Debt-Free College Is A Dumb Idea

Once again, the government is sticking its nose where it doesn’t belong, and trying to make life better, when in actuality they are making life worse. Their latest progressive endeavor to make life “better” is “debt-free” college.

Red Alert Politics reports:

The Progressive Change Campaign Committee, along with leaders in Congress, are pushing for legislation and grassroots support to eliminate student debt. But is it as good as it sounds?

Upon closer inspection, the idea of “debt-free college” is not only irresponsible, but also an unrealistic promise to young people.

While this proposal certainly sounds good there are a number of problems with it. First, after reading the entire report by Red Alert Politics, I saw nothing specifically detailing how they plan to make college “debt-free.” Since there are no details as to how they plan to make college “debt-free,” I think it is safe to assume that “debt-free” college will come at the expense of the American taxpayer.

Several weeks ago, I wrote a column on Bernie Sanders and his College for All Act, which would completely eliminate college tuition. This “debt-free” college proposal sounds suspiciously like a reincarnation of the College for All Act.

One of the primary problems with the endeavor to make college “debt-free” is: who is going to pay for this, if not the students? The American taxpayer, that’s who. That doesn’t necessarily make these college degrees “debt-free.” These students will likely end up paying the bill themselves further down the road.

The problems with the “debt-free” college proposal extend further.

According to Red Alert:

Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) told the crowd that the enormous debt students face from higher education is ‘just plain wrong’ and that it ‘goes against the American grain.’

I agree that college costs way more than it should. I agree that students should not have to accumulate massive amounts of debt in order to achieve higher education. I was fortunate to be able to find a college that fit my needs, interests, and desires while not having to take on debt.

There is more than one way to graduate college debt-free. It’s called working. It’s called getting of your butt and finding a job–a full-time job if you have too.

Don’t tell me that you can’t work full-time and go to school full-time either. You can! I have done it, and I am doing it. Yes, it will require sacrifice, and it might mean working a job you hate or cutting down on social time. Anything worth doing is going to require sacrifice. If you aren’t willing to make the sacrifice, you don’t want it that badly.

Not only does the debt-free college proposal take away the incentive from those of us who have been working our butts off, but it gives a free ride to those who aren’t willing to work for it. “Debt-free” college is a bad idea not only for these reasons, but also because it is likely just another burden to the already struggling American taxpayer.