A Baker's Dozen: 13 Reasons Why Free College Tuition is Bad for America


Posted: Jun 07, 2021 12:01 AM

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Editor’s Note: This piece was co-authored by U.S. Congresswoman Lisa McClain and Dr. Kent D. MacDonald.

A “Baker’s Dozen” is synonymous with more, or extra in a transaction. This piece provides (extra) arguments – a baker’s dozen – why government subsidized, free college tuition is bad for all involved.

Making the case:

The state is that great fiction by which everyone tries to live at the expense of everyone else. Frederic Bastiat 

Nowhere are Bastiat’s words becoming more evident than with the many in Washington and their fascination with free college tuition. 

To better understand the naïveté of this harmful and expensive proposition, consider the current state of affairs. According to Statista, the percentage of Americans 25 years old or greater who completed a four-year degree or higher has increased significantly from 1940 (5.5 percent of men and 3.8 percent of women) to 2019 (35.4 percent of men and over 36 percent of women). 

Completion rates can improve, yet some in Washington suggest the only reason more individuals

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