Right now the community colleges that Obama speaks of cover their operating expenses through state and local financial support, along with tuition from the students. These schools have overhead that requires real dollars to offset. Surely you cannot be so naïve as to believe that these institutions are going to give away two years of higher education at the bidding of this president. No—that will not be the case. The schools will get their money from the federal government, and lots of it. In turn, the federal government will either borrow that money or get it from the taxpayer—either way, the taxpayer will ultimately be the one on the hook.
Recently I heard talk that U.S. taxpayers are in for a surprise when they file their taxes this year. The Internal Revenue Service, under guidance from the Obama Administration, has decreed that no tax refunds for the 2014 tax year will be processed until after October 15, 2015. We, however, are still required to meet the April 15 tax-filing deadline and pay any monies due at that time, just as always. But if the government owes you a refund for over-payment of taxes, you must wait for it. The rationale behind this move is to lighten the burden on the government which typically refunds over $350 billion dollars a year to the American taxpayers. By delaying the refunds, the Obama Administration touts that $30 billion dollars can be saved each year in interest alone. Now that would sound reasonable, if it were true.
I mentioned this delay because it ties so neatly to the “free” education Mr. Obama proposes which, coincidentally enough, is projected to cost the federal government an estimated $35 Billion dollars. . . $35 Billion that will be added to an already obscene $18 trillion debt. With one wave of his hand—Obama wiped out any opportunity to lower the debt. In effect, your tax refund will be delayed to give someone else a free education. So, the IRS is really not saving any money and the government will continue to borrow, but your tax refund ( if any) will be delayed—thank ya very much!
This is so typical of what we see from the Obama Administration and, for that matter, all of Washington. The federal government has never saved a dime one place that it did not go off and spend somewhere else, and more. This is just one example. Yes, but it's for the children, therefore, it's worth it at any cost, you say. Funny, that makes little sense to me. Whenever any state or county government has been approached to “pony-up” for a free education at the local level, the response has always been the same: Can’t afford it! But now that the federal government is footing the bill, it’s no problem. If you believe that we can afford it simply because the federal government is giving it away, then, buddy, you've got a wire off a terminal somewhere in the circuit. Where do you think the money is ultimately coming from?
This nation already has a looming financial disaster hanging over its head in the form of a growing student loan debt, and now we want to add to that burden by handing out free community college education? Are we insane? Probably we aren’t, but Obama surely seems to be! Actually, that is not the case. For you see, the Obama agenda calls for breaking the financial back of the middle-income earners in the USA. America cannot be “transformed” until her spirit and resistance are broken. Once that is accomplished, the entire nation will be willing to yield to the will of the government rather than the other way around. Wage earners currently make up only little over half of the population of the nation; the other half has decided to just live off the government. By handing out yet another “freebie,” Obama will further burden the working class and appease the groups waiting for yet another handout. It’s a win-win for him and his socialist agenda.
Let us go a step further into this free education proposal thrown out there by Obama. He added the vaguely worded condition, “If you are willing to work for it.” He does not go into any detail about how one works for it, and I am quite sure that was on purpose. How might one work for it? Well, they could go out and get a part-time job and pay for the education like many young people do, but that would defeat the purpose of getting a “free” education, so that’s not likely. Perhaps he meant they could pay more attention, apply themselves, and make better grades in high school in preparation for college. But that sort of dedication can’t be bought by waving a free education at someone. Either it’s there or it isn’t. Finally, he might have meant one could serve in the military or in public service for a certain period of time after receiving the education. Since that would require a measure of responsibility and accountability—two things Obama despises—that’s not feasible either. All things considered, I suspect it will work very much like the Obama-phone program, and be just as effective.
In the course of our life education is mandatory until we reach majority, when we get to decide whether we want more of it or not. That is an individual choice, and often one not based on the cost but the motivations of the individual making the choice. Education is not for everyone even when it is free. At the same time, there are consequences to these choices, and understanding those consequences is important. If community college is free, will more people attend? Initially maybe so, but over time, we will begin to see that the lack of motivation toward education will not change because it is given away free. Free or not, education comes from motivation, determination, and focus. The federal government cannot buy those things or give them away. This free education ploy is simply another tactic to buy Mr. Obama a “legacy” at taxpayer expense. MEMO TO MR. OBAMA: you can’t buy a legacy either.
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