Chairman Priebus: "A Failing Grade: Obama's Record with College Students"
Excerpts from Red State
By: Reince Priebus
March 13, 2012
"These days, it seems like the president spends more time thinking about the Final Four than the difficulties facing a family of four: the soaring college tuition, the sluggish economy, skyrocketing gas prices, and massive national debt. Of course, no one begrudges the president's filling out a bracket. But March Madness should not trump our many national crises...
"The cost of college has reached an all-time high. According to College Board, average tuition for an in-state four year college has increased from $6,591 to $8,244 since Obama took office-a 25 percent increase.
"Earlier this year and with much fanfare, President Obama announced plans to reduce that cost. Unfortunately, his plans will likely do more harm than good. Much like his college loan reforms, which will save the average student less than $10 a month, they are not serious proposals. They are political ploys to win back dispirited young voters...
"This 'plan' may actually hurt colleges. The New York Times reports that some education experts 'worry that by tying aid to costs,' Obama's proposal would lead to 'larger class sizes and greater use of adjuncts' and a 'lower-quality college education' overall...
"Four years ago, college students propelled Barack Obama to victory. Today, they and their younger siblings are paying the price..."
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