Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Hillary Clinton Expanding College Plan to Offer 'Free' Tuition to Millions

"Free" college.

She's really feeling the Bern on this one.

Remember, Sanders' full program, education plus universal health care, etc., was pegged at more than $18 trillion over ten years.

Let's hope Crooked Hilary doesn't go that far, sheesh.

At WSJ (via Memeorandum):
In a bid to win over rival Bernie Sanders and his supporters, Democrat Hillary Clinton is expanding her college plan to offer free tuition to millions of families, a modified version of what Mr. Sanders pushed during his presidential campaign and a major concession.

The new plan will offer free tuition at public schools to students in families earning up to $85,000 a year at first, with that threshold increasing to $125,000 by 2021.

Mr. Sanders welcomed the plan as “a revolutionary step forward.”

Speaking to reporters, he applauded her move as “very, very significant” and said the new plan combines the best of both candidates’ ideas. But he continued to hold off an endorsement for Mrs. Clinton, who has the Democratic nomination in hand. “This is one issue—there are other issues,” he said.

Throughout their primary campaign, Mrs. Clinton argued that her college affordability plan was superior. Her proposal guaranteed that families wouldn’t have to borrow money to attend college, but insisted that students and their parents contribute what they could afford. She described this as a way to make sure everybody had “skin in the game.”

In a statement, Mrs. Clinton sidestepped the political imperatives in revising her plan and continued to talk about her policy in terms of “debt-free” college, as opposed to Mr. Sanders’s more sweeping vision of “tuition-free” school.

“American families are drowning in debt caused by ever-rising college costs and it is imperative that the next president put forward a bold plan to make debt-free college available to all,” she said.

It is not clear how many additional families would get free tuition under the modified version compared with the original Clinton plan. The campaign also didn’t say how much the new version would cost or how she would pay for it...


What difference does it make? It's going to be a massive taxpayer-funded boondoggle either way.

And to be clear, I support free community college education. It was free back in the 1970s in California, and it was designed as affordable for everyone. But even that's going to be hard to finance in this day and age. I'd like to see more affordability, more federal grants, and so forth. But no doubt it's going to cost a lot. Young people are being deceived if they think they're going to get a 100 percent free ride. It ain't going to happen.

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