Romney Wants People To Have All The Education They Want – If They Can Afford It

Plutocracy, aristocracy, oligarchy – to-may-to, to-mah-to, whatever you want to call it, it’s Mitt Romney’s platform. What’s his latest ‘life is only worth living for the rich’ type confessional gaffe? While campaigning in Virginia, he told the crowd that students should be able to “get as much education as they can afford.”

From Think Progress:

I think this is a land of opportunity for every single person, every single citizen of this great nation. And I want to make sure that we keep America a place of opportunity, where everyone has a fair shot. They get as much education as they can afford and with their time they’re able to get and if they have a willingness to work hard and the right values, they ought to be able to provide for their family and have a shot of realizing their dreams.

Here’s the video:

Of course, Romney had every educational opportunity available to him. He went to private schools and ultimately graduated with a law degree from Harvard. His family could afford his education. He was able to afford the best education for his sons.

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I have often been of the opinion that Romney simply believes that those of us who do not have his financial advantages are not of his species, let alone his class. How else do you explain his inability to connect with anyone at all? How do you explain that he finds 4,300 people losing their jobs to be an amusing anecdote? How about when he tells a crowd, “I’m also unemployed,” ignoring his $250,000 safety net. How about the time he said that all young people need to do is borrow money from their parents?


If Mitt Romney becomes president, education will be a luxury affordable by few. He’s against teacher’s unions. He’s for school vouchers. His idea of an affordable school and of a model for education, is actually the third most expensive college in the country.

Despite the fact that four-year degrees are now a necessity for the majority of jobs, Romney feels that as a country, we overemphasize the need for four-year degrees, claiming instead that many only need two-year degrees. While some two-year degreed jobs do pay well, they are the exception rather than the rule.

Romney would try to eliminate government backed student loans, giving that job instead to private banks, at a far greater cost to students. The average Bachelor’s Degree brings with it a $25,000 debt and few job possibilities.

Perhaps it’s time to face the reality that Romney’s is a world of serfs and lords. That was the world in which he was raised. That is the world in which he lives. That is the world in which he feels comfortable. Is there any reason to believe that that’s not the way he will lead?

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