“An Arizona House committee passed a bill last week that would require every student at a public college in the state, regardless of economic status, to pay a minimum of $2,000 in tuition.
As Think Progress noted, nearly 100 Arizona students attended the committee hearing to speak out against the bill, HB 2675, expressing concern that it would make it more difficult for many students to afford college. Rep. Michelle Ugenti (R-Scottsdale) responded bluntly in favor of the new measure: “Welcome to life.” “
Rep. Matt Heinz (D-Tucson), who voted against the bill, criticized his Republican colleague for her remarks. “I feel these students are being greeted with open hostility,” he said.
It gets better, the bill was introduced because of a report that said “nearly half” of Arizona students did not pay tuition during the 2009-10 school HOWEVER it turns out that “nearly half” was “an anomaly” and that the figure is actually closer to 25%.
Sure, students need to understand the financial realities of life but (a) you best have your OWN sh*t together and have accurate information at your disposal before you go making decisions that affect other people’s money and (b) there is ALWAYS a better way to communicate. Great instruction you are providing to Arizona’s youth Ms. Ugenti – Good Job!
By the way - When you lose during your next election are you gonna be upset when people walk up to you and say “Welcome To Life”? Just wondering.
(2) One of Rick Santorum’s comments has resulted in the unthinkable – forced GOP Governors to defend President Obama. PRICELESS!
“Speaking to reporters outside of the White House after a meeting between the nation’s governors and the president, Gov. Bob McDonnell went out of his way to praise the administration’s education policy, calling it one of the few areas of bipartisan consensus. He added that the pursuit of a college education was something that all lawmakers should push students to consider.”
“I think that’s probably over the line,” said Gov. Chris Christie (NJ), adding that if Santorum was against the proposition of ensuring children are college educated or career ready, “I don’t think that makes any sense.” “
And yet Ricky stands firm:
“Despite the pushback, Santorum hasn’t wavered from his original objection. Appearing on several Sunday shows, the former senator distinguished his support for educational opportunity with what he argued was the president’s belief that every student had to go to college to advance in life (something Obama has never appeared to have said). Adding a conspiratorial twist to the plot, Santorum argued that the president’s encouragement of college education was being done as a form of political base building. Colleges, he said, were “indoctrination mills” for the liberal elite.”
Thank you Rick, this is an early birthday present. Here I was thinking that you were sent here as a plague to our great nation. Nope, I see that your mission is so much more significant – you are here to show with marvelous clarity just how INSANE the far right movement has become.
Thank you in advance for helping to re-elect President Obama. Yaaaaay!!
Let’s recap what we’ve heard from the GOP recently: anti-women, anti-education and anti-separation of church and state? Awesome!
And you guys want to be back in charge?? Naaaaaaaaah