Bernie Sanders suggested this week that college graduates should not only have their student loans erased, but they should be provided with “affordable” houses on top of it. This can go along nicely with the free birth control and free health care they require. Now is there anything else we can get them? Free massage chairs? Free foot rubs? A lifetime supply of roast beef sandwiches from Arby’s?
In my podcast, I make a couple of points about the entitlement of college students and graduates in my generation. The first point, as it pertains to college, is very simple but very important. Here it is: If you can’t afford college, don’t go to college. That really applies to everything in life. If you can’t afford it, don’t do it. The dumbest and most irresponsible thing is to buy the thing you can’t afford and then complain, after you’ve already purchased it, that you can’t afford it.
People will say, “But we have to go to college.” No, you don’t. You don’t have to go. You won’t die if you don’t go. There are many paths one can take in life, and many ways to educate oneself and find success in life. If you choose the college route, great, but don’t assume the financial responsibility if you are not prepared to see it through. Your college debt is your problem. Be an adult and deal with it.
Second, people in my generation always complain about how things like houses aren’t “affordable.” Yes, they are. Most things are affordable. Houses are affordable. Cars are affordable. Clothing is affordable. Food is affordable. The question is whether you’re willing to buy the sorts of houses, cars, clothing, etc, that are affordable for you, or if you insist on having the nicest, trendiest, most stylish version of everything. A lot of people in my generation don’t just want “affordable” things, they want the nicest things, yet they don’t want to do the work to make it affordable for their budget. They want it given to them. They want everything given to them.
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