Free college tuition is the big cause célèbre on the left these days, with Democrat presidential candidate Bernie Sanders getting a lot of support on the issue from people who don't understand that "free college" costs at least $70 billion. So, of course, ABC’s Scandal has to get in on the action to push it just like it has promoted gun control, Black Lives Matter, and Planned Parenthood funding in the past. Hmmm, it's almost as if the creator and star of Scandal are big Democrat donors...
In the episode "The Candidate," White House Chief of Staff Cyrus Beene (Jeff Perry) heads out to observe a town hall run by the governor of Pennsylvania, Francisco Vargas (Ricardo Chavira), to defend his education plan. This being Hollywood, instead of calling in Larry David, the liberal message is delivered by a young, up-and-coming Hispanic governor, who just happens to resemble Marco Rubio - it's clearly the liberal fantasy of what their ideal candidate would look like and how they would talk.
A college degree is as essential today as a high-school diploma was 100 years ago. The world is changing, and we have got to change with it. That means that our state colleges and universities should be free for every high-school graduate. My education bill -- it's not revolutionary or radical. It simply finishes what we've been working on in this great state for over 300 years -- the principle of free education was established in the Pennsylvania constitution of 1790, and in the 1830s, we were one of the first states in the country to actually establish a public-education system. Now, that's the Pennsylvania my parents moved to. That's the Pennsylvania I grew up in. That is your Pennsylvania. Smart, generous, civic-minded, forward-thinking... Right.
Watch this entertainment clip of a governor waxing poetic about the state and country’s history to promote free college, and then watch the news as inevitably life will imitate art and these will soon become familiar talking points on TV. Then feel the Bern in your wallet.