Friday, January 9, 2015

Obama File: Going On The 'Free Stuff' Binge Again

Keith Koffler, White House Dossier:
The White House today announced that President Obama wants to make the first two years of community college free for all, a new bundle of free stuff that of course isn’t free and could cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars.Combined with the president’s drive for universal early childhood education, the community college plan is the next piece in agenda that would have taxpayers foot the bill for a cradle-to-college education. …

Students need only maintain a C+ average – at a community college, not Harvard. They can attend half-time and need only show that they are making “steady progress” toward completing the two years. Meanwhile, the federal government, which is already planning to issue “report cards” for private colleges and universities it helps fund and which is exerting control over schools through the “common core” education standards, gets even more influence over what students will learn. According to a White House fact sheet, states participating will only have to pony up a quarter of the cost – the other three quarters a gift from the federal government, but must “coordinate high schools, community colleges, and four-year institutions to reduce the need for remediation and repeated courses and allocate a significant portion of funding based on performance.”Looks like more federal control of the curriculum to me. … All in all, between now and 2016, we are in for a two-year education in art of class warfare.
Apparently some Americans are falling for this usual ploy because the Obama approval rating has risen to 45%. Why not? It worked for him in 2008 and again in 2012 (despite the Benghazi scandal that occurred in September of 2012).
People who look for promises of 'free stuff' do not pay attention to scandals. No wonder they call this the “Me” generation.

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