LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Akin's extreme positions threatens middle-class families

Monday, October 22, 2012 | 11:25 a.m. CDT

Todd Akin has made many offensive comments during this campaign, but what Missourians should really be offended by is what Akin actually believes.

Akin believes that the federal government should not back student loans and that the banks should decide who will go to college. If this happens, middle- and low-income students will be left behind and not given the chance at higher education.

Akin's extreme positions will hurt our middle-class families in Missouri.  We need our talented students to attend college and to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Sarah Seat is a Columbia resident and volunteers for Claire McCaskill's campaign.

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Michael Williams October 22, 2012 | 12:35 p.m.

Sarah: You are a volunteer for Sen. McCaskill so I understand why you would pick this topic.

But, to be credible, you need to move beyond the hypobole and appeals-to-emotion with your verbiage such as "should really be offended by....banks should decide who will go to college....left behind.....not given the chance....will hurt our middle-class families, and the like. You need to address the fact that prices follow money, and easily-available loan money is a HUGE contributor to rapidly-inflating college costs. It's a very vicious cycle we soon will be unable to afford. This avenue will eventually no longer work, and "eventually" is coming real soon.

There's a price to pay by ALL parties when we adopt the notion that everyone should get to college. There are negative consequences.

You've also insulted all professions that do not require a college education. Are you saying that those who do not go to college, even if they tried and were unable, have been "left behind" like some poor puppy dumped in the country?

Indeed. Quit looking down your nose.

There are reasons folks will not vote for Akin, but he HAS started a dialogue that needs a good airing. Quite frankly, I've been troubled by student loan backing by the federal government for quite some time (Is this a federal thingie, or state thingie? I think the latter), and I'm nowhere near as reactionary as Akin. Why, heck, I'm a conservative Christian AND an ardent evolutionist! Go figure.

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Michael Williams October 22, 2012 | 1:01 p.m.

Sarah: To follow up, your missive accepts the notion that the federal government SHOULD be guaranteeing student loans. All of your remaining comments and Akin criticisms stem from an acceptance of this first premise.

I think it's legitimate to question that first premise. I think Akin has done just that and, quite frankly, I think he has an excellent point! Before you use all your hyperbole and emotional rhetoric, perhaps you should consider arguing the merits of your underlying first premise instead of assuming that voters accept YOUR first premise and will sympathize with your subsequent Akin criticisms.

There are reasons to vote against Akin, but this isn't one of them.

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Jimmy Bearfield October 23, 2012 | 11:45 a.m.

If you have time to volunteer for a politician -- one who's a member of the 1 percent, no less -- you have have time for a part-time job so you don't have to borrow money to finish school.

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mike mentor October 23, 2012 | 1:32 p.m.


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