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  •  Human Abuse (24+ / 0-)

    In one ear, they shout, "Get an education or you won't get a job! Pull yourself up by your bootstraps! Improve yourself!" In the other, they shout, "And that's going to cost you $200,000 that you'll have to borrow from us!"

    "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

    by bink on Mon May 13, 2013 at 04:32:33 AM PDT

    •  Raising college costs started with Governor Reagan (9+ / 0-)

      in California many years ago.  Like much else that is going wrong in this country, the current situation is a natural continuation of the trajectory of his legacy.  

    •  It's true. Then they come after you when (7+ / 0-)

      you can't pay.  My daughter has defaulted on a student loan.  She makes $10 an hour and can barely support herself.  When she is able to make more money, she pays her bills.  A couple of years ago, she had a good job and she told me that she was actually happy to be able to pay her bills because it made her feel like a responsible adult.  She isn't choosing to be poor, it's just the situation out there.  She has had a judgement filed against her as PA (where she lives) is one of 4 states where they cannot garnish one's wages.  She was hoping to move back to MD, but feels she can't for that reason.  It's a hard situation either way.  Her credit is ruined and she has fewer choices because of the situation with her student loans.

      “It is the job of the artist to think outside the boundaries of permissible thought and dare say things that no one else will say."—Howard Zinn

      by musiclady on Mon May 13, 2013 at 06:56:15 AM PDT

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      •  I Am Really Sorry About This (4+ / 0-)
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        I am so grateful that I am of the previous generation that was able to enjoy low-cost or free college education.

        My college tuition was $585 a quarter. My parents -- by no means affluent -- just wrote a check. I paid for housing, food and extras by working part time washing dishes, busing tables and serving drinks.

        I worked hard and it was difficult at times to get everything to come together in terms of studies and getting the money to take care of essentials.

        But it was a different time.

        Almost no students no can go to college on quarterly checks from their parents and a part-time job.

        Beyond this, I think it is a real cruelty and probably a violation of human rights to allow banks to issue debt that can never be relieved in bankruptcy, and equally a violation for government and the courts to enforce such debts.

        In Medieval times, these were referred to as blood contracts, which could not be dissolved until one party dies and were often terminated by own party taking the life of the other.

        "I'll believe that corporations are people when I see Rick Perry execute one."

        by bink on Mon May 13, 2013 at 07:58:12 AM PDT

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    •  It's an extortion racket (7+ / 0-)

      All of my employees under 35 have crushing student debt and collectors after them. I won't answer creditors telephone inquiries or give out any information as to where they live or if they work here. Only one of them actually graduated. The others couldn't afford to finish school because of mounting debt. Society is willing to spend more than that debt keeping minor offenders in jail. Hey now problem we're afraid of them lets spend money to keep them in prison, but educate? pay money to educate? - hell noooo. I will not be surprised when debtors jails return.

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