This comes from the Tennessee Star article and is from governor candidate Randy Boyd.
“Many of our universities are not at capacity. If you’ve got a hotel, and you have 30 percent empty rooms, you don’t charge 300 percent more to those last few rooms. The variable cost is fairly small in filling those up. We’ve got a lot of those universities that would actually make a significant amount of money charging just the normal, full tuition – rather than charging a penalty of triple”
This is a perfect example of a politician using what is called a “False Equivalency.” The issue in question is should we give in state tuition to illegal aliens attending state schools. His argument is that doing so would fill the schools’ empty seats.
This raises several questions.
Why is tuition for citizens so high? If the problem is price why not lower the costs for everyone and fill the seats?
Why did the schools over build? If you fill the seats, at whatever price, won’t the schools launch a new building program and create another “empty seat” problem?
Is it a price problem or a content problem? In marketing if a product is not being purchased it is normal for the product to be closely looked at to determine why it isn’t selling.
And isn’t the real issue, why aren’t we serving Tennessee citizens better, rather than how can we serve illegal aliens better?
"Unlimited tolerance must lead to the disappearance of tolerance. If we extend unlimited tolerance even to those who are intolerant, if we are not prepared to defend a tolerant society against the onslaught of the intolerant, then the tolerant will be destroyed, and tolerance with them." - Karl Popper