"Why not tax the rich?"
True. Why? Because “tuition waivers” involves students who are actually teaching (or working in some other manner–i.e. labs, research) and their tuition is waived for their work. What this bill will do is to pretend that student teaching is worth whatever tuition is waived, so if your tuition is 80K a year and it gets waived due to your hard work, then the GOP Tax Scam will say that you will pay tax on that 80k as if it were actually cash income.
The GOP only loves the part of this country that fills their pockets—the filthy fuckin rich. (Listening Thornberry?)