After the Georgia-based band, The Whigs came through town for the second time this year, I was hooked. So hooked, in fact, that I spent a good portion of the following morning researching the band. After watching a few lackluster home videos on YouTube, I found an interview with them that forced my jaw to the ground.
The Whigs are very fortunate in the fact that they were signed to a record label on the same day they graduated from The University of Georgia. In the interview, they said it was great to go straight from college to touring the world, but when asked how they felt about having to pay back student loans from the road, the band seemed confused for a moment. It was that moment in which I realized I would be voting FOR the Hope for Arkansas amendment in November.
You see, in Georgia, going to college is free for anyone who can hold “B” average. And I don’t just mean the tuition, folks. Books are included in that as well. Now, take a brief moment to digest that piece of information while simultaneously calculating how many dozens of years’ worth of payments are left on your student loan.
I understand I could be alone in my amazement here. After all, I am certainly biased in the fact that I once tried to make a living playing music but the weight of student loan debt pulled me back into the 8-to-5 world. However, it’s gonna take a whole helluva lot more than the tired “poor people are irresponsible” excuse to convince me that I shouldn’t support a lottery in Arkansas.
Where do you stand? Wanna take a stab at changing my mind?[Original photo by MarkyBon via Flickr and Creative Commons 2.0.]