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How ‘free’ would Obama’s ‘free community college’ plan be?

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By Doug Powers  •  January 10, 2015 05:51 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

I can hear it already: “If you like your current community college, you can keep your current community college.”

The wind-up:

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And the pitch:

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That doesn’t sound “free.” What gives?

Don’t get me wrong, having a son in freshman year at a university, I’m totally on board with the idea of “free college” as long as Obama can convince teachers to work for nothing (we’re waiting for you to take the lead on this, Elizabeth Warren). Also, if the traditionally selfless and philanthropic folks who write, publish and sell college textbooks (and to think people complain about jewelry store markups) will give out their work for nothing, all in the name of contributing to the cause of higher education for the betterment of the future, count me in. But that’s not quite how it would work.

As always, “free” doesn’t mean “free” — it just means “somebody else” would pay. The problem is that “somebody else” doesn’t have any money left after paying for their “free” health care.

**Written by Doug Powers

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