Bipartisan War on the Young
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  • More money to end up in the coffers of colleges and universities – and the pockets of administrators and faculty – so that the politicos get the credit and the votes while the students (and their parents), and the taxpayers pick up the entire tab.

    Win-win-lose. What’s not to like?

  • Walter Sobchak
  • Anthony

    “…a bill Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has introduced…Romney appears to be following suit, matching Obama’s calls….”

    WRM, Quick Take reads like political description highlighting politics of special favors, constituent groups, and ethos of buying votes via federal largesse. I concur there is definite irony: the schema fosters national constituency group interest to candidate/party at expense of both group (students) and country’s long term interests.

  • John Barker

    Is it really possible that our politicians are so callous and indifferent to the welfare of the nation’s young? Neither man is a fool. This is choosing politics over morality. How revolting.

  • Jessie

    “A big fat federal program to lower interest on student loans will have the opposite effect: removing incentives for colleges to lower tuition while encouraging students to go into more debt to finance degree programs that are increasingly divorced from practical application in the job market.”

    Well that’s one way of looking at it. A more obvious one would be to say that the reason I’m unemployed despite my doctorate in post-colonial eco-feminism is due to well entrenched white male privilege!

  • ms

    I agree that the country should not be subsidizing student loans this way, but the political reality is that it is probably best to go along with this right now. There is little doubt which party is going to bring some fiscal discipline to the country after the election, however. Let me give you a hint–it’s not the cool guy, it’s the competent one.

  • Kris

    “In their attempts to court the youth vote ahead of the election, both parties are letting down the young”

    And getting their votes.

    “Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want and deserve to get it good and hard.”
    H. L. Mencken

  • RedWell

    Spare me the outrage. The government plays a minor role in fostering college debt. Rather, every parent for the last three or four generations — along with every leader — who said “get a college degree to improve your lot” is to blame. Anyone who supports a liberal education as important to forming reflective citizens is to blame.

    Higher ed needs to reign in its scandalously rising costs, but get real: Americans want access to higher ed. The government can help out, though I argue it should pay for MORE higher ed, or it should get out and force all higher ed institutions to compete as a private market. Just don’t be surprised if costs keep rising even without government subsidies, middling students are either left out in the cold or stuck with equal amounts of debt to pay for for-profit degrees, and poor students are left out altogether.

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