AOC Accuses Buttigieg of Using ‘GOP Talking Points’ After He Called for Making College Affordable

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) took issue with 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Pete Buttigieg after he said he believes college should be affordable for everyone, not tuition-free.

On Thanksgiving, Buttigieg’s campaign tweeted out a video of Buttigieg denouncing plans for free public college tuition, saying, “I only want to make promises that we can keep.”

“I believe we should move to make college affordable for everybody. There are some voices saying, ‘well, that doesn’t count unless you go even further, unless it’s free even for the kids of millionaires,’ but I only want to make promises that we can keep.”

That video didn’t sit well with Ocasio-Cortez, who responded with a series of tweets claiming that Buttigieg was using “GOP talking points.”

“This is a GOP talking point used to dismantle public systems, [and] it’s sad to see a Dem candidate adopt it. Let’s talk about why Republicans are wrong on this. Just like rich kids can attend public school, they should be able to attend tuition-free public college.

The progressive star continued to say that public colleges should be a public good, adding that, “Universal public systems are designed to benefit everybody! Everyone contributes [and] everyone enjoys. We don’t ban the rich from public schools, firefighters, or libraries bc they are public goods.”

Rather, by allowing wealthy families the opportunity to send their children to college for free it would make the schools better.

“Universal systems that benefit everyone are stronger [because] everyone’s invested!”

Responding to Buttigieg taking issue with the possibility that wealthy families could send their children to college for free, Ocasio-Cortez said, “Many children of the elite want to go to private, Ivyesque schools anyway, which aren’t covered by tuition-free public college.”

She continued to say that making public colleges tuition-free would make classrooms more “socioeconomically integrated.”

“I can’t believe we have to remind people of this, but it’s GOOD to have classrooms (from pre-k through college!) to be socioeconomically integrated. Having students from different incomes & backgrounds in the same classroom is good for society & economic mobility.”

Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — who released a plan to cancel student loan debt and make public colleges tuition-free — for president.

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General Confusion
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Some here need a college degree to figure out that IJR is broken and that posting a SECOND reply hides ALL replies including your own.

William Conley
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College has been proven to be well mostly ineffective in today’s world where you can just as easily attain said knowledge online by yourself. Basically the education system still exists to indoctrinate the youth to fit into the fold of their agenda. They should just go back to apprenticeships for every profession. Doctors use to after taking a test to prove they are even mentally capable of the task at hand just take on apprentices. You’re telling me it wouldn’t be easier and quicker to learn this stuff first hand with an actual professional in the field. Instead we waste… Read more »

Tracy
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Will there be an age limit?

Tracy
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I want the money back I spent on college for myself and our kids.

James
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I wonder if the NY District 14 dipstick knows that the wealthy parents pay school taxes also thereby allowing their kids to attend public school with the poor and middle class kids if they choose to. Some Marxists like AOC are simply too stupid to come in out of the rain.

General Confusion
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The ultimate goal of conservatives, esp the American Fascists, is to have only people like the wealthiest or most connected of them get a great education. Everyone else only needs to be educated enough to keep the machinery and offices in the companies that they own functioning and well oiled. They have no interest in lower “classes” moving up to THEIR privileged class. No sir! Not on their watch.

Screwtape
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fun fact: The cost of tuition has risen MUCH faster than the cost of medical care.

fun fact: Many private schools are sitting on UNTAXED billions in endowment funds, q.v. Harvard, Yale, Stanford, etc.
They also fail to pay out the legally-required minimums from those funds to qualify for non-profit/tax-exempt status.

Why isn’t anyone pointing out the obvious (like a lot of those in power and SC judges attended those schools) Congressional hearings anyone?

I don’t hear a single candidate (Liz Warren) demanding that the government take over ALL higher-education.

Screwtape
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Follow THIS logic.

If a drug company makes a drug *ahem* unaffordable then there are Congressional hearings with the heads of those companies. See “Pharma Bro” and Epipens.

If a SCHOOL makes itself unaffordable, then it’s the up to taxpayers to pick up the slack.

One of these things is NOT like the other one and lacks logic.

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