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SANTORUM CALLS HIGHER ED 'INDOCTRINATING'?

The Facts

Rick Santorum does not believe that all young people should pursue higher education: “President Obama once said, said he wants everybody in America to go to college. What a snob…Well, I understand why he wants you to go to college, he wants to remake you in his image.”

Why We…

Rep. George Miller taking a stand against student loan interest rates doubling in July.  Thanks for always being an advocate for young people!

Vice President of the Economic Institute Ross Eisenbrey talks about whyinterns are wonderful but unpaid internships are bad, on last night’s Colbert Report:

"Everyone who works for someone else for their financial benefit, should be paid for it."

They talk about an unpaid intern at the Report isn’t gaining an academic experience because he’s not in class - but he has to pay for the credits for his internship AND he’s not getting paid for his internship. Interestingly, he also says that college athletes should also probably be getting paid.

"When people work for free employers get the idea that they don’t have to pay for labor. If Stephen Colbert can get away with it, if everyone can get away with it, I won’t pay all of the entry level labor… . We have bigger and bigger profits and more inequality than we’ve ever had in our experience… in the Gilded Age…."

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BANKRUPTCY ATTORNEYS ARE MAKING BANK&

The Facts

Study shows that 4 out of 5 US bankruptcy attorneys reported “major jump[s] in student loan debtor[s] seeking help.”

Student loan debt is currently greater than national credit card debt.

Research shows that “of the Class of 2005 borrowers who began repayments the year they…

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“You’re too cute to be a Republican.” -me talking to a young voter seen on NBC Nightly News

He was though

In this economy, we cannot double the student loan interest rate. Without a new plan, millions of students will pay a crushing $5,200 more on their student loan than they otherwise would,” said Rich Williams, Higher Education Advocate for US PIRG. “Students are already weighed down by state budget cuts, struggling family finances and uncertain job prospects. We applaud President Obama for his proposal to keep student loan interest rates low.
It’s time for Congressional leaders to use the learning experience of the SOPA/PIPA debate to throw off their generational blinders and find a way to concede power gracefully to a new generation with new ideas. To restore its credibility, Congress will have to use new tools to fully involve Millennials and older generations in the decision-making process. It should make a new bargain with the American people, built on an increased level of citizen participation in the process of governing, rather than upon the current trade of access and constituency service in return for campaign contributions.

Herman Cain gave his own response to the State of the Union at the National Press Club where he talked about how grateful he is with the endorsement from Stephen Colbert because he wants to keep the “youth vote inspired” because

"they’re not gonna go and watch the shows that some of us more mature people watch to find out what’s going on in the race … they’re watching The Stephen Colbert …"
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Here’s how your interest rate on your student loan might double

If Congress does nothing, this July 1st over 7.8 million undergraduates will see interest rates on new subsidized Stafford loans double from 3.4% to 6.8%, further increasing their debt burden.


Borrowers who will take out the maximum $23,000 in subsidized Stafford loans will see their interest balloon to an additional $5,200 over a 10-year repayment period and $11,300 over a 20-year repayment period.

Info via CalPIRG

  • "most daunting challenge can be the cost of college. At a time when Americans owe more in tuition debt than credit card debt"
  • "Congress needs to stop the interest rates on student loans from doubling in July"
  • "Higher education can’t be a luxury – it’s an economic imperative that every family in America should be able to afford"
  • "states also need to do their part, by making higher education a higher priority in their budgets"
  • "After all, innovation is what America has always been abt Most new jobs are created in start-ups and small businesses" - true, many by youth
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Total youth turnout doubled compared to the most recent year in which only one party held a competitive primary, 2004, but it fell compared to 2008, when South Carolinians had the opportunity to vote in either a Republican or Democratic competitive primary. Overall youth turnout was higher in 2008 (at 19%) and in 2000 with (11%), but in those years both the Republicans and the Democrats held competitive races in South Carolina. (See Table 2.) In the 2008 primary, an estimated 44,320 young people voted in the Republican primaries. In 2012, about 54,105 young people voted – an 18% increase.
via CIRCLE

New book about why young people leaving the church.  Interesting given this recent video from a young guy about why he still loves Jesus but hates the church.  The video went viral with over 16 million views and starting a national conversation about why young people are fleeing religious institutions across the country.  As you might remember from FM - data shows young people running away from churches is more the norm these days.