Mr. President, Money Doesn't Grow On Trees
"To stop college prices from spiraling upwards, Obama is going to force colleges to lower their tuition rates by threatening to cut government financial aid funding to those colleges that don't comply," high school student Jack Cahn writes for the Huffington Post's 2012 Our Election blog. "Obama is planning to remove government funding from their campus-based aid programs -- work-study programs, Perkins loans and supplemental grants for low-income students -- thus inhibiting underprivileged students them from getting the education Obama has so often called 'necessary.' Spokesman for the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, Haley Chitty, said, 'Ultimately, who you are punishing with this is the students, they're the ones who get this aid.' The president is putting colleges in a lose-lose situation. If they comply, they cut jobs, hurting the economy, and cut school programs and renovations, diminishing academic opportunities. If they don't comply, the government cuts millions of government sponsored financial aid programs, thus hurting the underprivileged lower classes. Either way, Obama's plan, which sounds amazing on the surface, is financially irresponsible and hurts Americans."
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