September 19, 2017
205 Years Ago, This Nation…
Think about this for a moment, bearing in mind that the last actual invasion of the United States occurred in 1812:
ONE OF THE most controversial proposals put forward by Sen. Bernie Sanders during the 2016 presidential campaign was a pledge to make tuition free at public colleges and universities. Critics from both parties howled that the pie-in-the-sky idea would bankrupt the country. Where, after all, would the money come from?
Those concerns were brushed aside Monday night, as the Senate overwhelmingly approved an $80 billion annual increase in military spending, enough to have fully satisfied Sanders’s campaign promise. Instead, the Senate handed President Donald Trump far more than the $54 billion he asked for. The lavish spending package gives Trump a major legislative victory, allowing him to boast about fulfilling his promise of a “great rebuilding of the armed services.”
Posted by Jerome Doolittle at September 19, 2017 05:01 PM
Although we no longer enjoy it, one of the benefits of being a New York City resident used to be free college tuition at the City University of New York — City College of New York, Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Queens College, Lehman College, and I may have forgotten one or two others. Leave it to a legislature and Republican mayors and governors to develop "other priorities." These days, tuition at the CUNY schools is still cheaper than private colleges, although, alas, no longer free.
But the point it, it has already been done, to the great benefit of the city's economy and its citizens. And it could happen everywhere ion America. Bernie's free tuition idea isn't new. It isn't radical. It isn't untested. It's solid old-fashioned conservative common sense, harkening to the days when America was, as Tony the Tiger and Donald would say, Grrrreat.
Yours very crankily,
The New York Crank