What lesson are we teaching young people by giving them “free” college?

I’m sure you’ve all heard by now that the 2020 Presidential candidate masquerading as New York’s governor has finally gotten his “Free College for Middle Class.”

Whoopie!

Now, despite the fact that I have never had any children, I’m now stuck paying for the college education of other people’s kids.

Thanks a lot, Andrew.

You know, when I was a kid, I would on occasion beg my mother to buy me certain things. One time the “It” item I wanted was Planet of Apes action figures.

And I did everything except stand on my head to get my mom to agree.

I even tried the “If you get these for me, I will love you forever and I’ll never ask for anything else ever again.”

To which my mom responded, “That’s extortion.” End of discussion.

Finally, Mom told me, “If you want them so badly, then save up and buy them yourself.”

My brother and I had summer jobs all through high school. And we saved our money like little misers. Although, one summer, we donated 25% of everything we earned to the Muscular Dystrophy Telethon.

The person at the phone center didn’t believe me. Who can blame her? I was only about fifteen. So she called back and asked to speak to my parents for confirmation.

Any old how.

The lesson I learned in childhood is if I wanted something badly enough, then it was up to me to find a way to earn the money to get it.

So what lesson are young people learning from today’s “Progressives” – like Andrew Cuomo?

Well, it certainly isn’t “if you want something, earn it.”

Instead, they’re being taught, “If you want something, demand it for free. And some Leftist Democrat with presidential aspirations will screw over his taxpayers to accommodate you.”

You don’t need to buy health insurance. Why should you when you can stay on your parents’ plan until you’re twenty-six?

You don’t need to save up for college. Why should you when the taxpayers in your state will foot the bill for your “free tuition?”

And if you did take out a student loan, you don’t have to pay it back. Because the Federal Government will guarantee it and if you default will be left holding the bag.

And by “Federal Government,” I mean the taxpayers in every single state of the Union.

A work ethic, personal responsibility – these things have become as rare as a pro-life Democrat.

What I find particularly loathsome about this “free college” program in New York is that so-called “progressives” are really angry about it.

Why?

Because the flaccid Blue State Republicans in Albany (who didn’t bother trying to stop the madness), settled for adding a provision saying anyone who takes this “free college” grant must live and work in the state of New York for a minimum of four years after graduation. Otherwise, the “grant” becomes a “loan” and must be paid back.

”But, but, but… That’s not FREE COLLEGE!!!”

Earth to “progressives:” It never was free.

If the taxpayers in New York State are footing the bill for your college tuition, then the least we should demand is that you stick around for a while and pay into state taxes before you leave.

If you go to college on a VA scholarship, you do have to serve in the military first.

So what’s wrong with expecting you to stick around and become a productive, taxpaying member of the state you just fleeced for your degree in Gender Studies?

My Mom liked to say that you appreciate something more when you are the one paying for it.

That’s another great lesson I learned as a kid.

I’ll never forget when I finally saved up to buy my very first vehicle. It was a Ford Ranger. Boy, I loved that truck.

And my Mom was right. Because I saved up for it, it made it all the more valuable to me.

What Andrew Cuomo just did to the citizens of New York State is downgrade the value of a college degree.

And, ironically, Cuomo seems to recognize that fact.

When announcing this train wreck, he actually said, “Today, college is what high school was…”

Let me stop him there.

Yes. College is what high school was. Because high school isn’t teaching kids a damn thing. And college graduates are no more prepared to enter the “real world” than high school students are.

But this is a reason to force taxpayers to foot the bill for the college education of strangers?

Honestly, I despise Liberals.

But he closed his sentence with this: “it should always be an option even if you can’t afford it.”

If you can’t afford something, then it isn’t an option for you. Period.

How hard is that to understand?!

“I can’t afford a car, but it should still be an option for me to own a car.”

“No, I can’t afford to buy a house or pay a mortgage, but it should still be an option for me to own a house with a mortgage.”

“I certainly can’t pay that much for a cup of coffee, but it should still be an option for me to get that cup of coffee.”

That’s troll logic.

But, that’s Andrew Cuomo.

Cuomo is taking away the motivation to work hard and save up money in order to afford the things you want.

How on earth does that help prepare New York’s young people for becoming responsible adults?

And how does that help the State of New York at all?

Cuomo gave young people in New York one more reason to believe they have a right to something even if they make no effort to try and afford it.

In twenty years’ time, when these entitled Gimme Gimme young people have grown into Gimme Gimme adults, who will be left in this state to pay for all these stupid programs?

But Cuomo doesn’t care.

He has his sights on the White House.

And he’s going to get there even if he has to completely bankrupt this state to do it.

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7 thoughts on “What lesson are we teaching young people by giving them “free” college?

  • April 13, 2017 at 10:11 am
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    While not arguing that american education system has it’s own benefits let’s take a look over the garden wall.

    I come from the country where it’s possible to get university degree for free (this is how I had my own university degree).

    Of course you will need to pass exams before (which may be tough, like it was in my case).

    But there is one major condition: as it is the state who payed your education off then after the graduation you are required to work for at least 3 years in a place that the state needs you to work in.

    Of course you will have a job in accordance with your just acquired degree and skills – along with a place to live (it can be a room or a house in case of a rural part of the country).

    On top of that there is an option: in case if you don’t want to work in some random, probably not so fancy, place you can still pay your education off by yourself.

    I believe that this approach is not so bad.

    It provides several benefits

    – social lift for young people who is capable to pass entrance exams,
    – country usually benefits when as many as possible smart young people are highly educated and can be involved in science, high-tech industry etc.

    P.S.

    And of course in my home country there are plenty commercial universities and colleges.
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  • April 13, 2017 at 2:22 pm
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    I would agree with you, Valentine, if the state colleges and universities were actually providing a top-drawer education. Unfortunately, more and more of them are forsaking the science, technology, logical thinking, mathematics, and even the critical thinking liberal arts curricula (any types of studies involving the Socratic method of examination) and, instead, are emphasizing the contemporary critical theory approach: so instead of classes on Paleontology, we get “Those big, clumsy dinosaurs”; or instead of classes an Aerodynamics, we get “What makes gender-neutral kite fly?”; or instead of classes on Shakespeare, we get “Our friend the comma.” Okay, so those aren’t real classes, but read these: Queer Musicology (U.C.L.A.); Black Hair Politics (U. Florida); Ecofeminism (U. South Carolina); Mail Order Brides (Johns Hopkins); or Sex, Rugs, Salt & Coal (Cornell U.).

    You are probably in a great position to describe the pitfalls of a society subscribing to the Marxian analysis of life (critical theory). I have friends in Siberia who have shared with me a massive number of their personal experiences living within that system that show how intellectually bankrupt it is. But, Obamazoids like Cuomo and Warren and most all on the Left drink from that trough of critical theory swill. Hence, I am not in favor of the free tuition concept given the nature of “higher education” today.

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    • April 13, 2017 at 2:42 pm
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      Thank you for sharing your thoughts.

      Well, I admit that the university I was graduated is more like MIT.

      Looking at subjects like ‘What makes gender-neutral kite fly?” I would say that it’s pretty much waste of time and money and of course students that would like to study such topics should do it on their cost.

      Anyway, seems that I need to learn about problems in contemporary american education system as your comment shows me that I know not so much about it.

      Thank you again!
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      • April 13, 2017 at 3:59 pm
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        Oh, you’re doing just fine, Valentine. Trust me, our current society is just as mixed up and confusing for those of who grew up in it as it is for someone from the outside trying to understand it. The ruin of the US education system has been underway for at least 60 years. This is evident in the fact that hardly anyone toady (and I’m including our government figures and the talking heads on television and the media) can debate issues anymore — it’s all hysterics, name-calling, half-truths (I’m being generous with the truth quotient), along with a sizeable dose of fantasy tossed into it. The Socratic method of learning and examination (as in asking questions like Why? How? What?) has been replaced by the critical theory touchy-feely nonsense. Unfortunately and at the risk of offending any teachers reading this post, there is a saying regarding American education that’s become all too true — “Those who can: do; those who cannot: teach.” I guess that sums up why the intellectual challenge of critical thinking has all but gone the way of those big, clumsy dinosaurs.

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  • April 13, 2017 at 10:58 pm
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    “What lesson are we teaching young people by giving them “free” college? ”

    One word, “Socialism,” also know as, “Communism.” Yeah, it’s that ‘stoopid’ simple. Please those that support ‘free’ and federal schooling, oversight and control… show me, show me where that is located in the Constitution? Correct! It isn’t!

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  • April 14, 2017 at 8:27 am
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    BigGun: the 10th Amendment … “The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”
    Education is a state issue, not a federal issue, and states are free to regulate their educational systems. If the taxpayers of the State of New York want to fund free college, as a non-New Yorker it’s not my place to stop them…they are well within their constitutional rights under the Tenth Amendment.

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  • April 17, 2017 at 11:07 pm
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    Nothing is free you socialist morons.

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