Sometimes elected officials make totally crazy, off the wall statements and nothing happens. And sometimes they make totally crazy, off the wall statements and people go, "Hold on a minute. That's not okay." I want that to happen more often. I think we need to move past allowing out-of-line remarks to slip by, and instead go full speed ahead into calling them out. That's what our latest petition is about. Congresswoman Virginia Foxx told a radio interviewer last week that she has "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."1 In other words, Rep. Foxx thinks you're a loser and a whiner if you have student loan debt. But Foxx isn't just any member of Congress. She's the CHAIR of the Higher Education & Workforce Training Subcommittee in the House. That's right, she controls policy on the issue of student debt and she is so out of touch that she believes student debt is somehow unnecessary. Not a big burden. Nothing to get worked up about. Someone with Foxx's extreme views has no business setting education policy. Speaker Boehner and the rest of Congress need to publicly denounce her remarks. Click here to tell Speaker Boehner and members of Congress to denounce Rep. Foxx for her absurd remarks. Foxx went on to say: "I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money."This was in 1968 at UNC Chapel Hill, when seven years of college cost about $46,100 TOTAL (adjusted for inflation). How much would her education cost now? $141,820. An in-state student at UNC Chapel Hill now pays triple what it cost when Foxx went to school. And, by the way, the minimum wage was 38% higher in 1968 than it is now, in inflation-adjusted dollars.2 What's even worse is that Foxx sponsored the "Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act," a bill to strip away federal regulation of for-profit colleges -- colleges that notoriously prey on lower-income students, have disturbingly low graduation rates, and leave their students with higher-than-average levels of debt.3 And no wonder: Foxx's top campaign contributors are the for-profit colleges themselves.4 Foxx needs to be put in check. If you think that Rep. Foxx shouldn't get away with her absurd remarks, add your name here. We can't let elected officials go scot-free with such ridiculous, out-of-touch views. Sources: 1. Youtube: Virginia Foxx on student loans 2. National Center for Education Statistics: Average undergraduate tuition and fees, 1964-2007 3. National Bureau of Economic Research: The For-Profit Postsecondary School Sector 4. OpenSecrets: Virginia Foxx's Top 20 Campaign Contributors
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