A Wisconsin voter hammered Senator Bernie Sanders on his free college tuition idea at a town hall meeting on Monday evening.
MSNBC hosted the town hall event with Chris Hayes and former Presidential candidate, Senator Bernie Sanders.
Chris Hayes asked the crowd about Sander’s campaign idea for free college tuition and Mary Magdalen Moser, a Wisconsin voter, snapped, “That’s the moment I stopped listening, when you said that because that is so absurd.”
Moser continued her tirade with, “Who is going to pay for it? Why don’t you address how college tuition has skyrocketed 6,000 percent since the 1980s. You can’t have an industry where once you have a seniority level it is impossible to fire you. That’s ridiculous. No other industry has that type of protection. That needs to go. Tenure needs to go.”
Sanders shot back with his thoughts. He didn’t agree that tenure needs to go, and although he did admit that tuition has “gone up a lot,” he said her claim that tuition has gone up 6,000 percent was not true.
The Washington Examiner stated that, “According to the Department of Education, the annual increase of college tuition from 1980 to 2014 grew nearly 260 percent, rising from $9,438 to $23,872 for full time students (factoring room and board, tuition and fees).”
Sanders continued his response to Moser, “Here is the issue. In the United States of America, do you think all people, regardless of their income, all young people, should have an equal right to get a college education, or should that only benefit the wealthy or upper-middle class?”
Moser replied, “I believe the way the United States works, as it is today, where every single human being in the United States has the opportunity to go to college. I do not believe that it is a right. And I do not believe that I should be expected to pay for not only my education and my children’s, but somebody else’s as well.”
— All In w/Chris Hayes (@allinwithchris) December 13, 2016
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