"Responsible parents do this already. It's called a college fund. Parents that don't save for college expenses are either stupid or seriously can't afford to."
Yes, maybe true, but I think a famous policy-maker once said that "we should make policies based on how people ACTUALLY ARE, instead of how they SHOULD BE". If we want to increase our country's greatness and productivity, then we have to sometimes help those that don't help themselves. Some of them will learn and change their ways. Regardless, it could put less people in debt that had no business getting loans in the first place. That is just a burden for loan providers.
"Under what premise should the government mandate personal savings? Yes, people should do it, but it's not the government's job to force people to do it. It would cost the government money to make sure people followed this law, thus contributing to the government spending you were trying to prevent."
It's not the 'governments job' to do many things that it does, but it does it in the interest of our future (roads, education, etc).
It's the digital age. Computers can do all of the work if you program them right. Make certain purchases approved or not. Say you wanted to make it possible for the money to only be spent on college. Only the college financial aid officers could be approved to use this money. How exactly would this contribute to government spending?
6)How might a program like this be mixed into the current welfare and assistance programs? How might a system like this lessen the cost of the other systems?