With high school graduation season out of the way, countless families are facing the hefty price tag of sending their children to college. Over the past five years, tuition rates for private four-year colleges have risen 14 percent, while rates for public colleges have risen 27 percent. If you look back thirty years, tuition has risen a shocking 1200 percent. There is plenty of speculation about the reasons for these rising costs, which have outpaced inflation for decades. But far more important to millions of parents is how to minimize and manage them.
According to the National Center for Education Statistics, more parents are going into larger amounts of debt in order to finance their children's education. Since 1999, the number of parents taking out loans for their children's college has grown 60 percent, while the amount of debt they are incurring (adjusted for inflation) has increased 40 percent. For students who take out their own loans, about 10 percent will default the first year after graduation, according to the Department of Education. According to the Institute for College Access and Success, the class of 2012 owes and average of more than $29,000.
Entering adulthood with this kind of financial burden has caused many young adults to delay important stabilizing milestones like marriage and home ownership. To address this growing crisis, President Obama has asked Congress to pass a bill intended to bring relief to borrowers. Unfortunately, members of the Senate's education committee report that the bill would raise income taxes more than $72 billion dollars while providing an average savings of less than $40 a month. more >>
Roman Catholic officials have expressed concern over the pending executive order by President Barack Obama intending to end sexual orientation workplace discrimination for businesses with federal contracts.
A joint statement by chairmen within the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops released Friday expresses concern over the religious freedom implications of the executive order.
Refraining from what it called "substantive comment" on the matter, the statement was issued by Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone, chairman of the Committee on Domestic Justice and Human Development; Archbishop Thomas Wenski, chairman of the Ad Hoc Committee for Religious Liberty; Archbishop William E. Lori and Archbishop John Nienstedt, chairman of the Committee on Doctrine. more >>
WASHINGTON – For the conservative movement to succeed it must reach out to "average working Americans," says former United States Senator Rick Santorum.
In a speech at the "Road to Majority 2014" conference on Friday morning, Santorum stressed the need to appeal to what he has in the past called "blue-collar conservatives."
"As a movement we have not been connecting with the people who are hurting in this country and providing them a message and a plan for them to embrace and live the American dream," said Santorum. more >>
Thirty-eight members of the U.S. Congress wrote an open letter on Thursday to Secretary of State John Kerry, asking him to use "every legal means" necessary to rescue Christian mother Meriam Ibrahim and her two young children currently being held inside a Sudanese prison.
"We request that the U.S. State Department, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, review granting Mrs. Ibrahim Significant Public Benefit Parole, asylum, or refugee status, as appropriate. In short, we urge that every legal means necessary be exhausted to ensure that she and her young children are provided safe haven," reads the letter, led by Congressman Trent Franks, R-Arizona, and Congressman Frank Wolf, R-Virginia.
The letter also asks that her two children, Martin and Maya, be granted U.S. citizenship, because their father, Daniel Wani, is a U.S. citizen. more >>
WASHINGTON — Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, called on President Barack Obama to tell Sudan to free Meriam Ibrahim, the wife of an American citizen sentenced to death for her Christian faith, and her two babies, and let her go home.
At the Faith & Freedom Coalition's "Road to Majority 2014" conference Thursday, Cruz got a round of applause after he said, "we need leadership in America. The president of the United States should stand up and speak on Meriam Ibrahim's behalf."
Cruz also mentioned Saeed Abedini, an American pastor imprisoned in Iran, and the Obama administration's birth control mandate, in his speech about religious freedom. more >>
A Pennsylvania man who threatened to shoot dead President Barack Obama, who he referred to as the "anti-Christ," has been sentenced to one year in prison and ordered to get mental help.
Nicholas Savino, 42, reportedly made the threat on the White House website last year, Reuters reported.
U.S. District Judge James Munley also ordered the man to undergo mental health treatment, and to forfeit the guns and ammunition seized from his home. Police found two assault weapons, 11,000 rounds of ammunition, a long-range scope, and a third weapon found in his car. Literature on How to Shoot Under Pressure and on using airplanes as weapons was also found in his possession. more >>