“The fault belongs to you”

Dirty work presenter Mike Rowe set out his position against student loan waivers in his Facebook post on Monday. The TV personality has put forward a number of reasons against debt forgiveness, including his belief that he is unfair to those who have repaid their debts and that this only causes tuition fees to skyrocket.

Rowe said in a Facebook post that he was speaking on the matter after people asked for his opinion because of his documented feelings about the price of college.

“It seems a lot of people suspect that I will support these efforts [to forgive student debt], as I wrote at length about the outrageous increase in college tuition and the scandalous ways in which hundreds of thousands of students are offered to borrow ridiculous sums of money to buy diplomas that never lead to actual work. Well, I note that I do not support student loan relief, ”he wrote.

In addition to calling the forgiveness “unfair” to “millions of Americans who paid off their college debts and sacrificed a lot for it,” Rowe added that he doesn’t think the forgiveness would reduce tuition fees. He also wrote that “he will send a terrible message to the same universities that are already diverting their clients with sky-high tuition.”

Share article from: National Review Written by Kevin D. Williamson, Rowe highlighted a paragraph in which Williamson a New York Times pieces that student debt relief “would be disproportionately beneficial for middle- and upper-graduate college graduates, especially those who have“ attended elite and expensive institutions and have lucrative professional qualifications such as legal and medical qualifications ”.

THE New York Times Article 2, to which Williamson refers National Review title: “Canceling a student loan causes a clash between Biden and the left.” Williamson omits the following clause in his quoted sentence: “Although many black students would benefit greatly from even modest borrowing …”

In his Facebook post, Rowe also drew attention to the organization of The Mike Rowe Works Foundation, which the biography on his website calls a “PR campaign aimed at reviving the professions.” The organization also offers scholarships to those seeking a career in the profession. On Facebook, he stressed the need to award scholarships to “plumbers, electricians, plumbers, welders, HVAC, fitters” and people working in similar professions.

THE Dirty work the host also expressed sympathy for those who went to university due to social pressure after struggling with student debt. “I feel sorry for all the young men and women who are struggling under the yoke of an oppressive student loan today,” he wrote on Facebook. “They probably sold you an account. Most likely, your friends, parents, or counselors put pressure on them to go to the ‘right’ school.”

Despite expressing sympathy, Rowe reiterated that he did not believe students should be released from their debts. “The fault belongs to you and so does the debt,” he wrote.

At the end of the post, Rowe said he was “pushing[es] as opposed to the crazy idea that a four-year degree is the best way for most people, “before encouraging people to apply for” work ethic “scholarships again.

In a statement sent by e-mail Newsweek, Rowe further expressed frustration with the rising price of the university and reiterated that he did not believe that forgiving the loans would help solve the problem. Your statement is below:

“For the past forty years, nothing has gotten more expensive than a four-year degree. Neither food, real estate, nor energy … not even health care. Somehow we have convinced ourselves that the best way for most people is the most expensive way , and we, too, persuaded an entire generation to basically cheat them without a diploma, then made huge sums of money, much of which was backed by the federal government, and put tremendous pressure on hundreds of thousands of people borrowing everything they needed to “continue their passion.” Is it any wonder that tuition is so expensive, and we need to move away from the myths and misconceptions that prevent people from pursuing other forms of education, but we also need to do what is necessary to force universities to do so. to reduce the cost of a four-year degree. That’s essential, and I don’t see how debt relief achieves that. ”

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Mike Rowe discusses “Reclaiming the Return” with the Build series at Build Studio on February 5, 2019 in New York City.
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