Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren has been on the free college and student debt forgiveness bandwagon, but a revelation from her past isn’t looking good for her. Not one bit.
Warren has been pushing a new proposal to tax the wealthy enough to provide free tuition to everyone who attends public colleges and universities and to wipe away all the money students and alumni still owe in an obvious move to pander to young voters.
But a 2016 opinion piece by Washington Examiner Lisa Boothe pointed out that Warren made $430,000 for teaching for one year at Harvard University.
$430,000! That’s a lot of money, and that money is partly paid for by students’ tuition.
Warren is also suspected of getting her high-paying job at Harvard under the guise of being a woman of color due to her oft-cited Native American ancestry. A DNA test she took last year put her around, possibly, 1/1024th Native American.
A USA Today post by education editor Chris Quintana pointed out the unfairness of taxing the wealthiest Americans 2-3% in order to pay for Warren’s $1.25 trillion free college and debt forgiveness plan.
He quoted Seton Hall University’s Robert Kelchen, who said that her proposal takes “resources from older Americans and people who never went to college or paid off their debt to students who still have debt.”
Quintana added that Warren’s move “would be devastating” to private and for-profit colleges, who it would find extremely difficult to compete with “free” education.
Arizona State University president Michael Crow pointed out that having public colleges so completely paid for by the government would turn the institutions of higher learning into something very different.
“I don’t know what they would be,” Crow said. “They would be government schools, tightly regulated by bureaucrats. That’s not the path to success.”
Plus, something that liberals who love Warren’s plan probably haven’t thought of is the greater benefit that free college could give to wealthier Americans versus poorer Americans. Medical and law students, for example, often have the largest amount of college debt yet the greatest ability to pay it off.
Free tuition for them would be a greater benefit than free tuition for people with degrees that won’t likely get them into as high paying of jobs.
Also, Warren is forgiving student debt of up to $50,000, which is more than most people owe for public universities. That would mean doctors and lawyers would get more debt forgiveness, which is why Quintana says Warren’s plan could help the rich more than the poor.