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Friday, November 13, 2015

Neil Cavuto Provides a Math Lesson for Student Demanding 'Free' College, and Debt Cancellation

Photo: Alatheia Larsen
"A group of student activists calling itself the Million Student March are demanding free education. What they need are more math classes and the reality check that nothing in life is free." reports Alatheia Larsen, Contributing Writer.

A student spokesperson for the group proved that in an interview on Fox Business Network’s Cavuto: Coast to Coast, on Nov. 11.

Anchor Neil Cavuto highlighted a protest taking place at Brooklyn College, called the Million Student March, and interviewed Keely Mullen to find out what the group demands.

“Uh, so the three core demands of the National Day of Action are, free public college, a cancellation of student debt, and a $15 an hour minimum wage, um, for people who work on the campus,” Mullen said.

“And how’s that gonna be paid?” Cavuto asked. She told him that the one-percenters should foot the bill.

Neil Cavuto embarrasses student who wants free college and has no idea how to pay for it  

After that, the interview went down hill for Mullen as Cavuto respectfully challenged her to run the numbers. Initially she reiterated a predictable, liberal response, claiming the financial burden should be paid by the one percent because they’re part of a economic “injustice.”

Source: NewsBusters (blog and Washington Free Beacon Channel (YouTube)

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Joe Beckmann said...

Do your homework. Even Harvard only charged tuition after the 1880's, and CCNY was free until recently, as was Cooper Union until about 3 years ago. Then they hired the former Provost at Tufts who raised tuition from zero to $40,800! Watch Ivory Tower (the documentary). Given the potential savings due to tech, it is quite feasible to reduce tuition to the level of a place like Southern New Hampshire University ($5,000) or even lower, and to structure work-study and other means of generating income other than college loans that are now crafted to produce substantial interest income to the agencies managing them. That does not mean that everybody can be tuition free, but, rather, that endowments can be managed more productively to hold expenses while increasing access via tech and business/commercial partners. If private SNHU and Cooper Union until 2014 could do it, others could just as well.

Helge Scherlund said...

Hi Joe Beckmann,

Thank you for dropping by.
I appreciate your comment.