Obama proposes free community college for students with just over a C+ average or better. This could cost up to $60 billion over 10 years. Most Americans favor this but the Republicans say we can’t afford it. Let’s put that in perspective. Bush II and the Republicans thought it was worth $800+ billion (133 years of community college for America) to install the pro-Iranian Nouri al-Maliki as Pres of Iraq, so he could kick us out of Iraq (unless US troops submitted to Iraqi law—as bad as Sharia) and then let the ISIS flourish.
I said $800+ billion because $800B does not count the loss of American lives or the cost to take care of the wounded. Most realistic estimates place the cost of the Iraq war two or three times higher—all included. So make that somewhere over 250 years of free community college. Funny that Boehner didn’t notice any cost problem when he was voting for money to install al-Malike. And yes, al-Maliki, a Shiite, who had spent many years in Iran, was installed before Congressional Republicans voted for the bulk of the Iraq War spending.
In 2007 and 2008 the US was budgeting $180 billion/year for the war, so that 180/60 = 3 decades of free community college per year of war or 1 year every 12 days of war.