Discuss Push's position. What would the costs and / or benefits of such a course of action be?
I believe that such a policy would severely degrade the American and international economy and lead to a long term decline in America's relative power. American universities are bar none the best in the world and our among the nation's greatest national assets. The American economy is heavily oriented to the service sector, which requires employees to possess a degree of human capital that is only attainable through the training provided by universities and colleges. Frantically reducing Americans access to such institutions would certainly lead to a prolonged and severe recession, and most likely an outright depression. Curtailing government sponsored research and development - the catalyst for the vast and cutting edge scientific achievements of the American people - would sharply reduce domestic prosperity and national security.