- - Monday, February 11, 2019

No wonder Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who advocates for free college (among other freebies), appeals to young voters with little or no civic education behind them. Before the Department of Education was created by President Jimmy Carter, it was possible for a person to work their way through college and then graduate debt-free.

Today, most college students graduate with a lifetime of debt and live with parents who are still paying off their own student loans. This is not freedom. It’s slavery, and it has social consequences: later marriage, fewer children and the loss of economic freedom.

Government should not reform education. It should get out of it and let it return to normalcy — what it was pre-Carter — before it is too late and the electorate becomes socialist.

ELIZABETH WARD NOTTRODT

Baltimore



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