Monday, August 10, 2015

Hillary Clinton Steals Bernie Sanders's Proposal for College Funding

Smart politicians always preempt an opponent's popular proposals, calling them their own somehow. Now it's HRC's turn, stealing U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders​'s keystone proposal to provide free college educations to every American who can academically qualify. But there's some typical fine print to Clinton's idea.

Hillary Clinton with Kim Kardashian

States would have to increase their own spending on higher education, and universities would be required to control spending, though the Democratic presidential front-runner hasn’t yet worked out details.

First, I wonder how that first part about states increasing their own spending will go over in the Red states that have yet to even take advantage of the ACA to provide health care to their poorest citizens.

Second, given their track record over the past 30 years, expecting universities to control spending is even more far fetched than the first part. After all, they have popular and highly expensive football programs to pay for!

Third, you don't have an actual plan until you work out the details; otherwise, it's all just empty rhetoric.

Bernie Sanders has an actual plan: use the billions than can be cut from an out-of-control, sickeningly bloated "defense" (i.e., "war") budget to improve the lives of ALL Americans. And just one thing that can be done is financing college educations.

Single-payer health care is another. And both of those are just too damned important to let yourself be bamboozled, even if Hillary proposes it in another serious photo-op, like her selfie with Kim Kardashian.

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