It’s as though after losing an election, the first thing Democrats ask themselves is, “What else can we give the rubes for free?” Hence, Obama’s push for two “free” years of Community College, which was, of course, welcomed by the social parasites that make up the Democrat base. *
The idea is that Democrats propose that the Government should provide for free something people are eminently capable of purchasing on their own. And then, when Republicans say, “it will drive up the deficit and force people who don’t use a service to pay for those who do.” And then the Democrats can accuse Republicans of being heartless, greedy (ironically), and against both the thing being subsidized and the people who use it. With birth control, they accused Republicans of wanting to “deny women access to birth control” and being against women. Now, I guess, the gambit will be to accuse Republicans of wanting to “deny working class people access to education” and being against the working class.
Not to mention that if two years of Community College are “free,” it is suddenly going to become a lot more expensive; like everything else the Government subsidizes. If people have to pay for their own education, there is market pressure to hold down costs. But if Uncle Sugar is paying the tab, who cares what the bill is, aside from ‘Whackobirds’ who are troubled by our Eighteen Trillion Dollars of National Debt and Trillions More in Unfunded Liabilities?
I actually am a huge supporter of the community college system as an alternative to the overpriced and increasingly useless university system, which have become more like Social Justice Amusement Parks than institutions of meaningful learning. But I am not a big fan of community college being “the high school after high school” for teaching basic math, English, and other skills people (somehow) come out of high school lacking. But wouldn’t it be a lot more cost effective to reform high school to offer more meaningful educations; more intense academic training for the college-bound, more support for trade school for the less academic inclined. Of course, such reforms would require either free market alternatives to Government schools, or require unionized teachers to work harder. Neither of these things are going to happen as long as the Democrats and the JV Democrats (Republicans) are running the show.
And the real ironic part about this is that to Obama and his ilk, a community college degree is something they sneer at. But I guess they figure it’s good enough for the peasant class.
* [And no, I don’t care that a Republican governor apparently came up with the idea. 1. It’s OK for the states to experiment with these things. 2. A Republican governor created the model for Obamacare, and that’s been a catastrophe; whenever Republicans go progressive, disaster follows.]