I Went to College and Now I’m Broke!

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Student debtOk, I can’t take it anymore.  If I have to suffer through one more tear-jerking interview with a college student who is about to graduate with $100,000+ in debt and are complaining how no one will hire them, I’m going to ceremonially burn my TV.  Individuals who rack up this kind of debt, and have almost no hope of ever earning a career in the field of their degree, are the same ones that as adults buy houses they can’t afford, max out their credit cards, and then stick the taxpayers with the bill.  We’ve created a culture in the US where it’s never our fault.  If this describes you, I don’t have sympathy for you.  You have already proven that you will not make good decisions once you are in the “real world” since you decided that a college with a name (and a higher price tag) is what was needed to improve your chances to compete for a job with competition that is far superior to your mental capacity and career-drive.

I understand that our Government offers incentives for higher educations, such as Pell grants; because the logic is that a citizen with a higher education will earn more money and hence, pay more taxes.  But……….WE ARE BROKE!  At some point we as a country need to start taking responsibility for our own actions and our own futures.  I’ll be the first to admit that I was not “Harvard material.”  My high school grades were ok and I might have been able to sneak my way into the Ivy League (a considerable amount of “sneaking” would have been required), but I don’t feel that it would have given me the payoff for the amount of debt I would be in today.  In the words of one of my distinguished co-workers, “the juice wasn’t worth the squeeze.”

I am a supporter of higher education.  However, one must accomplish it in a fashion that makes economic sense given one’s abilities.  I know that not everyone is seeking a degree in Native American Bi-Sexual Woman’s Studies and there are many Americans (and foreign students) who are doing everything they can to increase their knowledge and live out the American dream.  I admire that.  I just don’t want to pay for it.

Mr. Ags writes for Joe for America and welcomes your feedback: [email protected]

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