By Hunter Wallace
In The Washington Post, Bernie Sanders has an Op-Ed on his plan to make college tuition free:
“In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes became the first president to make a strong case for universally available public education. “Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education,” he said in his inaugural address, adding that “liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools.” Hayes, a Republican, didn’t worry that some poor kid might benefit from access to “free stuff,” nor did he believe that the children of wealthy elites should be excluded from the universal nature of the program. For him, education was the basis for full economic and political participation, and full participation was the basis for all prosperity. An education should be available to all regardless of anyone’s station. …”
Forbes also has an article on how college tuition isn’t exactly free in Denmark:
“There is no doubt that a sustainable funding mechanism for college education is an important policy for any modern country, but if one pays upwards in 56% in income tax and 25% in sales tax (including a 105-180% tax on cars) to fund education and other social services, one would not call it “free.”
Among other things, Denmark is the least corrupt country in the world. The Danes are fond of balanced budgets, hard work, high middle class taxes and far more expensive consumer goods. They trust the government. Because of their relative lack of diversity, Danes are less divided by hyper-partisan political parties than Americans.