Listen, the government should ABSOLUTELY fund education.
Is it their responsibility? Well no.
Is it in their best interests? HELL YES.
This country is going nowhere unless we all start putting great value into education. A mass of idiots is easier controlled than a mass of well
educated people. If my tax dollars are going to be spent on all of us then I would prefer they go toward education and health care above all other
That being said, the current system of federal aid for college students is bad business. Tuition fees have skyrocketed and continue the trend. This is
because so much "free money" is coming from the government in the form of student loans.
Student loans are immune to bankruptcy. This means if you get 100k in student loans, get out of college and get a job (not in the field you studied,
because jobs are scarce. You're also not making as much as the projections given to you by your school after graduating, because again, the economy
stinks.) So now you have 100k in student loans, a crap job, and on top of that you have various other debt, perhaps a couple credit cards, a car loan,
a home loan, etc.
So you get buried in debt and file for bankruptcy. You still owe 100k in student loans. How are you EVER going to get ahead of the game with this
massive debt and no prospects for a job that pays enough to reconcile your debt and still have enough left over for the basics of life?
Student loans need to go away, at least in their current form. I don't think people with these loans fully understand what they've gotten themselves
into. The federal student loan program is a sham and it's creating little holes for people to fall into and get buried, never to be heard from
I have no problem with government GRANTS. There should be plenty room in the budget to finance and support education at ALL LEVELS, but not in the
manner under which we are currently doing so. And people keep missing the point of this all..
Stop spending 1 trillion a year and that money comes directly back to you and me. Based on 2009 census data stating there are 307,006,550 people in
the USA, that is $3,257 saved, per person, per year. Add to this the fact that tuition will definitely fall without the USG pumping trillions into it,
and we all win.
No one is saying education is not important or shouldn't be funded. If we stopped paying for these programs on a federal level we would have more
reason to expect states to offer similar programs. Additionally states would have additional resources to make them happen.
edit on 23-10-2011
by TinkerHaus because: (no reason given)