In the State of the Union, President Obama said:
I want to spread that idea all across America, so that two years of college becomes as free and universal in America as high school is today.
Sounds good, since diplomas from those free (well, paid for by taxpayers) and universal (no matter how rotten they are) are worth so much.
Remember, politicians also wanted to spread the dream of home ownership. Also, recall, they turned it into a nightmare for many.