On Friday night’s episode of “Real Time,” Bill Maher ended the show by taking a shot at higher education, using former “Fuller House” star Lori Loughlin to make his point.
“Now that graduation season has ended and we won’t be spoiling anyone’s big day, let’s talk about what higher education in America really is: a racket that sells you a very expensive ticket to the upper-middle class,” Maher said, according to Fox News. “President Biden’s American Families Plan asks the American taxpayers to pony up hundreds of billions so that everyone can go to college and billions more for subsidized child care so that our kids can go to school while we go to school.”
“Now the right is calling Biden’s plan ‘social engineering,’ which is over-the-top, but Biden’s plan is an endorsement of a particular idea that the more time humans spend in classrooms staring at blackboards, the better,” Maher continued. “Liberals see more school the way Republicans see tax cuts – as the answer to everything. We imagine going to college is the way to fight income inequality, it actually does the reverse.”
Maher went on to say that those with a bachelor’s degree make an average of 65% more than those who don’t and “100%” more for those with a master’s degree. He then pointed out that unemployment for college graduates is “half” of that for high school graduates.
“I know that free college is a leftwing thing, but is it really liberal for someone who doesn’t go to college and makes less money to pay for people who do go and make more?” Maher asked. “Especially since colleges have turned into giant luxury day care centers with overpaid babysitters anxious to indulge every student whim.”
“Why is China kicking our ass? Because in 2019, we’ve issued more undergrad degrees in visual and performing arts than in computer and information science or math,” he said.
That’s when he zeroed in on Loughlin.
“Say what you want about Lori Loughlin, at least she understood that one good scam deserves another,” he said. “And in the immortal words of her daughter Olivia Jade, ‘I don’t know how much school I’m going to attend. … but I do want the experience of like, game days and partying.’ Yeah, I’m not f—in paying for that.”
“The answer isn’t to make college free, the answer is to make it more unnecessary, which it is for most jobs,” Maher concluded. “So that the two-thirds of Americans who either can’t afford to or just don’t want to go don’t feel shut out because the system we have sets up this winner-loser dynamic and breeds resentment … and that in turn feeds into our widening political division.”
Check out the full segment below.