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Mon Feb 22, 2016, 12:11 AM Feb 2016

Poll: Where do you stand on free tuition to state colleges and universities [View all]

paid for by a tax on Wall Street speculation.

Please explain your point of view.

68 votes, 2 passes | Time left: Unlimited
I support free college and university including trade school tuition at state schools funded by a tax on speculative Wall Street trades.
63 (93%)
I do not support free college and university including trade school tuition at state schools funded by a tax on speculative Wall Street trades.
5 (7%)
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It should be easy to afford a college education. Ken Burch Feb 2016 #1
I think Bernie is right Duckhunter935 Feb 2016 #2
I vote in support but there needs to be some type of means testing. Purveyor Feb 2016 #3
Why do we need means-testing? JDPriestly Feb 2016 #4
I attend an East Coast private college, with tuition and fees running about 66K per year... anotherproletariat Feb 2016 #57
What has means testing got to do with it? mikehiggins Feb 2016 #69
private colleges aren't really the issue, are they? 0rganism Feb 2016 #116
If you can't fill out a FAFSA form then you probably shouldn't be in college in the first place. NobodyHere Feb 2016 #110
No Kalidurga Feb 2016 #27
No.... daleanime Feb 2016 #50
Gods no. The WORST part of modern day life is having to PROVE to the gov't or other people Erich Bloodaxe BSN Feb 2016 #101
It should be affordable. Very affordable. MADem Feb 2016 #5
I'm unsure. Should we seek to continue institutions that celebrate separating JDPriestly Feb 2016 #8
Should we continue with Historically Women's Colleges? Eliminate that option for them, too? MADem Feb 2016 #19
Frankly, I think people will still want to go to private colleges even if tuition JDPriestly Feb 2016 #32
What if what you think is wrong? MADem Feb 2016 #80
I have to return your question to you. What if what you think is wrong? JDPriestly Feb 2016 #81
We preserve culturally vital colleges and universities in my scenario. MADem Feb 2016 #82
How would free public college tuition eliminate Women's Colleges? senz Feb 2016 #49
Why pay to go to a midranked boutique college if you can get 2 years for free? MADem Feb 2016 #63
You need an MA today if you want to get anywhere. Either an MA or some JDPriestly Feb 2016 #71
No, you don't. You live in a rarified world if you think everyone needs an MA. nt MADem Feb 2016 #75
Even grade school teachers and business owners get MAs. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #83
I know a plumber who doesn't have an MA. He's rich as Roosevelt. nt MADem Feb 2016 #84
Plumbers and car mechanics are the two exceptions to my rule. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #108
Just those two? Not carpenters? Masons? MADem Feb 2016 #111
Cooks and chefs and landscapers, artists, musicians, electricians, dental assistants, medical JDPriestly Feb 2016 #117
Really? That's not my experience, and I've got relatives who do some of those jobs. MADem Feb 2016 #118
I'm not African-American, and I do not understand the argument for black colleges. onpatrol98 Feb 2016 #102
I would like to add that one of the reasons that I strongly support tuition-free JDPriestly Feb 2016 #16
Affordable college will help them, too. nt MADem Feb 2016 #22
Even if tuition is free, students will still have to pay for room and board. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #34
At a community college? I don't THINK so. You take the bus, you come home. MADem Feb 2016 #65
My daughter worked while in college on full scholarship and living at home. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #67
A lot of young people do not live within busing distance of a community college. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #72
MOST do, though. MADem Feb 2016 #74
Massachusetts is a particularly densely populated and liberal state. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #86
And how do these people buy groceries, meet their friends, or go to the gym? MADem Feb 2016 #88
My niece cannot afford the internet, and there is no bus service to her small town. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #89
Buy her a car. Or tell her to put up a rideshare plea on the college bulletin board. MADem Feb 2016 #91
73% of HBCU students attend public universities. JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #51
What is this essay even SAYING? UGH~~! That because the percentage is "small" that these students MADem Feb 2016 #60
The percentage of private HBCU students is small relative to public+private HBCU students. JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #62
The essay you cite sounds a bit like "Screw those black kids" to me. MADem Feb 2016 #64
I don't get that impression at all. But it doesn't matter what I think about tone(as I am not a PoC) JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #66
UGH. This isn't about NUMBERS. MADem Feb 2016 #70
The argument isn't that the numbers overall justify hurting HBCU JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #105
So, let's get rid of Harvard, the oldest college in our nation.... MADem Feb 2016 #107
Excellent post. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #73
I benefitted from virtually tuition free education at Cal in the 60's tularetom Feb 2016 #6
My college related expenses for 5 years LibDemAlways Feb 2016 #21
I Support a Democrat in the White House Stallion Feb 2016 #7
I support someone who aims high and will fight for his ideals that benefit the average citizen Art_from_Ark Feb 2016 #9
Pessimism is its own reward. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #12
Its Called Math Stallion Feb 2016 #13
I'm sure they said that when the idea of free high school was introduced. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #18
46 Less than 60 Stallion Feb 2016 #44
I support a champion of Democratic values in the White House senz Feb 2016 #43
There is no downside to making public colleges and universities tuition free. LibDemAlways Feb 2016 #10
Not true! kennetha Feb 2016 #14
California had free state colleges in the 1950s & 60s. Worked just fine. senz Feb 2016 #47
My tuition as a graduate student was free Art_from_Ark Feb 2016 #87
Sad that a few decades later, some who call themselves "Democrats" senz Feb 2016 #92
Absolutely Art_from_Ark Feb 2016 #93
I think we need another option on your poll. Lucinda Feb 2016 #11
What other option would you suggest? JDPriestly Feb 2016 #26
I know the problems much better than the solutions. Lucinda Feb 2016 #36
You have some good ideas. From the poll, you can see that free tuition is JDPriestly Feb 2016 #40
We can also already wipe out the planet several times over, it seems to me that some of that Lucinda Feb 2016 #42
I would love HillDawg Feb 2016 #15
What would you suggest? That's why I asked for comments. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #25
It's already free for lower income students in California flamingdem Feb 2016 #17
Graduate students often get jobs teaching. They are not well or adequately paid, JDPriestly Feb 2016 #35
I did my masters in the UC system and didn't have a cent of debt flamingdem Feb 2016 #38
That tax covers it and educating the next generation nadinbrzezinski Feb 2016 #20
I think it's way more complicated than this mythology Feb 2016 #23
Rich kids get free education. Do you think that they value it less for that reason? JDPriestly Feb 2016 #37
I support free tuition and fees but Bernie's plan is a bunch of nonsense alcibiades_mystery Feb 2016 #24
What plan would you suggest that would work? JDPriestly Feb 2016 #29
Yes, I have applied for FAFSA and I pay monthly on my (very modest, admittedly) student loan alcibiades_mystery Feb 2016 #41
There is nothing "ridiculous" about 1960s California and present-day Europe. senz Feb 2016 #48
That may be true, but you will not get there following Bernie's plan alcibiades_mystery Feb 2016 #96
What is a speculative Wall Street trade? Yupster Feb 2016 #28
I think it is the fast trades. Probably not what you do with your IRA. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #31
You're right Yupster Feb 2016 #58
The idea is to impose a tiny tax on the many, many, many trades and I believe JDPriestly Feb 2016 #76
I would go a lot farther than this. Kalidurga Feb 2016 #30
State universities in Canada pay 2/3 of the cost of tuition. The applegrove Feb 2016 #33
That would be a start. Someone above also suggested that costs should be JDPriestly Feb 2016 #39
As long as workers retirement accounts and state pension funds are exempted from the tax geek tragedy Feb 2016 #45
How would this raise constitutional questions if it's already been done with no problem? senz Feb 2016 #53
Most of the FTT revenue studies exclude those types of funds. JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #54
Yes. And a lot of the trades are there to hedge or to "make" the market appear JDPriestly Feb 2016 #77
With education all problems we have can be solved madokie Feb 2016 #46
Madokie, you see eye to eye with our nation's founders on this. senz Feb 2016 #59
Why not extend public education for all students beyond gr12 gwheezie Feb 2016 #52
Interesting ideas. Sort of reminds me of the European system. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #78
Well at least we now know who the Republicans in Democratic clothing around DU are... JonLeibowitz Feb 2016 #55
And we know who doesn't understand a damn thing about the historical and cultural significance MADem Feb 2016 #61
This is how Bernie proposes to pay for free tuition on public colleges & universities. senz Feb 2016 #56
Thanks. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #79
When I attended undergraduate school back in the late 70s to mid-80s, PatrickforO Feb 2016 #85
HEY PEOPLE, DeeBunker Feb 2016 #90
I support it (nt) bigwillq Feb 2016 #94
I'm a Bernie supporter but honestly am not crazy about this TheFarseer Feb 2016 #95
Not voting for this yet. But I have questions and concerns..... Adrahil Feb 2016 #97
"Free" is a word we need to stop using. NCTraveler Feb 2016 #98
Isn't the Sanders campaign the ones that keeps saying it's "free" ? n/t MichMan Feb 2016 #100
It is free to the student at the time of matriculation and attendance. JDPriestly Feb 2016 #114
Costs vary wildly MichMan Feb 2016 #99
The young are our future,educating them will more then pay for itself. libtodeath Feb 2016 #103
There are a lot of great private schoools besides HBCU MichMan Feb 2016 #104
The poll results speak for themselves. I am surprised, but the time for free tuition at JDPriestly Feb 2016 #109
How could ANY Democrat oppose the general concept? BillZBubb Feb 2016 #106
You need a special option for for college employees: "I support it but wait until after I retire." Gidney N Cloyd Feb 2016 #112
Our national gross income and GDP are very nearly rnk6670 Feb 2016 #113
I support mvd Feb 2016 #115
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