but with conditions. I think that making college more affordable and accessible is a necessary step in developing higher education progress and is the way the nation should be heading. A college degree helps to create a citizen/person that is more informed, utilizes critical thinking, and is more able to become financially independent in a way that is sustainable and can increase over time. The benefits would be seen in the long-term, rather than short-term, but a more knowledge-based society with enhanced thought processes, skills, and solutions is extremely beneficial for growth, and education is perhaps the most significant factor in driving societal progress and decreasing the socioeconomic gap. I think that using the federal taxation of Wall Street to fund the federal government’s portion of this program is a great idea and will generate the distribution of prosperity rather than keeping it at the top of the financial pyramid, which contributes to the increasing socioeconomic gap and reinforces the cycle of wealth and power. My concern, though, is that such a dramatic shift to completely free college education from our current state could have unforeseen consequences that we might not necessarily be prepared for such as: a decrease in efficiency and quality due to public universities inability to obtain sufficient funding and a decrease in competition and value in obtaining a college degree. However, I think that the latter could in turn create more of an incentive to get graduate education, which would further build upon the benefits of a college education listed above. But at this point in time, can we truly afford to have everyone, including students that don’t necessarily need financial support, go for free? Have we done/are we going to do smaller practice runs to show that this can be successful on a small-scale and identify potential issues? This is imperative in implementing a change that would have such a significant impact on the federal, state, and universities’ economies. Let’s head in this direction, but let’s make sure we’re prepared to address the resulting issues.