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The US Federal Government should implement universal college for all.

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Started: 8/19/2016 Category: Politics
Updated: 1 month ago Status: Debating Period
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Round 1-Acceptance, Round 2-Case, Round 3-Rebuttals, Round 4-Defense

I will be arguing that a universal college for all will allow our country to gain access to more advantages than disadvantages. I will lay out parameters for acceptance into tuition free colleges, because giving 1.5 GPA students access to colleges will not give us any advantages.


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Debate Round No. 1


Universal college is an investment in the 2/3s of our youth that require financial aid. In our era, college experience is a necessity in order to progress in life. We are living in the era where students who are not financially secure that want to pursue the American dream are deterred by student loans. The United States of America is the wealthiest country in the world. The Federal Government has a GDP of 17.43 trillion dollars. America's assets are the equivalent of 223 trillion dollars. The Federal Government spends 800 billion dollars to create the most powerful military in the history of mankind. Yet, almost every modern western nation provides universal college for all. Our country has always been capable of providing free college due to our excess in wealth. Instead of bestowing money to countries with a significant amount of human abuses; we should bestow our citizens with proper education to better equip them for the future. This case will go over the exact plan for community colleges, how it will receive funding, and the advantages our civilization is capable of accessing if the implementation were ever to occur.

C1: Plan
1. Make Tuition Free at Public Colleges
This is not a reckless decision. Many countries have already implemented this step. 39% of young people are expected to graduate college. All European countries have above 80% of young people graduating college.

2. Put an end to the federal government acquiring profit off of student loans
Over the next decade, it has been estimated that the federal government will make a profit of over $110 billion on student loan programs. The implications of such an absurd action by our government is a long term waste of ambitious young people who could benefit America with their more competent skills rather than manual physical labor.

3. Allow Students to participate in work study programs
This is a necessity for those that want to acquire proper experience.

4. Cease acceptance of students below the GPA of 2.8 to 3.0 range.
In order for this program to be beneficial, than GPA caps must be put in place to insure this program is not a depletion of money.

5. This program will be funded by imposing a tax on Wall Street speculators.
The cost of this $75 billion a year plan is fully paid for by imposing a tax of a fraction of a percent on Wall Street speculators who nearly destroyed the economy seven years ago. More than 1,000 economists have endorsed a tax on Wall Street speculation and today some 40 countries throughout the world have imposed a similar tax including Britain, Germany, France, Switzerland, and China. If the taxpayers of this country could bailout Wall Street in 2008, we can make public colleges and universities tuition free and debt free throughout the country.

How many students require these services?
Fifty-two percent of students received grants, at an average of $4,900, and 38 percent obtained student loans, taking out, on average, $7,100.
A significant portion of students require these services. Everybody receives advantages an educated population.

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While it may look good on paper, implementing a universal college for all program would be much less good in practice. There are two ways such a plan could be paid for; the federal government or a tax on the wealthy. The Government does not have the money to implement such a program, and robbing the wealthy is unfair.

If, like Pro, you believe that "Our country has always been capable of providing free college due to our excess in wealth.", I encourage you to look at the Federal Debt Clock. The clock shows that our federal debt is over 19 trillion dollars. Bernie Sanders' website says that the proposed plan for universal college would cost around 75 billion dollars per year. Can you imagine adding 75 billion dollars every single year to our federal debt? The results would be catastrophic.

However, there is another idea, attributed to Bernie Sanders. This idea involves taxing the wealthy the amount of money it would cost for all the youth in the country to go to college.
Why should the rich have to pay 75 trillion dollars a year for other people to go to college? "They must pay their fair share" is the usual response. However, these people worked very hard to get to the economic class they are in, and they have worked exceptionally hard to run their companies, creating jobs for Americans. This higher tax on the rich would be unfair, and amounts to legal thievery. Is there a problem with the college system? Yes there is. But burdening the federal budget or robbing the wealthy to make college free is not the way to go.
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Posted by Huron0 1 month ago
College is mass indoctrination (except usually for practical, technical studies like medicine, biology) I don't think it would make a difference if it were free or not.
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