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What began as a challenge from billionaire Microsoft founder Bill Gates to make college more affordable is now catching on with governors eager to stem spiraling tuition costs and mounting student debt.
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Politicians talk all the time about making education affordable.  But  it almost always has to do with reaching into the pockets of others to pay for it.  When are they going to look and the colleges and universities that have been raising their rates at nearly twice the rate of inflation for the past 30 years?
 
Thomas Jefferson was a hack. Can you believe that guy actually thought education was a right? 
 
Tuition at UCLA in 1988 was around $500 a quarter. 3 years later it was $900. Today, it is nearly $4,000 ( http://www.registrar.ucla.edu/fees/spring13fee.htm). I assume state budget cuts are a factor, but that large increase doesn't seem justified even with inflation and budget cuts.
 
It's the free market system! How dare we judge it?
 
If one insists that any particular 'thing' is a right, then the question must be asked, "Who pays for it?" If someone else must pay for another one's right, is it indeed a right? If I 'must' pay for it, then I am enslaved to that extent, I am to the extent I am enslaved that much less free than I was prior to this other one exercising their right. How then could that 'thing' be a right if another one must be enslaved to any extent so that it may be exercised?
 
Oh, you have to be careful with giving your citizens and education. If they are taught a trade, the horrors of Unionism as well as not to question the boss then it is good. If they are given a Liberal Arts education and taught to apply critical analysis to political situations then they become dissatisfied troublemakers, hard to control and willing to spread their discontent around to formerly happy slugs. The last thing anyone governing a society wants is people who can think for themselves. Even letting the people read at more than a rudimentary level gives them the idea that their thoughts are somehow worthwhile.
 
+Steve Caunce, that all depends on the education given the masses.  If they're taught (by the state schools) to revere and not question the government instead of critical thinking, it's self-perpetuating instead of divergent.
 
The problem with this idea is that you have to fix the public school system because a big reason for the student debt is having to retake the basics which they should of gotten in public school. 
 
Stop the flow of government money and make the colleges compete for students. I remember working for my college tuition, not borrowing and paying later.
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