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How is free public college supposed to work?

06 December 2019 - 04:26 PM

I'm having trouble understanding how its proponents intend to have free public college, community college, and/or junior college operate. I've read the Warren and Sanders websites on the topic. Not Buttigieg yet.
First of all, public colleges are operated by states and municipalities, not the federal government (except the military academies). Apparently, the idea is to provide students with money to cover their tuition (and fees, room and board, and other expenses?), or to directly fund the institutions (or supplement their funding?) that are currently funded by state and local taxation, fees, and student tuition payments.
What is supposed to control the costs such as academic salaries, maintenance, capital expenditures, and staff salaries? Are we headed toward federal control of funding and academic policies? Is this like the other efforts of the federal government to have states do jobs the federal government wants done with the certainty of arguments over adequacy of funding and violation of 10th Amendment provisions protecting state powers?
If anyone has a handle on this, I'd appreciate a lesson (without my having to pay anyone anything.)

The debt ceiling raises its ugly head again.

15 July 2019 - 08:56 PM

Why doesn't Sec. 4 of the 14th Amendment mean what it says and make the debt ceiling an irrelevancy?