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Voters Want President to Do Something About Tuition Cost

This article in the Chronicle informs us that 42 percent of those polled think that controlling college costs is “extremely important” for the next president.
This is another depressing manifestation of the politicization of America. The president has no authority under the Constitution to do anything about college-tuition levels. Nor does Congress.

What the people polled probably mean is that they want the federal government to do more to subsidize the cost of going to college. That necessarily means taxing lots of relatively poor people who don’t send kids to college, as well as relatively affluent people who have saved enough to be able to afford what college costs, so that some parents can get more of a break on the expense of college for their kids. Americans have become government junkies, always looking for goodies, like children who want things from Santa.

George Leef is the the director of editorial content at the James G. Martin Center for Academic Renewal.

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