We don’t like the details, so there are none

This is an interesting statement:

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont is calling for zero tuition at public colleges. Former Maryland governor Martin O’Malley says he will fight to erase debt for college graduates. Hillary Rodham Clinton, at a recent campaign event in Iowa, endorsed the goal of slashing such debt.

Promises to reduce, or even eliminate, the financial burdens of higher education represent the newest frontier in Democrats’ call for taxpayer-sponsored social programs. The anxiety-inducing $1.3 trillion in student debt has quickly become a focus of the 2016 Democratic presidential primary contest.

But while the concept is attracting attention from financially challenged middle-class families, details are scarce on how government should pay for potentially the costliest initiatives since President Obama’s health care overhaul.

it’s interesting because here’s the very next paragraph:

The one concrete source of funding comes from Sanders, who proposes a new tax on Wall Street transactions. While that idea draws cheers from his populist fan base, it would be a political long shot for passage in today’s Washington.

Sanders also has produced the only guess at the huge costs: three quarters of a trillion dollars over the first decade.

So, details for paying for it and its cost are scarce … except for the main person advocating for it. We also get this:

“This is a politically popular idea, but the solutions are hard and expensive,” said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, a nonpartisan policy and lobbying group in Washington for colleges and universities. “How you pay for it very quickly becomes a seriously complicating issue.”

This is national healthcare all over again: we can’t figure out how to do what other countries do:

That’s right, Germany will allow US citizens to go to college tuition free, but there’s no way the US can afford to do it.

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