Now here is an epically terrible idea by a person who has done nothing with their life but be a public servant leaching off the American tax payer for every bit of their fiscal wealth. Obama, an American president that will go down in history as one of the worst ever—wants to help his terrible approval ratings and failing progressive platform by giving away more stuff to earn Democratic support from future voters. And to further exacerbate the situation Obama made a video of the announcement from Air Force One in transit as if his time were so important that he couldn’t even wait to get on the ground to make the announcement. Here is how USA Today reported the announcement fresh off the press. I believe they even beat the AP wire to the story—likely by design from the White House press office.
WASHINGTON — President Obama proposed two years of free community college for American workers today, part of what the White House says is an effort to make community college as universal as high school is today.
Obama teased his community college proposal in a video uploaded to Facebook on Thursday and delivered in a speech Friday in Tennessee.
“Put simply, what I’d like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for anybody who’s willing to work for it,” he said aboard Air Force One amid a three-state tour to preview his State of the Union Address. “It’s something we can accomplish, and it’s something that will train our workforce so that we can compete with anyone in the world.”
That plan, Munoz noted, has support from Republican lawmakers in Tennessee.
Munoz said the college plan would require the cooperation of states, community colleges and students. States would have to pick up a quarter of the cost — more or less depending on how much they currently fund community colleges.
“Community colleges have to raise their game by establishing standards to allow students to transfer those credits to a four-year degree,” she said. “And students must take responsibility for their education, earn good grades and stay on track to graduate in order to earn free tuition.”
The America’s College Promise program would be available to traditional and non-traditional college students, she said, and would support those seeking the first two years of a bachelor’s degree, an associate’s degree, or even just job training.
Obama said a world-class education starts with children, but that adults need training, too. “It’s not just for kids, we also have to make sure that everybody has the opportunity to constantly train themselves for better jobs, better wages, better benefits.”
The program would require action from a Republican-dominated Congress. “With no details or information on the cost, this seems more like a talking point than a plan,” said Cory Fritz, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio.
The White House said details on the cost and funding would come in the State of the Union Address on Jan. 20 and the president’s budget request Feb. 2. But the White House expects 9 million students to participate and save up to $3,800 a year for two years. That would place the cost at nearly $70 billion, though there are questions about building capacity at the nation’s 1,100 community colleges.
The federal government would pay three-quarters of the cost, at least initially.
In some ways, the community college plan is a bookend to Obama’s 2013 proposal to pay for universal pre-Kindergarten through a state and federal partnership. That $75 billion proposal, which relied on dwindling tobacco tax money to provide federal matching funds, never got traction in Congress.
Essentially what this does is cheapen education into a kind of smorgasbord of learning. If everyone knows something then there is no competitive advantage over others to achieve value. And that is the foundation of why more “free” education is nearly worthless. For Obama’s pre-kindergarten offerings education simply became a publicly funded baby-sitting service, grade-schoolers became a slow stew of liberal learning, and higher education in the form of various colleges served only the institutions themselves with highly paid jobs for people of little worth built artificially into personages of stature by the looted efforts of the federal government—otherwise known as the modern college professor. All the values are inflated and over-stated due to lack of competition. The basis of all free education is equivalent to the type of people who frequent smorgasbords often. They over-eat poorly prepared food made cheaply because of the bulk units. The value of the meal declines incredibly because everyone equally shares in the feast, the same with free education opportunities.
What job skills are really learned at a community college that will be useful to an employer other than a government one? Unless the institution is attempting to teach students to think outside of a box, they are not giving them much of anything that couldn’t be learned by simply working a job at a position for a number of years learning an operation from the ground up the old-fashioned way. No student at a community college is going to learn to make the next zero-point power generator, or invent a revolution in state to state mass transportation. They will simply learn how to make an Excel spreadsheet or possibly set up a machine of some kind for general operation. The rest of the education has to come from actually doing something on a job. Community colleges are terrible at preparing students for actual work. They only pave the way in how to get the attention of a potential employer. After that the new employees are on their own. Much of their learning arc will come from experience they can only get from actually doing a job. Experience cannot be purchased with “free” education.
But Obama and the rest of his government slugs don’t understand that. He has no idea how value is created in a job because he’s never had one. In his life everyone has always used his skin color to get something from him just by placing him strategically in some position or another, whether it’s a federal senator, a community organizer, an author, a college student himself, or a president—he’s simply an actor told what to say and when to say it. He has no idea what will bring competitive market expansion to American business. He simply thinks that education by itself will do the trick, but it never does. It just makes a bunch of slugs that show up at a job interview and expect their ticket for a thirty year career to be punched because they obtained a degree. But in a competitive marketplace that degree means nothing. All that really matters is what employees do—and for that it takes initiative. And that is not taught in any public school of any kind—and is the most important ingredient. So once again, the president has missed the point as well as the idiots who move his mouth. What his announcement amounts to is higher taxes to pay for the endeavor to get results that are even poorer than they are today—because it’s free. And that’s not good for anybody—not the participants—or the future employers.