College student and likely Bernie Sanders supporter Brandon Terry decided he was going to go on the trip of a lifetime with his girlfriend to Thailand, and the pictures and videos he took while they were there are truly breathtaking. However, you may be shocked to learn who paid for the entire trip, and it’s safe to say people really aren’t too happy about it.
To be young and able to go and do as you please is priceless, especially if you’re trying to put yourself through college at the same time. Although nothing is ever free, per se, which means that someone had to pay for Terry’s utterly amazing week-long getaway to the tropical paradise – a trip that cost north of $2,500.
Aren’t those pictures breathtaking? That’s quite an experience to have at such a young age, and some people agreed.
“Sooooooooo beautiful what you did! Love tranquility Beauty peace,” one person commented.
“Thank u so much for the description. U r so right in every way n u have made it that much easier for me to do what I’ve always wanted to do. So thank u!!” said another.
Here’s the video that Terry uploaded to YouTube:
So the question remains – where does a college student racking up loan debt come up with that kind of money to blow on a vacation? Well here’s a hint; it wasn’t mommy and daddy.
“My school just gave me $2,500 in financial aid to spend on text books and supplies… And I decided to do something a little different with my financial aid…”
Yes, you did read that right. Terry took out a taxpayer-subsidized student loan to go to school, and when the time came for him to purchase books with some of the allocated cash, he instead went to Thailand.
Suffice it to say, there were some people who were quite unhappy about Terry’s apparent fraud. Can you really blame them either?
“You used your financial aid for BOOKS for tickets to another country and I can’t even get approved for financial aid because my dad makes too much money! He’s not paying for my college! I am! People like this make me upset! People actually want and need that money for an education and your blowing it on something it wasn’t meant for!”
“You’re a f*ck. I work my ass off at school, spending 60+ hours a week on my schoolwork. I have been denied financial aid even for just my tuition so many times and here you are spending $2500 on absolute f*cking bullsh*t.”
The next one is pretty brutal, but spot-on.
“You and your girlfriend are exactly what is wrong with our country. You’ve done a disservice to yourself and every individual who tries to get an education people who really care about learning but yet you seem to use it to take vacations. Secondly you’re committing fraud by using that money on something other than school. People like myself who worked two jobs, never took financial aid and payed off my college bills have no respect for a freeloading ass like yourself. Hopefully, parading your student financial aided trip gains enough attention and your ass gets in trouble.”
Now for some cold, hard facts on why this is such a problem, aside from the obvious, of course.
Annually, public universities take in some $302 billion in revenue, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Of that, a whopping 44 percent comes from, you guessed it, the government, which means the taxpayers since government does nothing to actually generate its own revenue except take it from us.
The Cato Institute also found that back in 2003, an overwhelming 60 percent of undergrads received some sort of financial aid to help them through school, and that number had undoubtedly increased over the years as student loans have become easier to obtain. Plus, at least $40 billion of the total aid passed out to students was in the form of grants – money that never has to be paid back – which means that taxpayers were completely on the hook for it all.
Isn’t being an American taxpayer just awesome? /sarc-off