Transcript: Sen. Bernie Sanders’s speech at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 12, 2014 – Part 4

Part 4 – Partial transcript of remarks by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) at the New Hampshire Institute of Politics on April 12, 2014:

In terms of education – and I think we all understand that the nation does not go forward, we do not compete effectively in the global economy, we don’t do the important things unless we’re a well-educated nation.

It used to be not so many years ago that the United States ranked first in the world in terms of the percentage of our people who graduated college. Today, we are I believed tied for 15th place.

Hundreds of thousands of young people – bright young people – have given up on the dream of going to college because they simply can’t afford it or because they don’t want to leave school $30,000 or $40,000 or $50,000 in debt.

And perhaps most sadly and most fundamentally is that people – middle-age people, working families – they shake their heads not only in terms of the stress of what is happening to their own lives but even more significantly they worry about their kids and their grandchildren. And they ask themselves is it going to happen for the first time in the modern history of America that our kids are going to have a lower standard of living than our generation? Or are our kids going to be able to go out into the world and get a job with a living wage? In fact, are our kids going to be able to go out and find any job at all?

Do you know what it means for a kid who graduates high school who can’t find a job in one year, in two years, in three years? You know what that does to that kid, that kid’s entire life? And that’s what parents are worrying about.

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