Democrats are partially right
As reported by David Wickert in The News Tribune today, some Democrat legislators are considering making wealthy students (or their families) pay for the full cost of their higher education at state universities.
That makes sense. Why should taxpayers -- many of whom are struggling to cover modest expenses -- foot the bill for rich people?
The problem is, the Democrats don't take their logic far enough. The proposal is rightly dubbed a "Robin Hood plan" since rich families would pay the entire cost of their education plus the cost of education for less wealthy families.
I can't say I think much of Robin Hood for stealing from the rich to give to the poor. Where's the virtue in that?
But...if Government doesn't take money from some people and redistribute it to others (i.e. from each according to his ability, to each according to his need...), how will poor people ever rise above their circumstances? Who else would give them a chance to achieve a college education?
In response to which, I pose another question: Did Government have to force people to donate money to the victims of 9/11? How about victims of the recent tsunami?
No. In fact, as I recall, the individuals and foundations handling relief efforts asked people to stop contributing because the generosity was greater than the need.
Why do we sell people short and abuse government power by assuming similar generosity won't be shown in meeting a need as crucial as education? Countless individuals and foundations already prove the negative assumption wrong.