On The Trail: Bernie Calls for Free Tuition Despite Opposition
Sanders shot back at critics of his economic proposals at a press conference at the Institute for Research on Labor and Unemployment at University of California Berkeley this past Friday evening.
Sanders echoed his comments from the campaign trail about making tuition free at public universities.
During the question and answer portion of the conference, Sanders returned to his tuition plan. His frustration with Wall Street and some of his colleagues in Washington surfaced as he detailed his plan to cover those tuition expenses.
"We pay for it through a tax on Wall Street speculation," Sanders said, raising his voice. "What the conventional wisdom is about Wall Street’s greed and illegal behavior that destroyed the economy — of course we’re going to bail them out. Why would we not bail them out?"
"But young people who desperately need a good education — of course they should leave school $50-or-$70,000 in debt. Why would we help them?"
Tuition at public institutions across the country, including UC Berkeley, continues to rise as job growth begins to falter. The US Department of Labor Bureau of Labor Statistics recently reported that the economy added approximately 38,000 jobs in May. Though that drove national unemployment down to 4.7 percent, it represents a downward trend in growth over the past three months, Reich said during his introductory comments.
(UC Berkeley video by Stephen McNally)
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