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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Yvonne Taylor3 years ago

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

MEGAN N.
MEGAN N.4 years ago

@ Scott

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

Scott Gurstein
Scott Gurstein4 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