Something that Cycloptichorn said:
I think we could find the money, especially if we cut back on other forms of federal student aid.
triggered this thought:
If Hilary Clinton thinks that every child born in the US needs and should be able to go to college- just as she believes that every child born in the US should be covered by health insurance and have access to appropriate preventitive and palliative medical treatment- this seems like a pretty half-assed and impractical attempt to try to make that happen.
For alot of parents- $5,000 dollars handed to them when they just have their baby would be incredibly gratefully received but probably not banked anywhere- it would go toward diapers and formula and equipment like highchairs and cribs, and maybe a washing machine...and I'm not talking only "poor, minority parents". If someone had given me $5,000 when my son was born- I would have had to spend it- my husband was a fulltime student and I was working two jobs...I would have spent it on day to day living expenses until my son was about ten years old as a matter of fact- which is when we finally finished paying off student loans.
This speaks to the fact that something deemed increasingly "necessary" for any type of professional success and/or even achievement of a moderate standard of living in the US, is priced so that only the top strata can even attain it- and that's often with an inordinate amount of struggle.
In England- there's a tuition cap- 3,000 pounds a year. Any British student can go to any British university for 3,000 pounds a year- that's approx. $6,000 a year. And it won't be more than that no matter who you are or where you go. That's a society which is serious about making higher education accessible to all
I'm surprised at this from Hilary. I thought she was smarter and clearer thinking than this...this to me smacks of pandering for votes- from the less advantaged folks who have dreams for their children. But at the same time she's exposed herself by indicating she's be out of touch with the reality of their (less advantaged normal people- as well as downright poor people) day to day lives.
Sure, someone with her life would have taken the money and banked it when Chelsea was born- but there are a hell of alot of Americans who live in a totally different world. She's just proven she has no real idea....
Miller also makes an interesting point about the realities of highschool graduation rates. Maybe she should worry about fixing that first.