Romney: Students Should Get ‘As Much Education As They Can Afford’


Written by Pat Garofalo

On the campaign trail Wednesday night in Virginia, Mitt Romney took on the topic of education. While extolling the virtues of America as “the land of opportunity for every single person,” Romney said that he believes students should only be able to get as much education “as they can afford”:

I think this is a land of opportunity for every single person, every single citizen of this great nation. And I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot. They get as much education as they can afford and with their time they’re able to get and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values, they ought to be able to provide for their family and have a shot of realizing their dreams.

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This is similar to other comments Romney has made regarding higher education, such as when he told students to simply borrow the money for college from their parents or when he told them to “shop around” or join the military to get an education. But the crux of the matter is that Romney’s policies would make college less affordable for low- and middle-income students. So what they “can afford” is going to be a lot less.

For starters, Romney supports the radical Republican budget, authored by Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI), which would cut Pell Grants for more than one million students, at a time when Pell Grants are already covering the smallest percentage of tuition in their history.

Next, Romney supports undoing the student loan reforms that were included in the 2010 health care bill. Those changes cut billions of dollars that were being wasted paying bank middlemen to service federal student loans, and instead plowed the money back into student aid. Repealing the measure, as Romney would like to do, would simply spend money to put banks back between students and their federal loans.

Finally, Romney is a staunch supporter of predatory for-profit colleges, which are much more expensive than public schools, and often leave their students buried in debt and without the credentials necessary to obtain a good job. Of course, this should come as no surprise, since the for-profit industry is donating heavily to Romney’s campaign.

This post was originally published by ThinkProgress.


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Ivy Taylor
Yvonne Taylor3 years ago

This is all about him wanting to cut Pell Grants for students of low income.

MEGAN N.3 years ago

@ Scott

You have shown your true self in your last comment. Im done.

Scott Gurstein
Scott Gurstein3 years ago

Megan N., I assure you there is nothing wrong with my attitude. Let me remind you of your original quote to which I responded: ""...they might tell you what it is like when you see your friend and neighbor on welfare and unemployment for 2 years (not even really looking for a job anymore) and whatever else they can get their hands on with a big truck..."

So, dearest Megan, THAT was the only thing I was addressing. I do not doubt that there are people out there who know very well how to "game the system." For that matter, there are plenty of PRIVATE systems out there in the business world that sit there BEGGING to be gamed. Just ask the cheaters and fraudsters in the investment banking businesses of Wall Street who created filthy, defective products known as Credit Default Swaps and Collateralized Debt Obligations, sold them to their best "clients" after the rating agencies they PAID off verified that these investment products were good, then turned around and bet AGAINST their own products and their own clients. So, Megan *HONEY* (may I call you that? Oh, I can't? OK, thanks), you don't have to lecture ME about cheaters and fraudmeisters, they exist on every socioeconomic level. That is human nature. You sound like a very smart, curious woman. Probably real hot, too. So, that being the case, WHY stoop to generalistic, ditto-head rhetoric of the kind you used in your original post? Why not qualify your statements to precision, specific claims, rather than saying

Allan H.
.3 years ago

what a jackass this guy is..americans please dont vote him in...your country will belong to the corporations even more if you do

MEGAN N.3 years ago

Oh and Scott two more things.

Legally all unemployment can ask of an employeer is if you applied, when and are you being considered. They usually heaitate to do even that because they don't want to put the canidate at any disadvantage.

And as a job seeker you can email your resume as an attachment knowing full well that most companies filter unknown email with attachments and the only way to be seen by HR is to paste it into the body. Another trick people use is only applying for jobs they dont qualify for or asking for an unreasonable salary or too many exceptions like time off etc... the trick is not to go over the top or you will set off alarm bells at unemployment. Like i said i know people who do this. I would never fault someone for using these services honestly but you can bet i do fault the cheats. You should too because there are more cheats than most people reslize and it isn't fair that those of us who work 2 and3 jobs to make ends meet and those who really need the services suffer for the cheats. Oh and i also know people who work under the table, collect all sorts of benefits and dont pay taxes. Sound fair to you?

You sound like an honest guy, angry for sure but honest. Do you want to pay for the cheats? What if you need help again and the abuses allowed to go on have depleted it? What if you cant get the help you need becausebsomebody chose to play the system until they could get a 30 dollar an hour job. But you go ahead and call me unfair

MEGAN N.3 years ago

@ scott
Did i say anything about anyone being a moocher or a criminal? I don't believe i did... what i did say is that it seems unfair to those of us who barely make the bills every month that there are people in our neighborhoods who have learned the system and play it quite well.

As for your attitude, I have also gotten unemployment and while i did activly look for work no one ever checked up on me. And why on earth would i say anyone had to pay it back. You must really think i am dumb, but then that is typical of both progressives and conservatives. You all think us moderats are stupid because we try to see both sides and neither of you like that do you?

Anyway just fyi you can look for a job and guarantee you wont get one. Its really not that hard. You have to play stupid but the bleeding hearts will buy it because they expect you to be less than.

Scott Gurstein
Scott Gurstein3 years ago

Hey Megan N. You said, and I quote: "...they might tell you what it is like when you see your friend and neighbor on welfare and unemployment for 2 years (not even really looking for a job anymore) and whatever else they can get their hands on with a big truck..." Hey Meg, have you ever collected unemployment, even for a short time? I have on a few occasions in the past, but I didn't stay on it. Now before you go writing me back, telling me "I ought to pay back the money I 'stole' from taxpayers by collecting unemployment," I want to point a few things out. First, unemployment insurance is INSURANCE, with a small amount of federal subsidy. The INSURANCE premiums are paid by our employers, on OUR behalf, everytime we get paid by them for WORKING for them! By definition, it's not a "handout." If your house burns down and your insurer cuts you a check to rebuild it, did you just "steal" money from someone? Did you not pay PREMIUMS? Second, I want to point out that in EVERY state, it is NOT POSSIBLE to collect unemployent insurance for ANY week where you did not ACTIVELY look for work! They require you to keep written records, including phone numbers, and they DO check up on you to make you you've actually been applying for work! I know this first hand because I am one of those "criminal moochers" who relied on unemployment for 4-6 month periods in the past to get me through jobless periods. So, your remarks about sitting on umemployment for 2 years after giving up loo

Lika S.
Lika S.3 years ago

So let's keep the impoverished poorer, so the rich can get even richer yet. Greedy F@#&

Prentise W.
pre,tpse w.3 years ago

In other words, for most people, no education. Gotta keep the population dumbed down so they don't question people like him.

Dr Clue
Dr Clue3 years ago

Here is a yummy one
Romney is headed to London to raise more money from his banker buddies.
The CEO of Barclays bank which has raised nearly a million dollars for Romney was forced to step down as a result of international fraud relating to rigging interest rates.

Both European and American governments are hanging the fellow out to dry.

What exactly did Romney promise for that million dollars? What about all these off-shore accounts Romney is stashing money in?