Tuesday, September 28, 2010

You don't say? The President tells the Arizona Daily Wildcat that higher education needs to be affordable

Pres. Obama recently told the Arizona Daily Wildcat that higher education needs to be more affordable. Huh. Wow. You don't say? What about those of us, Mr. President, who are currently drowning in student loan debt? Did you know that we can't buy homes? Or perhaps you are aware that we can't have families? Are you also aware that we can't do a lot of productive things that would help the economy?

Here it goes again: What about us? I'm tired of asking, Mr. President. Very tired of asking. I don't suppose you'd get your VeePee to come out and yell at me and say, "stop yer whinin'!" God forbid, Mr. President. God forbid.

14 comments:

Nando said...

Our political "leaders" have been co-opted for several decades. They have also been closed off from reality for far too long. I suppose Barack finally received the memo that school is too expensive. This is disgraceful.

C. Cryn Johannsen said...

Also, why does he tell us not to lower our expectations? They are LOWER than that of our parents, as they ought to be. I mean, my friggin' parents could have friggin' kids, AND buy a home, etc., etc. It is absolutely disgraceful. I find any quotes by him about higher education to be hollow and frustrating. I am fed up by the fact that his Administration has ignored the student lending crisis. They're no different than their Republican opponents. Why? Because they pander to the universities, to the lenders, and so forth, and so on. They don't give one iota about the student debtor. It makes me livid.

Anonymous said...

I sill do not understand how anyone can take Obama seriously. Grew up in Hawaii, attended an expensive, exclusive high school and he has been Ivy League his whole life. People saw mulatto and thought he would relate to them. They believed his rhetoric about being one of them when his life and experience was mostly first class. Problem is they never saw the silver spoon in his mouth. Next time elect someone who is not an Ivory Tower Intellectual. Obama in an AA Baby Boomer. You have yet to get a Generation X as President, for that is when real generational change will occur.

C. Cryn Johannsen said...

@September 28, if you have any interest in being taken seriously, you wouldn't refer to the President as a 'mulatto.' That term is enormously offensive. And I don't give a damned if he was born in Hawaii. What bearing does that have on this issue? I actually appreciate his multicultural background. I think it represents America in a positive sense. The racist implication in your post is offensive. Moreover, we should value those who have good educations. There should not be that type of bashing. I too went to good schools, but it was based upon merit, much like the President.

Anonymous said...

Sorry you find the truth offensive. The fact is he is a mulatto, and he has a Muslim name, which is not so cool anymore. Living in Hawaii is to be out of touch with mainland USA. So glad you support his multicultural background, for the rest of the world is not so impressed with that qualification. No doubt it helped with getting into Ivy League Schools. Obama is an AA President, who will be no different than Jimmy Carter, an Ivory Tower Intellectual who never had a real hardworking job. BTW, Obama will not help you with those student loans, for you have a professor in the White House.

C. Cryn Johannsen said...

Why do you even bother coming here? Apparently you know it all. You can't argue eloquently and you're condescending. I'm through wasting my time with your drivel.

Anonymous said...

American's need jobs not more education for a service sector economy. Obama has no results on creating jobs.

American's are doubling down on education only to find out that you can have several degrees on the wall and be poor.

Anonymous said...

While I don't agree with everything Jimmy Carter has done, he is one of the few politicians who has held "real" jobs. He has not lived in "an ivory tower." He worked as an engineer in the private sector, then took over the family business. He also served as a Naval officer in harm's way, protecting his country. He stood up for civil rights back when it was usually unpopular to do so, yet he was one of the most popular elected officials in Georgia history. I can name several former Presidents and Vice Presidents who never did any of those things.

Carter may "sound" pedantic, as some professors do, only because of a strong sense of purpose and self-confidence, which one would certainly expect to see in men who have clawed their way all the way to the highest office in the land. (And, yes, they have all been men, at least so far.)

It is ironic that two of our rare non-lawyer Presidents, Hoover and Carter (both engineers by profession), are two of the most poorly-regarded former Presidents. Both were quite active as former Presidents as well.

Anonymous said...

Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter.

Nando said...

Obama is an academic, and that explains a good deal with his problems of leadership. The fact remains that he was dealt a terrible hand by the prior administration - which was FILLED with academics. While I do not trust private businessmen to run the country, I do think that these people have more practical experience, and that they should be consulted/included in big decisions.

@3:56,

Who cares if he is mixed race, or if some feel that he had a free pass to get into top schools because of this? You want to talk about legacy children? Look up your pal, George Walker Bush:

http://www.answers.com/topic/george-w-bush

"Bush was rejected by the University of Texas Law School, but gained admittance to Harvard's Business School."


He was denied admission to law school at the University of Texas, a good public school - but was then accepted to Harvard's MBA program?!?! His grades in high school and college did not justify his acceptance to a top-flight MBA program. He simply lived off his family name, pretty much his entire adult life.

Furthermore, as occupant of the Oval Office, he CLEARLY showed a lack of intellectual curiosity, an inability to communicate coherent thoughts, and apathy on major situations, i.e. Hurricane Katrina. In sum, the man was a dim bulb.

I apologize to you, Cryn, and your readers. I don't want this to devolve into partisan rancor. (I actually don't like either party.) Obama's race has nothing to do with the quagmire we are in. Some people don't quite grasp that concept.

C. Cryn Johannsen said...

Nando, there is no need to apologize. I have been attacked for "drinking the liberal cool-aide," and I find that absurd. I am about critiquing things for the right reasons, and the racist, inane comments posted above do nothing of the sort. Your comments, on the other hand, are relevant to the discussion above.

Anonymous said...

Assuming that race and culture have no influence on who Obama really has become and where he has arrived, his answer to Mr. Brassfield reveals how out of touch Mr. Obama is with your generational problems.

C. Cryn Johannsen said...

@Anonymous Sept. 29 10:55 PM. I absolutely agree with your remark. I've been in touch with Mr. Brassfield, and we've had some great conversations about this issue. He is out of touch with this problem, but we need to remember that it's an inter-generational problem. It's much bigger than money matters, too. There is much at stake when a country has decided to turn education into a moneymaking scheme. Much is at stake, and I fear for my country and my countrymen.

M.Almeida said...

God. I swear, has anybody seen those riots in the EU over their government?

Considering we have some HUGE rallies coming at the end of the month (in which everybody and their mother, including student loan justice advocates, will be there)....one wonders how civil THOSE will stay. I can easily imagine it being like whenever the WTO shows up...starts off civil, but it only takes one group of rogues to set things off...

How much more WILL WE BE SQUEEZED!? I too wonder what is coming next, but unless something is done, it WON'T be good.