Among progressive economists, and an increasing number of politicians, federal deficits and debt are now looked upon as nothing to worry about. Governent should spend every dine it can get via taxation or debt to do whatever the political class desires. The red ink will work itself out (if it matters at all).
One of the big progressive agenda items Democratic presidential candidates have embraced is a so-called "free" college education. Or, if not free, at greatly reduced prices. But in the search for traction and attention in the crowded Democratic field, merely proposing free stuff, like free college, isn't enough.