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So, Hillary Clinton wants to raise taxes by $1 trillion over the next 10 years to underwrite what she calls her “investments” that she wants to make with that tax revenue.

Americans for Tax Reform is ready to harpoon Hillary’s plan, should she be elected the nation’s next president. ATR is a nonprofit group that began in 1985, founded at the request of President Ronald Reagan. Clinton talked about some of her tax plans last week with the New York Daily News editorial board.

Among the plans she is making is one calling for debt-free tuition at public colleges and universities. It varies somewhat from Democratic rival and libertarian Bernie Sanders’ plan. But at their core, both strategies amount to free college tuition for anyone who wants a so-called “higher” education.

First and foremost, a college education is not a right. It’s an opportunity that has to be earned. If we’re going to start doling out money for college educations, each recipient ought to have maintained no less than a 4.0 grade-point average completing a college-prep curriculum in high school. Recipients also ought to be required to maintain a minimum 3.5 GPA during college. Such requirements are no less stringent that what many private-sector scholarship sponsors require. 

Second, we as taxpayers don’t need to be awarding free upper education to students who can’t tell you who won the U.S. Civil War, or the name of the vice president of the United States. Too many public colleges are legalized money mills, with way too much of this money going into administrative and faculty salaries, overly lavish perks, and Fifth Avenue campus lifestyles.

The education plans of Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are no more than outlandish examples of worn out tax-and-spend politics. If either candidate wants to do anything for education, he or she would abolish the federal Department of Education to eliminate one more layer of government waste and centralized control.

Many voters would be more inclined to listen if and only if Hillary and Bernie talked more about initiatives aimed at tax reduction, specifically:

— Eliminating fraud in the federal health-care system
— Corralling waste by Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
— Canceling all government credit cards
— Dropping foreign aid to adversarial nations such as Saudi Arabia and Iran
— Selling unused federal property that seems to languish on the books for years (including 50,000 vacant homes that the feds own)
— Deep-sixing dead-end federal-government investments into ridiculous “green energy” schemes
— Abolishing the federal Department of Education
— Seriously downsizing the Environmental Protection Agency
— Rewriting the tax code in favor of a “fair tax” and moving IRS central to a one-story building
— Distributing the dollars spent to maintain the Federal Emergency Management Agency to the states
— Eliminating federal corporate-welfare payouts and other improper distributions that never seem to be detected until the money is gone
— Saving taxpayers the $100 billion a year in spending identified by the Congressional Budget Office as being unnecessary waste
— Stopping federal subsidies to commercial farms that earn more than $100,000 annually
— Eliminating stupid, unjustified federal budget earmarks, such as last year’s $200,000 for a tattoo-removal program in Mission Hills, Calif.; $190,000 for the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody, Wyo.; and $75,000 for the Totally Teen Zone in Albany, Ga.
— Doing away with the popcorn machines, plasma televisions, DVD equipment, ionic air fresheners, camcorders, signature machines and personalized calendars that adorn the offices of many members of Congress.

OK … you get the idea.

If we tighten the federal belt where it needs to be tightened, any talk of a tax increase would become moot.