Among the many things Democrats are now willing to cut from their enormous spending plan are some of the issues which the party used to appeal to young Americans in particular to win their votes for Biden. The proposed two years of free community college is set to be axed from the plan, along with a host of other chunks of the spending plan which Democrats have decided that they are willing to cut in an effort to pass the rest of the plan.
Free college gets the axe
The amended plan is unlikely to make anyone happy. Republicans and the skeptical Democrats who have held up the spending plan so far will still not enjoy it even if they let it pass.
The enormously expensive plan is to be cut down from $3.5 trillion to something between $1.75 and $1.9 trillion, still a massive sum .
Democrats in general will not be pleased with the fact that so much will have to be stripped from the original plan, which included some attempts to fulfill campaign promises.
For all of the talk about helping young Americans to pay for college, the two years of free community college proposed in the original agenda will apparently be one of the first things to go.
A plan to promote renewable energy is to be dropped to appease West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin, one of the more cautious Democrats in the Senate currently.
Nancy Pelosi has made it clear that these pieces of the plan will have to be cut entirely and that it would not be possible to scale down while keeping them in some form.
Americans see that this wasn’t a high priority
The quick abandonment of even a modest “free college” proposal will sting for young voters who prioritized that issue in the 2020 election.
It indicates, however, that leading Democrats understand that the promises they have been making in this area are really pretty impractical.
The cost of higher education has skyrocketed in the 21st century while the degrees they provide have tended to simultaneously drop in value.
Working to lower the cost of college is fine in theory but the promises being made by Democrats who say that college should be made universally available would simply waste money on a massive scale.
The quality of available education typically drops as the quantity rises and millions of young Americans are already finding that employers in their fields are no longer interested in anything lower than a master’s degree.
They evidently know that they can’t keep their promises anyway, but if they did then Congressional Democrats would be spending massive amounts of money to give more Americans access to increasingly mediocre educations.