Republican presidential candidate Ben Carson warned students at Liberty University, a conservative Christian college in Lynchburg, Virginia, on Nov. 11 that a free college education would hasten “the destruction of the nation” (video below).
Carson made his warning in reference to Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who is running for president and has called for free college educations for Americans, notes The Hill.
Because if people are not well informed, all it takes is unscrupulous politicians and news media, and off the people go in [the] completely wrong direction, listening to all kinds of propaganda and inculcating that into their method of thinking.
And then it becomes real easy for them to swallow things. If they don’t really understand the financial situation of the country and somebody comes along and says, "Free college for everybody." They’ll say, "Oh what a wonderful person," and they have no idea that all they're talking about is hastening the destruction of the nation.
The debt-saddled students cheered Carson.
The Washington Post reported in July that Liberty University ranks seventh in the country "for receiving graduate-student loan dollars."
The newspaper noted that the university's undergraduate students got $241.4 million in federal loans during the 2012-13 school year.
CNBC reported in June that 40 million borrowers in America owe $1.2 trillion in student loan debt, which is an average of $29,000 per borrower.