Watch The Times Picayune Ignore The Cost Of Obama’s ‘Free’ Community College

The cost of President Obama’s supposed “free” community college proposal is not all that important. At least that’s what the Times Picayune/ thinks.

In an article by, the free community college proposal seems like a great idea, as the piece points out students who will benefit, obviously, from a free college education.

Vanessa Robichaux, 34, a resident of St. Charles Parish, completing her two-year degree at Delgado Community College this spring with plans to move on to a four-year college to pursue a degree in social work, said the president’s proposal could be a life changer for many.

“A lot of times, the financial burden keeps people from attending college,” she said. “Or people have to work to cover the costs, and that means a longer time before they can get their degree. I have seen students struggle to work and pay their tuition and other costs.”

And naturally, administrators at Delgado Community College spoke to the Times Picayune about how excited they are about the proposal. Keep in mind, this “free” proposal would put more money in the hands of these administrators and the schools would essentially be subsidized by the federal government.

“When the president of the United States is singling out the good work of community and technical colleges around the country, that’s always a good thing,” said Monty Sullivan, president of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, which consists of 13 schools, including Delgado and Baton Rouge Community College.

The question, for Congress and policy providers, Sullivan said, is “can we really make community and technical college affordable for all Americans.”

“The flip side,” he said, “is can the nation afford it.” The Obama administration pegs the cost of the free tuition program at $6 billion a year.

What the piece fails to mention is the unbelievable cost and burden the idea would put on states and federal government.

Under the proposal, the federal government would subsidize community colleges for 75 percent. And state governments would subsidize 25 percent of the cost. Essentially, taxpayers would be billed with paying for all community college students education.

Not to mention, the cost of community college would go up and up, meanwhile the value of community college would plummet. Eventually, students with a community college education would become worthless in the workforce.

But, the Times Picayune does not mention any of this.

Instead, they focused on the fact that Gov. Bobby Jindal will most likely oppose the idea. Not all that much of a shocker, considering he’s a minimal government Republican.



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