education isnít just a personal investment. Itís a
public good that pays off in a more competitive workforce
and better-informed and engaged citizens. Every year,
we spend nearly $100 billion on corporate welfare,
and more than $500 billion on defense spending. Surely
ensuring the next generation can compete in the global
economy is at least as important as subsidies for
big business and military adventures around the globe.
In fact, I think we can and must go further ó not
just making public higher education tuition-free,
but reinventing education in America as we know it.
have got to make sure that every qualified American
in this country who wants to go to college can go
to college -- regardless of income."
should be a right, not a privilege. We need a revolution
in the way that the United States funds higher education."
person in this country who has the desire and ability
should be able to get all the education they need
regardless of the income of their family. This is
not a radical idea. In Germany, Scandinavia and many
other countries, higher education is either free or
very inexpensive. We must do the same."
Germany, college tuition is free. In America, college
tuition is increasingly unaffordable. In a highly
competitive global economy, which country do you think
will have the best educated work force and a competitive
advantage? We must make tuition free in public colleges
and universities and substantially reduce interest
rates on student loans."
can the United States be competitive globally if higher
education is unaffordable? Germany, Austria, Denmark,
Finland, Norway, Scotland and Sweden have no tuition
for college. Other countries have low tuition. We
need the best educated workforce in the world. Instead
of spending endless amounts on the military, we need
to invest in our young people."
students today are drowning in debt, and it is hurting
them and hurting our economy. We must find a way to
help families pay for college without condemning them
to a lifetime of indebtedness."