I recently published a post entitled “Here is the Plan” discussing how to fund a two year college degree for every American after serving their country in either the military, AmeriCorps, or the Peace Corps. 87% of the responses were positive to this plan, but there were some naysayers too. So let’s look at what some of those were saying:
1. One person said “I don’t want a handout, I want the government to make a college education more affordable.” There are only three ways that I see it that the government can make college more affordable:
a. Nationalize all colleges and universities and then set a rate for each one;
b. Go with my plan of earning two years by three years service; or
c. Getting college and university employees to include professors and administrators to take a whopping pay cut.
Out of the three, my plan was the only really feasible answer. But if the poster thought about it for a moment, by stating he wanted an education that was less demanding on his wallet, he is asking for a handout.
2. Another person said “You seem to have put lots of thought into your flawed idea. America already has a staggeringly huge armed forces, and it would cost us more to pay for someone in the armed forces than community college. ” I addressed a feasible way to pay for this without raising taxes that this commenter failed to read, or maybe just could not understand. Also, the options for service were not limited to serving in the military. Finally, his claim is it is easier to give it away than for someone to earn it. I am not a proponent of giving it away. A reward earned will be cherished more than something given away for free (even though it would not be free to the taxpayers).
3. Another said “This plan was nothing more than making community colleges a place for mass production of associates degrees and would put an undo burden on society.” Evidently this was another who did not read the whole post. By reducing the spending in other programs by 1%, it would pay for itself. Not only that, just because someone is eligible for a tw0 year degree does not mean they are going to take advantage of it.
What kind of nation are we becoming when people expect to be given something for nothing? A nation where people think they can drop out of school and be worth $15 per hour? A nation where people no longer has the ability or desire to pull themselves up and work hard for what they want?
This is a pretty sad commentary on a majority of the youth of this nation.