Bill Maher blasts free college as a ‘grift’: ‘I’m not f***ing paying for that’
Comedian Bill Maher blasted the idea of free college during a monologue on his show “Real Time With Bill Maher.”
Maher spoke about President Biden’s “American Families Plan” which calls for more investments in education and more money for childcare.
“President Biden’s American Families Plan asks the taxpayers to pony up hundreds of billions so that everyone can go to college, and billions more for subsidized childcare so our kids can go to school while we go to school,” Maher said.
“I know free college is a left-wing thing, but is it really liberal for someone who doesn’t go to college and makes less money to pay for people who do go and make more?” Maher asked rhetorically. “Especially since colleges have turned into giant luxury daycare centers with overpaid babysitters anxious to indulge every student whim.”
Throughout the six minute monologue, Maher made a mockery of the notion that higher education is a necessity, calling it a “scam.” Even comparing it to the church of Scientology.
“Why is China kicking our ass? Because in 2019, we issued more undergrad degrees in visual and performing arts than in computer and information science or math. Say what you want about Lori Laughlin. At least she understood that one good scam deserves another. In the immortal words of her [Laughlin’s] daughter, Olivia Jade, ‘I don’t know how much school I’m going to attend … but I do want the experience of, like, game days and partying.’”
“Yeah, I’m not f***ing paying for that,” Maher said in response.
He went on to give his thoughts about the rising cost of college pointing out that since 1985 the average cost has risen 500%. He also pointed out that colleges gave out A’s to about 15% of all students back in 1960. Now, that number is 45%, according to Maher.
“A wannabe librarian needs a master’s degree just to get an entry-level job filing books. I’ve heard this from so many nurses, and teachers, and administrators, rolling their eyes when relating how they needed to take some bulls*** course in order to advance in their field when, really, they already learn what they need by working the job,” he said.
“But in the grift that is our higher education, when you want to move up … you need to pay for more ‘education’ before we decide if you can do what you do,” Maher said. “F***, this is what Scientology does. Makes you keep taking courses to move up to the bridge of total freedom,” he added.
“The answer isn’t to make college free. The answer is to make it more unnecessary, which it is for most jobs,” Maher stated.
Watch Maher’s monologue here: