GOP Congressional Candidate Mia Love Can’t Explain Her Education Cuts

Saratoga Springs, Utah mayor and current Congressional candidate Mia Love netted a prime speaking slot at the Republican National Convention in Tampa two weeks ago, raising her profile to a national level. But her unscripted appearance on Fox News Sunday was a disaster as she failed to answer one question directly.

First, Wallace asked her about her spending plan, which includes halving nutritional assistance for the poor ($53 billion, according to Wallace), ending all college tuition assistance, including Pell grants and subsidized student loans ($33 billion, according to Wallace), ending federal spending on K-12 education ($53 billion, according to Wallace, and even ending block grants to local police departments. Her response was, initially, to edge away from her own plan by saying, “First of all, that program I put out so that we can start a discussion, I haven’t set anything in stone.”

But in response to a follow-up questions for Wallace about ending all federal college assistance, she stated, “We’re trying to see how much debt we can actually give people and the option I’d like to look at is bringing the cost of tuition down, so that we give more people the opportunity for higher education.”

When asked to explain how the federal government could force colleges to lower tuition costs, Love had few practical answers. “Well,” she said, “because federal government has just drowned out the private sector, we’ve got to do everything that we can because the price of tuition has gone up over 500 percent since the eighties. If you think about it now, there are people that can’t go to college today because the price of tuition is way to high unless they are completely indebted. And so what we have to do is, we can bring some of these things to the state level, we can start letting the private sector come in and compete, and I think that those will help drive the price of tuition down.”

Research shows that for-profit colleges charge on average more than non-profit schools with significantly poorer results for their student populations. In addition, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau found in a July 2012 report that students who took out colleges loans from for-profit lenders paid higher interest rates and had fewer repayment options — and yet many did not even max out their federal student loan eligibility before taking on private loans.

(Source: RawStory.com and Fox News)

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