Free College or Another New War?

Noting that U.S. college costs have gone up 500% since 1985, the Washington Post recommends seven countries where U.S. students can go to college for free without bothering to learn the language of the natives or anything so primitive.

These are nations with less wealth than the United States has, but which make college free or nearly free, both for citizens and for dangerous illegals visiting their Homelands.

How do they do it?

Three of them have a higher top tax rate than the United States has, but four of them don’t.

What does the United States spend its money on that these other countries do not? What is the largest public program in the United States? What makes up over 50% of federal discretionary spending in the United States?

If you said “war,” it’s possible you were educated in a fine foreign country.

A comprehensive calculation of U.S. military spending puts it at over $1 trillion a year. The International Institute for Strategic Studies puts it at $645.7 billion in 2012. Using that smaller number, let’s compare the seven nations where Americans can find their human right to an education respected:

France $48.1 billion or 7.4% of U.S.
Germany $40.4 billion or 6.3% of U.S.
Brazil $35.3 billion or 5.5% of U.S.

Norway $6.9 billion or 1.1% of U.S.
Sweden $5.8 billion or 0.9% of U.S.
Finland $3.6 billion or 0.6% of U.S.
Slovenia $0.6 billion or 0.1% of U.S.

Oh, but those are smaller countries. Well, let’s compare military spending per capita:

United States $2,057
Norway $1,455 or 71% of U.S.
France $733 or 35% of U.S.
Finland $683 or 33% of U.S.
Sweden $636 or 31% of U.S.
Germany $496 or 24% of U.S.
Slovenia $284 or 14% of U.S.
Brazil $177 or 9% of U.S.

It’s worth noting that in wealth per capita, Norway is wealthier than the United States. It still spends significantly less per capita on war preparations. The others all spend between 9% and 35%.

Now, you may be a believer in militarism, and you may be shouting right about now: “The United States provides these other nations’ warmaking needs for them. When Germany or France has to destroy Iraq or Afghanistan or Libya, who does the heavy lifting?”

Or you may be an opponent of militarism, and you may be thinking about its many additional costs. Not only does the United States pay the most in dollars, but it generates the most hatred, kills the most people, does the most damage to the natural environment, and loses the most freedoms in the process.

Either way, the point is that these other countries have chosen education, while the United States has chosen a project that perhaps a well-educated populace would support, but we don’t have any way to test that theory, and it doesn’t look like we’re going to any time soon.

We have a choice before us: free college or more war?

This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.
  • For truth regarding IBR (Income Based Repayment), read my
    article “Pay As You Earn Student Loan Repayment Plan: The Devil Is In the

    Author “The Art of Debt Guerrilla Warfare, how to beat debt
    collectors when your back is against the wall.”

  • It’s so hateful news and obviously they make distance to each other and such a this type of action, education standard must decrease and students cannot get a better education that is why I suggest Expert Assignment Done Assistance Service to the students who weak in their studies.

  • anna watson

    The idea of free education is amazing but there is actually a war among the colleges regarding this education…I think this is not good for the colleges as well as the students who get this opportunity…Assignment writing services

  • govt can play Important roll in make more and moreFree College ..
    best indoor tanning lotion for fair skin

  • Mike Smith

    For truth with respect to IBR (Income Based Repayment), read my
    article “Pay As You Earn Student Loan Repayment Plan: The Devil Is In the
    Points of interest”
    Creator “The Art of Debt Guerrilla Warfare, how to beat obligation
    gatherers when your back is against the divider.”

  • Mike Smith

    It’s so derisive news and clearly they make separation to one another and such a this sort of activity, training standard must reduction and understudies can’t show signs of improvement Education.

  • Baba Man&Van

    For truth in regards to IBR (Income Based Repayment), read my
    article “Pay As You Earn Student Loan Repayment Plan: The Devil Is In the
    Subtle elements”
    Creator “The Art of Debt Guerrilla Warfare, how to beat obligation
    authorities when your back is against the divider.”

    here is man and van

  • Mike Smith

    govt can play Important roll party sarees online uk in make more and more Free College

  • Broly taylor

    My friend recommended this blog and he was totally right keep up the fantastic work. Univariate Analysis Stats Assignment Help

  • hercules handle

    I personally like your post; you have shared good insights and experiences. Keep it up. Quantitative Analysis Stats Assignment Help

  • I am cheerful to catch thought from your post. It has information I have been chasing down a long time. I am sitting tight for your next post.

  • miriamsteve

    It is encouraging to see that there are nations that aren’t necessarily in the united states and still they offer education at very reasonable rates that many can afford. This may not imply that schools in the US aren’t good but for those with less income it is a relief. Top mark capstone proofing services are offered at very reasonable charges, which come with guaranteed professionalism. We offer the best assistance with proofreading custom papers, be sure to link with us for professional services.

    proofread my capstone

  • We are No. 1 in Electronics Engineering Assignment Help; Hire us for your Electronics Engineering Project and Homework Help.
    Electronics Assignment Help

  • John Martin

    Great post, Thank you for presenting a big variety of information that is very interesting to see in this article. Online Case Study Help Financial Management Case Study Solutions

  • Rapid Boost

    Truly awesome , thanks for sharing this stuff with us. Business Process Management Solutions Software Development Services USA