The Intergenerational Problem of the Public University

Last week we started a petition after Rep. Virginia Foxx had this to say about student loan debt:
I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money... I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that.
What lies at the heart of Foxx's remark is a seriously misguided belief that college today is as affordable as it was when Foxx paid her way through school in 1968. In reference to Foxx's comments, Mike Konczal at the Roosevelt Institute couldn't have said it any better:
A major problem with our leaders is that they are approaching what is happening in the public university through a mental model of a world that no longer exists.

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