Mitt Romney tells young people to borrow money from their parents to get a college education or start a business, because, you know, only those who have parents with the means deserve to get a hand up:
“ This kind of divisiveness, this attack of success, is very different than what we’ve seen in our country’s history. We’ve always encouraged young people: Take a shot, go for it, take a risk, get the education, borrow money if you have to from your parents, start a business.”
Mr. Silver Spoon Romney doesn’t seem to understand that in these days of raging income inequality, most parents don’t have the money to provide a college education for their kids. And, most parents can’t afford to loan their kids money to start a business. They spend most of it simply surviving.
But, Mr. Romney doesn’t get those simple basic facts because Mitt Romney has never had to struggle financially for a single day in his entire life.
President Obama gets it. He and First Lady Michelle Obama did not grow up with the proverbial silver spoon, and had to see to their own educations by taking advantage of student loans and scholarships:
“ I'm only here today, and Michelle is only where she is today, because scholarships and student loans gave us a shot at a great education. That’s how we succeeded.”
“[.....]We’ve got to make college more affordable for more young people. We can’t put the middle class at a disadvantage. We can’t price out folks who are trying to make sure that they not only succeed for themselves but help the country succeed. We can’t price the middle class out of a college education.We can’t do it -- especially when most new jobs in America will require more than a high school diploma. Higher education whether it’s at a four-year institution or a two-year program at a community college -- it can’t be a luxury. It’s an economic imperative every family in America should be able to afford. ”
UPDATE: A new program instituted under President Obama is a huge, huge, huge boon to people who use student loans to get through college. You can check it out here.