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Squawk of the day - May 2, 2012

"Many kids take out student loans and now they can't find a job and can't pay a loan back. Now the parents must pay the debt back. The government has no business being in the loan business. Their job is to protect this nation."

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Pappa 1 year, 11 months ago

protect, build roads, and let states and regions take care of each other.

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Pappa 1 year, 11 months ago

The gov teet has run dry. Buck up youth.

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chinaberry25 1 year, 11 months ago

The answer to this squawk is for the parents to not co-sign with the student. Also there are plenty of jobs available if you take the time to research your major. Math Education majors have a job before they graduate. If you go to school and major in a glutted job then that is your fault. Major in business, expect to work in a fast food industry. Elementary education, fast food here we come. Life is a choice, so you need to choose wisely. Forget those fingernails, cell phones and foiled hair until you can afford it.

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alleebrin 1 year, 11 months ago

An unrealistic notion of today's generation - they want to start at the top and afford all the amenities for which the rest of us spent our whole lives striving! Parenting gone wrong, I'd say!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

True! True! There were people at our company that left after a couple of months because they were not offered a top management position they felt they deserved. Duh! You just entered an entry level position a month ago. I saw that same guy working at McDonalds a few weeks ago, guess maybe he is trying for a management position there.

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FlunkyMonkey 1 year, 11 months ago

President B O talks about the number of jobs that have been created. Ask the college graduate who is now having to look for work outside their major and having to settle for less. Lay the blame at the feet of B O--that is where the buck stops

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Jimboob 1 year, 11 months ago

So... The economy was going great guns before Obama was elected and he ran it into the ditch? If the economy HAD been in great shape and jobs were plentiful John McCain would be president. Some folks have a short memory.

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PatrickY2K 1 year, 11 months ago

It's the same people who are criticizing Obama for taking credit for killing Bin Laden, making it political - "Even Carter would have made that decision." They don't remember Bush landing on an aircraft carrier wearing a flight suit - "Mission Accomplished" before the war even got going good. That wasn't making it political?!?! That wasn't taking credit?!?! Would they still claim to make that "easy decision" if the mission had failed, or is it all hindsight?

Like all of us, I guess they are trying to block Bush from their memory; only, they are doing it so they can blame the economy on Obama, rather than the one who started squandered the budget surplus, gave tax breaks to millionaires and oil companies, and relaxed the government guidelines that allowed the Gulf oil spill.

Appearing on "Late Night" didn't lower the office anymore than candidates going on talk shows. It definitely didn't lower the office as much as shouting "you lie" during the State of the Union Address, or getting in the President's face on the tarmac.

Last point - I didn't know any Republican even knew the saying, "The buck stops here." Rupert Murdoch sure doesn't!

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

His Royal Majesty DID lie and he's still doing it every single day of the year right up 'till this very moment. How can you tell when His Royal Majesty is lying? "His lips are moving".

I think that's what Supreme Court Justice John Roberts was saying when the Supreme Court was insulted at His Royal Majesty's "State of the Union" address two years ago...."You lying POS........" well you all get the picture. At least that's what I was thinking.

And I was optimistic and hopeful that His Royal Majesty would do what He had promised He would do....to unite the country, to bring Hope and Change. But it didn't take long and we should have known because we should have vetted Him a little bit better from His educational background, his cronies such as Bill Ayres and Rev. Jeremiah Wright etc. One of the WORST deceptions in American History. Now I just HOPE for a CHANGE next November. Lord Help Us!!

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whattheheck 1 year, 11 months ago

There are many kids in college enrolled in programs that historically are difficult to find application for after graduation. Couple this with severe recession and you might as well not have the degree. From my experience, there are kids that go into a certain curriculum because it is easy not because it will "sell" when they finish. Even when the chosen field does have a job market, the amount spent at a "big name" university may outstrip what can be earned for many years before payback. And goodness knows, those who educate to become "managers" are in for some tough years for awhile.

Degrees have become so common that employers are not as interested in paying good money to hire those who are unproven. And in bad times, you don't need a degree to flip burgers--yet.

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jglass 1 year, 11 months ago

chinaberry25, kids right out of high school and going to college cannot get the student loans by themselves, they have to have a co-signer. And, I am quite sure the college grads want to work in the field that they majored, not in fast food!!

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VSU 1 year, 11 months ago

I am sure they don't want to work in fast food, but if you can't find a job anywhere else, they may have no choice. The Job opportunity is not going to walk up to their door and offer the perfect job they are looking for.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 11 months ago

If way back when ...parents didnt get the student loans, but sent their kids to colleges they could afford, then maybe, just maybe college tuition & books wouldn't be the ungodly amounts they are now! The main reason college and books cost so much is that we allow it to.

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Susan123 1 year, 11 months ago

I never thought of it like that...but you are absolutely right!

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Cartman 1 year, 11 months ago

You're right Shinedownfan. You went to a college you could afford. You also saved up money to attend before you attended - not borrow to pay for it afterwards. This "cost be damned" attitude, guarantees the inflation of tuition and expenses. You can join the military to get financial assistance to attend college. There are ways to do it without running up ridiculous debt. But we have a generation that can run up debt and not feel guilty about defaulting on it. That's our economy's real problem.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 11 months ago

Yep! My Daughter is to attend college this fall, she is going into the medical field. I cant afford Mercer, and Augusta is too far away (I can't let go yet), so she will get her AA at Darton (like I did) and then maybe Augusta's Medical College will be within reach.

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dingleberry 1 year, 11 months ago

When the govt got involved in offering copious grants and loans, making the money flow, it gave the green light to colleges to up the charges and they did unabated. Just as when the govt got involved in Medicare, we blew the roof off medical costs, also aided of course my Medicaid with the same outcome. When govt unleashes money, costs will rise to meet what is available.

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TheBoss 1 year, 11 months ago

When I went to Albany Jr. College (Darton), I worked half a day and paid for tuition and books from my job's pay. Today, a very small percent of students in high school or college have an after school job. Most employers would rather hire an older part time employee than the youth of today. Today that tuition cost is almost or more than a full-time job's pay.

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bubbavet 1 year, 11 months ago

My son went Darton for two years then transferred to GC&SU. He could have been a starter in baseball at both. He had to have three jobs just to get by, not to mention me having to co-sign his second loan. One secured and one unsecured. Sports were out of the question.

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ObjectiveEyes 1 year, 11 months ago

I agree with the squawker in that the government should NOT be in the student loan business. But, in Georgia, the Hope Scholarship has been both a blessing and a curse. Universities have used it to increase fees dramatically. The State legislature has tried to reign this practice in, however, they hold no real authority over the Board of Regents.

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Sister_Ruby 1 year, 11 months ago

"Carnage continues unabated......." as the song says relative to costs for Higher Education. Colleges speak of "cutting costs" but nationally their costs have inflated between 6-8% for the past several years. Meanwhile the cost of living index for the USA (you and me) has been only about 1.5%.

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Royalstar 1 year, 11 months ago

I can't reveal how I know this, but you can do as other minorities in Albany do. Lie about your income and your child can go to a major university at no cost. There is a DCCS employee who has a child going to Georgia at no cost. When asked how can you do that the mother said she didn't report her real income. I guess the DCCS employees get trained on how to do this.

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LGadson 1 year, 11 months ago

No they don't. Not at all. There are some honest, hardworking teachers and leaders in DCSS...White, Black, Spanish, and Asian. One doesn't represent all. That's why God judges us individually. And everything will come out in the wash. (Minorities...wow)

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LGadson 1 year, 11 months ago

When I was in high school, I had 2 choices. They were college or military. And we couldn't afford cash tuition. So I applied for scholarships. Whatever it was! We called the schools, asked about their scholarships and criteria, and met them academically. When one scholarship was about to run out, I applied for another...while in school. So between working, small grants, and partial scholarships, you can do it. There is money out there for education. It just has to be important enough to that young person to find it and work for it. I thank God I had that opportunity; because MY education is MY responsibility.

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firefly 1 year, 11 months ago

My husband and I just had the coversation the other day about kids getting degrees that don't offer them a "real" job in that field. For example, someone I went to high school graduated from Auburn with a major in history and works as a bank teller.... REALLY?

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