I watched U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina comment on YouTube, in which she explained that she has “very little tolerance” for people who borrow a lot of money for school. She herself “never borrowed a dime of money,” she says.
Apparently, we don’t need to fix the student loan system after all.
I’ve recently learned that students just need to use all the abundant opportunities that are open to them so they can pay for it all by themselves.
I know a little bit about lazy college students. I was one, from 1984-1988. I only worked six different jobs in those four years, and never more than three of those jobs at any one time.
My daughter is following in my lazy footsteps, often working only two jobs at a time. I don’t know why she isn’t working at least three jobs. I must not have raised her right.
My daughter will graduate with a nice load of student loans around her neck. If only she had been raised by someone like U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina, the chair of the Higher Education Subcommittee.
I watched Foxx’s notorious comments on YouTube, in which she explained that she has “very little tolerance” for people who borrow a lot of money for school. She herself “never borrowed a dime of money,” she says.
“There’s no reason for that … we live in an opportunity society, and people are forgetting that,” she said.
Foxx is 68 years old, so perhaps she isn’t aware that college tuition has gone up a wee bit since she was a spring chicken, using all that opportunity that was out there when she was young to work her way through school.
She didn’t offer any details about what kinds of jobs she worked while in school, but I’m guessing the fact that people with nothing more than a high school diploma — heck, people without a high school diploma — who were able to get good-paying jobs back in the day might have helped her out a lot.
Today, students are typically going to get the sorts of positions that pay minimum wage, such as fast-food jobs.
My daughter will graduate from Eastern Illinois University in less than a month. And she needs a master’s degree in her chosen field, so she’s not done racking up student debt.
Let’s do a little bit of math for benefit of those who are unaware how much college costs today: In 1984, my first semester’s tuition at EIU was $750. Minimum wage at that time was $3.35 per hour. So I had to work 224 hours to pay for just that semester’s tuition.
That’s not so terrible, really; though, of course, there was also room and board and miscellaneous expenses. I had a scholarship that paid $500 per semester, which helped a lot. (The tuition was well over $1,000 per semester by the time I graduated. I thought that was outrageous.)
The tuition at my alma mater right now is $5,465 per semester. Minimum wage is now $8.25. So you can see this makes Foxx’s point perfectly: If those lazy, good-for-nothing college students would just buckle down and work 662 hours per semester, they could pay for their tuition. That’s only 16.5 weeks of full-time work each semester.
I know what you’re thinking: How will they pay for their room and board? Well, that is just the sort of lazy attitude Foxx is talking about. If these kids have any gumption, they’ll turn to dumpsters for their food, and heck, for their lodging as well.
But, seriously. How can we have someone who apparently is not capable of understanding this sort of basic math chairing the Higher Education Subcommittee? Apparently, she hasn’t ever done the math. Apparently, she assumes since it was possible to work your way through college many decades ago, that surely nothing has changed since then.
Actually, a handful of things have changed since Foxx was a young pup. Maybe she should get out more.
And maybe she should explain to my daughter how she should be able to work enough hours to pay for all her living expenses and tuition while working only two jobs at a time.
Contact me instead, Foxx. My daughter is too busy working and studying to take your call.
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