Investing in free tuition would pay off for society
In the Aug. 11 op-ed, Mr. MacDowell asks a question: “Why should the taxpayer help underwrite an education that will deliver more money to an individual over their lifetime?”as if there is no reasonable answer. However, there is.
In countries that offer substantial educational assistance, the logic is this: An individual receives taxpayer-paid financial help to attend college. Yes, that individual then benefits from a better-paid occupation. However, that higher-paid job translates to greater taxes paid, eliminating the investment cost and providing a return on investment.
Additionally, the greater number of trained and educated individuals results in a more successful society for all.
In America, we distribute billions of dollars to select individuals as “investments.” That money typically is distributed to individuals who own the majority of this nation’s wealth. In Pennsylvania, millions of taxpayers dollars are being distributed to a select few via Allentown’s NIZ.
Somehow distributing taxpayer money to the wealthy is a great plan but investing in the middle class is a bad one? I think not. Paul Kraft Bethlehem Township