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Biden pushes 17 years of free school, asks companies and wealthy to pay 'fair share'

PoliticsMay 03, 2021 08:01PM ET
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2/2 © Reuters. FILE PHOTO: U.S. President Joe Biden waves as he boards Air Force One after attending the Democratic National Committee's "Back on Track" drive-in car rally, in Georgia 2/2

By Jeff Mason

NORFOLK, Va. (Reuters) -President Joe Biden on Monday called on wealthy Americans and corporations to pay their "fair share" to fund free community college and other benefits for workers as he promoted his sweeping jobs and safety-net plans in Virginia.

Speaking at Tidewater (NYSE:TDW) Community College in the port city of Norfolk, Biden said his proposed expansion of the U.S. public education system would rebalance the economy and benefit lower-income Americans.

The United States could provide two free years of post-secondary education by raising the top income tax rate to the level it was in 2001, Biden said. He has proposed increasing the top marginal rate for the wealthiest Americans to 39.6% from 37%.

"The choice is about who the economy serves. And so I plan on giving tax breaks to the working-class folks and making everybody pay their fair share," he said.

The Democratic president faces significant opposition from Republicans to his tax and spending plans, even with his promise that individuals making less than $400,000 annually will not be affected. Democrats hold slim majorities in the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.

Biden has vowed to work with lawmakers from both parties, but no Republicans voted for his $1.9 trillion pandemic relief package, the biggest legislative achievement of Biden's presidency so far.

He may have less than two years to fulfill his big campaign promises if Republicans win control of one or both chambers of Congress in the November 2022 election.

The president and top administration officials are traveling the country to stir up enthusiasm for his proposals in the hopes that public support will translate to Republican votes in Congress.

On Monday, Biden, joined by his wife, community college professor Jill Biden, reviewed science projects with a class of fifth-grade students at an elementary school in nearby Yorktown before visiting the community college. The students had clear shields in front of their desks as a guard against the coronavirus.

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The school visits are part of a tour to sell Biden's $2.3 trillion plan to rebuild roads, broadband and other infrastructure, and a social-spending package that includes $1 trillion on education and childcare over 10 years and $800 billion in tax credits aimed at middle- and low-income families.

The second plan would expand America's 13 years of free public schooling at both ends, adding two years of preschool for 3-and 4-year olds and two years of community college for those who have completed high school.

Funded by higher taxes on corporations and wealthy Americans, the two proposals taken together would amount to the biggest domestic spending initiative since the 1960s.

"It is paid for by making sure corporate America and the wealthiest 1% pay their fair share," Biden said.

Biden and other advocates promote community college as an affordable, accessible gateway to a wide range of careers, from nursing to advanced manufacturing.

During the United States' industrial heyday in the 20th century, workers could easily find factory jobs that paid a middle-class wage with only a high school degree or less.

But globalization and automation have spurred employers to demand a higher level of skills, including deeper technical knowledge and broader critical-thinking abilities, according to Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce.

Now, two out of three U.S. jobs require some sort of education or training beyond high school.

Community colleges typically provide two years of education, leading to either an associate's degree or a start on a four-year college degree.

Roughly 11.8 million students were enrolled in 1,044 U.S. community colleges in 2019, according to the American Association of Community Colleges. Tuition averaged $3,770 a year, about one-third of the cost of a four-year public college.

Biden pushes 17 years of free school, asks companies and wealthy to pay 'fair share'
 

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Investing Man
Investing Man May 05, 2021 6:30AM ET
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The problem us the burden on the non rich to cover the loop holes, breaks, subsidies filling ceos billion dollar bonuses has become too high.
Raymond Pasillas
Raymond Pasillas May 04, 2021 10:53AM ET
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It will never work. The rich will never pay. They tried to get Amazon on a head tax and they stopped building.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 04, 2021 7:08AM ET
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somebody tells me why shouldn't community colleges be free?
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 04, 2021 7:08AM ET
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Why should it? Why should people who don’t go there pay for those who do?
Adrian White
Adrian White May 04, 2021 7:08AM ET
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CatholicMan, why don't you ask this same question about public high school? Or you car or medical insurance, for that matter, when you have an accident and "others" pay for your care?
Ad Cline
Ad Cline May 04, 2021 3:14AM ET
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CatholicMan your right stealing people's money is a sin and Donald Trump and his companys have a history of cheating and stealing other people's money all his life. Donald Trump is under investigation for tax fraud, banking fraud, insurance fraud,and election fraud.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 04, 2021 3:14AM ET
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Yawn. You do realize you can reply to comments, right?
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 04, 2021 1:07AM ET
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From the Catholic persoective, this is very sinful, stealing people’s money.
Tre Hsi
Tre Hsi May 04, 2021 1:07AM ET
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hmmm, how is that Vatican Bank scandal going, speaking of stealing money
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 04, 2021 1:07AM ET
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Tre Hsi No idea, but that doesn’t change my faith. I hope you get to know our savior, Jesus Christ.
Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 04, 2021 12:40AM ET
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FINALLY, some president does SOMETHING about EDUCATION!! Americans have largely been UNDEREDICATED with disastrous results on the economy and inability to adapt to even the lightest of instructions such as the basics of covid, nutrition, exercise and last not least deciding between right and wrong in the behaviour of what should have been at least an average president. And then Americans failed on all fronts, including an American traveller who was unaware she was pregnant until the aeroplane took off, LOL. YES, education helps with AWARENESS big time. There's no future without elevated levels of education.
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 04, 2021 12:40AM ET
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LOL
Nic Wan
Nic Wan May 04, 2021 12:40AM ET
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what's underedicated? are you one of them?
Nic Wan
Nic Wan May 04, 2021 12:40AM ET
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what's underedicated? are you one of them?
Red Riley
Red Riley May 03, 2021 11:21PM ET
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loco de la ca basa
Mike Chen
Mike Chen May 03, 2021 10:57PM ET
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The wealthy will seek accountants to reduce tax. The middle class will ne heavily tax. The market capital gains will be tax and is good for the market to continue bullish to pay tax!
Alex Sev
Alex Sev May 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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USA can afford it, it is slways bothered me that such sn impressive contry is stingy about youths getting thrir efucation for free. Healthcare should be next. And Yes you can hit me, but I sm a socialist, need a better example, look at the Norfic countties in Europe.
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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Hahaha youth getting an education? Its more likely they getting brainwashed instead lol
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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Hung Pham guessing you never went to school in the states then
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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Hung Pham guessing you never went to school in the states then
Jing Mai
Jing Mai May 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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If only USA hasn't wasted so much money on war.
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson May 03, 2021 10:31PM ET
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Nordic countries are not Socialist and their system works because the Nordic people are honest and hard-working.  The US has imported to many free-loaders for the Nordic system to work there.
Anthony Anthony
Anthony Anthony May 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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This guy will bankrupt usa.
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Chris Sundo
Chris Sundo May 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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At least Biden spends to raise up the masses of people and not just the wealthy. Trump nearly bankrupted the country in favor of the wealthy, throwing trillions at the Wallstreet financiers for Repo loans most of which didn't even get fully repaid, with billions lost through the cracks and not accounted for.
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson May 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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Chris Sundo He has spend for the benefit of illegal invaders and other enemies of the US.
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson May 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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The Federal government is the biggest enemy of the US people and if it goes bankrupt and collapse that will be the best thing ever.  A bankrupt government cant spend billions to bus migrants and refugees into our country.
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Ad Cline May 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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Nick have you thought about getting help for your paranoia. problems.
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Ad Cline May 03, 2021 10:06PM ET
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Trump gave away over 2 trillion dollars in his unnecessary tax cuts.
Klaus Weyers
Klaus Weyers May 03, 2021 9:55PM ET
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fair share??? the top 1% pay already 39% of all taxes and more than 90% of the lower income brackets combined, i.e.top 10% pay about 70% of all taxes.. Biden is right.. that is certainly not fair.. how about a 20% rate across the board and no deductions.. a progressive tax is inherently not fair in my morality
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Ad Cline May 03, 2021 9:55PM ET
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Klaus.. how misleading, that was before the massive 2 trillion dollar Trump tax break. the top 1% Own over 41% o the wealth in America. they should be paying at least 39% of the taxes. there the ones getting all the special financial treatment in America.
Trat Nguyen
Trat Nguyen May 03, 2021 9:55PM ET
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You lack morals Klaus.  You're a convicted criminal and repeat fraudster living a pathetic, forgotten life.
Clinton Powell
Clinton Powell May 03, 2021 9:28PM ET
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Biden should pay MY taxes
Aleksandr Rogovoy
Aleksandr Rogovoy May 03, 2021 9:28PM ET
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and my
Hung Pham
Hung Pham May 03, 2021 8:34PM ET
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Only in america where you can be rewarded for being lazy
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 03, 2021 8:34PM ET
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Who is being lazy? Are you ok??
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 03, 2021 8:34PM ET
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Isn’t it funny how benny is always confused?
Tony Coll
Tony Coll May 03, 2021 8:34PM ET
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Catholic Man lol he is an absolutely confused tool
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 03, 2021 8:34PM ET
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Tony Coll benjy also has problems with reality
Larson Leyson
Larson Leyson May 03, 2021 8:31PM ET
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“While you were here giving your opinion                                                                                                          Biden just spent another Trillion ! ”
Tony Coll
Tony Coll May 03, 2021 3:51PM ET
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So I work my way from the bottom to the top, no excuses, no favors, just hard work and dedication... and now I have to pay for someone's education and child care because they didn't properly plan or invest?... That sounds an awful lot like communism Joe, must think he's in China.
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Billy Mo
Billy Mo May 03, 2021 3:51PM ET
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You are wrong Tony. Competiton is more cruel in China, you wont even survive there. People pay 10k just for a good kindergarden. CCP didnt even give a penny to citizen ever since COVID hit. America is more “communist” than China believe me
Daniel Hall
Daniel Hall May 03, 2021 3:51PM ET
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When I was growing up, I was told you had to go to college to get ahead. Now people who have paid and worked "get ahead" get to pay those who are younger and have more energy to "get ahead". Of course I put that in quotes because, in reality, college does no such thing. Anybody who is willing to put in the effort and discipline can be more educated than any college graduate just by logging onto the internet or going to a library (many ways to do both of those for free pretty much anywhere in America)
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 03, 2021 3:51PM ET
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carol ruszin There are thrse things called loans. They help people go to college.
Tony Coll
Tony Coll May 03, 2021 3:51PM ET
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carol ruszin 2 forms of trickle down economics. Either you decrease taxes on the wealthy and the benefits trickle down to build the middle class, or you increase taxes on the wealthy and the expenses roll downhill ultimately hurting the middle/lower income levels. But either way, if you truly trust government to spend your tax money efficiently then you're just plain lost, have never lived in California, or both.
Tony Coll
Tony Coll May 03, 2021 3:51PM ET
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Billy Mo that is because China is in the socialist dictatorship phase of the transition to communism, where they no longer need to pretend to care about the general population's interests, and they will stay there. We'll get there eventually if we continue down this path of gradual socialism.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller May 03, 2021 3:47PM ET
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So the wealthy and companies will be pulling money out of the economy, including what they may have invested in government bonds, and handing it over to the government.  The money isn't under mattress' or in shoe boxes, it's invested in the economy.  Even when the money is sitting in the bank it counts towards the bank's reserves which influences how much they can lend to others.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller May 03, 2021 3:47PM ET
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Pure socialism at work.
Frank Taylor
Frank Taylor May 03, 2021 3:36PM ET
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unless there is a STEM pre-entrance exam to qualify this free college attendance, all this will accomplish is more art history and government management majors.
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye May 03, 2021 3:25PM ET
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"The plan would expand America's 13 years of free public schooling at both ends," That's where it's coming out of Joe - AT BOTH ENDS.
Bullish Boomer
Bullish Boomer May 03, 2021 3:25PM ET
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too funny!
Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu May 03, 2021 12:38PM ET
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Ridiculous, why not one billion trillion! People who vote Dems are total ret-tards
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Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 03, 2021 12:38PM ET
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Pat is a melting snowflake, not an original problem unfortunately.
Pat Mathieu
Pat Mathieu May 03, 2021 12:38PM ET
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fyi Einstein: "snowflakes" designate easily offended full of PC little lefties
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins May 03, 2021 12:38PM ET
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Pat Mathieu  A snowflake is just an easily offended person who spouts lies and then cries when proven wrong. Mostly Trumpers these days.
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye May 03, 2021 12:38PM ET
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Chris Cummins  Jesus would've HAD to been a Republican. The Democratic Party Platform SPECIFICALLY bans reference to the word "God."
Kevin Eddlemon
Kevin Eddlemon May 03, 2021 12:38PM ET
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100% agree
juan san
juan san May 03, 2021 12:16PM ET
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Socialism, enriching politicians while decreasing the quality of everything else in society.
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy May 03, 2021 11:47AM ET
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Democratic government is not the same. I wouldn't trust them even to mop the floors. Not 4 trillion $
Josh Davis
Josh Davis May 03, 2021 10:35AM ET
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So four trillion dollars and only 1.8 on spent on infrastructure and education? Interesting yay more money laundering by the government
leehiung chong
leehiung chong May 03, 2021 10:35AM ET
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the article says 2 trillion for infrastructure and 1.8 trillion for family and education... where are your reading glasses?
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 03, 2021 10:35AM ET
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Why would the fed need to launder money? Do you even hear yourself?
Barani Krishnan
Barani Krishnan May 03, 2021 10:35AM ET
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Benjamin McIntire  That's for those who don't even understand what the Fed stands for :))
Devin Carlson
Devin Carlson May 03, 2021 10:16AM ET
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Hyper inflation will soon occur, he sold the USA out! On purpose and plays stupid while china enjoys screwing us by using this puppet get some ropes!
danny Levine
danny Levine May 03, 2021 9:52AM ET
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resist by any means!
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins May 03, 2021 9:52AM ET
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That would mean you leaving your parents basement. Or are we talking about a virtual resistance?
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 03, 2021 9:52AM ET
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Chris Cummins lmao hey we all agreed to keep that a secret
Catholic Man
CatholicMan May 03, 2021 9:40AM ET
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He is turning out to be more worthless than anyone thought.
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Chris Cummins May 03, 2021 9:40AM ET
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Vlad Lozovskiy  Really? Allside has them as dead center and media bias has them as slight left. Factual reporting is VERY HIGH. Compare that with Fox or CNN. Where you get your news matters, do some homework so you don't fill your small mind with fake ********
Vlad Lozovskiy
Vlad Lozovskiy May 03, 2021 9:40AM ET
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Chris Cummins  Yea, sure.  And Biden is new Jesus Christ, just like NPR does factual reporting.
Chris Cummins
Chris Cummins May 03, 2021 9:40AM ET
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Vlad Lozovskiy  I can post it from a Fox new source if that is all you are able to believe.
Benjamin McIntire
Benjamin McIntire May 03, 2021 9:40AM ET
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{{uid:221988461} *****does JC have to do with anything? Yikes
Bob Collins
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Chris Cummins NPR? LMFAO! Might as well be Wikipedia. Or Politico. Or the Huffinglue Post.
 
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