I hope one day to turn on my television and
hear on CNN that Congress passed a new law,
but I’m still waiting for it to happen. I mentioned
it a time or two, I even wrote a poem about it.
I imagined what it’d be like to make education free
to those who wanted to study, to learn, to achieve.
What if they thought of a way to reward those
who want to work, who want to apply themselves?
Wouldn’t it be easy enough for a Senator to say-
Hey, let’s find a way to make going to college free?
And then they could compromise, argue, and debate
before most of them agreed to let the people reach
their full potential. Allow them? No, empower them
to take care of themselves, their children, and families.
Of course, there'd be a catch, a hitch, a pact, a prerequisite.
In exchange for tuition free advanced college degrees,
scholars must make a promise, must sign an exemption.
Upon graduation they must vow to not look for, expect,
ask, or demand Food Stamps, Medicare, Social Security,
subsidized healthcare, low income housing or free cheese.
Instead they'd have to be on their own and live their lives
as independent thinkers, responsible law abiding citizens, and
contributors to our society-socially, emotionally,economically.