John Derbyshire comments
on Obama's latest idiocy:
Hence the President’s proposal to make community college “as free and universal as high school.” He didn’t precisely say it should be compulsory, but you know that’s the way he’d like to see us headed.
The assumption here is that everyone is just as hungry for education as elite grinds like Barack Obama, who was 22 before he finished his main schooling, then later logged another three years at Harvard Law. Millions of proles have their noses pressed to the community college windows, desperate to get in, but they can’t afford it!
That is just not true... For one thing, community college is dirt cheap. Anyone who is up to a little odd-jobbing or burger-flipping can easily afford it. For anyone who can prove even mild financial hardship, the colleges are already free.
For another thing, great numbers of people—probably a majority—hate the idea of education continuing after high school. That is a very shocking thought to the elite grinds, perhaps to the degree of them not being able to think it at all.
While I agree with Derb, I think he's only grazing the edge of the progressives' real goal in this whole community college idea. I attended both community college and university, as did several of the contributors to this blog. We can all tell you with certainty that while the university was staffed with all of the lefties and lib-progs and other blinkered fools you'd expect, the junior college was the opposite. Most of the instructors and professors were technical people, many of them moonlighting from positions in industry and business. Even the full-time liberal arts professors were often of a decidedly right-of-center political temperament.
In short, community colleges are all about creating skilled and educated workers, not shoveling political propaganda at outrageous prices.
I submit that the proggies in D.C. have finally taken notice of this fact. They have managed to garner absolute oversight of the curriculum in the universities and in the public schools. It has only recently come to their attention, however, that there is a gap in their iron-fisted control of education in America, and they ain't one bit happy about it.
Do not be fooled by the "everybody benefits" argument. Progressives are incapable of proposing anything that doesn't play directly into their agenda. These people's visions of Utopia are only a half-step removed from the likes of Lenin and Castro. Giving the federal government financial leverage in private junior colleges is a really, really bad idea for the future of this country.