Monday, February 11, 2013

Foxx to College Students: "Why Aren't You All Like Me?"

Two Appalachian State University students earned an in-depth profile in the New York Times, interviewed about their struggles to get through college while working part-time jobs. One of the two has had to borrow money.

Also considered in the equation of cost analysis is one Virginia Foxx, congresswoman from the 5th District, who notoriously bragged last year, “I spent seven years getting my undergraduate degree and didn’t borrow a dime of money.” She turned her acid tongue on college students for going into debt to get an education (when she wasn't cussing interns in her role as the Elevator Monitor Lady in the Capitol).

Also interviewed in the Times article was the director of student financial aid at ASU who "declined to comment on Representative Foxx’s nose-to-the-grindstone, debt-free exhortation. 'Probably anything I say about Virginia Foxx will get me fired,' she says." She didn’t hesitate to note "the long odds of earning enough while enrolled in college full-time to avoid student loans. 'If I could make that kind of money, believe me, I’d do it.' A spokeswoman for Representative Foxx declined an interview request."

Madam Foxx does not take questions from reporters, nor from constituents who might challenge her ungenerous view of the world.

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