Young Democrat writes….yes, they’re out there
August 9, 2006
Every election cycle, we hear a lot of talk about voter apathy among young people. As the future leaders of this country we cannot afford to be silent in such a pivotal election year.
Earlier this year, the Republican-led Congress cut $12 billion dollars out of federal student aid programs in order to help finance tax cuts for the wealthiest two-percent of Americans. Instead of making higher education more accessible by expanding Pell grants and student loans, Jeff Miller and other Republicans voted to double the interest rates on student loans.
Congress should be working diligently to make college and vocational programs more affordable, not putting them further out of reach. The Republican raid on education funding undermines America’s competitiveness in the global economy.
Everyday we read about another company moving high-paying jobs to India or China, while the American dream of middle-class financial stability drifts farther and farther away. The key to growing and maintaining a healthy and robust middle-class is providing young people with affordable quality education.
These student loan cuts are one of many ways the Republicans are leading us in the wrong direction. Democrats support moving in the right direction by making college more affordable.
I will be voting straight ticket Democrat on November 7th, and I invite you to do the same.