Rand Paul On College Tuition: Make It Fully Tax Deductible

Presidential hopeful Rand Paul told a crowd at the University of Iowa he thinks college tuitions should be entirely tax deductible.

Rand Paul On College Tuition: Make It Fully Tax Deductible
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Presidential hopeful Rand Paul — who’s promised “a new set of ideas” — just hit the campaign trail with this one.

“Let’s let college students deduct the entire cost of their educations over their working careers. Let’s make college tuition entirely deductible,” Rand Paul said Friday. (Video via Fox News

For fans of the “West Wing,” the concept will sound familiar.

“Putting your daughter through college, that’s a man’s job. It should be a little easier—Just a little easier.”

On the hit show, President Bartlet and his staff also devised a plan for tax-deductible tuition. But unlike the Bartlet administration, which planned to raise taxes on the wealthy, the Kentucky senator hasn’t offered any specifics on how to pay for his tax plan.

Worth noting, the tax code already provides for tax-deductible tuition for some. Families with a combined income of less than $160,000 per year can deduct up to $4,000 in tuition costs.

“I'd like to do is to see the first two years of community college free for everybody who's willing to work for it,” President Obama said.

While in Iowa, Paul also took a shot at President Obama’s plan to provide two free years of community college for students who maintain good grades — a plan critics have dismissed as a pipe dream. 

Paul, who is a proponent of small government, also wants to eliminate the Department of Education and do away with Pell Grants.

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