RE: AZ State: Rep. Michelle Ugenti (R) to poor college students "Welcome to life."
In the 1850's NYC started what became City College, and eventually the City University, for struggling poor, bright, and largely immigrant students. It was free, and at one point the standards were high enough that it was called "Harvard on the Hudson." Ed Koch, Colin Powell, Daniel Patrick Moynihan, and Bertrand Russel went there, and it leads the pack with 19 Nobel laureates (including, mumble, mumble, Henry Kissinger) among its alumni.
Lots of things happened since the 60s when I went there, like charging tuition, but it still claims the function of educating those who can't afford NYU or Columbia.
Where the hell are the voices of those who believe in education? Where are those who will speak for anyone who can't afford private schools or colleges? Bernard Baruch was a CCNY graduate and sponsored many of its programs. One of the colleges is now named for him. The first President of City College was a civil war general who won the Medal of honor for his actions at Gettysburg.
We are becoming a very cold country, and we can't blame it all on the 1% or silly teabaggers.