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In the U.S., you should be guaranteed two free years of technical or community college.

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Started: 6/25/2015 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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AJJackson412

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First off, if you knew you were going to get into a technical or community college for free, you wouldn't work hard in High School. You wouldn't be motivated to try and get a scholarship. Secondly, taxes. The states pay for most of the public colleges. But where does that money come from... The answer is TAXES! On average it would cost a total of $3,800 to attend a community or technical college for one year. A total of 21 million people attended community and technical college last year (2014-15). So, multiply the numbers together. Yep. That's a total of 79,600,000,000 (79 billion 600 million) Now, there are 209 million adults in America, but only about half of them are eligible to pay taxes. So about 105 million. So 79,600,000,000 divided by 105 million adults, you get the following: 760. So that $760 is added to your tax bill every year. After two years you pay $1520. Now, you may be a rich person, but $760 could be a lot to a lower income family. Even so, all of the 105 million people who can pay taxes would have to pay. If not, it would raise the taxes for everyone else even more! Take this for an example: Bill Gates is an extremely generous man who gives away much of his money. If he gave away 1 billion dollars every year for this cause, it would only take off $10 from the original amount of $760. So you would still pay an extra $750 in taxes. That is why I believe that, "In the U.S., you should not have two free years of tuition to a community college or technical college."
chrisinden

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To begin, it would actually cost around 60.29 billion dollars to provide free 2 year community college over the course of 10 years, according to the American Enterprise Institute. Divide 60.29 billion by 105 million, and you get around 574 dollars. Divide that by 10, since this is over the course of 10 years, and that would cost the average tax paying American around 57.4 dollars a year. This number would be less however because not all of that money comes from income tax, a good portion would come from sales taxes on goods and services. You would not pay $1520 after two years. you would pay less than 120 dollars, so your argument is flawed. You claim that this extra cost would hurt low income families, but because richer families generally pay more taxes, most low income families would be paying far less than the 120 dollars the average american would pay. Also, low income families would actually benefit more from this as they would have access to community college, and thus be able to get a job that pays a significantly higher salary than any job they could get without a community college degree.

Further, more college graduates would benefit the economy greatly, with more Americans working important and beneficial jobs. Thus, making community college is worth it, especially considering how little it would really cost the average tax paying American citizen.
Debate Round No. 1
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Posted by Preston 1 year ago
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so you are wrong though, taxes come from inheritance for this act, not income tax, so yea...
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