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7 Conservatives Who Went to Publicly Subsidized Colleges Complain About Free Community College

Obama's latest proposal has the hypocrites spewing on twitter.

President Obama unveiled a plan yesterday designed around offering free community college for two years to any student who can maintain a 2.5 grade point average.

The move has been praised by many education advocates as a step in the right direction, as the United States is one of the few rich countries that does not offer free or low-cost higher education to all of its citizens.

But conservatives on social media were outraged by the move, complaining that it was just another example of liberals offering free money to undeserving people.

The irony is that many of these conservatives making this complaint either were currently attending or did attend public universities – meaning their tuition was highly-subsidized by taxpayers.

For example, this tweet last night was from College Republican activist and writer Bethany Bowra:

Bowra attends Florida Atlantic University, a public university supported by the taxpayers of Florida.

Then there is right-wing blogger Jason Hart:

 

Hart attended publicly-financed Miami University in Ohio.

This tweep (translation: twitter user) was very worried that someone's taxes might be raised to fund the plan:

She attends Indiana University-Bloomington, meaning her tuition is mostly subsidized by people paying taxes to the state.

Conservative talk show personality Pavlich thinks the plan doesn't make any sense.

For the record, she attended University of Arizona, which is proudly supported by taxpayers.

Here's far-right townhall.com writer Derek Hunter:

Here's an old column of his where he explained he attended taxpayer-supported Wayne State University, before dropping out and then getting aid to go to college again.

Republican Rep. Buzz Brockaway is a Georgia lawmaker who supported large cuts to the state's HOPE scholarship. He boasted to me that he attended college in 1990 and no one paid for 85 percent of his tuition:

As University of Georgia Young Democrats of America president Alex Rowell pointed out to him, he paid less at his public college he attended in 1990 than students with scholarships do today.

John Risvold is an Illinois attorney and conservative activist.

What he doesn't mention here is he went to publicly subsidized University of Missouri for both his undergraduate education and law school. Apparently he didn't mind taxpayers footing the bill to reduce his tuition then.

The message all of these conservatives is sending is actually a lot simpler than their tweets: I got mine, who cares if you get yours? They were happy to have taxpayers subsidize their education, and now it seems they want to pull the ladders up behind them.

 

Zaid Jilani is an AlterNet staff writer. Follow @zaidjilani on Twitter.

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