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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:09 PM

 

Something I absolutely agree with Biden on: Joe Biden Calls For Free Public College For All

AND it is something he advocated for FOUR years ago

Joe Biden Calls For Free Public College For All

https://thinkprogress.org/joe-biden-calls-for-free-public-college-for-all-fbe46efdfce7/

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced that he won’t run for president. But he also took time to lay out a number of issues he wants to see addressed in the campaign, including college education.

“We’re fighting for 14 years,” he said, likely in reference to President Obama’s plan to provide two years of free community college. “We need to commit to 16 years of free public education for all our children,” he said.

“We all know that 12 years of public education is not enough,” he continued. “As a nation, let’s make the same commitment to a college education today that we made to a high school education 100 years ago.”

As he pointed out, the country guarantees free education from first through 12th grade, but students are by and large on their own to afford a college education. Tuition keeps climbing while student debt has tripled over the last decade. Today about 70 percent of students graduate with debt, owing $29,000 on average. Yet Pell Grants, the government’s direct aid program to help pay for the costs, cover the smallest percentage of college expenses since the program was created.

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Reply Something I absolutely agree with Biden on: Joe Biden Calls For Free Public College For All (Original post)
Celerity Apr 2019 OP
UniteFightBack Apr 2019 #1
sfwriter Apr 2019 #2
InAbLuEsTaTe Apr 2019 #3
jalan48 Apr 2019 #7
InAbLuEsTaTe Apr 2019 #8
jalan48 Apr 2019 #11
ehrnst Apr 2019 #24
Celerity Apr 2019 #12
InAbLuEsTaTe Apr 2019 #13
Celerity Apr 2019 #15
ehrnst Apr 2019 #23
Celerity Apr 2019 #32
LongtimeAZDem Apr 2019 #31
Hoyt Apr 2019 #4
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #5
Hoyt Apr 2019 #9
Celerity Apr 2019 #14
Hoyt Apr 2019 #16
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #6
IndyOp Apr 2019 #10
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #17
IndyOp Apr 2019 #21
Voltaire2 Apr 2019 #19
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #25
MichMan Apr 2019 #26
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #27
Voltaire2 Apr 2019 #30
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #33
Voltaire2 Apr 2019 #34
oldsoftie Apr 2019 #35
Voltaire2 Apr 2019 #29
Voltaire2 Apr 2019 #18
David__77 Apr 2019 #20
WeekiWater Apr 2019 #22
LongtimeAZDem Apr 2019 #28

Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:12 PM

1. I have to say Joe makes a good point about "As a nation, let's make the same commitment to a college

 

education today that we made to a high school education 100 years ago.”

REALLY WELL PUT.
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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:21 PM

3. Yes, Joe was smart to take Bernie's side on this issue... good move Joe!!

 


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Response to InAbLuEsTaTe (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:26 PM

7. Yes, good to hear him saying the right things.

 

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #7)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:28 PM

8. Gotta give credit, where credit is due.

 


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Response to InAbLuEsTaTe (Reply #8)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:32 PM

11. Bernie is definitely leading the way in ideas.

 

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Response to jalan48 (Reply #11)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:11 PM

24. Good thing he finally came around to HRCs idea to make the 1% pay their way to help

 

finance the rest of the students, instead of given them a free ride.

It's always positive when one admits that one's idea needs to be improved, and where to look to find that improvement.
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Response to InAbLuEsTaTe (Reply #3)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:40 PM

12. Joe Biden article Oct 21, 2015, Bernie Sanders: October 22, 2015 Make college free for all

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/bernie-sanders-america-needs-free-college-now/2015/10/22/a3d05512-7685-11e5-bc80-9091021aeb69_story.html?utm_term=.cca24511e81e

Not saying Biden was first, but in this case Bernie followed Biden
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Response to Celerity (Reply #12)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:54 PM

13. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure that was not the first time Bernie promoted free college and

 

if memory serves, Joe joined Bernie on this issue, not the other way around. But, again, Joe is smart to follow Bernie's lead on this, or vice versa, if Joe was first. Either way, it's just a smart idea... I think we can all agree on that!!


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Response to InAbLuEsTaTe (Reply #13)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:58 PM

15. Either way, it's just a smart idea...

 

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Response to InAbLuEsTaTe (Reply #13)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 01:06 PM

23. Bernie finally came around to Hillary's idea that the 1% should pay their share to make it

 

affordable for the rest of the country, and not get a free ride.

Cuomo said Clinton inspired the scholarship during her presidential campaign with her "outrageously ambitious" and ''irrefutably smart" vision for college affordability.

"It is not a luxury, it is a necessity," Cuomo said. "And if we're not going to have it on the federal level, then we're not going to be denied it in New York."


https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/hillary-clinton-applauds-new-york-s-free-college-plan-signing-n745781

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Response to InAbLuEsTaTe (Reply #13)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 04:40 PM

32. oh, I meant on these 2 articles, I am sure Bernie was probably first to push it

 

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Response to Celerity (Reply #12)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 11:17 AM

31. I believe that Sanders probably first mentioned it a few months before Obama and Biden

 

but the whole "he stole my idea" thing is kind of silly.
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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:21 PM

4. I agree, but the taxes necessary are another proposal competing for tax dollars for healthcare,

 

bolstering Social Security and Medicare, Deficit and Debt reduction, infrastructure, climate change, transportation, housing, guaranteed basic income to deal with jobs lost to technology, and much more.

Free, or reduced cost, education is critical for today's youth and our future, but so are these other things. Some political candidate needs to come up with a comprehensive plan of how we do all this, even if some of these needed programs have to be funded at less than ideal levels.

Of course, GOPers won't consider the needs, liberals will say cost doesn't matter -- cut the military and tax the wealthy. But, that is a start, but it ain't going to pay for all of it.
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Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:23 PM

5. I'm with you, Hoyt, but no one ever listens.

 

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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #5)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:29 PM

9. Nope. There will be another couple of new proposals in the next few days.

 



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Response to Hoyt (Reply #4)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:57 PM

14. The entire CUMULATIVE student debt's $1.5 trillion, that's roughly ONE YEAR'S security/surveillance

 

state budget.

Defence Department, CIA/NSA/FBI/DHS, off budget black ops, etc etc etc.

So much of that is grift and waste.


MSU SCHOLARS FIND $21 TRILLION IN UNAUTHORIZED GOVERNMENT SPENDING; DEFENSE DEPARTMENT TO CONDUCT FIRST-EVER AUDIT

https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2017/msu-scholars-find-21-trillion-in-unauthorized-government-spending-defense-department-to-conduct/

Earlier this year, a Michigan State University economist, working with graduate students and a former government official, found $21 trillion in unauthorized spending in the departments of Defense and Housing and Urban Development for the years 1998-2015.

The work of Mark Skidmore and his team, which included digging into government websites and repeated queries to U.S. agencies that went unanswered, coincided with the Office of Inspector General, at one point, disabling the links to all key documents showing the unsupported spending. (Luckily, the researchers downloaded and stored the documents.)

Now, the Department of Defense has announced it will conduct the first department-wide, independent financial audit in its history (read the Dec. 7 announcement here).

The Defense Department did not say specifically what led to the audit. But the announcement came four days after Skidmore discussed his team’s findings on USAWatchdog, a news outlet run by former CNN and ABC News correspondent Greg Hunter.

“While we can’t know for sure what role our efforts to compile original government documents and share them with the public has played, we believe it may have made a difference,” said Skidmore, the Morris Chair in State and Local Government Finance and Policy at MSU.

Skidmore got involved last spring when he heard Catherine Austin Fitts, former assistant secretary of Housing and Urban Development, refer to a report which indicated the Army had $6.5 trillion in unsupported adjustments, or spending, in fiscal 2015. Given the Army’s $122 billion budget, that meant unsupported adjustments were 54 times spending authorized by Congress. Typically, such adjustments in public budgets are only a small fraction of authorized spending.

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60% Of House Democrats Vote For A Defense Budget Even Bigger Than Trump's

https://www.forbes.com/sites/eriksherman/2017/07/14/most-house-democrats-just-voted-for-a-defense-budget-far-bigger-than-trumps/#21b6bd4b6ea0


When income inequality combines with systemic and systematic redistribution of virtually all income growth to the wealthiest while their taxes are reduced, you've got a budget problem. People increasingly need help as the median household income remains flat, even as costs rise. Either you can literally write off the lives of poorer people, as the healthcare "reform" bills from the House and Senate effectively do, or you need to find ways to reduce other spending.

The single biggest section of the discretionary portion of the budget is military spending. For years the Pentagon has been incapable of fiscal responsibility. This is the body that, according to news reports last fall, tried to hide $125 billion in wasted spending over a five year program. It's the only agency in the entire federal government still unable to pass a financial audit. And it's handed the largest check even as the Cold War is long over, no other country has our military power, and major new weapons systems have been outright disasters and money sinks.

But big companies that make billions and billions of dollars a year shovel contributions at congressional representatives because it's a great investment. All that income only required $11 million in 2016 donations, with 38% going to Democrats and 62% to Republicans, according to OpenSecrets.org.


For the 2017 fiscal year that ends on September 30, the Obama budget called for $582.7 billion, which included a base budget of $523.9 billion and the "overseas contingency operations (OCO) budget" of $58.8 billion. The Trump administration wanted to add about $54 billion. As the Defense Department's own budget numbers showed, it requested $574.5 billion in base budget and $64.6 billion in OCO for a total of $639.1 billion.

Ah, the pikers. Today, the House passed a $696.5 billion defense bill that makes Trump's look positively reasonable in comparison.

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Response to Celerity (Reply #14)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:06 PM

16. I've heard about cutting waste since 1977. Waste probably exists, cutting it is a myth.

 

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:23 PM

6. How bout lets start out with free technical college for everyone?

 

Maybe that will put the brakes on this "MUST GO TO COLLEGE" nonsense.
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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #6)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 09:30 PM

10. Let's do both... Why?

 

I teach at a four-year college and would be grateful for job security.

I admire the tech schools and I think many 18-year-olds would benefit from both tech ed and a year or two of a liberal arts or science curriculum.
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Response to IndyOp (Reply #10)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:36 AM

17. Because it would be much less expensive to start with Technical Schools.

 

I'm sure you'd still have your job security; there are plenty of people who will still want to go to a university. But something needs to be done about the runaway increases in college tuition. It goes up faster than the cost of health care. Making it free wouldn't slow that down.
And as Hoyt mentions above, still no realistic way to pay for any of these major programs that candidates are supporting. Just the usual feel-good suggestions. And no, my current choice hasnt either.
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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #17)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:05 AM

21. Something definitely does need to be done about runaway costs of higher education -

 

students are not receiving a better education than I did and I attended college 1983-1987 and paid about $7000 less per academic year.

Also - the pay it not going to those of us who teach and the quality of education does, in fact, depend on us.

However - many public universities are trying to do the best they can for students. State funding of student education has dropped dramatically over the past decade and the funds available are often tied to goals that don't help students - build more fancy buildings so that state senators line their construction CEO buddy's pockets and fund programs that don't need funding - special programs to assist students in the School of Business when it is already extremely well funded by alumni, etc.

I could get especially excited about funding Tech Schools if we could link it to jobs related to making the Green New Deal happen - these should be expanding, lucrative career fields in future.



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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #6)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:42 AM

19. Nobody is proposing mandatory college.

 

And how about we let people decide for themselves what education the want instead of deciding for them?
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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #19)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:46 PM

25. I didnt suggest that they are. But we constantly drive kids to go to college. Many dont need it.

 

Technical school is looked at as a second choice, when it should be the first choice for many well paying careers.
The most successful people i know are also people who dont have college degrees. A few of those folks should be asked to speak at local schools to show kids what an equal alternative to a university can be.
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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #25)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:57 PM

26. If we have free 4 year college for all, Technical schools will become less attractive I'm afraid

 

One of the big selling points of technical college training is that the costs are usually lower than traditional 4 year schools, which makes student debt much lower, plus the starting salaries are higher.

If all college is free, I wouldn't be surprised to see that more students eschew technical school to attend traditional 4 year college programs as costs are no longer a barrier
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Response to MichMan (Reply #26)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 08:50 PM

27. Yes you're right. And the failure rates would likely rise as well.

 

And the govt would also have to put price controls on colleges, otherwise they'd increase tuitions even faster than they already do
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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #27)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 11:10 AM

30. why would that be?

 

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #30)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 05:33 PM

33. Because people who normally wouldnt go to college are more likely to try.

 

And in most cases, when the door is thrown open to everyone, the failure rates rise quickly as well. Someone who would do better at a smaller local college will now try to hit UGA, or where ever, and not be able to handle the bigger pressure.
You can look at the military as an example. Each time the requirements have been lowered below a certain level, the % of washouts goes way up. Because too many enter who just cant handle it. (Most people dont realize that the average military member is better educated than the average citizen)
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Response to oldsoftie (Reply #33)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 08:48 PM

34. So you think poor kids are incapable

 

of succeeding in “regular” colleges?
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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #34)

Sat Apr 27, 2019, 07:24 AM

35. I dont see where i mentioned income anywhere.

 

Its just like a buffet; you can have anything you want. So you try things you normally wouldnt try.
I didnt go to college because i knew i'd waste my parents money. Had it been free, i probably WOULD have gone. And wasted YOUR money.
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Response to MichMan (Reply #26)

Fri Apr 26, 2019, 11:10 AM

29. And why would they make that choice?

 

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Response to Celerity (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:39 AM

18. Suddenly this will now be a great idea

 

as the centrist fave moves left.
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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 09:02 AM

20. If so, that would be great.

 

If Biden ran on a great platform and became president- great.
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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 10:12 AM

22. This was his position years ago. NT

 

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Response to Voltaire2 (Reply #18)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 11:19 PM

28. Suddenly? Biden propsed this in 2015

 

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