The New York Times ran a major story on Friday about the tenuous future of the Hope Scholarship program- a merit-based college scholarship program funded by the financial losses of Georgia’s working poor. The money gets redistributed thanks to the Georgia Lottery and its supplier, Scientific Games.
For seventeen years, scholarship money to help young people achieve higher education has been coming from a government program based on addiction and indebtedness. It represents a dynamic in which government provides one class of people with real hope at the expense of dangling false hope to another class of people. It is a dynamic that has been replicated in states across the country.
The people of Georgia are better than this. And we the people of America are better than this.