Obama warns students GOP wants to reduce deficit ‘on your backs’

President Obama on Tuesday told Virginia community college students that unless young people mobilize, special interests in Washington will balance the federal budget by slashing student aid and other education spending.

“I can’t afford to have all of you as bystanders,” Obama told a town-hall meeting at Northern Virginia Community College. “There are powerful interests in Washington … they are going to want to reduce the deficit on your backs.”

He told students that Republicans want to cut Pell Grant scholarships with their budget, but that his own budget plan would increase education spending while reducing deficits by $4 trillion over 12 years.



Sign up for our daily email and get the stories everyone is talking about.


Previous post

The President’s Medicare Plan: A Trojan Horse to Ration Health Care?

Next post

Support for Deepwater Drilling Up to 59%

Join the conversation!

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.