There are some wonderful progressives on this website, but then there are some who are a bit disingenuous. The silence of some on universal pre-K and free community college is pretty revealing. Both policies will be game-changing for the working class.
If you don't think these policies go far enough, that's fine, but we should still celebrate them. If these policies are viewed as popular, that creates an incentivizing environment for Democrats do go even further. You influence power through incentives.
I'm all for working on college affordability overall, but free community college is actually the policy that will help working class people *more*. It helps kids who got poorer high school ed, people who work 40 hours a week, non-traditional students, etc.
I keep thinking of this man who came up to me at the grocery store. He told me he wanted to say goodbye bc he was leaving for an apprenticeship. He was so happy to get to leave the store. Think about how free community college will give even more opportunities to workers like him
Think about all the adults who never got a chance to go to college b/c they had to work, couldn't afford it, had kids, etc. So many of them still can't afford higher ed AND feel intimidated by being older. Free community college opens *so* many doors for these folks.
It's also, I should add, good for the economy in other ways. There are a lot of people out there who would benefit from the increased jobs created by high demand for free community college.

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