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North Carolina Congresswoman Virginia Foxx is OLD, she thinks college costs the same as it did when she attended eons ago. And by eons ago I mean 1968 which is when she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. I’m being funny but otherwise why would she rail against those with student loan debt saying she has, “very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt.” “There’s no reason for that,” she said on G. Gordon Liddy’s radio show.

There may be no reason to graduate with that amount of debt but surely she has to know that college costs have skyrocketed almost two-fold, yearly. Tuition including room and board at the time she matriculated was, on average, a whopping $1,200 a year, today it’s closer to, on average of $10,000 a year and that’s for public college. You don’t even want to know the cost of private college. But getting back to Virginia “old woman” Foxx, she went on to imply that folks were just taking out these loans frivolously and some conservative crap about the Declaration of Independence and stuff falling into one’s lap without work and she put herself through college without borrowing a dime and blah, blah, blah.

Typical conservative and heartless speak about doing it all for yourself with NO help. We all had help to get to where we are in life. I, too, put myself through college but I took out loans, I worked two jobs, and I got scholarships and fellowships and when I went to graduate school, I stayed, free of charge, with a family friend a.k.a. HELP.

A closer look at Foxx reveals that she is one, out of touch and two, she’s on the dole of college mills such as the University of Phoenix and Corinthian Colleges who are among the top 20 donors for her 2011-2012 election cycle. It’s the reason she’s against the Obama administration’s effort to hold such colleges to a higher standard such as a new federal definition of what a legitimate academic credit hour is. Earlier this year she sponsored a bill to counter that measure saying the government should just stay out of the business of for-profit colleges.

Everyone needs donors especially those in Congress and Foxx is no different but her opinion that for-profit(and publicly traded) colleges do “a better job of being mindful about efficiency than their nonprofit peers,” is crazy. Her basis for this is that they can provide online education to low-income and the working class when they need it. Non-profit colleges have been providing online education for years and doing so rather well. Moreover you are more likely to graduate from a non-profit public or private college than a for-profit college.

The University of Phoenix with its glorious commercials graduates only 9 percent of its B.A. candidates within six years and it and other for-profits colleges revenues are generated almost entirely by government student loans, yes those same loans that she’s railing against but I guess it’s okay to owe the government if you drop out of the University of Phoenix rather than North Carolina State. Foxx’s hypocrisy lies in not holding all colleges to higher standard for the student’s sake but rather looking the other way while she cashes her check from said donors.

This is the same woman who voted against a federal relief package for victims of Hurricane Katrina because she feared there would be waste and fraud but she’s not upset about the waste of taxpayer dollars when students drop out at a higher rate at colleges that get the lion’s share of their money from government student loans. We all should be afraid and outraged at Foxx’s talking out of both sides of her mouth. She is a part of the problem with politicians these days: full of sh*t, on the teet of some corporation and not doing anything for the people that elected them.

Posted by Libergirl