In the January 21, 2016 article titled Mia Love talks politics at two SLCC campuses, Tamara Brune-Wharton reports that Love says students should pay for school by paying for it themselves, instead of relying on assistance from the government, such as the Pell Grant.
As a student using a Pell Grant to pay for school, I am concerned Love assumes that all students receiving Pell Grant assistance are just looking for a free handout. Students like myself have unfortunate situations that are out of our control, and the only way to break the poverty cycle is to go to college.
We give back to society by contributing as volunteers through our service learning, and finally when we graduate, contributing again as taxpayers making a decent living.
According to the Henry J. Kaiser foundation, “1 in 3 Americans report having difficulty paying their medical bills.” I am one of those Americans who refinanced a house to pay for extremely high medical debt, due to a child being born with a serious heart condition that required two heart surgeries during his first year of life.
Politicians like Mia Love need to understand that many Americans struggle to get out of poverty, and how Americans like myself can contribute to the economy.