Rep. Keith Ellison (D-Minn.) told Hartford Seminary graduates last week, “students ought to be able to go to college, they go to college for free in Germany.”
“We believe that the students ought to be able to go to college, they go to college for free in Germany. They’re not bigger than us, they are not richer than us -how can they send their kids to school for free and we cannot?” Ellison said.
According to the YouTube video posted by Hartford Seminary, which describes itself as a non-denominational graduate school for religious and theological studies, Ellison was addressing the “Myth of Scarcity."
“We live in a world where we are told constantly ‘there is just not enough’. We are given the myth of scarcity all the time,” Ellison said.
“There's just not enough. There’s not enough money so we cannot possibly afford to make sure our senior citizens retire in comfort –gotta cut social security. Oh, there’s not enough – so our students they just gotta pay 40-thousand dollars a year in loans, because there’s not enough to educate our young people.”
Government supported college is a theme within the Democratic Party. Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) has proposed government funded tuition for 4-year public colleges and universities. Hillary Clinton has called for making higher education as “debt-free as possible” and President Barack Obama has proposed making community college free for two years.