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  •  I should add (7+ / 0-)

    that I don't have a horse in this race because I'm a baby boomer with no kids — but in a sense we all have a horse in this race if we care about our country's future.

    I was one of the lucky ones whose parents were able to pay for all my college expenses. But even my classmates who were not so fortunate could work ten or fifteen hours a week during the school year and full time during the summer and pay ALL their tuition and expenses. And this as at a small, private liberal arts school.

    Today you couldn't come close to making a dent even at a public university even assuming you could find a job that paid more than minimum wage. Or find a job at all.

    Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

    by anastasia p on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:19:14 PM PDT

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    •  right (6+ / 0-)

      to say nothing of professional educations like law degrees, which exacerbate this problem.

      oops. I hope the gate wasn't too expensive.

      Twitter: @DanteAtkins

      by Dante Atkins on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:22:41 PM PDT

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      •  Again, a personal story (10+ / 0-)

        Since my parents set aside money for our educations starting when we were babies, we had the ability to get any education we wanted. It would have funded medical school debt-free.

        So my sister graduated from law school debt-free. As a result, she was able to pursue her passion, defending the have-nots of our society. She recently retired after a career as a public defender (with a brief detour to do anti-death penalty work). It's a decent living but not well paid enough to tackle mountains of student debt. A student with such law school debt is going to be frantically searching for a job looking for tax loopholes for rich people or defending clients like Monsanto. No matter what their conscience tells them, their debt tells them differently.

        Ed FitzGerald for governor Of Ohio. Women's lives depend on it.

        by anastasia p on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:47:58 PM PDT

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    •  I'm still pissed off when I remember John Edwards (6+ / 0-)

      saying "I worked my way through college and it didn't hurt me a lick." So that's your plan for everybody, John? That if you don't have some time and connections to be able to work your way through college, you're just SOL? When I was an undergrad trying to get into medical school, I was doing about 110 hours a week between in class and studying after class. After knocking off about an hour and a half a day 5 days a week to get back and forth, that left just barely seven hours a day to deal with every other function of living INCLUDING SLEEP. Maybe John did work that hard to get into law school, but I doubt it if he had time for a job. I sure as hell didn't - nor time for much of anything else either. I would fervently hope that, somehow, we could do better.

      Your black cards can make you money, so you hide them when you're able; in the land of milk and honey, you must put them on the table - Steely Dan

      by OrdinaryIowan on Sun Jul 07, 2013 at 03:53:03 PM PDT

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    •  I Have two kids, one in college one still in high (5+ / 0-)

      school. My daughter just got a full merit scholarship for this year, that ends up covering her tuition next year too. We're very grateful because tuition costs were really hard to handle. My son is very talented at math and science but he's just entering his junior year in High School. I'm hoping that his great grades and high scores will earn him a scholarship as well.

      I got through college on a mixture of need based and merit scholarships. Couldn't have made it without the help. I think we should make high quality education available to all children. I don't see the need to be "non-partisan." I support policies that help people. If one party is going to support those policies, and the other is going to spend all its time trying to keep people from voting, well then, i know who I am going to support.

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