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OWS: Student Occupiers: It's the Debt, Stupid

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College students have, to some extent, always been poor and hungry. But in the past few years, undergrads' plight has become truly dire.

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Susanne R (235)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 6:37 pm
College costs keep going up, even at State colleges, and the interest on loans keeps going up as well. The GOP wants to discontinue the Pell Grants. Jobs are hard to find. The government offers little in the way of assistance or incentives to help our high school graduates out. Is anyone surprised over the state that students find themselves in? Education should be a major concern in this country, because America's youth will one day determine the future of this country.

H Nick H (1826)
Sunday November 27, 2011, 7:15 pm
The GOP (Greedy old Pric_s) want to stop all progress in the US. They don't care about the 98% of US citzens, and have proved this again and again. They want the US to be a facists state, owned and run but the UNITED CORPORATIONS OF AMERICA.

Fran C (7)
Monday November 28, 2011, 1:20 am
Not repaying their loans. I like that. What's the worst that can happen? They'll end up with a bad credit record? So who has a perfect one these days? I say go for it.

KS Goh (0)
Monday November 28, 2011, 4:06 am
Thanks for the article.

cecily w (0)
Monday November 28, 2011, 4:27 am
How can they repay their loans if they can't find jobs?

Mary Anne B (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 5:43 am
Excellence in education and the economic availability of same is vital to our being able to effectively compete in the world economy. The cost of higher education is out of control. Don't know about other states but in California we've authorized billions and billions of dollars in bonds, for education, year after year. It would cause one to wonder where all that money has gone and why the cost of higher education has gotten out of hand. Of course professors that work a four hour day and our corrupt teachers' unions don't help.

Bruce S (15)
Monday November 28, 2011, 6:04 am
The entire education system and its costs are out of control, but, WHEN YOU BORROW MONEY, if you're NOT A DEADBEAT, YOU REPAY IT! Students aren't the ONLY PEOPLE with debt. Debt is something that's SELF CREATED. The same thing goes for the GOVERNMENT, they need to spend WITHIN their means or taxes MUST be raised. There's NO FREE LUNCH!

Mary Anne B (202)
Monday November 28, 2011, 6:58 am
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Monday November 28, 2011, 8:29 am

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Monday November 28, 2011, 9:01 am
I have had quite a few free lunches. Therefore, there is such a thing as a free lunch!

Robert O (12)
Monday November 28, 2011, 10:22 am
Thanks Cal.

LeMoyn Salmonsen (88)
Monday November 28, 2011, 10:26 am
Thank you Mr. Governor/President Reagan and your behind the scenes manipulator Roger Ailes for all your contributions to the destruction of our higher education accessibility.

Holly Lawrence (430)
Monday November 28, 2011, 12:32 pm
stop moaning glad you got a student loan!

Myron Scott (70)
Monday November 28, 2011, 6:33 pm
Mo, it isn't, dumb ass. "Debt is self-created," huh? What crap. "We owe our souls to the company store" - but we, the producers, the tricked and evicted, we are the deadbeats! BS.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Monday November 28, 2011, 11:26 pm
Blaming the victims of out of line educational costs isn't the way folks and isn't the truth either. The cost of an education has more than quadrupled in a generation while the general inflation rate since then is far lower!

I spoke yesterday to a young colleague of mine and her college costs for a year are equal to the four years that I spent at the overpriced Syracuse University, but that's in line with all so called "institutions of Higher learning" today, which now are know as an 'institute of children of higher earning' parents, many of whom are still heavily debt laden adults many years after graduation instead of being allowed to securely pursue their professional and personal lives and careers. The economic system does create the types of jobs that allow this new generation to pay off its' loans or deal effectively with an unsustainable debt burden.

All the tiresome nonsense about there being no such thing as a free lunch and other such worn out cliches don't answer to this reality and should be thrown on the ash heap of stupid sayings and irrelevant nonsense.

AWAY AWHILE Cal Mendelsohn (1067)
Monday November 28, 2011, 11:28 pm
Correction from above---The economic system does NOT create the types of jobs that allow this new generation to pay off its' loans or deal effectively with an unsustainable debt burden.

Rita White (55)
Tuesday November 29, 2011, 5:12 am
thanks noted
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