President Obama calls out House Republicans on college tour
April 25th, 2012
03:51 PM ET

President Obama calls out House Republicans on college tour

Iowa City, IA (CNN) -- President Obama targeted House Republican Todd Akin from Missouri in his remarks on student loan interest rates at the University of Iowa Wednesday.

He did not call out Akin by name, instead citing Akin's recent remarks about how the federal government should not be in the business of student loans.

"America has got the equivalent of the stage three cancer of socialism because the federal government is tampering in all kinds of stuff it has no business tampering in," Akin said in a debate with his two Republican opponents Saturday, according to a report by the Columbia Daily Tribune.

Akin, who represents suburbs west of St. Louis, is in a Republican primary contest to oppose Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO).  She is facing perhaps the toughest re-election fight of any incumbent Democratic senator this cycle.

Tuesday, on the first day of his two-day college tour, the president targeted another Republican member of the House,  Rep. Virginia Foxx of North Carolina.

"She said that she has 'very little tolerance for people who tell me they graduate with debt… because there’s no reason for that,'"  President Obama told a supportive crowd of mainly students.  "She said, students who rack up student loan debt are just sitting on their butts, having opportunity 'dumped in your lap.'"

The president zinged Foxx at her own alma mater, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and again at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

President Obama is trying to paint House Republicans as beholden to the most conservative members of their conference as House GOP leaders struggle to find consensus on a way to pay for the measure, which costs $6 billion per year.


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  1. alex chapman

    He told Cantor last Summer that he'd take his case directly to the American people.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
    • Howard

      YEAH, BUT HE'S TAKING HIS PROPAGANDA TO YOUNG, INEXPERIENCED, GULLIBLE, IMPRESSIONABLE MINDS.
      UNFORTUNATELY, MANY OF THESE KIDS ARE BUYING INTO HIS SELF-SERVING B.S..

      April 25, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
      • cardog

        Howard, you are a continuation of right wing thought. Let the President tell the people the truth and you come back with "Propaganda"? Teapublicants want the interest rate to double to 6.8% and the President telling these young minds that bit of truth is B/S?
        I simply don't get where you right wingers are coming from. I can tell you this though. You do not have the young vote, nor the Hispanic vote, nor the women vote. So just stick to your guns in taking America back and most of us will be waving bye bye to you as we move forward.

        April 25, 2012 at 11:33 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        APPARENTLY THESE KIDS ARE SMARTER THAN YOU. THEY KNOW WHO'S GOT THEIR BACK AND THEY WILL REMEMBER COME NOVEMBER.

        April 25, 2012 at 11:53 pm |
      • JUGGERNAUT

        RIGHT....... MANY OF THOSE "GULLIBLE" PEOPLE ARE EITHER GETTING THEIR BACHELOR OR MASTERS.

        LOL

        April 26, 2012 at 12:23 am |
      • 40acres

        No Howard, you are confused. He wasn't talking in front of the Young Republicans....he was talking to the general student body.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:58 am |
      • BADGUY

        Young, Yes! But Stupid...Nol! They know a line of Republican BS when they see it. Obama's right. The Republicans want to rob from them to give to the Republican's Rich backers. Student loans are BAD. Fat tax cuts for their Rich backers are GOOD! MORE tax breaks for the Rich. Why ANYONE in the lower 80% would vote Republican is beyond me. They're voting to cut their own throats.......AND their kid's. The Rich want to dominate the bottom 99% with NO ONE getting any money except them! Throw them ALL out of office in November!

        April 26, 2012 at 7:17 am |
      • Bobington

        I think many people will agree that having a Bachelors Degree and sometimes even a Masters Degree does not mean you are an intelligent person. It just means you can pass a class and a test. I got my degrees without even trying or studying.

        April 26, 2012 at 7:49 am |
      • DW

        Truth and common sense only work with people who have the cognitive ability to think rationally. Clearly this is not a trait that you have as evidenced by your comments.

        April 26, 2012 at 8:43 am |
      • Bob

        Epic FAIL

        April 26, 2012 at 9:51 am |
      • Ex-Tpartyr

        As opposed to YOUR self-serving b.s. I agree with the other posters, go back to T – e – a bagger land!

        April 26, 2012 at 10:08 am |
      • Roger

        The last election he carried this naive voter block by a large percentage. Over half of those who graduated are unemployed. He needs a new batch to make up for those whose blinders are now removed. Everyone agrees offering low interest loans are good for the country. Making it sound like his idea is all that is new.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:15 am |
      • rossdunie

        No. They are watching the republican party try to hold our country hostage by not doing anything for anyone but the wealthy.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:42 am |
      • truthman

        Sad day for a America when the President can play a political chess match with the opposing party, offering nothing but superior rhetoric, and get reelected. Arizona is devolving; Detroit, California, D.C, northern NJ, Florida, NYC, Chicago and most of the country is slowly disintegrating. (A shout-out to North Dakota for being the best state in bucking the trend, BTW.) High property and income taxes, high gas pump prices, low incomes, more lower income opportunities, high student debt, giant gargantuan super-humongous world-record-if-not-galactic-sized-biggest-in-the universe national deficit. Armageddon-type budget problems are lurching forward on the horizon, according to the non-partisan CBO, Congressional Budget Office. But, hey, we still have a charismatic President. That must be worth something.

        April 26, 2012 at 2:46 pm |
      • sp1

        I know. It is sad because I grew up paying my way through college as did my parents and grandparents and these young people don't realize that they are helping to bankrupt the country through a lack of work ethic and will only realize their mistake when they can't find a job and have racked up insurmountable debt.

        April 26, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • Stan

      Just three years ago we were on a fast slide to a depression. Folks, do you remember that?

      April 25, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
    • RU486

      *Romney changes his position every few seconds.
      *Republican Congress Is Blocking Job Bills.
      *Republicans are blocking any bills even the bills they supported in the past.
      *Romney and Republican are trying to prevent republican leaning companies from hiring.

      April 25, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
    • setnommarih

      What case, the only thing he is doing is buying votes and to my knowledge that is illegal. But on southside Chicago it is the process. If all these so-called educated students, etc. are buying in to this BS, then we need more help than we think we do and Obama is just driving a gravy train of my money and yours.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:14 am |
      • 40acres

        I guess you better turn him in then. And while you're at it turn in Boehner and Romney too since they are now saying the same thing.

        April 26, 2012 at 7:00 am |
      • setnommarih

        The dems set this up in what, 2007 just so it would come up again in 2012 as another non-issue until Obama makes it an issue. I worked my way through college why can't it be done now, loans led to higher tuition and costs, don't forget that. Easy money makes everything more expensive, don't forget that.

        April 26, 2012 at 7:16 am |
      • BADGUY

        The ONLY "BS" is coming out of this elitist, scumbag Romney and his Republican "henchmen" in Congress. How could ANYONE believe a guy who shoved workers on the street and cancelled their pensions...to build his 265 Million dollar fortune. If he did it to them, what would he going to do to the American public. The guy is "of the Rich, by the Rich, FOR the Rich". A 1%er's, 1%er. The lower 99% is FINALLY "wising up" to his and their lies!

        April 26, 2012 at 7:23 am |
      • gjp

        You worked your way through college...how many decades ago was that? Averarge yearly cost for college is approximately $2OK. How does a student attend college full time (to include the study time required) and get a job that pays $20K annually? Get real.

        April 26, 2012 at 9:56 am |
  2. d

    As Mittens comes back to the mike, yea & I fully support extending the low rates for college students, Mitt youre so full of it. Every College kid in America can see thru your PLASTIC exterior. This Prez is completely behind Higher Education. Always was & always will be. God Bless thi Great Prez & heres to another 4 years, The mans exact words were it may take more than 1term to get us totally out of this mess. 25 straight months of job growth, 5000 gain in the Dow, Bin Laden & Kadafi DONE, & yea next Syrias Idiot, . I know, If you listened to Fox s Everything sucks & Everything Blows Segments you will be brainwashed. Thank you President Obama!!!!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
    • Jon

      d. your and idiot. Both Dems and Repubs want highter education. Only Oblama wants to make it look as the Repubs are against highter education. d, u must be on some social welfare, or some entitlement program, because Oblama wants more on the governments payroll so he can push his socialist system through. Get a job, and work like Americans should. Don't be one of 50% who pay no federal taxes and has a hand out. I am still paying for my college, and I only borrowed $100,000. On of my daughters tutiution is $50k per year. now thats scary. Both parties want to keep student loan rates low, but how about keepint the tuition under control. How about stop paying for illegals college tuition?

      April 25, 2012 at 7:58 pm |
    • Redspotz

      25 months of "job growth", yet unemployment figures are in the toilet. A man and party unfamiliar with the word "budget". This level of unchecked spending can only lead to significant inflation. His plas to raise taxes can only retard growth, such as it is.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
    • Morning1Sun.

      You are awesome. Thank you. You are 100% correct!

      April 26, 2012 at 4:12 am |
    • Stonesrule

      After three and a half years of Obama in office, you are less likely to have a job, you're less likely to even consider yourself employable, and if you are lucky enough to have a job, you're making less money.
      Here's a test on the President's record. Tell me when Obama said this:
      "That we are in the midst of crisis is now well understood. ... Our economy is badly weakened. Homes have been lost; jobs shed; businesses shuttered. Our health care is too costly; our schools fail too many.”
      That's the President's inauguration speech. Day one of the Obama Administration.
      Is it any less true today? Consider what Obama said when he became the Democratic candidate for President in 2008.
      "We Democrats have a very different measure of what constitutes progress in this country. We measure progress by how many people can find a job that pays the mortgage; whether you can put a little extra money away at the end of each month.” That's how we all measure progress, and you Mr. President have come up far, far short. When you go to the polls this November, ask yourself this: "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago? Is it easier for you to go and buy things in the store than it was 4 years ago?”

      April 26, 2012 at 5:37 am |
    • setnommarih

      Get a job, work your way through, no reason I should pay for YOUR education, you didn't pay for mine.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:15 am |
      • Realitybites

        setnommarih,
        We're talking about college and graduate school, not a GED.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:40 am |
      • setnommarih

        High school honor student, refused my parents help and worked my way thru college, you got the stomach for that?

        April 26, 2012 at 7:17 am |
      • Murp-Guy

        You worked your way thru college? Which college did you go thru where you could actually earn enough money from a job to cover all tuition and books? Did you live with mom and dad or did you earn enough to cover on campus living as well as food or did you rent an apartment? You know that $10,000 a year college must have been perfect for you since you worked so hard to cover the entire 4+ years.

        Now obviously not all of us want to go to the local community college for our education. Some of us actually would like the opportunity to go to a decent school. But since you are such a tool and you could do it, everyone must be able to. You're an idiot if you think all people can make it thru college (decent) without loans or help from mommy and daddy.

        April 26, 2012 at 8:03 am |
      • don2347

        Please share with us which college you attended, your yearly tuition, and how you paid your way. Most jobs available to students do not pay enough to cover tuition at a university.

        April 26, 2012 at 8:39 am |
      • seanster5977

        setnommarih, but you are not a crybaby liberal that wants everything given to you. So you just don't understand how hard it is to make it in the world when someone else is always to blame for your own lack of drive and effort.

        April 26, 2012 at 8:54 am |
    • Bobington

      The president has nothing to do with the stock market rebounding, look at history it always has and always will after a recession. Obama did not get Bin Laden, all he said was "Ok" when they told him they were going to do it. I don't think he really has accomplished anything but getting the US into a record debt situation, especially with China and bailing out corporations (Bush gave the money to the people, Obama gave it to the corporations so get that one right for once) I believe Obama coined "too big to fail" as well didn't he?

      April 26, 2012 at 7:56 am |
  3. HenryMiller

    "citing Akin's recent remarks about how the federal government should not be in the business of student loans."

    Akin is right. If you want a loan, go to a bank. The only thing about loans a government can do better than a bank is screw things up.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  4. rick

    And Boehner has indicated today, he will be holding up the bill. The House is scheduled for another 2 weeks vacation, so again, no business is being done by the Republicans. They just returned from a 2 week vacation.
    What are we paying our House members for, vacation time. Lets defeat these do nothing Republicans. We want members that are concerned for the people and this USA.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  5. Maggie

    Obama is just trying to buy the student votes by promising help and criticizing republicans. This man will sell his soul for votes. I hope the students are not fooled by his propoganda because he does not really care about them, he only wants their votes. Vote out Obama in 2012...he is a total failure.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
    • wittheld

      I read a great post on the NYT website by an actual student thanking the President for his support of education. President Obama didn't buy anything, he supported values like education and people who share those values appreciate it.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
    • demogoat

      And Mitt saying he wants to hold the rate down is somehow different.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
    • raj

      If you say Obama is failure than who you thing successful GWB. He got economic back, Bin Laden out, got Libya without expending a penny. So what you need. There is a long list. But stupid blind folded can't see it. Need to open eye wisely.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
      • davis

        Obama got Osama? It seems like Obama turned his back on his own Muslin brothers. Don't forget that Obama is Muslim turned Christian. I think many people are dumb enough to be fooled by him, and continued to be fooled. Some said he won the civil war in Libyan without losing a penny. People who said this don’t know anything and still are fooled by him. I can’t believe people are that naive.

        April 25, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
      • Jon

        The top 10% of income earners pay 70% of federal income tax. so where do get your figures. The liberal Dems just want more people on the federal entitlment programs because they will vote for Oblama. GWB was going after Bin Laden, just because Oblama was in office doesn't mean it was his decision to find him. U need to wake up. Oblama has increased the budget by more than $5 trillion, and the interest now is over $2 billion per day. If we don't get the defecit under control, which Oblama wants to increase by $6 trillion in the next 4 years without bringing down the defecit, we will be just like Greece, or Italy. The Republicans want everything for the poor, dont' buy the Dems call on that, the Repubs are just trying not the kick the can down the road again.

        April 25, 2012 at 8:13 pm |
      • shite

        raj – you must be a product of obama's cheap education. You can't form a readable thought.

        April 25, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
      • Brian

        GWB was great! Obama is the dumbest most worthless president ever! 6.3 billion in debt socialist ##shole!

        April 25, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
      • setnommarih

        And it only costs us 5 trillion dollars with trillions yet to come, GIVE ME A GIANT BREAK! This man is a divisive, vote buying, lying piece of you know what and I voted for him so I can say that.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:18 am |
      • Bobington

        I wasn't a big fan of Bush at all, but Obama makes him look like a genious.

        April 26, 2012 at 7:47 am |
      • Andy

        Wait...I am staring at your post and wondering how you made it through the public school system, never mind thinking about college. If you are a product of the system, then the system truly failed you.

        April 26, 2012 at 8:08 am |
      • seanster5977

        So moron this is a thrivin economy? Only a braindead liberal would think that.

        April 26, 2012 at 8:55 am |
      • SPA Knight

        You're giving Obama credit for Libya? We did nothing there except watch from the sidelines and we are now watching them move toward a major further cloodshed in civil war that could result in just another government that is hostile to the US. Is that success? At home he has moved us closest to a Socialistic state as we've ever been and burdened us with debt that makes GWB look like a small shopping spree. Get your head out of the sand. This guy has proven to be nothing more than a media hound, US apologizer, racial relations agitater, anti-business, pro-tax, anti-middle class, class envy promoter, anti-military president we've ever had. I hope your life is better than the rest of us working types that pay for nonesense.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:11 am |
      • cony000

        black is beautiful!!!!! vote obama.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:57 am |
      • Steveo

        @cony000
        black is beautiful!!!!! vote obama.
        ------------–
        1. the 70s called and want their slogan back!
        2. Seriously, vote for him just because he's 1/2 black? Seriously??

        April 26, 2012 at 11:41 am |
    • david gutierrez

      you're not very smart. you must watch fox news. let me guess.... college students should expect no handouts, but "JOB CREATORS" should not be taxed. We were losing 700,000 JOBS per month. Think of that. Know for 25 months we have gained jobs. AGAIN... like i said... you must watch fox news.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
    • d

      Total failure Huh. Bin Laden & Kadafi are in the opposite of Heaven. The dow is up 75 %. The troops are gone from Irac, Their coming home from Afganistan, The lilly Ledbetter Act was made Law, Maggie thats for woman you know. The cars taht are made now must be 40 % more fuel efficient. Overseas Trade is up 38%. & as soon as we make the Rich, Richer & Richie Rich Romneys of the Country pay their fair share the Deficit will go the other direction PERMANENTLY. Dont be HATIN Maggie, Just caus your Bishop is losin.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
      • sp1

        @D
        Bin Laden and Kadafi are on the other side of heaven because of policies and support by the repubs to fund technology that made it possible. The dow is up before it collapses and inflation runs rampant when the printing presses won't cut because the world cuts off our credit card and demands that we live within our means... study your history... Rome, the Great Depression. I don't car if my car is more fuel efficient when gas is $4.00 a gallon and poised to hit 5,6,7 more dollars a gallon because Obama refuses to build a pipeline or tap natural gas that would supply our energy needs for the next 100 years. Last I heard, we are spending more than we make through domestic production and exports so our GDP is in trouble. Don't know where you get your facts. And you never but never get richer by punishing the rich for success. I suppose you haven't heard yet that you and me and the rest of America spent 200 billion on bailouts for ENER1, an American battery company (Obama's revory act) that is now bankrupt and has been sold hush hush to the Russian putting sensitive militaty technology in the hands of dictators on the other side of the world.

        April 25, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
      • Investment Advisor

        Bin Laden??? That move was in play for 11 years, Mr.O did nothing to uptick it. He just played the waiting game....give us a break!

        April 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
      • Jon

        If the 'rich' were to pay 35% of their income, even if it was due to investments, the GAO states it would only raise $40 billion. Our debt is $16 triliion, so 40 billion is only ).025%, not much. Oblama and the GSA spent almost $1million and Oblama spent $500 million on solyndra. Let's be real. If the top 10% income earmners pay 70% of the fed income, how is that fair. Let's get the 50% of the people to at least pay some income tax, instead most would rather have a cell phone or big screen tv, but still live off of entitltments.

        April 25, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
      • Hass

        Lets get this straight, Obama had NOTHING to do with Bin Laden and Kadafi. Dont even try to fool yourself into thinking he gave the go ahead or whatever. The Dow is up due to legislation G W put in place before he left, thanks to the mess that he inherited from Clinton. Look at the facts people. The economy was on the downturn and legislation was allowing it to get there before Bush came into office. Policies take time to be enacted. Bush fixes it and Token takes some credit. Socialism at its finest.

        April 25, 2012 at 9:09 pm |
      • larry

        Bin Ladin? he was located with information derived from interogatiions during the GWB years, all Borock did was okay the strike team to take him out. Borock's war on domestic energy producers hasn't help the gas prices situation, everything is going up in price because ot that.His constant violations of the rule of law is setting a fine example for the children. Life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness is no longer an option with borock in the WH.
        I'm sorry, but that statist/socialist/marxist son of a bisquit eater always gets me wound up.

        April 25, 2012 at 10:03 pm |
      • setnommarih

        Hey I could have bought twice that with 5 trillion dollars of MY MONEY, not Obama's money to use for vote buying.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:19 am |
    • Terry

      Maggie, Maggie, Maggie, you have been watching too much Fox News. Greata,The Prez is Awful & Everything Sucks & Everything Blows in this Country, KARL, my turn, The Prez is terrible & Everything Sucks & Everything Blows in this Country, No my turn, as the building shakes, Huckster, The Prez is the worst & Everything Sucks & Everything Blows in this Country, No my turn, Leave it to Beaver Let not your hear be troubled, The Prez is just horrific & Everything Sucks & Everything Blows in this Country, No my turn, Etc.... Etc.... Etc.... Please Fox, Everything does not suck in this Country & Everything does not blow!!!!!!!!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Woody

      Isn't anything posted on this site considered propaganda as well? But ya you're right. The president has so many posters citing for Americans to act in some way all over facilities, and I can't even walk out my front door without seeing some. On top of the posters, the way he has his foot in the door for every main stream news site like this one, and Fox, and the BBC, etc. just sickens me. The man is a tyrant for being able to control thousands and thousands of reporters, workers, and so much more from behind his desk. Damn that propaganda....

      April 25, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
    • Lewis

      He actually did alot of good for this country and even if you doint agree with that you can at least agree that Mit has no right to rule over a people he has never truely been apart of. born with a silver spoon in his mouth and waited until he could be given a ton of money and a ton of power having no connection with the poor or middle-class he has no understanding of hard work.

      April 25, 2012 at 5:45 pm |
    • slimdollarbill

      So your dum idea of a perfect union is to let corporate greed to continue and milk the middle class dry......guess you haven't learned anything for the depression this country was in......maybe you didn't care two cents worth because your part of the 1% of this country of got rich off slave labor.....idoit!!!!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 6:49 pm |
    • davis

      You're absolutely right!

      April 25, 2012 at 7:19 pm |
    • Hass

      He will sell his soul then turn around and sell this country to the russians. All democrats can do is criticize republicans, they cant come up with an ideas to fix problems they caused themselves

      April 25, 2012 at 9:05 pm |
    • CA Liberal

      So what? How is putting more students through college for less money selling your soul? Fool.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
      • setnommarih

        Try working your way through, no debt and work experience at the end. And someone else not paying your way. Don't students nowadays have any self respect?

        April 26, 2012 at 6:21 am |
      • Andy

        Has he put more students through school for less money? Last time I had checked the tuition rates were still on the rise. Unless you want to go to a socialistic type economy, where the government can control all prices, then there is nothing this president OR any other one can do about the rise in tuition. Students need to start utilizing the community colleges first in order to have the Universities feel the pressure and reduce tuition.

        April 26, 2012 at 8:12 am |
      • OchentaYcinco

        setnommarih, I don't know what school you went to, or when you went there, but clearly the world that today's students are living in is a much different one. Yes, it'd be great if everyone could take their high school diploma and turn it into a job that would pay them enough to work themselves through college. Unfortunately, our last president wasn't much of a job creator and the economy collapsed while he had one foot out the door. As a result, there were fewer jobs and more qualified workers to take the available ones. But sure, good luck 18-year-olds.

        And to make matters worse, Republican-dominated state governments, like my home state of Pennsylvania, have cut funding to state universities to a fraction of what it was just a few years ago. (Thanks, Gov. Corbett!) As a result, tuition has increased significantly. We could tell them to pound sand if students can't pay it out of pocket. I'm sure great masses of undereducated young adults flooding the job market will be the solution to all of our problems. My guess is that you attended a school at a reasonable cost thanks to substantial public funding, which given your comments above, you should probably be refunding in the form of a fat check to the state. Wouldn't want to be a hypocrite.

        April 26, 2012 at 9:19 am |
    • Howard

      By the time these young people realize that they are merely pawns, who are being lied to and used by Obama, it might be too late.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:23 pm |
    • mike

      maggie....from your words you are the failure.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:17 pm |
    • AmericaStand

      Does this inexperienced crowd realize the last time mindless young voters were promised everything, the end result is now 55% percent of those college students without a job? Educated and informed voters will not be distracted by the number of unemployed rising from 8 million to almost 16 million in less than 4 years (over triple the rate of job loss under Bush), nor will we forget the national debt has almost doubled in less than 4 years. And the alleged champions of the middles class, the Democrats, have failed causing the exponential increase in the unemployed. Vote no to Socialism and this King of Blame.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
      • Larry

        Do ya' think maybe a large part of the national debt belongs to Bush, or did you forget there was a surplus when Clinton left office? Do ya' remember it was Bush that sent us to war? Do ya' remember it was the Republicans who reduced taxes for the wealthy so much the middle class had to support the country? Now we can't afford to buy all the stuff we used to, so of course there's unemployment. Those darn "job creators" just don't buy enough stuff to keep the country running. Bet there's more jobs created by middle class consumers replacing the ailing refrigerator then the ones who put elevators in their garages.

        April 25, 2012 at 11:28 pm |
      • jp

        yes, i seem to remember that. i had just graduated college and hadn't really paid much attention to politics until GWB was elected. it was a humbling moment for me. i was shocked that someone who was that dumb could ever become POTUS. i made a vow to never miss a chance to vote again

        April 26, 2012 at 3:34 am |
      • 40acres

        Had you received a proper education you would know what "exponential" means.

        April 26, 2012 at 7:08 am |
      • Andy

        This is really for JP. JP, are you trying to imply that you are an intelligent voter? I hate to break the news to you; however, you should try a capital "I" or at the beginning of your sentences. Also by providing your opinion as a basis upon which we are supposed to reflect that Pres. W Bush was bad is the same as me working at Ford and trying to give out my opinion of Chevy. If you truly did not vote for Bush in 2000, that means you have only voted 2 times since. How many of those two times did you do more than 2 hours of studying about each viable candidate on both sides of the isle? Sound bites make for an ingnorant voter.

        April 26, 2012 at 8:18 am |
      • cony000

        I did not drink the GW koolaide for 8 years but I am going to drink the Obama koolaide for the next 4 years.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:56 am |
    • glennrobertg

      Obama doesn't have to buy anything. The conservatives are on the wrong side of every issue!

      April 26, 2012 at 2:55 am |
    • J.V.Hodgson

      Hi Maggie,
      Pray do tell me which politician of any party would not say something/ anything that he/she hoped would get votes for him/Her and his/her party.
      Regards,
      Hodgson.

      April 26, 2012 at 2:58 am |
    • DRagonchef

      And anyone with a lick of sense ( hopefully those in college have it) know all Obama is worried about is keeping his job for another 4 years any promises he makes this time have less chance then those he didn't keep last time- and he gets paid no matter what in or out of office so only thing in question is do we want 4 more years of his phoney retoric or change from the messed up Democratic running of things

      April 26, 2012 at 5:51 am |
    • Realitybites

      Maggie,
      You do realize that these loan rates were initiated 5 years ago. Which party was that president from?

      April 26, 2012 at 6:43 am |
    • BADGUY

      Obama a failure? He's the BEST President we've had since FDR. His ONLY fault is having a Republican House that kills EVERY initiative the guy tries to fix our economy. The Republicans DON'T WANT to fix the economy! The longer it stays like this the more cheap labor they'll have to make even more money. The Republicans LOVE the status quo. The Rich getting richer and the Poor getting poorer.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:26 am |
      • Andy

        You mean he has had a Republican house for going on 2 years now....Right? Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't they (the democrats) have a super majority for the first 2 years he was in office? It seems to me, that anything he wanted to do during those years should have FLOWN through the house and senate. hmmmm awkward...

        April 26, 2012 at 8:21 am |
      • cony000

        On the Piers show General Collin Powell said President Obama saved America. I agree with General Collin Powell.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  6. jillib

    Just callin' 'em as he see's 'em.

    Well done Mr President!

    Those college students are too smart to vote for romney – they know that if romney is elected President, that he will be nothing but a figurehead – it will be the extremists in the republican congress calling the shots. If that doesn't put the fear of God into you – if that's not enough to get you to vote, I don't know what is!!

    April 25, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  7. tykl

    what's new – it was the House Republicans or the ATMs' turn to be blamed today

    April 25, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  8. Sponge-Bob

    More lies and promises for votes. We the taxpayers still are over 11 billion in the whole for TARP not to mention the stimulus and other bailouts. We need some budget discipline in Washington.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
    • Dan from Chitwon

      So let's give more tax breaks, that will lower the deficit. No, let's stall out the recession by instituting austerity measures, that will bring back jobs and lower the deficit. See where this is going, eventually when you go the opposite of everything Obama says you wind up hurting the country. Its amazing that conservatives can literally think that every single thing the man says or does is wrong. That is not possible if I put Ronald McDonald in the White House... Good luck in November.

      April 25, 2012 at 4:57 pm |
    • cookmowe

      You mean the TARP that was enacted by President Bush? Also, did you just pull random numbers out of thin air?

      April 25, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
    • Ni

      We are 2 TRILLION Dollars in debt from the lies for Iraq war. When are we going to get back that taxpayers money.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:42 pm |
    • BADGUY

      We need the tax rates to be returned to the pre-Reagan era (when the Rich paid their fair share). It's funny: The Republicans say they WON'T raise taxes. What they REALLY mean: They won't raise taxes on the Rich. The Ryan plan, that they all drool over, WILL raise taxes (NOT on the Rich, who'll actually see a MAJOR tax cut) but on the Poor. The bottom 50% will lose ALL their deductions. Instead of paying nothing in income tax, Paul Ryan's plan will have them paying anywhere from 10% to 25%. Some "pledge" to NOT raise taxes! Does ANYONE believe ANYTHING, ANY Republican says anymore?

      April 26, 2012 at 7:32 am |
      • Andy

        Bad Guy....how much is fair? How much money should other people pay so that we can have a welfare class? How much will the bottom earners be forced to pay in order to pay for the same roads, infrastructure, military, etc...that they use just as much as the rich? When will you go to work for a poor person because they are someone who is "paying their fair share". Obviously if the rich are not paying their fair share of the taxes, then that means the bottom earners are paying their fair share and that allows them to have issue with the top. Is that what you are trying to imply? That it is fair that 49% pays NO taxes and even receives money FROM the government. Isn't this counter natural evolution (the week are weeded out)...just sayin

        April 26, 2012 at 8:25 am |
  9. Concerned citizen

    OK, but why the president is doing this on the trip paid by the taxpayers' money? WH press secretary said it would be a business trip and the president wouldn't talk about the politics??????

    April 25, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  10. Rosslaw

    Man, now Obama's quoting republican politicians and accurately citing their positions on issues like student loans and debt-there's nothing he won't resort to.

    April 25, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
    • rolltoy`

      Obama is telling the fact.If you dont want to hear shut your trap.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:56 am |
    • setnommarih

      Too lazy to work your way through school. Want to put your debts on someone elses shoulder. He can quote what he wants, I thought you folks didn't like 1%ers, well he was making a speech, the 1%er.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:24 am |
      • GiveMeABreak

        setnommarih said Get a job, work your way through, no reason I should pay for YOUR education, you didn't pay for mine

        What's all this noise about "pay your way?" How could anyone pay for 4 years of college working part time? My daughter "worked her way" through college. She worked hard, but still needed student loans and a grant to pay tuition. Why is lowering the interest rates on government backed student loans somehow equate to your having to pay for someone else's education? I don't get your point.

        April 26, 2012 at 9:00 am |
    • BADGUY

      Gee...what a change of reality. Romney came out AFTER Obama and said he supported the student loan suggestion. AFTER! The Republicans KNOW their "tax breaks for the Rich" budget plan is NOT being accepted well by American students.... who have SOME idea of fairness. The Republicans are just floundering around, searching for a life preserver, while they drown in their own stupidity!

      April 26, 2012 at 7:36 am |
  11. John

    Great. Let's just keep calling people out by humiliating them. I am referring to both parties. The govt shouldn't be involved in alot of things besides school loans. They only make everything worse. Here's a novel thought:

    Can you guys work with each other in Washington and make things any better? Also, a spycam in my bedroom is not an option.

    April 25, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
    • Happydave57

      Why don't you want a spy cam.... People might find it entertaining, at least for a short time.....

      April 25, 2012 at 9:39 pm |
  12. John

    I love when people drink the cool-aid from any politician. They never do anything they promise.

    April 25, 2012 at 5:31 pm |
  13. RS, CA

    When, oh when will this putz be gone from the news cycles! I'm soooo tired looking at his mug DAILY. Nothing but a publicity/camera hound. A decent president? Not even close!

    April 25, 2012 at 5:43 pm |
    • BillC

      Wow RS, CA! You sound so Bitter! If you were an Independent, I'm sure you'd see things more objectively! One's ability to filter out the noises (not just to be negative and insultive) and focus on things of substance gives one the ability to make a difference! Remember, both sides are seeking votes! AND they will do whatever it takes to get votes! Politics!!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 6:01 pm |
    • Sean

      Oh you mean like EVERY politian... isnt that what their there to do? Be on Camera and speaking to the people?... *rolls eyes*...

      April 25, 2012 at 6:07 pm |
    • CA Liberal

      Better get used to it. 4 more years comming at you. Hey we put up with GWBush for 8 years. Your turn to stew.

      April 25, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
      • DRagonchef

        WE are already more devided because of this "President" 4 more years and he might just have started a real break up of the country- but then that might be just what he has been trying with all the race and hate generated from him and her- not to mention all the vacation and campaigning on our money

        April 26, 2012 at 5:54 am |
      • setnommarih

        Stew is the right term. If that's all you can say in defense of the undefendable, then 4 more years may just be a nightmare we wake up from.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:51 am |
  14. Rickster

    Akin is correct. The federal government should not be in the student loan business. Student loans should be negotiated between the institution, the state and the student. Democrats will never understand the constitution and the limits that were intentionally put on the federal government and that's because democrats believe our government should be a socialist government.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:13 pm |
  15. JustAO

    Worst president ever...

    Compared to who? Why, because of spending or because of his color? You can't claim spending because it was the presidents of the past 30 years who ran up the debt...especially our last president to make the rich richer and have the half of the world hate america.

    Oh and which side of congress writes all these laws to let 'free market', banks, insurance, corporations run wild at the expense of our economy and consumers?

    Can't wait for Mitt and Obama to debate so we can stop the speculation and see a clear comparison of the two on policy (past, present, and future).

    If the only/best ideas Republicans can throw out there for change in presidency are 'he's the worst president ever', I don't think that'll be effective enough.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:14 pm |
    • concernedjoy

      Do you ever bother to look into some of the things Obama does? Have you gone to a site to see all the taxes that will hit EVERYONE in his Healthcare bill? Yes, every president has run up debt, and so has Obama. His followers has really fallen for the "it's not my fault" crap he puts out. And it was the democrat Barney Frank who kept insisting that Fanny & Freddie were in good shape. Who is totally destroying the oil industry. And before you start on the tax cuts they get – well, a lot of industry gets tax cuts, and larger ones than the oil industry. How many jobs have been lost in the oil industry, and others, due to Obama's policies and over-regulation. I guess if you have not personally lost your job, this crisis of unemployment doesn't exist. This president is out to get as many people as possible dependent on government – and he is for MORE government, not less.

      April 25, 2012 at 10:02 pm |
    • J.V.Hodgson

      Hi,
      In principle I agree your thoughts but to be more specific.
      If you put the Romney policy comments, legislative agenda and his support of Ryan budget ideas you have a "very severe Conservative" for sure.
      One with no debt reduction ( till 2020), increased defense spending ( oops forget Budget Act where we agreed the opposite, sequestration,) more tax reductions and repeal all the last three years democratic legislation. Budget deficits up to 2020 financial pain for the 99% and more riches for the 1% or " back to the future " as it looked/ played out for months after Jan 2008. till recovery Act and 4.4m jobs + in last 25 months.
      Who pays for all this answer the 99% via Medicare, medicaid; spending cuts unidentified and defense spending increases and more rich tax reductions... are we and you all 99% stupid?
      Regards,
      Hodgson.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:16 am |
    • setnommarih

      Obama is more givaways, people will always vote for someone who wants to give them something, is that the type of country you want to live in? Here doggie, come and get your bone.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:53 am |
      • cony000

        Ok super smart guy. Give me the world that you want to live in.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  16. jerry

    obama is making a fool of himself..these kids know they won't find work after they finish school and will have a mountain of debt to pay off to boot. But then obama, the narcissist, really believes they are stupid and will buy his old hat garbage. I saw the students interviewed after the obama sales pitch ...AND THEY DON'T BUY IT! Remember many of these graduating seniors started when he took office..and bought the hope and change...and now they are going to feel the obama hope and change while living in their parents basements.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:15 pm |
    • twyce4

      Things that break take time to heal or get fixed ...If Obama can get help from the SAY NO TO ALL OBAMA BILLS EVEN IF IT HELPS THE COUNTRY,LO-OK WHATS HE HAS DONE WITH OUT THERE HELP CONGRESS .Things would be better
      but if your a so called Religious Voters have Hate and Doubt then you wont understand and you say the hatefull things you say . Thats A Fact OBAMA 2012 AND THE HEALTHCARE BILL IS NOT PERFECT ,,,,BUT A START AND CAN BE REVAMPED!!! SHEEET WE GIVE OTHER COUNTRY MONEY ,WE GO TO WAR BUT YOU PEOPLE GET MAD AND WHINE FOR GIVING HEALTH CARE FOR OUR AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO NEED IT ...FUZZY MATH THAT DONT ADD UP!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
    • Mike

      Wow. Couldn't afford college, eh?

      April 26, 2012 at 4:14 am |
    • BADGUY

      Thank the last 3 Republican Presidents, who supported the movement of all the high paying jobs to the Far East. They LIKED the idea of squashing American trade unions (and the middle class)...AND the making of more money by their financial backers. They didn't think past the end of their term as to what would eventually happen to the American economy. Well, you're living (and these students are living) in "what would happen"!

      April 26, 2012 at 7:39 am |
      • cony000

        This mess started during the Vietnam War and really took off during the I and me world that Ronald Reagan created during his reign of America. If we don't stop the I and me world and start a world of unity is strength world. We will go down the toilet very quickly.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:46 am |
  17. DanoRoo

    Notice how much time Obama spends on college campuses? That's because young kids are more easily duped.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
  18. Investment Advisor

    BS !!! Pandering to college kids who have no skin in the game! Keep fueling the entitlement engine MR. President! My Hope is that we Change leaders in 2012.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:45 pm |
  19. pjoe

    Sad thought ... maybe Obama isn't trying to destroy the country ... maybe he is trying the best he can ... and he just isn't very good at leading. His leadership style seems to be that of a follower (lead from behind). Maybe this was the best he could do. We shouldn't expect much going forward. Sigh.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:46 pm |
    • slimdollarbill

      Maybe you're from the hillside of Kentucky......maybe its ok for you to only have a 6th education......never heard you people complain when one of your kind bankrupted this country!!!!

      April 25, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
      • Leslie1025

        slimdollarbill I AM FROM THE HILLSIDE OF KENTUCKY and I am offended by your statement. If you would have checked your facts, kentucky went republican in 2004 and as you put it, ":us people living on a hillside" was to damn smart to vote for him in the first place! All you had to do was listen to him and you could tell he had no idea what he was doing. Most of us hillside people are more educated than average, and we mostly make really good money... and to smart to vote for Obama

        April 25, 2012 at 11:31 pm |
    • BADGUY

      Romney will "lead" us all right! Right into a Depression! When the Republican plan is to raise taxes on the bottom 80%, the people who are doing the "consuming", what do you think that will do to their "consuming"? You wanna a see a "death spiral" for our economy..just follow Paul Ryan's "budget" plan and watch everything collapse!

      April 26, 2012 at 7:44 am |
  20. DEcember 2012

    REPUBLITARDS DUG THEIR OWN GRAVE. ROMNEY IS THE SACRIFICIAL LAMB.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:50 pm |
    • Howard

      YOU OBAMA STOOGES ARE SO STUPID ... AND, YOU CAN"T FIX STUPID. AMERICA IS FINALLY WAKING UP TO WHAT AN UN-AMERICAN, INEPT, SELF-SERVING, LYING SNAKE YOUR EMPTY SUIT PHONY MESSIAH IS ... IN NOVEMBER, YOU FOOLS WILL BE NEUTERED, WHICH WILL BE THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS RETURNING AMERICA TO ITS FORMER GREATNESS. GOOD RIDDANCE, TRAITORS.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:29 am |
      • cony000

        On the Piers Morgan show General Collin Powell said President Obama saved America. I agree with General Collin Powell.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • BADGUY

      AMERICANS ARE FINALLY WAKING UP TO THE FACT THE REPUBLICANS WORK....ONLY...FOR THE BENEFIT OF THE SUPER RICH 1%. NOTHING, THE REPUBLICANS DO, HELPS ANYONE BUT THEIR FINANCIAL BACKERS...PERIOD!

      April 26, 2012 at 7:47 am |
  21. MTATL67

    With anti-minority rhetoric from the primaries and the War On Women. The Republican party cannot afford to start a war on students.

    April 25, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
    • concernedjoy

      So it appears Obama quoted a couple of remarks by Republicans. That is not the view of ALL republicans. While this was going on, the House was working on a bill to allow the interest rates on student loans go down – it will be submitted tomorrow. The Senate is also working on their bill. The President did not need to scold anyone. Just politics.

      April 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm |
      • 40acres

        You are wrong concernedjoy. He has to scold the infantile Republicans in order to get things done. Why do you think they are NOW submitting a bill to keep the rates low? By the way, do you know how they plan to pay for it? They want to take money out of the ACA preventative care funds. Obama wants to close some loopholes for big business. Who do you think can afford it more? Even when they pretend to do something for the middle class the Republicans don't seem to be able to do it without hitting those in the lower income brackets. Why do you suppose that is?

        April 26, 2012 at 7:21 am |
  22. Jerry

    The war on women and the latest so called war on college students is a myth promulgated by Mr. Obama and his minions. Mr. Obama really does not possess a record that he can run on. Therefore, he and his political lap dogs and other misguided supporters resort to lies and smoke and mirrors. At one point women seemed to be drinking Mr. Obama's spiked Kool Aid and now the college students seem to be following suit.

    It's a real shame that this president has to resort to lies and essentially BUY the votes he needs to be reelected; with taxpayer funds, TO BOOT!

    I am guessing this is Mr. Obama's "HOPE and CHANGE" philosophy (lies and broken promises?).

    Ask yourself (other than the 'dolers", of course): ARE WE BETTER OFF THAN WE WERE FOUR YEARS AGO? Most honest people will reply with a resounding "NO".

    Even some Black voters (both Democrats and Republicans) are (thank God!!!) starting to question themselves and doubt Mr. Obama's honesty and sincerity.

    Most statistics indicate that the Black community, in particular, is NO better off than it was four years ago. Of course, you are never going to hear Mr. Obama or his minions bring up that particular subject.

    Something worth considering, I opine.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:25 pm |
    • foobar

      I'm much better than I was 4 years ago. Most of my friends are too. George Bush and Carl Rove's robber baron economic policies were only slightly less worse than their disastrous foreign policies. You are in inbred ignorant piece of shit. And those are your finer qualities.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:08 am |
    • Rawmoney2012

      "The war on women and the latest so called war on college students is a myth promulgated by Mr. Obama"

      I thought it was pretty clever, myself, interrupting all the "wars" the Republicans had tried to create, such as their "war on religion" and Obama's "war on the courts", which Fox news tried to fabricate just a day or two before this "war on women" broke out. Obama preempted this one. I'm sure, you guys would have brought out your yearly "war on Easter" as well, if that hadn't been handily preempted. For years and years, the republicans have been creating such wars, seemingly once a month. You guys cry so much when the same tactics are used on you. Bunch of babies.

      But, if Romney is elected, don't worry, you'll probably get the war you really want, a "War On Iran".

      April 26, 2012 at 3:46 am |
    • carrotroot

      @Jerry, Obama is the real deal, in 2008 one of his campaign promises was to make paying for college more affordable, and when he became President he successfully got legislation passed which reformed the student loan program by removing the middle-man, furthermore ACA has a provision in it which allows kids to remain on their parent's health insurance till they are 26. Lastly President Obama has been pushing Congress for several months about re-upping the student loan bill to prevent the interest rates from doubling on student loans. Mr. Obama has not only shown his dedication to this issue, he has gotten results.

      The same cannot be said of Mr. Romney, who recently said he supports student loan re-authorization bill in front of a student audience, but back in February he was opposed to Congress re-upping the bill. Considering Mr. Romney has never once shown any concern about student issues makes me say he's just saying what the audience wants to hear to get elected. He has shown no willingness to commit any time pursuing this issue.

      April 26, 2012 at 6:49 am |
      • setnommarih

        So all you want are more givaways, pathetic. I you my hope of the future in this country, again pathetic.

        April 26, 2012 at 6:56 am |
      • 40acres

        Well carrotroot, Romney just can't understand why they don't just sell some stock to pay for it. That's what he did.

        April 26, 2012 at 7:23 am |
      • cony000

        99.999% of politicians are one notch below child molesters.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:39 am |
    • cony000

      You lie enough eventually they become truth. Richard Nixon.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:41 am |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Romney will lose because of the GOP/Tea Party war on women, gays, abortion, seniors, union workers, teachers, middle class, and students.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:46 pm |
    • Ivestment Advisor

      The only war on women is in the feeble mind of the liberals...its BS and you and everyone with a brain knows it. (weak,weak arguement) And he' s pandering to the students who have no skin in the game..."Hip and Cool" make not a leader!

      April 26, 2012 at 12:39 am |
  24. Mitt Romney

    It is my mission to be sure that Government of the Corporations, by the Corporations, for the Corporations shall not perish from this Earth. Vote for me!

    April 25, 2012 at 8:54 pm |
  25. joe

    Show boat for a non issue. But Nobama knows kids can be led and fed anywhere. He is just an actor. A mere celebrity. And like celebrities who could never hold real jobs let alone POTUS he hasn't a clue.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
    • foobar

      Your are confusing Obama with Reagan., Reagan was an actor. Obama was a constitutional scholar.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  26. Jerry

    Randy, San Francisco: Hey Randy, right ON!!! Now you are REALLY slurping the Mr. Obama's spiked Kool Aid! Just watch out for the aftereffects. IT could end up being detrimental to your health and wellbeing. Then, the American taxpayers will end up paying for your cure.

    Randy, just saying!

    April 25, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
    • BigJim

      Jerry, if you're replying to someone else's comment, use the "reply" link under their comment. Otherwise it's unclear to whom you are replying.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:53 am |
  27. nolimits3333

    Without the super committee, the spending cuts start automatically in January of 2013.

    When the Bush tax cuts expire in December of 2012, Obama won't allow them to be renewed.

    Spending cuts + a return to the old tax rates = deficit reduction.

    Congress has been taken out of the equation. No treasonous Tea Party/Republicans to mess things up.

    Another brilliant move by Obama.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
    • zigge

      Loser obama was installed under the radar and in november when we rid our country of that self appointed dictator ,we will never again let a fraud like obama get in that position again. Deadbeat obama and his super corrupt administration have been nothing but trouble for our country and our people since being installed .

      April 25, 2012 at 9:47 pm |
      • lambu

        I think you made a mistake, please substitute Bush with Obama in your comment.

        April 25, 2012 at 11:06 pm |
      • foobar

        Under the radar? He won by the largest majority in a decade. Pass the blunt, bro.

        April 26, 2012 at 12:11 am |
      • cony000

        Why do you hate black people?

        April 26, 2012 at 10:41 am |
    • Investment Advisor

      Wrong formula....everyone Knows , as history has proved time and time again, Spending cuts+ lower tax rates= deficit reduction which= jobs and prosperity. All boats rise with a rising tide.

      April 26, 2012 at 12:45 am |
  28. Darrell

    Jerry....and you brought/drank GWB's Kool-Aid spending nearly $1 trillion on two unfunded wars and giving rich people tax breaks that is contributing to the nation's debt. The same GWB who nearly bankrupted this county and brought Am. Capitalism to its knees. How easily you and people like True forget how GWB and Republicans have ruined this country.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:19 pm |
    • emasee

      if i remember correctly it was clinton that revised the community reinvestment act and obama who was the lawyer for acorn when they forced, let me say it again FORCED the financial institutions to hand out home loans to people who were poor and or had bad credit that would have otherwise not qualified for a home loan. and because it collapsed and caused this crisis during the bush years they blamed bush.. now 1 trillion dollars on 2 wars in an 8 year span is nothing compared to the 5-6 trillion that obama has spent in just 3 years as potus. and now he wants to spend more? i would really hate to see how you manage your finances cause this potus is going to ACTUALLY bankrupt us. you liberals and democrats need to wake up.
      i just wanna say before you all start attacking me like every other democrat attacks people, I am not a republican i am an independent, and i will not be voting for this man.
      capitalism is what made this country great and it has been a success. sometimes things happen and people fall on hard times. does not mean you should scrap what made this nation great. one thing i would like to ask all you die hard liberals and progressives is, where has socialism worked?

      April 25, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
    • cony000

      GW and the rest of the Bush Crime Family need to be sent to the HAGUE!!!!

      April 26, 2012 at 10:34 am |
  29. zigge

    Loser obama is a crap salesman with a mouth full of samples. Deadbeat obama is a chronic liar will say anything at any time to spread his propaganda and in the end will end up with nothing but ,higher unemployment,higher deficit,a dvided country,millions of our taxpayer money squanderd on bankrupt companies, bailouts for his union buddies in return for campaign donations "money laundering using taxpayer money"and yet that ignoid braggs about the millions of taxpayer money that they have launderd and stashed in their campaign coffers .The past four years this country has been without a legitimate president and the only success that loser obama and self appointed dictator can claim is being the biggest failure in American history.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:36 pm |
    • Rawmoney2012

      Cry on. At least you're not bellowing out. "Hey, he killed Vince Foster. He's a murderer. You Bastard." It's always the same–whenever a democrat gets into office you go into a tizzy fit and just start yelling. It's so damn annoying. Like a child crying out and calling people names because he didn't get the piece of candy he wanted.

      April 26, 2012 at 3:51 am |
    • cony000

      No your are wrong. From the beginning this has been about hatred and racism. The good ole boys from the south want to see the south rise again.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  30. BunnyBunny

    The Republicans have been knocking anything Obama wanted done to help the economy and the middle class. All they offered is more tax cuts for the rich and more corporate welfare for big oil.

    They are getting scared for their jobs. So they decided to throw a bone. Throw it back at 'em.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:59 pm |
    • cony000

      From the beginning this was about a half white/half black guy who is living in their white house. And guess what? He is going to continue to live in their white house.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:32 am |
      • Andy

        "Their" White House??? Really? So you do not feel that you are being a bigot or racist at all in any of your remarks? Pot meet kettle...oops I guess that must be "Their" way of making fun of bl@cks huh?

        April 26, 2012 at 10:35 am |
  31. Dr Kym

    I find it difficult to understand how anyone can take what the President says as serious. When the current bill, that is about to expire does, and doubles the student loan rate, it might be good to remember that it was the President's own party who held both the House and Senate and set up the expiration to happen now, just in time for the upcoming electioneering. Wouldn't it be great if the President actually fixed real problems instead of manufacturing things he could appear to fix?

    April 25, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
  32. Dr Kym

    Bunny, Just curious-What has the President actually done to help the middle class?

    April 25, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
  33. T in AK

    This is clearly campaign fodder. This man made tons of promises last time, and got zip done. The Dems would have you believe the GOP is at fault, mainly based on his tendency to blame them for everything. The simple historic fact is, every president has faced similar constrictions...and gotten things done. DC has lost sight of some words...like concessions. Throughout history if I want my bills poassed, I would concede items on YOUR agenda...it's called....working together. They have lost sight of the word Compromise.....where we TALK and find wiggle room to move off our stated position, towards your position...to get things done. Lastly.....DC has forgotten forever the word Conscience. There are good people and good ideas on both sides of the aisle....but finger pointing..and blame...only makes everything worse.

    This man has already stated this will be his last election..and how he'll have "space"......after it's over. He has also shown a willingness to avert congress..and...spend money...AND legislate by executive order..and agency policy re-writes. He is restructuring the country in his "vision"....playing Robin Hood by taking from the rich to give to the poor...and in so doing....reducing the country to second tier status. He is inacting more damage to the nation than the terrorists did on 9/11....and the students of the country wish to support him?

    I have a friend who wanted me to sign a petition which supported forgiving a TRILLION dollars in student loans, so I asked her..."Who is going to LOSE this trillion dollars"? Nobody...she responded..it's just going to be..."forgiven". I said to her......explain in detail, how you can loan a trillion dollars and NOT repay it...and nobody will lose....and I'll gladly sign your petition. She could NOT!....this is the exact same logic......this president wishes to imply...to get re-elected. It hasn't worked...except to reduce the economy to tatters. I pray....smarter people elect the next president.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:37 pm |
  34. MikeWonder

    It's so easy to replace the hardships of compassion with the simplicities of ideology .. then hide behind that ideology , all self-righteously casting aspersions ... not to mention the fact that most of the time Conservative economic policy FAILS – even when reduced to calculations .. HA ! .. The irony of it all ..

    April 25, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  35. Stan

    Just three years ago we were on a fast slide to a depression. Do folks remember that?

    April 25, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
  36. t3chn0ph0b3

    Romney is backing it, too. No one needs to call out to anyone.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:09 pm |
  37. Gene W. Laramy

    I went through college. master's degree and doctor's degree without any help from the government. Sixteen years of college. How did I do it? Student scholarships and part time and full time work.The government should not be in the business of passing out loans to people for education - returning GI's are the only ones who should get any help. Scholastic achievement means way more to a person if they pay their own way. As I see it, educational institutions have become "Party Schools" rather than education schools. Get out there and apply for scholarships, and do some work to help yourself. Government is into far too many parts of our lives.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm |
  38. Gene W. Laramy

    As for Obama, and his wife, I would bet money they went through college on affirmative action money and didn't spend a dime of their own money. You can't believe a thing this person says. If you don't believe me, he said Obamacare passed congress by an overwhelming majority, when in fact it passed by ONE

    April 25, 2012 at 11:17 pm |
  39. Bruce

    If America can mandate car Insurance,That every who drive or own a car have Insurance on it,Why people complaining when it come to the health of all human that they have insurance by law.I dont need car insurance but i am force to get it why?So when Obama say everybody get health insurance we take it to court,Why we never take car insurance to court?

    April 25, 2012 at 11:39 pm |
  40. Bruce

    Is car Insurance in our constitution,If Health care for all is against the constitution of the United State,Then how do we look at car insurance?

    April 25, 2012 at 11:41 pm |
  41. edfla

    Rep. Foxx (R:NC) is right on with her thoughts. We have produced a generation of youth that refuse to accept adulthood, who want to put off accepting responsibility as long as they can (remember they are now on their parents' health insurance). And Susan Fluke is a prime example - let me stay in college and major is sex and supporting the Dem's health care plan that pays for my contraception. What happened to the old fashioned way a getting a college degree, save your $$ as a teenager (instead of paying for all your electronic, high-tech goodies), or combine working and college if you or your folks cannot afford it? Instead they want ot take out loans; understanding they should be used for school costs and not paying for cars, parties, beer and the like; understanding that they have to be paid back; but, instead, want to complain about how much they are in debt once they graduate with useless degrees with liberal arts majors that do not lead to jobs. Me-me-me children of me-me-me parents.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:09 am |
  42. Scott Morris

    Yeah...well I will tell any congressman that cares to know, that I worked myself into the hospital going for my college degree. I had student loans and had to work full time to support myself. Because I worked, but didnt make much money, I didnt qualify for a grant, even though I barely made enough to get by. So I had to get student loans. Well, those student loan only take care of four years, and for many schools, they certainly dont cover the costs of a full-time schedule (what many people dont realize is that many schools wont certify you for part-time aid or loans, and even if they do, it is not proportional – ie half-time does not get you half-loan amount) So I worked and studied and averaged about 5 hours of sleep a night with frequent all-nighters. Eventually, it got to where I could not sleep properly when I did sleep. I ended up in the hospital from pur exhaustion. A college education should be available to all, free of charge. That is not a free ride. After all, you are studying and working to earn it. I can tell you what would have likely kept me from having to get student loans at all...student tax exemption. It used to be that full-time students were income tax-exempt. If they did not cancel that (Thanks Ronald Reagan) then many students would not need student loans at all. Also, the "free-market" student loan system where the banks administered the loans...was beyond terrible. Talk about the private sector screwing things up. Another thing that drives up education costs is the entirely corrupt textbook market. After all, calculus hasnt really changed that much, yet it seems that a new version of a textbook is required each year. Is this necessarry? Of course not. It is because the textbook companies wine and dine the deparment heads and professors. Selling your used books is nearly impossible these days. They need to go to e-books, which are much cheaper to produce, update and distribute than paper texts. Anyway, there are a lot of problems with getting a college education these days, and it represents a major barrier for our country's economic health and properity, and needs to change dramatically. The workforce is an assett to our country. More educated and skilled people earn more and increase the value of American goods and services. That means more income, which means more tax revenue. That translates to ROI. So why cant a college education be free, as long as you are getting the grades, and are pursuing a degree for which there is a job demand? That just makes too much sense of course.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:41 am |
  43. yahmez the mad

    This board is full of partisan ID10Ts. Neither party has all the answers, and both parties are spending too much. The biggest threat to America right now is at our southern border, yet we are still spending billions fighting another stupid war that serves no purpose. As long as bankers profit from our national debt, they will keep shelling out donations to both parties to keep that debt rising. Eventually, tax rates will have to rise to pay the interest on what has already been spent, and there still won't be enough left to maintain our infrastructure, defend ourselves from invasion, or provide necessary services. Vote out all incumbent congressmen that will not work for the good of the American people. The majority of Americans are not hard line left or right wing fanatics. Our congress should not be, either.
    Obama 2012, he understands compromise and has worked hard to make this a better country.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  44. Cesar

    yeah your right(sarcasm) us gullible easily swayed will be voting for Obama in 2012 because he actually stands up for us

    April 26, 2012 at 12:44 am |
  45. yahmez the mad

    This board is full of partisan ID10Ts. Neither party has all the answers, and both parties are spending too much. The biggest threat to America right now is at our southern border, yet we are still spending billions fighting another senseless war that serves no purpose. As long as bankers profit from our national debt, they will keep shelling out donations to both parties to keep that debt rising. Eventually, tax rates will have to rise to pay the interest on what has already been spent, and there still won't be enough left to maintain our infrastructure, defend ourselves from invasion, or provide necessary services. Vote out all incumbent congressmen that will not work for the good of the American people. The majority of Americans are not hard line left or right wing fanatics. Our congress should not be, either.
    Obama 2012, he understands compromise and has worked hard to make this a better country.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:44 am |
  46. norma jean.

    AS A WOMAN WITH SEVERAL WOMEN IN MY FAMILY I CAN GUARANTEE AS WILL MY FRIENDS THAT THE WAR ON WOMEN IS VERY REAL" OUR HEALTH CARE WHICH HAS WORKED FOR MANY YEARS {AND I PAY INTO}IS BEING THREATENED, ...THE MIDDLE AND LOWER ECONOMIC CLASSES ARE BEING HURT IF THEY LOSE "PLANNED PARENTHOOD..WOMEN ARE NOT BEING SUCCESSFUL IN THEIR FIGHT FOR "EQUAL PA Y FOR EQUAL WORK...AS TO THE ""MOUTH" REGARDING STUDENT LOANS...I'D LIKE TO KNOW HOW ANYONE CAN GET THROUGH A UNIVERSITY TODAY WITHOUT DEBT!!! MY GRANDAUGHTER WORKS EVERY HOUR SHE'S NOT IN SCHOOL TO PAY FOR IT!!!{ SHE DOES SLEEP A LITTLE}!!! Alot of people sound like they don't do much reading,just a lot of talking...!!!!
    !

    April 26, 2012 at 1:09 am |
    • setnommarih

      You sound like a big nag, has anything been taken away from You? What war? Can you get an abortion? Can you get a condom? Can you get the pill? If you can answer no to any of those questions, you are not living in the USA.

      April 26, 2012 at 7:02 am |
  47. Kemikal

    I guess we should have kept GW Bush in office, some of you people are just plain stupid. I'm sure I could have put that another way, but you're just stupid. Just come out and say that you have a problem with the color of his skin; not "He's the dumbest president ever." He's done more for this country than any of you could ever do. You've been brainwashed by the Republican Party and you can't think for yourselves. GROW UP AND GROW SOME BRAIN-CELLS.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:00 am |
    • setnommarih

      Sorry person, I'm a lifelong deomocrat, voted for Obama and I'm just tired of his 4 year campaigning, divisive name-calling, southside Chicago ghetto politics and pandering to every little group for another vote. "Everything will be fine if he gets 4 more years", I seriously doubt it. I'm still a democrat, but I will not be voting for that self-righteous blowhard again!

      April 26, 2012 at 7:07 am |
      • cony000

        You are not a Democrat. You are a liar and a con artist.

        April 26, 2012 at 10:29 am |
      • Steveo

        @cony000
        You are not a Democrat. You are a liar and a con artist.
        ---------
        Prove Setnommarih is not a democrat! It looks like you are suggesting Dems simply "follow the leader" and are not capable of independent thought! Is that was you're suggesting?

        April 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm |
  48. Rosco

    Obama is the biggest self serving liar ever to make it to the White House, and we have had plenty from both sides. This needs to end soon, but it does not look like we have much from which to choose.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:39 am |
    • cony000

      No. GW was the biggest. He sent 1000's of young Americans to die for nothing on a lie that Hussain had WMD. And don't forget the several 1000s of innocent Iraquis who died for nothing. Black is beautiful.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  49. tom

    Isn't his how the housing crisis started? Sure, even if you can't afford a house- the government will help you get a easy loan with no money down and low starter rates. Who cares if you can pay it back. Look- the rate is low.
    Now, just put in "college" and that is what Obama is saying. It sounds great to college kids because they believe the false promise that a degree will help them land a job to pay back the loan. But, weren't student loan debt part of the problem for the Occupy movement?
    Meanwhile, higher debt allows Obama to pay back the unions bosses and his cronies who control higher education.

    April 26, 2012 at 7:49 am |
    • GiveMeABreak

      Somehow taking out a loan to get an education to prepare for a better future does not seem quite the same as borrowing 10x more than I can afford to buy a house I don't really need to impress people that really don't care.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  50. aejd

    Full time job on the side of going to a community college for the first two years and still can't afford all of it. When tuition prices and other associated costs increase EVERY single semester, makes it kind of hard to afford something that keeps increasing in price when my wages remain so very stagnant.

    April 26, 2012 at 8:20 am |
  51. luvtheUSA

    When Obama was an Illinois Senator he did not vote for the student loan bill or was a sponsor! Now he is in favor of it ! Tell all the students you know about this!

    April 26, 2012 at 8:35 am |
  52. Steve

    Obama is simply buying votes. Then we run out of other people's money. The US is on a quick path to destruction. These progressives just don't get it. The US was once a strong country, now everyone wants my money.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:07 am |
  53. szark

    A bit off topic, but I can't help but to see Romney for the intergalactic psycho he is.....stole this from another forum;

    Do a wiki search on Parley P. Pratt. He is Mitt Romney's great great grandfather. He was a founder of the Mormon church. He was also killed by a jealous husband. See Parley married a woman who was already married. And she was his 12th wife. Does that sound Christian to you?? In my church that's a sin. I go straight to hell. In the Mormon church, you are a hero. The church built a huge monument to this adulterer. And that's why Mormons aren't Christians.

    April 26, 2012 at 9:52 am |
  54. JerPell

    I’m one of those people who collected unemployment for 3 years, Now I’m allowed to abuse the welfare system along with food stamps and I also get my heating oil and cell phone fully subsidized. Your darn right I’m voting for Obama, I don’t want to be forced to look for a job. Now I’m fully and completely dependent on the Government, He bought my vote, I like my free goody bag of handouts!

    April 26, 2012 at 9:54 am |
    • szark

      You probably can't find a job because you blindly follow what the GOP tells you. My advice, stop listening to FAUX News and try thinking for yourself. At the same time, try and remember that you are not the only human being on Earth. Some may abuse the system, others NEED it. OOOps! That would mean thinking about your fellow human being, instead of your wallet. Sorry.

      April 26, 2012 at 9:59 am |
    • cony000

      Aren't you lucky to live in the USA?

      April 26, 2012 at 10:23 am |
  55. NM

    During a speech in Iowa City, IA today, without referencing Akin specifically, President Obama misquoted Congressman Akin on student loans, alleging that Akin compared student loans to a stage three cancer of socialism. Congressman Akin released the following statement in response:

    “With all due respect, the President misquoted me. I was not saying that student loans are a cancer. I referred to the policies where there is a government takeover of private industries.
    “This is most evident in the government takeover of U.S. healthcare, the government takeover of student loans and the government’s attempts to shut down U.S. energy.
    “I suspect the President was given a misquotation of what I actually said, but I am sure we have a fundamental disagreement on the role of government and what constitutes socialism regarding current public policy.”

    April 26, 2012 at 9:58 am |
  56. enuff

    Someone...shoot me!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 10:07 am |
  57. Drew

    Ahh the conservatrolls are out in force today.

    Hey what's that conservatives? Our president actually cleaned up the mess that 8 years under you idiots left our country in? Wait wait wait you're telling me that this evil Muslim socialist Marxist anti-Christ not-American traitor:
    - Killed America's greatest enemy (OBL)
    - Ended the dumbest war in 40 years
    - Single handedly saved the last bastion of American manufacturing AND caused a massive revival in the manufacturing sector as a result
    - Created 4 million private sector jobs
    - SHRANK government (fewer government jobs under Obama than under Reagan)
    - LOWERED taxes (taxes lower under Obama than under Bush)
    - INCREASED oil production (highest US oil production in 50 years, we are now exporting more than we import)
    - Gave 5+ million children access to health care
    - And much, much more

    Yeah, thanks to President Obama this country is actually getting back on track. The tide of pointless, idiotic wars is receding. The economy is growing. Stocks increased from 6,000 in 2009 to 13,000 today. Unemployment is down 2% from its peak. 4 million new jobs in the PRIVATE SECTOR and growing. We'll be even stronger after 4 MORE years of smart management (IE not Republicans).

    Oh but I'm sure the right wing "truth" (lol) squad will be here any minute to call me a liar without anything to back it up.

    Suck it up and swallow the truth, jerks.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    April 26, 2012 at 10:14 am |
    • Thomas

      Better get you facts Straight the mess was caused by democrats and there everybody deserves to own a home crap. You seem to forget what was at the heart of the problem. The collapse of the housing loan industry worked its way thru out this economy and almost brought down the banking industry.

      April 26, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
      • Thomas

        I find it ironic that Dodd and Frank are'nt being run out of the country for what they caused to this economy. those 2 skate the responsibility. Why do you think Barney boy isnt running again.

        April 26, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  58. Jason H

    Ok setnommarih I'm calling you out on paying your way through college. How long ago was this? if it was the very recent past I applaud you but if it was years ago things are very different. My youngest brother is a student at a Public University and the cost for Undergrad was over 25k . NO ONE can work their way through college and pay for it unless they are going to a community college or have all grants (paid by the government) and/or scholoarship. In that case you AREN'T paying for college someone else is.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:17 am |
    • Thomas

      You answered your own thoughts. If you can't work your way thru college then go to a community college. Fact is when i was going thru college i was able to pay for it and would today. I would hold down 2 jobs if that is what it takes. Lazy fools

      April 26, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  59. ART

    People like Virginia Fox is what is wrong with the Rethuglican Party

    April 26, 2012 at 10:17 am |
  60. cony000

    President Obama 2012 LANDSLIDE!!!! Why because there is not enought racist good ole boys to vote out President Obama.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:22 am |
    • Andy

      Why does one have to be racist if they are voting against President Obama? Would it be correct to assume that those who vote FOR Obama hate white people (because they are voting against a white person)? Would this not be reverse-racism, and the same scenario that you are proposing with your thought process? Would love to live in your world.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  61. Roger

    He carried this naive voter block by a large margin during the last election. Over half of the ones who graduated are unemployed. He needs a new batch to make up for the ones whose blinders are now removed. Everyone agrees giving low interest loans to students is good for the country. Making it sound like his idea is all that is new.

    April 26, 2012 at 10:23 am |
    • rossdunie

      Sounds like you want them to have blinders on but Stevie Wonder can see that the republican party does not try to work with President Obama for one reason alone. I say this because no other president in the last 4 to 6 decades have been treated with more disrespect than Mr. Obama. Not even Watergate Nixon.

      April 26, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • Thomas

        You gets what you deserve. There is nothing to respect other than the office and since he's rarely in it, the respect for the office remains

        April 26, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  62. cony000

    On the Piers Morgan show General Collin Powell said President Obama saved America. I agree with General Collin Powell. President Obama 2012 Landslide!!!!!!!

    April 26, 2012 at 10:51 am |
    • BLKMANnAmerica

      Aman to that. You think this is 1 reason the repuks fight him so? YES!

      April 26, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
    • Thomas

      Colin Powell should have stuck to the military. He has no credibility

      April 26, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  63. Nelson

    One independent who voted for Obama that will not again. Obama expanded the war in Afghanistan and made that horrendous statement "he could have been my son" and interjected himself into a possible criminal matter based on assumptions only. Romney we all know he flips to satiate the polls or saying another way, whichever way the wind blows. This makes Romney unfit for office and an outright liar not to mention being a cultist of a religion that has a very checkered past and it's history of how it began. If a qualified moderate independent doesn't run hopefully most will boycott this attrocious election of two unqualified candidates that are now our only choice..

    April 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  64. BLKMANnAmerica

    AND as well he should call them triflin, rip-off repuks "out"; there inability to perform their duties is DISGUSTING and very triflin. The only thing repuks can offer America are tax cuts for the wealthy.................It's a SHAME.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:15 pm |
  65. Jerry Jones

    I like that term "Repuks" :) These guys know they are about to lose the House to the Dems and I will do my part to make this happen. President Obama 2012....

    April 26, 2012 at 12:41 pm |
    • Thomas

      It won't be close. We'll have a new president come jan 2013

      April 26, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  66. WIMPY38

    Yeah, I remember when I was in college and Reagan had the student loan rate at 8%! Probably to skim off the top to give to his Repunks cronnies.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:05 pm |
  67. truthman

    Sad day for America when the President can play a political chess match with the opposing party, offering nothing but superior rhetoric, and get reelected. Arizona is devolving; Detroit, California, D.C, northern NJ, Florida, NYC, Chicago and most of the country is slowly disintegrating. (A shout-out to North Dakota for being the best state in bucking the trend, BTW.) High property and income taxes, high gas pump prices, low incomes, more lower income opportunities, high student debt, giant gargantuan super-humongous world-record-if-not-galactic-sized-biggest-in-the universe national deficit. Armageddon-type budget problems are lurching forward on the horizon, according to the non-partisan CBO, Congressional Budget Office. But, hey, we still have a charismatic President. That must be worth something.

    April 26, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  68. MikeB

    The Bully is taking the concept of a Bully Pulpit literally.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  69. Thomas

    Well since i worked my way through college i find student loans to be a joke. Considering 33 percent of them are in default it would seem that lazy people are also not trustworthy. Student loans work like this: The parents have to cosign for them, but are only responsible for the interest as long as their child is enrolled in college. Once they leave college the loan becomes the responsibility of the student. You want to stop the abuse with student loans, then make the parents totally responsible for them being paid back

    April 26, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  70. anon

    Dear Mr. President,

    I am a Republican. I do not want dirty air, dirty water or fewer people with health insurance. I drive an environmentally conscious car, bike when I can, and I recycle diligently. I will teach my child to conserve energy and water as I do. My health insurance premium for my “California” middle class family has nearly doubled since you have been in office. I also personally subsidize the health insurance of my mother. I do not complain.

    I am a Republican. I, along with many in my shoes, pay my fair share. I am not considered part of the 1%, however the true “Buffet Rule”, the Alternative Minimum Tax, is my April reality. My family’s effective tax rate is usually over 30%. It’s a struggle, but I pay it on time, every year, without question or protest.

    I am a Republican, but I am an American first. And you are also my President, and the President to everyone who is lucky enough to call this country home; not just the Americans whose vote that you covet. It’s been difficult to observe your office continue to divide and lump people into generalities when you promised to unite.

    I am a Republican. I voted for you in 2008, because I truly believed that you could make a difference. I am not ashamed of my choice; I am disappointed. However, in contrast to what seems to be a theme in your administration, I don’t blame others. I point the finger straight at my own chest and accept responsibility for my actions.

    I am a Republican. I will learn from my choice in 2008, and will not make that mistake again.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  71. Thomas

    Furthermore: I paid for my kids college education and find it totally irresponsible on the part of todays parents to saddle these kids with the debt when they graduate. PARENTS TODAY ARE IRRESPONSIBLE AND ARE TEACHING THEIR KIDS TO BE IRRESPONSIBLE

    April 26, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  72. Thomas

    My partner had 2 kids go thru college and took out student loans and now those kids have huge debt with no jobs. My partner is irresponsible as well.

    April 26, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
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    May 2, 2012 at 10:41 pm |
  74. Bob S Philadelphia , Pa

    NOBAMA is so out of touch with the American people it's sickening, He stopped being president about a year ago and started worrying about re-election ! Which if the American people are smart (which they aren't) they will vote NOBAMA out of office the so called CHANGE experiment has FAILED now we need REAL CHANGE and vote Mitt Romney into office. Romney might not be the best choice right now but in my opinion he is the only choice right now we can't continue in the direction we are going record debt failed polices and a guy just not qualified to be president. So wake up AMERICA vote real change this time and vote Mitt Romney

    June 3, 2012 at 11:26 am |
  75. Bob S Philadelphia , Pa

    NOBAMA well lie to anyone that will listen enough promises and lies time for ASH AND TRASH to make way for a REAL leader in President Mitt Romney

    June 25, 2012 at 11:47 am |
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  77. PaulG

    So President Obama is visiting colleges throughout the nation. He is pushing debt relief when we are 16 tril in debt. The real solution is to hold down interest rates at a favorable level and force universities to hold down the skyrocketing costs. Has he told them that 23 mil AMERICANS are under or unemployed? Has he told them 1 of every 2 graduates will be under or unemployed. Wake up kids! I have two sons and fear (no more than now) for their very gray future. We cannot take another 4 years of his "leadership", our economy will be devistated (more so than now). Ask your parents how they are doing. We need a leader who leads and creats jobs. 324K jobs created by Obama is the real number. Look at politi facts .com

    September 2, 2012 at 6:30 am |