Education should be the number one priority for US citizens to become responsible and productive. We are lagging behind other countries as far as intelligence goes! How can you be productive if you owe so much debt? Why would children want to go to school if they know they will incur such great debt? Do we not want a smarter more productive America? In the end a great education will help put money back into the system as opposed to being in debt for the rest of your life. It's a no brainer!