Dear Senator Sanders,
I am in my third semester of college and I am debt free. No, I don’t have any help from the government. No, my parents are not paying for it. I am working my way through college. Let me be the first one to say, I’m not like many other millennials. I am not clinging to your every word and the empty promises that you make on a daily basis. The thought of free college does not sound appealing to me. Why? Because I know that it is too good to be true. As a full-time student with two jobs who also does volunteer work on the side, I am taking time out of my busy schedule to explain why your idea of “free college” is anything but a good idea.
First of all, nothing is free. The free things you promise are going to be paid for by taxpayers. I know you are familiar with taxes because you have said that you wouldn’t mind taxing the hard working people of our nation up to 90% of their income. How are high taxes fair to those who worked their way up the ladder of success, and earned their money through hard work? I am all about helping those in need, but please, let American citizens give out of love and generosity and not as a result of the forceful hand of the government. If you take a majority of the middle and upper class’ money, then what is the incentive for someone to ascend into these classes? I know that I, for one, would not have a strong desire to. What do taxes have to do with free college? Everything! Believe it or not, something is not free if you have to pay for it – which is exactly what our taxpayers will be doing. According to U.S. News, free college brought by your “College for All Act” would cost the government, and taxpayers, 70 billion dollars per year. That is more than double what the government spends on pell grants each year.
I am also concerned that if the “College for All Act” comes to pass, the attitude of entitlement will be perpetuated even more within our society. It is true that if we purchase something with our own, hard-earned money we will have a greater appreciation for it. For example, I bought my first car. I worked and made payments for five years. At the end of sixty months, the vehicle was mine. I now own it not because it was given to me, but because I earned the money to pay for it. As a result, my respect level for it is much higher. The same is true of my college career. My education is not being handed to me, therefore, I take my studies very seriously. I know and understand the true value of the education I am receiving. If we want Americans to value things, they need to work for them.