There's no such thing as a free lunch. That's an old saying but the point is that you rarely, if ever, get something for free. In one way or another you, or someone else, are going to pay for it.
The president's announcement last week that he'd like to see the first couple years of community college offered to people for free was met with some excitement. But there are still a lot of details that would have to be worked out.
And will it truly be free? I doubt it.
Someone is going to have pay for the benefit of you or a loved one going to college. We can't expect professors to teach without pay. The schools aren't just going to open their doors without some sort of income.
And each state is going to have to opt in to this program. North Carolina still hasn't jumped on the Medicaid money offered from the federal government, so I wouldn't get too excited yet about seeing this option for community colleges here.
And keep this in mind - the federal government has to find this money somewhere. And the federal government is funded by the taxpayers. And oh, I believe that would be us.
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I am so tired of PAYING for FREE things the Federal government FEELS is a right of passage, I guess to everyone in this country . It seems to me that the only people that get FREE government benefits are here ILLEGALLY. I shudder when I hear FREE knowing my taxes. as a citizen,will be raised to pay for the FREE stuff. Let's work on getting our kids twelve good years of learning. Don't we currently have a high percentage of high school drop outs?
Why North Carolina jump into Medicaid and what about collage is North Carolina in this
Our taxes pay for K12 education. If an extra two years can make individuals more specialized, improve chances of employment, boost their effectiveness and lifetime earnings, those extra two years may be the best spent taxes. Community as a whole will benefit from a vibrant economy.
Thanks again for your comments this morning....you get it...you wouldn't believe the ones who want everything and don't participate in paying in and supporting our country.
Love your comments on free community college.
Don't get me started...ever since we moved here from New York State we've found the pathetic lack of respect for the importance of education in this state appalling. In response to your editorial--obviously SOMEONE will have to pay for the President's plan...but the point is to reduce costs for students. Then, when they graduate and get a better-paying job they can help pay (through taxes) for other students to get this benefit.