Dr. Jill Biden has been First Lady less than a month, but she is already flexing policy muscle in a way that would seem inconceivable for former First Lady Melania Trump.
Jill Biden, who holds a doctoral degree in education from the University of Delaware, recently proposed a sweeping and costly government program that would cost taxpayers billions.
“We have to get this done. And we have to do it now. That’s why we’re going to make sure that everyone has access to free community college and training programs,” Biden said in an event hosted by the Association of Community College Trustees and the American Association of Community Colleges.
Jill Biden also promoted her big government program on Twitter.
Everyone should have access to free community college.
— Jill Biden (@FLOTUS) February 10, 2021
“Everyone should have access to free community college,” she tweeted on Tuesday.
Dr. Jill Biden is still a community college professor at Northern Virginia Community College, or NOVA.
The cost of in-state tuition and out-of-state tuition for community college runs in the thousands per student, as reported by the USA Today:
Average annual tuition and fees at a community college cost $3,730 during the 2019-2020 academic year, compared to an average of $10,440 for in-state tuition and fees at a four-year public college, according to the American Association of Community Colleges.
Thus, the program would run into the tens of billions each year without even considering how the program would fuel demand for education, as well as lead to government competing against private and public four-year universities. The market distortion would be massive.
As the USA Today also pointed out, in 2015, Barack Obama and Joe Biden also proposed a plan for Americans to get two years of free community college.
The mild-mannered Melania Trump, for her part, was mostly known for being an advocate of the “Be Best” program, which was predicated on “well-being, social media usage, and opioid abuse among children.”
As the USA Today, the same publication that had no critical remarks about Jill Biden’s costly education proposal, stated in a 2019 piece critical of Melania Trump’s “Be Best” advocacy:
Most of the initiative’s work has focused on raising awareness of the issues within its pillars, rather than specific policy solutions.
The piece entitled, “Melania Trump marked one year of ‘Be Best.’ What is it, and what has it accomplished?” seems to criticize Melania Trump for her lack of policy advocacy.
One could just as easily point out that Americans don’t elect First Ladies for them to dictate policies to the nation. And if we know anything about her husband Joe Biden, he wouldn’t hesitate to push through policies via executive orders.
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