I have noticed an increase in articles in the US media about student loans, none of which I have read. I assumed that this had something to do with the election and radical party differences.
Because I read every column by Gail Collins, I learned a bit more about one more disastrous aspect of life in the United States. I am very pleased not to have ever suffered from education loans--mine or my children’s. I did not realize how bad this could be until reading the piece, in particular the following paragraph:
People, don’t you think young adults should get the clearest, most easy-to-compare information conceivable before they sign a huge, life-changing loan deal? Don’t you think there should be somebody in charge of calling them up once a week and yelling: “Eight hundred dollars a month until you’re 51 years old!”
This is one more example of too many people getting screwed, so that a few can become fabulously wealthy. I see no reason for a college president to earn one million dollars per year, much less several million. But, this same shamelessness occurs across all industries and segments, so student exploitation should not be surprising.
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.