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Mike Rowe, known for hosting shows like “Dirty Jobs” and “Somebody’s Gotta Do It,” lambasted the Democrat-led push to forgive student loans to college grads, which would add “hundreds of billions” in federal debt.
“Lots of people on this page have asked me to comment on the various proposals to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars in student debt,” he wrote on his Facebook page.
“Many it seems, suspect that I’ll be supportive of these efforts, since I’ve written at length about the outrageous rise of college tuition, and the scandalous ways in which hundreds of thousands of students have been conned into borrowing ridiculous sums of money to purchase degrees that never lead to an actual job,” he continued.
Lots of people on this page have asked me to comment on the various proposals to forgive hundreds of billions of dollars…
Posted by Mike Rowe on Monday, December 14, 2020
“Well, for the record, I do not support student loan forgiveness.”
In October, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden told a young person who voiced concern about student loan debt he would support eliminating it.
“You get all these degrees and you get all this debt, and you get in a position where you can’t get a job because no one is hiring, or they’re hiring at very low wages… I’m going to eliminate your student debt if you come from a family [making less] than $125,000 and went to a public university.”
He added: “I’m going to make sure everyone gets $10,000 knocked off of their student debt.”
But Rowe, continuing, said the reasons why he doesn’t support forgiving student loans “are not a secret,” adding that he has previously “written at length” on his page about why he believes doing so is a “fundamental unfairness…to the millions of Americans who have paid their college debts” while giving up a lot to do so.
He said student loan forgiveness would essentially further incentivize colleges and universities to continue jacking up tuition rather than bringing it “back to earth.”
Rowe then cited National Review’s Kevin Williamson, who wrote that a “majority of student debt is held by relatively high-income people,” adding that “poor people mostly are not college graduates.”
The long-time television host then promoted his foundation, MikeRoweWorks.org, and which raises money for “work-ethic scholarships,” adding that the organization doesn’t object to “broad-based, liberal arts education,” only the cost of one. He noted further that his foundation focuses its scholarship awards on students who seek to learn a trade — generally two-year programs — to become pipefitters, plumbers, welders, and electricians, among other trades.
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“It should go without saying that I pity every young man and woman who is struggling today under the yoke of a crushing student loan. I sincerely do. You were quite possibly sold a bill of goods,” he wrote.
“You were perhaps a victim of this persistent, pernicious, and preposterous push to peddle a four-year degree to every person with a pulse, and for that, you have my sympathy. But that’s not my fault. Nor is it the fault of the American people. The fault belongs to you, and so does the debt,” Rowe added.
“This is why I push back against the insane notion that a four-year degree is the best path for the most people. I don’t want to see more people borrow money they can’t afford to pay back. But nor do I wish to pay it back for you,” he concluded.
Rowe is set to launch a new series on the Discovery Channel’s new streaming service, Discovery+ called “Six Degrees with Mike Rowe.”
In each of the six episodes, all of which premier at once, Rowe “transports himself back in time to some of the most major moments in history” to explore unique events that can play a role in today’s world, Fox News reported.
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