The Osbornes say they are the victims of a for-profit school that made false promises and a predatory lender—the government.
“Do you think I’m going to give them one penny I’m making to pay back the loan for a job I’m never going to hold?” said Mr. Osborne, 45 years old, who studied to be a health-care worker but can’t find a job as one.
Mr. Osborne said the government should have never extended him and his wife so much debt for jobs that are in low demand. He now makes $13 an hour in sales for a solar-power company, while his wife works as a maid.
Jason Osborne and his wife, of Medford, Ore., owe a combined $46,500 in federal student debt after each took a pair of courses at a small for-profit school to become phlebotomists. They couldn’t find work in the field.
A Standoff Over Unpaid Student Debt – Wall Street Journal August 2, 2016
There is so much wrong with this story, it’s hard to know where to start. What words can you use; stupid, irresponsible, naive, symptomatic of America today? Depressing comes to mind as well. What couple with any common sense would both accumulate debt seeking the same job and not knowing anything about the job prospects?
They are right about one thing, we have created a society of victims and our politicians are feeding on that perception. Just listen to Sander’s and Warren on college costs. Everyone is a victim and nobody takes responsibility.
The couple in this WSJ article racked up debt on the taxpayer’s dime to become phlebotomists which a thirty-second Internet search could have told them was a low paying job. Such a search in their area could also have shown them the job market. Instead, they now blame the school for poor instruction, and for misleading them. They blame government for loaning them the money.
The average wage for a Phlebotomist is $13.63 per hour. The median is $13.00 and the range is $10.00 to $17.89 an hour ( a short search told me this too). Ironically the job Osborne has pays the same as the job he says he wanted, but he still doesn’t want to meet his obligations.
Keep in mind that the “them” referred to above by Osborne is you the taxpayer. 🤑
Are these people representative of the state of America? Is this the kind of society we have become; one of no personal responsibility for our actions? Sadly, looking at the attitudes of both millennials and seniors who too believe they are entitled to more, seeking what we are “entitled” to seems to be the order of the day.
Shouldn’t we be investing this money in training for jobs that are needed and available; for jobs that provide an income capable of repaying loans? Instead we throw money around with little criteria to evaluate the cost/benefit. In other words, we put people like those above in charge of spending our money… a typical liberal strategy.
The question is who will be providing all these free goodies? That’s easy; somebody else … that nebulous group of wealthy Americans who had the audacity to work, save, pay most of the taxes, invest and make prudent life choices. The trouble is there are not enough of them and getting fewer it seems.
And consider this; for those who want a $15.00 minimum wage, do you think that will have any impact on health care costs?😷