Imagine that you’re an eighteen-year-old. You are eager to learn, make your way in the world, and seek prosperity. This is a difficult task for many of our American youth, particularly minorities. To aid in this, many politicians (mostly on the democratic side) have suggested making state colleges free to attend or, at least, heavily reduced in cost. This is not the best course of action. Heavily reducing the tuition of state colleges would be a nightmare for taxpayers, direct our country towards socialism, make every student’s self-discipline and motivation dissipate, and increase cost of state colleges, even if that cost was the government’s responsibility.
When it comes to taxes, it’s a difficult balance to strike between too much and too little (though very few governments seem to struggle with the latter). Taxes are necessary for a lot of things, for instance, roads, military, and law enforcement. When you get to adding too many rather unimportant expenses, though, it can be a bit much. Adding college tuition to our tax rates would ultimately be another way of taxing the hard-working citizens of our great country and giving it to those who do not yet understand the weight of such a gift.
The second issue regarding taxes is that at some point, there is so much money being demanded by the government that society dips into a socialistic style of economics, which is the idea that everything is to be taken care of and watched over by the government instead of the people. So, after we ask the taxpayers to pay for college, then we might as well start asking them to pay for other things, like healthcare, public transportation, and a host of pet projects those in our government may adopt.
The issue on the student’s level is that putting money into college is a way to demonstrate commitment. If you take this commitment away, one could easily predict that state college drop-out rates would multiply simply because the students would not lose much by dropping out. The enrollment of many students in a college would depend more on their whims and less on solid commitment. Just as when students are forced to attend high school, motivation would likely dissolve. Because of this, our government would lose money on students that never earn a degree.
My last and perhaps greatest reason is that, just like what happened with state-funded healthcare under the Obama Administration, state-funded college education would likely diminish all tuition-cost competition. If all the state colleges are being funded by the government, students won’t be concerned with the price, because it doesn’t affect them. Instead of students comparing prices and opportunities against each other, they’ll simply pick their favorite and become an even more dependent child of the state.
The logic of Bernie Sanders and other like-minded socialist politicians is simply flawed. State college should always be paid for by the student who is doing the learning because this will keep their self-discipline at a healthy level, keep taxes from skyrocketing, partially save our government and people from heading into socialism, and continue the competition of costs between colleges.
(Note: this is my second paper that I have written for my writing class. I’m enjoying it, but it’s definitely a growing experience. I’m currently working on a poetry analysis, author analysis, and a group writing project!)