the campaign trail AGAIN, even though there are no pending elections, proposing "Free" Community College.  First, can we get one thing perfectly clear.  Nothing provided by government is "FREE".   What one person gets FREE from government is paid for by another person.  "Free" Public Education to the 12th grade is paid for in most states by Property Taxes.  Many people believe that Community College is really grade 13 and 14 and should be provided at little cost, which is often the case in many cities. 

This Blogger went to Community College for my first two years of university as did both of our sons.  It was virtually Free when I went to Community College, more than 40 years ago.  I basically paid $5 a semester, plus the cost of books, during the Golden Age of Education in California when even the Cal State and the University of California systems had relatively low tuition's.  By the time our sons went to Community College, in California, it was still relatively inexpensive and it still is in many states today.  Clearly, anyone working part time could afford Community College.  

We do not need to create another entitlement; though perhaps a case could be made for poor kids to get Community College subsidized provided they work part time to pay for some of it and achieve decent grades.  There certainly would be no reason to subsidize Community College for kids coming from Middle, or Upper Class families at a cost of billions of dollars to US taxpayers. 

The United States is facing bankruptcy.  We are $18 Trillion in debt, with no end in sight.  ObamaCare will add Trillions of dollars to our National Debt in the next 10 - 20 years, if it is not repealed and replaced by real health care reform.   We need to spend a lot more money defending our country against Terrorism.  As a former school teacher, I support higher education, or technical training for all Americans; but as someone who worked my way through university to achieve several degrees, with no loans and no subsidies, I know it can be done; but it takes hard work, focus, discipline and a passion for learning. 

And, as someone who insisted that our sons work part time while going to Community College and University, I also know that it is possible to achieve higher education without student loans, or other government subsidies.   We just can't afford any more "Free" government entitlements when both Social Security and Medicare are headed toward bankruptcy. 

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