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Published: Monday, Sept. 10 2012 11:00 a.m. MDT

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O-town, UT

This is exactly what was meant when Michele Obama said, "And he (Obama) believes that when you work hard and done well and walk through that doorway of opportunity, you do not slam it
shut behind you. No, you reach back and you give other folks the same chances that help you succeed."

Guess Mia Love would rather slam that door shut.

non believer

Love said her goal is to help states bring down the cost of tuition so more people have access to higher education.
That is certainly a nice thought, but the cost of tuition continues to rise and there seems to be very little that can be done about that.
Would be very interested in how she plans on accomplishing this feat? Details details details!

DN Subscriber
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Mia Love is willing to face tough issues and propose viable solutions.

In February 2010, Jim Matheson voted to pass a 1,070 page bill he never read, spending a TRILLION dollars we don't have, on projects he cannot possibly identify.

People may not like Mia Love's proposal to reduce government spending on specific programs, but Matheson has no real plan to reduce spending.

Sure, every program has a group of people who like everyone else to pay for their "free stuff", but we must accept the fact that our nation is bankrupt, broke, spending beyond our ability to pay today, or for our kids and grandchildren to repay in their lifetimes, for all the "free stuff" already passed out or promised.

We must stop the spending, and although some will experience inconvenience, or have to pay for formerly "free stuff" the alternative is total economic collapse which will hurt everyone far more than just cutting off free stuff.

Matheson has to be replaced, even though he is a nice guy, and a member of the endangered "Blue Dog Democrat" species.

Reasonable Person
Layton, UT

On Fox News, Chris Wallace questioned Mia Love's credibility.

She complains that over $1 billion in unpaid student loan debt is threatening our economy yet Mia Love owes between $15-$50K on her own student loans.

Do what I say, not what I do? Where's that "personal responsibility", Mia?

aunt lucy
Looneyville, UT

At least she is going to the table with the idea that we cannot continue to spend beyound our means. It's going to take that type of attitude to even get us started to digging out of this hole and a whole lot digging is needed. Yes, we will feel the cuts and it's not going to be painless, but getting it done is a whole lot painless than a complete national collapse. Let's see how many kids qualify for a student loan when that happens.

Zona Zone
Mesa, AZ

Someone tell me why it's better to have the sheriff's department funded at the Federal level rather than the local level? Why does it need to be done at the Federal level? And does saying you want it cut at the Federal level really mean you don't want the sheriff's department be funded? Let's be real here.

Woods Cross, UT

The reason tuition keeps going up is because the schools know that students will be able to borrow the money to attend. They are guaranteed payment no matter how high they raise tuition. But on the other hand the cost is not going to go down. They may be able to stop it from increasing but the cost is not going to go down. With the state of the economy and with more than 8 percent of the nation out of work, who can afford to pay for school? It is hard enough to pay for a doctor and put food on the table.

Huntsville, UT

Gotta love Love's lack of love.

Johnny Triumph
American Fork, UT

Has Love taken a stand on anything? I haven't heard anything concrete from her; she's just a new face that, for some reason, is making optimism run high. I'm not convinced she would do anything other than flop if elected and she's not doing anything to change my mind.

American Fork, UT

For everyone complaining about "free stuff" Student loans aren't free, it's called a loan, and you pay them back over time, nor can you get out of them by declaring bankruptcy. The economic investment of helping our younger generation receive a good education far outweighs any "expense" that student loans might cost the government.

I'm not in her district but holy cow, all I hear is a bunch of typical rhetoric and no real meat to anything she says. She's like a drone that just keeps repeating "personal responsibility" over and over again.

I really like Matheson. The fact that conservatives hate him, and that liberals also hate him because he isn't liberal enough puts him in a pretty good spot for me. If both sides hate him then he must be doing something right.


I worked hard in high school to get a partial tuition scholarship.

I worked hard in college to maintain that scholarship.

I spent every day of summer "vacation" working my tail off to pay for the rest of my tuition, books, fees, food, housing.

When I graduated I literally at $25 in my bank account. Barely enough gas money to go home. BUT, I was not in debt.

Graduating debt free is a reality, but it takes sacrifice and hard work. Those are lessons that can't be taught in the classroom and lessons that will differentiate me for the rest of my career.

Salt Lake City, UT

I applaud Matheson for wanting to making higher education more affordable. I would go a step further and make it free. Educated minds are our country's greatest resource. With about 60 cents on every dollar going to the military and countless ineffectual programs that take us nowhere but to create more enemies around the world, this shouldn't be too hard. Given the long list of other wastes of taxes, from giveaways to banks to encouraging offshore holdings and outsourcing, this would not be a difficult task. For more on my vision for Utah, please visit voteutah.us I am running for U.S. Senate on the Justice Party ticket. I encourage Utah and the U.S. to become a serious example of a shining light on the hill...

Salt Lake City, UT

I applaud Matheson for wanting to make higher education more affordable. I would go a step further and make it free for all deserving students, who show a genuine interest in such education. Educated minds are our country's greatest resource. Merely by cleaning up government waste, tax giveaways to banks, and ending wars of aggression this should not be a difficult matter. For more on my views and run for U.S. Senate on the Justice Party ticket, please visit voteutah.us.

Sandy, UT

Rep Mattheson has served well for 6 terms in the House, it's now time he tries something else lest he become a lifetime bureaucrat. Take a job in the private sector and come back in 6 years to run for Sen Hatch's seat.

Richard Allan Jenni
Springville, UT

I happen to like Mia Love. As a stateswoman, I'll admit she's a work in progress- but every time I hear her speak, she is better than the time before. I like her sense of fiscal responsibility- something we need in Washington. I like her no-nonsense dedication to conservative values- and her true patriot heart.

Now I will speak to Mia directly.

The folks who don't like you, Mia, probably didn't like Clint Eastwood's appearance at the RNC either- which I thought was pure political genius, by the way. Mia, tens of thousands of Americans adore you just the way you are- so keep fighting for us. Keep your chin up and keep smiling when thinly veiled racial comments reach your ears. I pray you win this election- and I am convinced America will be a better place if you do. You have been a popular person on my website Real Conservatives, and I heartily endorse your candidacy. May God forever bless you and your family. RAJ

Wasatch Front, UT

Matheson is part of the problem. No one wants to give up funding for their pet cause - police subsidies (when did this become a federal issue?), education (when did this become a federal issue), etc. When anyone proposes changes to our budget in an effort to stem the tide of our 16 TRILLION DOLLARS of debt, the LIBS callously blame the, for hating teachers, babies, nuns and every other beloved group.

Folks, we owe the world trillions of dollars. Debt rarely ends nicely -and when it does, it is because the debtor stands up, clamps down, and makes the hard decisions required to pay off the debt. Wake up America. Not only are you selling you children and grandchildren down the river, you are endangering our nation and way of life.

Wasatch Front, UT

P.s. when we subsidize education, a service with a relatively inelastic demand curve, most of the benefits accrue to the professors, administrator, publishers and landlords who service that sector. Want proof? Look at how much the massive increase in post-secondary subsidies has done to reduce the debt burden of those exiting college. In fact, the steep demand curve has allowed prices to rise faster than wages and the broader economy for decades, and has left students with historic, record debt - in SPITE of the taxpayer money dumped in. Who won? You guessed it. Professor, admin, college president, etc wages and benefits have also risen faster than inflation, as have rents in college towns.

Mia love is on the right track. Absurdly, the rapid rise in college costs will only be tempered when we let e market determine the price again.

Gainesville, VA

I agree that that the federal government should not insure student loans. It is possible to go to school debt free by working part time and going to a local school. Whoever thinks it is an OK idea to give 17-18 year olds and up all the money they need for school seems slightly insane!

Reasonable Person - she is trying to help people avoid the debt pitfalls that she got herself into. Isn't that what we do as we age - give advice and try to help others not to follow in our mistakes?

jim l
West Jordan, UT

Why did jim m. wait until he was sure that they had enough votes to pass obama care to say he was against it? He should have come right out in the beginning and said how he felt. Truly believe that he got a free pass from the pres and nancy P. to vote against it.(but only after there were enough votes to pass). Thats a fact.

Alpine, UT

Ya know, Jim, why don't we cut congress' pay so teachers, officers, and other NEEDED services don't have to be cut. Lead by example.

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