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Published: Friday, Aug. 23 2013 1:53 p.m. MDT

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LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

As opposed to the last 4 Republicans Presidents who did nothing but watch costs out pace normal inflation by a factor of 9.

When I started college at the "U" under Jimmy Carter,
minimum wage was $3.10 an hour, and a full load 12-18 hours was $158

Minimum wage is now $7.25 and the very same full load is over $4,296

YOU do the math, if you still can....

dumprake
Washington, UT

This is another draconian federal takeover of higher education. This is typical Obama, the country and the world is falling apart, the economy is awful, foreign policy needs his urgent attention, and the guy goes on a silly bus tour to tout some new federal takeover of education. Just as he did with Obamacare, he ignores all the pressing issues, and takes on a huge power grab for him. He has three years to complete his ascension as American's dictator. Will no one stop him? Stupidly, this country reelected the worst president in our history, the most dishonest president, the most incompetent president...

Tators
Hyrum, UT

Just one more example of the current administration's ongoing efforts to entangle itself in people's private lives more than ever. Even on issues that initially sound somewhat benevolent, such government intrusion is ultimately just another step toward complete socialism.

And where is Obama going to get the extra funds to facilitate this expansion of additional government involvement in education? Of course... just go further in debt. That's become the official policy with most of his other government program expansions. We're already over $17,000,000,000,000 in direct debt... not counting the governments accrued obligations to social security, pensions and government medical programs. If that's counted, the debt grows to over $91,000,000,000,000. Most people can't even wrap their minds around the actual size of those numbers. Our own internal lack of accountability is quickly becoming one of our biggest threats. It's little wonder Obama has never once presented and passed an annual federal budget, even though the Constitution mandates it. As always, he picks and chooses which laws he wants to follow.

From birth to grave, the government will soon be dictating all facets of peoples' lives.

patriot
Cedar Hills, UT

Better hope you kids live in a state close to one of Barack's blessed schools otherwise they won't get a loan. They will be forced to leave the state and go to a blessed school. Wow - this is a potential nightmare. If a poor Utah County kid that wanted to attend UVU found out that UVU isn't on the blessed list then there will be no student loans to get there and the poor kid will now have to find a way to live in Southern California where there might be some blessed colleges. I could see how colleges who are thought to be conservative will be targeted and put on the Barack black list. Nah - that couldn't happen could it???

Tators
Hyrum, UT

@ LDS Liberal:

Your age is starting to show. Hopefully, you do realize it's Congress and not the president who decides what the federal minimum wage is and when it's changed.
And hopefully you also realize that the tuition for state colleges and universities (the vast majority of higher education) is decided by individual state legislatures, and not the president of the United States.

So presidents... Democrats or Republicans... don't have anything to do with the numbers you presented. As such, there is no reason to do the math... whether you can or can't.

Even if the president did have the power over those costs (which he doesn't), the answer to those issues is NOT more government intervention. We already have too much of that, and it's quickly bankrupting our country.

redshirt007
tranquility base, 00

I don't think you read the article tator.

When an ONLINE textbook now costs $250 each there is something wrong and whomever can fix it is very welcome. Obviously republicans aren't going to fix it.

Bob K
porland, OR

Why the high costs of colleges, sometimes with poor student results?

1-- Liberals might have gone too far in suggesting college for students who are not really motivated, creating the "parking place" group in some community colleges.
2-- For profit colleges (mostly owned by republicans) have done a great snow job of sucking in students who do not complete the courses nor get jobs, yet run up large student loans on which they may default. The lack of good regulation of these "colleges" is due to good lobbying of Congress, mainly by conservative interests.

It is just about appalling to read that "Obama is trying to take over yet another part of our lives" when there would BE no problem if Congressmen were not purchased by college owners.
It seems VERY American to me to encourage students to attend the schools that have the best records of preparing them for life. Unfortunately, foxes can't be trusted to regulate hen houses, so the Government has to check up on them.

worf
Mcallen, TX

Sure LDS Liberal.

It's all the Republicans fault.

You can believe the words of Obama all you want.

Max
Charlotte, NC

He talks incessantly about spending but never talks about where the money is going to come from. No wonder we are in a fiscal crisis. Can this man even balance a check book?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Obama doesn't have any money to link federal money to anything! We are $17 trillion in debt and increasing by $1.5 billion everyday! Obama's solution to everything is more spending, more borrowing, more debt! Maybe Obama should take an economics class?

LDS Liberal
Farmington, UT

@Max
Charlotte, NC

He (GWB) started 2 wars spending $2 Trillion but never talked about where the money is going to come from. No wonder we are in a fiscal crisis. Can this man even balance a check book?
6:21 a.m. Aug. 24, 2013

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BTW - I'd rather spend on education, than use the military to pillage and plunder for cheaper oil.

worf
Mcallen, TX

LDS Liberal;

All our wars combined doesn't equal two trillion.

With all the economic mess created by liberals, you still place your trust in them? Look at California, Detroit , New York, and the rest of the country.

You're a funny guy.

Brahmabull
sandy, ut

Probably do the same thing that he did with healthcare: Let the poor have it for free, the rich can pay for it, and screw over the middle class. Sounds like a plan.

worf
Mcallen, TX

College costs? Better question is,--how do you keep students enrolled?

Rhode Island loses 53% of their enrolled students after the first year. Many other states are not much different.

A third of our college graduates are from other countries.

Standardized tests won't cut it. Free the teachers, and let them do what they were hired to do. Teach!

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