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Lee could pay double

Published July 31, 2013 1:01 am

This is an archived article that was published on sltrib.com in 2013, and information in the article may be outdated. It is provided only for personal research purposes and may not be reprinted.

The headline "Lee only Republican to oppose student loan deal" on Page A3 of the July 25 Tribune should have read, "Lee still enjoying low rate on student loan outstanding since 1997."

Note that the article references Lee's own "most recent personal disclosure statement," and that although the amount, $10,000 to $15,000, is relatively small, what on earth is a United States senator doing letting a "student" loan "mature" for 16 years? Does he make regular payments? Or is he simply taking advantage of government largesse?

No wonder he voted against keeping student loan rates low. His argument is that "the system" is broken, that it makes students take out such large educational loans that even a Mike Lee is still too poor to pay his back after 16 years.

Maybe the senator needs to move to a lucrative private sector job if public service can't support his lifestyle.

Or maybe he could just voluntarily double the interest rate he pays on his loan like he wants all the real students to do.

Nancy Evenson