There ain’t no free lunch & no free college either

Bill Maher may well be the last honest leftist. Although I find Maher unctuous and irritating, I grudgingly admire him for being willing to frequently shout heresy in the leftist echo-chamber. Maher is perhaps the only celebrity leftist who is courageous enough to criticise Islam as trenchantly as he does Christianity. Maher has also taken issue with such leftist shibboleths as “cultural appropriation” and “gender” idiocy.

Now, Maher is tilting at one of the left’s most sanctified contemporary policies: free college. Which, as Maher says, is anything but “free” – and only serves the interests of the privileged. Quote:

Leftist comedian Bill Maher challenged liberals over the weekend on his HBO show “Real Time with Bill Maher” on a key 2020 issue: free college.

Unlike many in his party, though, Maher challenged the conventional thinking of “free college,” pointing out that it would only hurt the poor. End of quote.

“Free college” is the peak pork-barrelling issue for the modern left. As their vote shrinks increasingly to the privileged youth of America’s coastal mega-cities, any Democrat politician who wants to even get a look-in on the race has to promise the same free lunch to a generation of grasping layabouts. Quote:

Maher’s comment came just days after 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren outlined her plan to offer “free” four-year college through raising some taxes. At least two more Democrat 2020 presidential candidates, Sen. Kamala Harris of California and Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have also indicated they support the idea of “free” four-year college.

Warren, Sanders, Harris, and 2020 Democrat presidential candidate Sen. Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota support “free” two-year college for all. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), who is not yet old enough to run for president but introduced the Green New Deal, also is an outspoken supporter of “free” college for all. End of quote.

But there’s only one problem: there ain’t no free lunch. Someone has to pay. The left just want someone else to pay for the feathers in their nests. Quote:

Despite multiple presidential candidates in his party supporting “free” college, Maher took a step back, pointing out that “nothing is free.” End of quote.

Australia experienced the reality of “free college” in the 1970s, when the Whitlam government abolished university fees. Despite leftist myth-making, the only result was that working-class people’s taxes paid for middle-class dullards to cement their generational privilege. Maher realises that the US will see the same result. Quote:

“If you have a Bachelor degree, you earn on average 65 percent more than someone who doesn’t have one. If you have a Master’s degree, 100 percent more over the course of your lifetime. So nothing is free. Like a free lunch? No. Neither is college,” Maher said. “Somebody will be paying for this free college and it will be taxpayers, so are we really saying that someone who didn’t go to college should be subsidizing the people who went and got the benefit from going to college and made more money?”

Maher’s guest, conservative Grover Norquist, agreed, adding, “that’s an incredible transfer from lower-income people to higher income people. If you look at the beneficiaries of that proposal, it is a huge subsidy to higher income people and if you’re out buying votes, you go with the people you think are going to vote.” End of quote.


The left love to babble about “privilege” and “wealth redistribution”, but they’re only interested in redistribution of the meagre wealth of the working classes to the pockets of the privileged middle-class.

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