Obama says college must be more affordable
August 21st, 2012
06:01 PM ET

Obama says college must be more affordable

COLUMBUS, OH (CNN) - President Barack Obama began a swing through the battleground states of Ohio and Nevada on Tuesday with a focus on education, slamming his Republican opponents for a budget he said would mean deep cuts to education programs and make college less affordable.

Speaking on a college campus in a state he won in 2008, the president touted his administration's efforts to make college more affordable through grants and tax credits and used his own biography to stress the importance of education.

"I'm only standing before you today because of the chance my education gave me," he told the crowd gathered on the quad at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. "So I can tell you, with some experience, that making higher education more affordable for our young people - it's something I've got a personal stake in."

The president repeated a familiar story about his once hefty education debt, which he said he and his wide, Michelle, did not finish paying off until about eight years ago. He went on to say that putting a college education within reach for working families did not appear to be a priority of his Republican rival. He blasted Mitt Romney for suggesting that students "shop around" for a better deal on college tuition and borrow money from their parents to pay their way.

"That's his answer to young people who are trying to figure out how to go to college and make sure that they don't have a mountain of debt - shop around and borrow more money from your parents," Obama said. "Not everybody has parents who have the money to lend. That may be news to some folks, but it's the truth."

According to a report by the New York Federal Reserve Bank earlier this year, student loans rank second to mortgages in household debt. Average tuition and fees for in-state students enrolled in public four-year colleges and universities in 2011-12 was $8,244, according to an analysis by the College Board Advocacy & Policy Center. Tuition for out-of-state students at those schools faced an average price of $20,770. Tuition is lower at public two-year colleges and much higher at private schools.

While the economy tops the list of voters' concerns this election year, much of the discussion on the stump and on the airwaves in recent days has been about Medicare, welfare, Romney's taxes and women's issues. Tuesday's events - aimed at the young voters who were so vital to his win last time and their parents - sought to bring the kind of kitchen table issues important to middle class families back to the forefront. The president was set to visit two colleges and one high school during the two-day trip. Many colleges begin their fall semester in the final weeks of August.

The stops in Ohio and Nevada came a day after the campaign launched a series of radio ads in eight swing states, including Colorado, Florida, Iowa, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Nevada and Virginia. The radio ad airing in Ohio says the "Romney-Ryan budget could cut Pell grants for up to 356,000 Ohio students - putting college out of reach for many families." The Democratic National Committee also released a new web video called "Shop Around", in conjunction with today's events.

The Romney campaign website lists education as a priority for the Republican and his campaign said the former Massachusetts governor had not spelled out specific cuts he would make in that area. The Ryan budget does not specifically list new proposed funding levels for Pell Grants, it does call for a rollback of the program's expansion under the Obama administration. The Ryan proposal would focus on providing aid to the low-income students who need it most.

Responding to the president's remarks on education, the Romney campaign sent out an email, "The Obama Economy's Lost Generation," which argued that the president's policies have been bad for students.

"Just yesterday, President Obama told struggling college graduates to look at his 'track record' - but under this president, too many young Americans are suffering from higher college costs, more debt, and a lack of good jobs when they graduate," Romney campaign spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg said. "Today's policies are just more of the same from a president who hasn't fixed the economy or kept his promises to the young people who supported him four years ago. The Romney-Ryan plan will deliver 12 million new jobs to help recent graduates – and all Americans – enjoy a more prosperous future."

The email included links to reports on the high levels of debt students across the board face upon graduation and the tough job market.

The president kept up his attacks on Romney's tax proposals, linking them to education.

"The economic plan my opponent has would cut our investment in education by nearly 20 percent," he said. "It would cut those grants so deeply that 1 million of those students who we have helped would no longer get a scholarship at all. It would cut financial aid for nearly 10 million students a year and keep in mind they're not making these cuts to create jobs. They're not proposing these cuts to pay down the deficit. Gov. Romney is proposing these cuts to pay for a new $5 trillion tax cut that's weighted towards the wealthiest Americans."

Obama has traveled to Ohio 26 times taking office and this was his tenth trip to the state this election year, according to the campaign. A July 24-30 New York Times/CBS poll showed the president leading Romney 50 percent to 44 percent in Ohio, with 4 percent of voters still undecided.


Topics: 2012 Election • Ohio • President Obama

soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. Howard

    COLLEGE WOULD CERTAINLY BE MORE AFFORDABLE, IF STUDENTS APPLIED AS A FOREIGN EXCHANGE STUDENT ... AND THEN SEALED THEIR COLLEGE RECORDS ... LIKE OBAMA DID !!!

    August 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm |
    • SafeJourney3

      Howard, How do you know if ANYONE applied as a foreign exchange student if the records are sealed? ALL college records are sealed. Did you know that?> If you went to college you world.

      August 21, 2012 at 6:40 pm |
      • bowlkoff

        Great point...... Safe you must read entire articles not just headlines like all the Rep sheep.....

        August 21, 2012 at 7:27 pm |
      • Howard

        Maybe Obama didn't get Foreign Exchange student financial assistance, in order to get into an expensive Ivy league college ... maybe some of his middle eastern Muslim buddies picked up the tab ... but, we all know Obama couldn't have afforded it on his own ... so, why doesn't the self proclaimed "most transparent" president release his college records ??? The American people know very little about Obama's past ... and, Obama obviously wants to keep it that way ... WHY ???

        August 21, 2012 at 10:49 pm |
      • SafeJourney3

        Lots of maybes there Howard. If you went to college you would know about STUDENT LOANS.

        August 22, 2012 at 1:35 am |
      • Thomas

        The American people elected him President. If there was a doubt to his country of birth... he wouldn't be president. Has there ever been a movement in history to prove that a president was actually American?

        The truth is that you birthers are all just racist trash. WHAT ME RACIST? Yeah you.

        August 22, 2012 at 9:09 am |
    • november2012

      well, lets ask obama to unseal his academic records, his real birth records need to come out too. There is a new book out with two years of research, new film, and interviews that claims obama's father is not the kenyan he claims...so, lets clear this up once and for all. Lets take a look at the obama health records as well, see what he is hiding there too.

      If we get the fed govt out of education could be it would be more affordable, you might be surprised how much of the national treasury is going to colleges to educate who the govt wants to have a college education and this drives up the cost to us who have to pay our own freight...supply and demand. You know like when the govt decided everyone should have a mortgage, flooding the market place with buyers, forcing up prices and eventually destroying the market and financial markets. obama's marxist agenda always leads to the same end...destruction!

      August 21, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • MaryM

        You do know that President Obama graduated Magna CumLaude from Harvard which means at least top 10% of his class.
        Here is some contact information:
        Harvard Alumni Association
        University Place
        124 Mt. Auburn Street, 6th Floor
        Cambridge, MA 02138
        Tel: 617-495-5731
        Ask about Obama's Magna CumLaude honor and whether or not he
        actually attended. Possibly ask them about Obama being President of the
        Harvard Law Review. Yah, only a real dunce would get that.
        They answer these questions all the time from strange people like you.

        August 21, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
      • Lizzie

        MaryM, how do you know all that, because you have been told, did he EVER publish anything in the Law Review, now that could be made public, or was he just in name the President of the Law Review.

        August 22, 2012 at 9:11 am |
      • Thomas

        Here you go lizzy.

        http://lmgtfy.com/?q=obama+harvard+law+review+articles

        August 22, 2012 at 9:15 am |
      • Lizzie

        THOMAS, Re you referring to the ONLY Article he ever wrote"The web site says the article comes in at six pages and is contained in the third volume of the 1990 Harvard Law Review.

        In the work, Obama considered a parenthetical abortion issue — whether unborn children have a legal right to sue their mothers for damage sustained during pregnancy, from such things as alcohol or illegal drugs.

        Obama says no and writes supportively of the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court case and another from the Illinois Supreme Court saying no such right exists.

        According to Politico, Obama wrote: "[T]he case raises the broader policy and constitutional considerations that argue against using civil liability to control the behavior of pregnant women."

        In a discussion of abortion itself, Obama wrote that government has more important business than "ensuring that any particular fetus is born."

        He also decried any limits on abortion, saying the government has an interest in "preventing increasing numbers of children from being born in to lives of pain and despair."

        August 22, 2012 at 10:41 am |
      • MaryM

        Lizzi, do you feel like a fool yet?

        August 22, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
      • Lizzie

        MaryM, should I, because there was ONE piece written, in favor of abortions, what happened to ALL the other pieces he supposedly has written, will all those writings will confirm his inability to write.
        Just a little excerpt from the American Thinker "To his credit, Obama concedes that he "may have benefited from the Law Review's affirmative action policy."  This did not strike him as unusual as he "undoubtedly benefited from affirmative action programs during my academic career."
        On the basis of his being elected president of Law Review - a popularity contest - Obama was awarded a six-figure contract to write a book.  To this point, he had not shown a hint of promise as a writer, but Simon & Schuster, like Sidley Austin, took the Harvard credential seriously.  It should not have.  For three years Obama floundered as badly as Michelle had at Sidley Austin.  Simon & Schuster finally pulled the contract."

        August 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm |
      • MaryM

        Lizzie, I feel really sorry for you. Your writing sounds just like rantings. If you call the phone # I listed above they can give you more info. Just Call the number

        August 22, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
    • TommytheT

      Did anyone ask Mr Obama, whose job it was to make College affordable? All things like this sound great until you have to determine how and who is going to pay for it. Let's face it the Federal Govt can not possibly take enough money to pay for everything they say every one should have...hard choice on limited resources have to be made. Otherwise you are just acting like a ten year old thinking their parents just write another check to buy what ever they demand.

      August 21, 2012 at 7:41 pm |
      • Howard

        Obama studied constitutional law ... then became President, where, like all Presidents before him, he swore an oath to uphold and defend the constitution ... only to use his constitutional knowledge as a tool to work around it, and disrespect it, numerous times. Obama has ignored the constitution, in a desperate attempt to hold onto his power ... at any cost ... and change America into something which is not American.

        August 22, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      GET MITT ROMNEY TO PAY MORE TAXES. PROBLEM SOLVED.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 21, 2012 at 9:56 pm |
      • Howard

        After Mitt Romney gave his entire inheritance to charity, he built a successful business. As a result, he has already paid millions of dollars in taxes ... not to mention additional generous charitable contributions each year ... on the other hand, we have Barack Obama ... who has never had a real job ... has been on the public dole ... except when he wrote books, which we now Know are a pack of lies ... and, Obama's total taxes for years, come to fraction of what Romney has paid ... and, I'm not even talking about the thousands of jobs Romney has created ... while under Obama unemployment has risen to 8.3% ... and, probably more like 16% !!!

        August 21, 2012 at 10:57 pm |
      • Hahahahahaahahahha

        @ Howard – No really!!!!! Hahahahahahahahahahaha You're a paid GOP shill aren't you? Hahahahahahahahaha

        August 21, 2012 at 11:01 pm |
      • november2012

        great Howard.

        August 21, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        WE KNOW OBAMA PAYS TAXES AT THE PROPER RATE WHEREAS MITT ROMNEY DOES NOT. ALL THESE TAX LOOPHOLES THAT HIS BUDDY PAUL RYAN CAN'T SEEM TO BE SPECIFIC ABOUT IN HIS BUDGET. MITT SHOULD COACH HIM BETTER.

        WE KNOW OBAMA'S TAX RETURNS, THE WHOLE STORY. MITT IS SCARED STUPID TO TELL THE WHOLE STORY AND HE'S GOT THE AUDACITY TO TELL THESE KIDS TO GO BACK AND GET MONEY FROM THEIR PARENTS INSTEAD? I SUPPOSE THAT'S HOW HE LIVED MOST HIS LIFE, CAN"T SAY I AM SURPRISED.

        August 21, 2012 at 11:30 pm |
      • uncdig

        Hey Barrack – Hows vegas? Gambled all our hard earned money on another Solydra yet? How about balancing the budget or even just reducing it by a little bit before your 4 years are up? Instead of bribing or buying peoples votes with ouir hard earned $ you do something presidential other than golf. Cant wait to read your next response Barrack they are really funny

        August 22, 2012 at 8:20 am |
    • GiveMeABreak

      AHoward,

      You've got a crush on President Obama don't you!!!!!!!
      You comment on any article with his name on the title. Everytime you post, you add another vote to Obama.
      But, since you know so much on how things should run and what to do......why don't you run for the office???? Won't pass the background check? Not born in USA? Never had a job, never went to college, etc. you know things you would be embarassed to have revealed. Give us all a break, get up from your computer walk to the door open it and keep walking. Have a good day!

      August 22, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
    • Howard

      DISCOVER THE TRUTH ... SEE 2016 OBAMA'S AMERICA !!!

      August 22, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
    • uwadiegu

      you definitely know nothing about international students or foreign exchange programs...are you awre that international students pay more in tuition than citizens?

      August 22, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  2. jonny

    Translation: college should be free for blacks and illegals...his base

    August 21, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  3. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Well,
    They have to pay the going rate. Students should get a job and pay their way. But Jobs are scarce before College and Scarce after college. No business is going to hire when the uncertainty of what will happen if Obama Care is not defeated. Good luck.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:22 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      1. THANKS CAPTAIN OBVIOUS
      2. YOUR IGNORANCE ABOUT OBAMACARE IS ASTOUNDING, BUT PROBABLY RIGHT ON PAR WITH MOST REPUBLITARDS. CONGRATULATIONS.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:25 am |
      • Lizzie

        Unless your a lawyer and have read the 2000 plus pages you have no clue what burden the new healthcare law puts on everyone, including the 20 or so new taxes that the democrats don't want anyone to know about.

        August 22, 2012 at 9:15 am |
      • Ray E. (Georgia)

        Well DEcember,
        Let's put it this way. I am no Genius for sure bUT, Even I wonder what Obama spent the money on he got for books?? You like the 16 Trillion Dollar Federal Debt. You like the Nanny State. So who's gonna be your Nanny when all the Nanny's are flat broke?? You like those gas prices. All a result of the Big Liberal Programs put in place by Liberal Democrats. You're still wet behind the ears aren't you. I bet you are one of those that thinks everything should be free. Dream on.

        August 22, 2012 at 11:03 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        SO YOU'RE ADMITTING YOU DON'T KNOW? THAT'S GOOD. IT'S THE FIRST STEP TOWARDS SANITY.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 22, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  4. American People

    We all know that the Republicans think it should be more expensive so only the rich people can go to college. The way it should be.

    August 21, 2012 at 8:24 pm |
  5. Hahahahahahahahahaha

    Ray E. – How much does the GOP pay you to post such garbage. I guess now we know what kind of voters the GOP solicit. Stupid ones. Hahahahahahahahahahaha

    August 21, 2012 at 8:50 pm |
    • Ray E. (Georgia)

      Aw, Well Haha,
      You remind me of a Jackass eating Briars. You mean I am wrong expecting everybody to pay their own way?? I'f been trying to get somebody else to pay my way but so far no go. You wanna pay my way??

      August 22, 2012 at 11:14 am |
  6. American People

    Ray E. – I'll bet you think you are a rich republican and that the republicans actually care about you. What a maroon.

    August 21, 2012 at 10:50 pm |
    • Ray E. (Georgia)

      Well American People,
      The Bill is overdue. You think you are going to get away Scott free?? You have another think coming. If you want to get any Fiscal responsibility back in the Federal Government Obama is not your man. BUT, it's your future. be your own boss, if you can.

      August 22, 2012 at 11:08 am |
  7. Sue IL

    our children went to the least expensive state college and worked all through, why does Obama expect me to pay for,everyone else's. We did our share, people need to pay their own way!

    August 21, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
  8. Jordan Landgrebe

    Unemployment didn't raise to 8.3% it dropped there.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:10 pm |
    • Lizzie

      No it went up to 10% under Pres.Obama

      August 22, 2012 at 9:16 am |
    • Steveo

      Nope! It went from 8.2 to 8.3. That would be a raise!

      August 22, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
  9. DEcember 2012

    THE GOP, THE PARTY OF THE RICH AND ONLY FOR THE RICH, WOULD LIKE NOTHING MORE THAN TO EXCLUDE PEOPLE FROM HIGHER EDUCATION. THEY WOULD LOVE NOTHING MORE THAN TO IMPEDE AND CRIPPLE THE GOVERNMENT'S EFFORT TO MAKE EDUCATION MORE ACCESSIBLE.

    I THINK IT IS TIME TO SHAKE THINGS UP AGAIN BECAUSE ACCORDING TO YOU REPUBLITARDS, THE ECONOMY IS HORRIBLE! WHAT HAPPENED THE LAST TIME WE HAD A GREAT DEPRESSION? BIG GOVERNMENT. BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR REPUBLITARDS.

    August 21, 2012 at 11:37 pm |
    • Howard

      DEcember 2012 ... You will never get a job from one of your complaining whining peers, who blame everyone else for your failures ... and,you will never achieve enough success to give others a job. it takes a hard working man of courage and imagination to build his own business ... which you obviously are not ... therefore it stands to reason that you would support a corrupt leader, who takes from others, who earned it, and give it to losers, like you. It's envious little men, like you, who are responsible for the decline of civilizations.

      August 22, 2012 at 12:34 am |
    • Mike

      How about work on getting the costs of tuition down instead of just giving away our tax dollars? We give these schools unlimited supply of qualified students with federal backed loans – so unlimited dollars as well. How about the Federal government puts a limit on the amount of tuition a school can charge and still have access to federal student loans? You think tuition costs might go down?

      August 22, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      HILARIOUS. I GUESS IT IS EASY FOR PEOPLE TO TELL OTHERS TO OWN UP TO THEIR FAILURES WHEN THEY ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITIES TO FAIL. TRY TO UNDERSTAND THE REALITIES HERE, HOWARD. GET YOUR HEAD OUT OF THE SAND, TRY TO LOOK AT YOUR PARTY, YOUR CANDIDATES AND SERIOUSLY TELL ME THESE CLOWNS ARE GOOD FOR THE ENTIRE COUNTRY, NOT JUST THE PRIVILEGED FEW.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:15 am |
      • Lizzie

        Have you looked at your CLOWN VP Biden and he is second in line to become President.

        August 22, 2012 at 9:18 am |
      • Thomas

        Dear Lizzie, I hope you enjoy your VP candidate who supports a fellow who believes women who are raped and pregnant weren't legitimately raped. The same VP candidate who co-wrote the anti-abortion bill with Akin that has no concessions in the event of rape, incest or health of the mother.

        I hope that none of these tragedies befall you as you will have no re-course but to potentially relive the most tragic experience of your life day after day. 1/2 of ALL women are assaulted sexually.

        August 22, 2012 at 9:45 am |
      • bb

        Its a shame u back a LIAR, Ill close gitmo=lie, ill be transparent=lie(fast & furious, Ill cut deficit in half=lie, if unemploy isnt under 6% i wont run=lie,
        ROMNEY/RYAN = smaller gov lower taxes
        Oblunder/Bozo= more taxes, larger gov more welfare losers like u. its okay u r part of the heard we need fodder when chinas knocking on your door trying to collect Oblameos debt

        August 22, 2012 at 10:47 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        WOW. COMPARED TO RYAN AND MITT ROMNEY, I WOULD TRUST BIDEN FOR 2016. FACE IT, YOU ONLY SUPPORT THOSE CLOWNS BECAUSE YOU HATE OBAMA SO MUCH. COME ON, ACCEPT IT. IT'S THE FIRST STEP OUT OF REPUBLITARDISM AND TO GREATER SANITY.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 22, 2012 at 12:57 pm |
      • Mike

        What makes Romney untrustworthy? Approximate payment of $3,000,000 in taxes per year for the last 2 years. Approximate charitable donations over the last two years totaling $7,000,000. He is regarded by many as saving the Salt Lake City Olympics from financial ruin. The man sounds like a horrible person – pure evil.

        August 22, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
    • bb

      Under Oblunders forward there are no jobs for these people to get EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT having a job with Oblameo in office= PRICELESS OR IMPROBABLE

      August 22, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  10. MAC

    College would be cheaper if Obama's Professor buddies were not overpaid for having a TA teach their class and students did not have to pay so much for books that professors get richer on. Also get rid of student fees for all these groups who should be self supporting. Another way to cut college cost is to finish in 3 years like my neice or at least finish in 4 years unless you are taking a program that is longer, then finish in that time. My neice worked while she went to school also. Take more classes and socialze less. Also who needs an Ivy League School look at all the graduates who are in Washington DC, they are good examples of Ivy League graduates.

    August 22, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      YOU KNOW, I OFTEN WONDER TOO THAT THE ECONOMY WOULD PROBABLY BE BETTER IF ROMNEY'S CEO PALS WOULD STOP GOUGING THE PAYROLL TO THE TUNE OF HUNDREDS TO 1 RATIO COMPARED TO THE REST OF THE EMPLOYEES.

      August 22, 2012 at 1:22 am |
      • MAC

        You can thank Obama's Lawyer Buddies for that one. They right the contracts with no accountability.

        August 22, 2012 at 2:12 am |
      • DEcember 2012

        SO WHEN IT COMES TO CEO SALARIES WE BLAME THE LAWYERS? OOOOOKAAAY.

        NICE TALKING TO YOU NUTJOB.

        August 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm |
      • bb

        It isnt hate its called common sense this Quasi pres has done nothing but run up debt. these are facts He will be remembered as the most INEPT pres in U.S. history, i didnt see it comming but yes, he is worse than Carter

        August 22, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
    • bb

      VERY VALID POINT

      August 22, 2012 at 9:35 am |
      • Cynthia L.

        @bb(S) for Brains and THAT AIN'T A COMPLIEMENT -
        You wouldn't know a point if it was sticking in your eye. It isn't JUST Obama's professors making a lifetime tenure IT IS the big bucks being made in any of the State Universities. NOT FORGETING the ADMINISTRATORS that continue to have been able to carry on the most expensive practices OVER THE DECADES. Obama is trying to make college affordable to students and knows that the system has to be changed to prevent the CEOs of Education AKA the DEANS, then our money is being spent on them and not the students they are supposed to be serving.
        Can you be somewhat supportive of ANYTHING THAT IS A POSITIVE MOVE to address wasted money in Education?? No, because you are – BLINDLY SUPPORTATIVE OF ANYTHING NOT OBAMA.

        August 22, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
      • Howard

        TENURE IS WHEN TEACHERS GET PAID, GET RAISES, GET PENSIONS, MERELY FOR SHOWING UP, KILLING TIME, AND TAKING UP SPACE ... TEACHERS, AND EVERYONE ELSE, SHOULD BE COMPENSATED BASED ON PERFORMANCE AND MERIT !!!

        August 22, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  11. Mike

    How about work on getting the costs of tuition down instead of just giving away our tax dollars? We give these schools unlimited supply of qualified students with federal backed loans – so unlimited dollars as well. How about the Federal government puts a limit on the amount of tuition a school can charge and still have access to federal student loans? You think tuition costs might go down?

    August 22, 2012 at 12:59 am |
  12. uncdig

    College could be more affordable if our govt's runaway spending habits were removed. A healthier economy & more employment is more important than the govt digging the debt hole deeper by Obama's pandering to get reelected.

    August 22, 2012 at 8:13 am |
    • Thomas

      There is literally no basis in reality for your opinion. The runaway prices are due to universities being privatized and are more business than education.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:21 am |
    • Please explain

      Please explain your nonsense. Oh sorry........your just another stupid GOP voter. My bad. Sorry.

      August 22, 2012 at 9:25 am |
  13. bb

    If u dont create jobs, no ones going to need an education, WORK ON JOBS, EDUCATION IS IMPORTANT, BUT U NEED A JOB TO USE IT

    August 22, 2012 at 9:34 am |
  14. bb

    @Lizzie i read appox 600 pages and your right, the tax increases, and yes some labor laws (helping unions) are scary
    its funny how the dumbocraps constatntley back this loser GO SEE AMERICA 2016

    August 22, 2012 at 9:39 am |
    • DEcember 2012

      I SERIOUSLY DOUBT YOU CAN READ 600 PAGES. MAYBE WITH POP-UP PICTURES TO HELP YOU BUT THAT'S PUSHING IT.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

      August 22, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  15. bb

    It is a fact ignorance is bliss dec2012 proves that point , u know hes on Oblunders payroll, under the stimulus funding.

    August 22, 2012 at 10:21 am |
  16. Its a bubble

    This education bubble thats starting will blow up just like the housing market. People that have huge debts and won't be able to pay them. We do need lower education costs, if for no other reason to stave off this forming bubble burst.

    August 22, 2012 at 2:56 pm |
  17. California

    Hard to make schooling in general more affordable when unions get in the way all the time.

    August 22, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  18. Kool-Aid Police

    The more loans you give the more the colleges will ask for. They don't actually care about the students.

    August 22, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  19. Jesse

    When you subsidize something you tend to get more of it. The more money the government, (i.e., taxpayers) subsidize college (to make it more affordable) the more the costs go up. I know supporters of these subsidizes have the best of intentions, but they often backfire on the very issue they're trying to assist with. It's always a new policy to fix the last policy and never do they ponder what would happen if they just got out of the way entirely. If we stopped subsidizing kids to get worthless degreees in Liberal Arts the costs would certianly go down and the ones going to college might actually get a decent education.

    The name calling here astounds me, btw!

    August 22, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  20. Jesse

    @ "It's a bubble" The housing market is just another example of good intentions gone wrong- The government incentivized home buying through FHA, Freddie and Franny. They had a nobel cuase and they meant well, "Everyone should own a home, it's the American dream", but by guaranteeing those loans anyone could buy a house, even with bad credit and no money down. But Adjustable Rate Mortages are deceiving, people can make the payments at first, but as the interest rate rises they get pushed out. When everyone buys a house home prices rise artifically. If the government stayed out of the housing market there wouldn't have been been a bubble. The boom is the problem, the bust is the fix. We never allow the fix, we just double-down on the same failed policies without looking back at what happened. And they want it this way..."FORWARD"

    August 22, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  21. Kurd

    If he feels so strongly about college being more affordable, why is he making it a point at the end of his term? Why didn't he do something about it the first four years? Seems to me that this one, just like most other things, will be soon forgotten and nowhere to be found again on his agenda if he gets re-elected. I'm not saying it's his fault for most things, but what good is a president nobody else in office is willing to work with?

    August 22, 2012 at 8:03 pm |