"Yes, we did produce a near-perfect republic. But will they keep it? Or will they, in the enjoyment of plenty, lose the memory of freedom? Material abundance without character is the path of destruction"-Thomas Jefferson

Wednesday, June 2, 2010


To understand what I'm going to post, you really need to check out THIS article. Basically, a 25 year old college graduate has accumulated $97,000.00 in education debt with her mother as her co-signer on some of the loans. The article goes into detail and begs the question of whether it was the university's fault or the student's fault.

To be honest with you, I felt little sympathy for the mother and daughter. I mean, come on...$97,000.00 in debt? As the article goes on (and go on it does, for quite a while) I began to feel like perhaps the university SHOULD have taken on a more direct role in advising the student that perhaps she should reconsider taking on such a large debt.

Then I read this: She recently received a raise and now makes $22 an hour working for a photographer. It's the highest salary she's earned since graduating with an interdisciplinary degree in religious and women's studies.

Can you see where I'm having the problem??? An INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE IN RELIGIOUS AND WOMEN'S STUDIES?!?!??! Did she REALLY truly absolutely believe with a fluff degree like that, that she was going to get a job making enough to pay back a $97,000.00 loan without it being a huge burden?????

The world is full of very stupid people. This was not the fault of the university. It was 100% the fault of the student and her mother.

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