Dan Gilmore / November 13, 2015

Don’t Look to Students to Solve University Problem

Where are the Republicans’ fiscally sound solutions?

There is a problem in higher education and students know it. College students from the University of California, Berkeley, to Northeastern University in Boston, who called themselves the Million Student March, took to the streets Thursday to express their dissatisfaction with the state of American higher education. The march’s proposed solution was to, well, let’s hear what one national student organizer, Keely Mullen, told Fox Business Network:

“Well, so the movement, the Million Student March, um, is a movement for a more, um, equitable and fair system of education, as opposed to, um, the really corporate model that we have right now. Uh, so the three core demands of the National Day of Action are free public college, a cancellation of student debt, and a 15-dollar-an-hour minimum wage, um, for people who work on the campus. … The 1% of people in society that are hoarding, um, the wealth and really sort of causing, um, a catastrophe that students are facing. I mean, we have a relationship right now where 1% of the population owns more wealth than the 99% combined.”

Stunning analysis right there. If the students wanted to be intellectually honest, they should have all slapped Bernie Sanders buttons to their chests while they marched, as the Democrat Socialist candidate for president has gained traction in his campaign for promising a whole goodie bag of free stuff for Americans if he is elected. But the marchers do have a point: Ballooning student loans have hampered graduates’ ability to save for retirement. The problem is worse at Christian colleges — many of them conservative in nature — where students often have to borrow even more than their public university counterparts in order to study their faith at a deeper level. However, the students’ proposal to rob the 1%, who are already being milked for everything Democrats can think of, completely disregards Economics 101. Contrary to this philosophy of envy, the 1% are not a never-ending well of untapped money. Meanwhile, it’s primary season: Where are the Republicans’ fiscally sound solutions to rising student debt? One candidate, at least, has a plan

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