Free Community College Further Devalues College Degrees
Want an Associate’s Degree so you can become a Walmart associate or secure some other low-paying corporate job where you’re treated as an expendable line item on the quarterly profit and loss statement?
One can hear the figurative whip cracking now. Get back to work! Earn that $7.25 an hour!
Move to Tennessee, whose politicians are playing games with public sentiment. They’re now offering two free years of college education at little “Harvards by the cow pasture” or community colleges, but devaluing and debasing college degrees at the same time by doing so. They passed Tennessee Promise a couple of years ago and Tennessee Reconnect just passed this week. Both programs are designed to make government officials look good, but as always their true aims are more nefarious.
Here’s the reality.
Imagine a deal struck in a smoke-filled back room between evil CEOs and their legislative prostitutes. “You know what, Senator Hikeskirt Up, I’m really sick of paying people extra because they have a degree. Why don’t we just give everybody a degree so I can start paying everyone poorly, not just the uneducated?”
“Great idea! We’ll get it passed!”
As reported by a Fox affiliate, the type of lamestream media outlet whose “journalists” always put a positive spin on college:
Tennessee Promise was initiated to give all high school seniors access to two years free of community college and technical education. But it only applied to those who graduated high school after 2015. When Tennessee Reconnect goes into effect in the fall of 2018, everyone who graduated before 2015 can have those benefits as well.
My, oh my.
This, even though an Associate’s Degree is basically toilet paper in the modern economy, and community college is a pointless repetition of high school for those going on to turn themselves into debt slaves for a four year degree. It’s never highlighted that 40% of college grads already can’t find a decent enough job to pay their non-bankruptable student loan debt back. There are already too many college degrees out there. The government’s solution? Get even more of them on the market!
Every time government tries to help it makes things worse. Somebody needs to teach supply and demand economics to legislators. Here’s how it works. When you make degree mills ubiquitous in society and lower the standards so everyone passes, suddenly a rubber stamp means nothing beyond being a feel-good palliative. Employers scoff at them. A degree is economically worthless because the workers who have one are as common as grains of sand on the beach.
I even had an employer bluntly tell everyone in a staff meeting when I was a TV star: “We don’t care that you all have college degrees. Everybody has a degree these days. You are all replaceable.” In other words, bend over the barrel, and if you’re lucky we’ll use a little lube.
Lawmakers know supply and demand. Make no mistake about that. They just don’t care about you. They never have, and they never will. Government servants of corporate capital are just doing what their masters tell them to do. We The People have not been their masters for at least a century, going by some historical accounts which we’ll discuss at a future date.
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