Pell Grants and Political Posturing

by George Leef

Neal McCluskey of Cato has a sharp comment here on the ways political partisans spin suggested budget cuts into cruel, heartless attacks on regular Americans. His particular target is Rep. George Miller’s recent claim that cutting Pell Grants would be terrible because they supposedly allow people “to get ahead.” What they mostly do is to allow colleges to charge higher tuition than they otherwise would, and to lure many academically weak students into college by making it seem less costly. Many of them don’t “get ahead” but squander time and money trying to get college credentials that mean little in a labor market already glutted with them.