Some American presidential candidates are presenting their views on how to handle the education crisis. One view is to make public colleges tax payer funded so that anyone can get education past high school.
Of course when you bring up getting something for free and being taxpayer-funded, it is analyzed by people. While it is good to analyze proposals to find weaknesses, the reasons for not having this are stupid.
Enter the Facebook meme that pretty much says: if you can’t afford college, join the military. The focus is, of course, to sign your life away temporarily, not about the constant rising cost of tuition or books, not that the loans put students in debt decades after they graduate. Not that it is one of the few loans that will stay with you even after filing bankruptcy (even though you can bail out big banks).
Not everyone can qualify for the military, and not everyone can afford college. While it would be nice to have a policy for joining the military for a brief time with some rewards (like other countries do), it shouldn’t be the only way to get heavily discounted college tuition. A country should want its citizens to be as educated as possible. This only serves to benefit everyone.