by: Diane Benjamin
Senator Dick Durbin has been in office in Washington DC since 1982 – 32 years. If you believe in term limits, that’s reason enough for him to go. If you need more, there’s plenty.
Dickie thinks government is the answer to every problem. (see his latest email below) I think government makes things worse or gets in the way. His proposal to allow students to refinance at lower interest rates isn’t bad, until he plays class warfare by taxing millionaires more to pay the costs.
Since when is America a country that punishes success?
If government at every level quit giving tuition assistance, college costs would drop. The costs aren’t rising dramatically because the real costs are going up. They are rising because colleges know government will pay part for almost every student. Instead of educating, college campuses now use aesthetics and perks to lure students. Cut off their money and they will compete on who educates the best instead of which campus is more attractive and which has the best amenities.
One more note, Dick doesn’t understand for much of the country the recession never ended. Student loans can’t be paid back when incomes are failing, businesses are planning on amnesty for more cheap labor, and good jobs aren’t available. Dickie has ex-students exactly where he wants them – begging government for help.
The chart below shows how college costs have increased:
|Year and control of institution||Constant 2011–12 dollars1||Current dollars|
|All institutions||4-year institutions||2-year institutions||All institutions||4-year institutions||2-year institutions|
This link is the history of the Federal Government college funding: