By: Guy King @GuyLee15
The bright yellow rays beam from the sun upon the green grass as people walk the grounds of campuses across the nation. College students are sitting in their classes hoping for a productive and eventful fall semester. While some students do not have to worry about the long registration lines and being told the phrase, “You have a balance of… dollars,” others do. More importantly, how do the 2016 presidential candidates plan to aid college students across the country with this problem?
Bernie Sanders, one 2016 presidential candidate, says that he has a solution. If elected, the Democratic Vermont senator plans to execute a transaction tax on all Wall Street trades to finance the tuition of all Americans attending public universities. It may seem like a dream come true, I think otherwise.
Though college should be more affordable than it is now, making tuition free for everyone who attends a public university is a slap in the face to all of those who worked hard to gain scholarships and grants. Not to mention, the prestige of a college degree will be devalued if Sanders is elected, and this plan of his is set in motion.
I found an article on the Washington Post written by Charles Lane entitled, “College Doesn’t Need to Be Free” and he states that Sanders’s plan to eliminate the tuition of colleges would do more harm to a quality college education than good. Lane says that Sanders’s plan would have to rely on aggressive administration controls.
Many colleges in the nation has had problems with its own administration from presidents embezzling money from its own university, such as Morris Brown University who has just recently gotten out of debt due to its former president thieving from the university. If Sanders truly wants to put the future of this country’s academia needs in the hands of a university administration then my vote will not be going towards him.
I reached out to students to get their take on if they feel that Sanders’s plan to tax Wall Street to obtain money for free tuition.
“I think it is a good idea, but when you look at the landscape of American politics it is an unrealistic idea. Congress is content with student debt. The drawbacks of such a plan is do we really want to put our education in the hands of Wall Street?” Matthew Campbell, a recent Mississippi State University graduate says, “We have seen Wall Street act with little accountability, and we have seen the market manipulated by bankers to increase profits, which has been disastrous for millions of people throughout the course of American history.”
That being said, why does Bernie Sanders feel that Wall Street is the savior that college students have been awaiting to end our high cost tuition? I don’t think the socialists thought this plan out hard enough, and that this may be a plow to obtain votes from college aged Americans. It’s no secret that in 2008, most of Obama’s votes came from college aged students around the country. It also is obvious that Secretary Hillary Clinton is the frontrunner of the Democratic Party as of now. I feel that this is a hidden agenda that Sanders is attempting to play out to win the highest sit of the land. College students seem to vote Democrat over Republican, and are also very liberal. It has been said that students around the college age wanted change in the land of the free and voted to get Obama elected. Why would Sanders think that we wouldn’t support the only female running in the Democratic Party?
Guy King is a Jackson, Miss. native and senior Mass Communications major at Jackson State University. This fall Guy will serve as a 2015 CBCF Emerging Leaders Intern.