President Obama recently proposed a plan to make community college tuition free. Despite receiving warm reviews from many, Republicans and conservative critics have hit back hard, calling the proposal another government handout.
While the tagline is "free," reports indicate that the president's plan would actually cost $60 billion over the next decade, or about $6 billion a year. Supporters say that the investment is needed, educating millions of Americans who would be better equipped to enter the workforce. Critics point to the high price tag that, with a national debt of $18 trillion, is too much to add on without an offset. Obama once again spoke about his community college proposal during Tuesday's State of the Union address, and the topic was discussed on the Jan. 20 edition of "Fox and Friends," on Fox News.
"Here’s the thing that really bothers me about this,” host Steve Doocy said, before stating, “I made my final two college tuition payments about two weeks ago.” Co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck double downed on Doocy's comments, pointing to the $60 billion it will cost to fund the tuition free proposal. "Wait a second, now we’re paying for more college tuition for someone else to the tune of $60 billion."
Hasselback continued, citing a study which she believes proves that the education system is so out of whack that it isn't even worth sending people to. The former co-host of "The View" stated, "Americans actually are not as prepared as we think they are coming out of school."
“Four in 10 United States college students graduate without the complex reasoning skills to manage white collar work! That’s one. And another (study) found that nine out of 10 employers are saying that recent college graduates are poorly prepared for the workforce...So instead of fixing the problem, they’re just bringing more students into it."The community college plan would have restrictions. Students would be required to attend at least part time and maintain a B average to go to school tuition free. While the classes would be "free," books, supplies and any room and board would not be covered. Forbes points out that low-income Americans already have their tuition covered in the form of Pell Grants, and Obama's plan would cover those who come from "moderately affluent families." The article also states that when people have "skin in the game," they are more inclined to put the effort in to succeed.