奥巴马讲话 帮助美国的莘莘学子
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Hi, everybody.
 
This is commencement(开始,毕业典礼) season, a time for graduates and their families to celebrate one of the greatest achievements of a young person's life. But for many graduates, it also means feeling trapped by a whole lot of student loan debt. And we've got to do more to lift that Burden.
 
See, in a 21st century economy, the surest pathway into the middle class is some form of higher education. The unemployment rate for workers with a bachelor's degree is just 3.3 percent-about half what it is for high school graduates. The typical graduate of a four-year college earns $15,000 more per year than someone with just a high school degree.
 
But at a time when college has never been more important, it's also never been more expensive. That's why, since I took office, I've worked to make college more affordable1. We reformed a student loan system that gave away billions of taxpayer2 dollars to big banks and invested that money where it makes a bigger bang-in helping3 more young people afford a higher education.
 
But over the past three decades, the average tuition(学费) at a public four-year college has more than tripled. The average undergraduate student who borrows for college now graduates owing almost 30,000.
 
And I've heard from too many young people who are frustrated4 that they've done everything they were supposed to do-and now they're paying the price. I've taken action on my own to offer millions of students the opportunity to cap their monthly student loan payments to 10% of their income.
 
But Congress needs to do its part. The good news is that Senate Democrats5 are working on a bill that would help more young people save money. Just like you can refinance your mortgage at a lower interest rate, this bill would let you refinance(再供资金) your student loans.
 
And we'd pay for it by closing loopholes that allow some millionaires to pay a lower tax rate than the middle class. That's the choice that your representatives in Congress will make in the coming weeks-protect young people from crushing debt, or protect tax breaks for millionaires.
 
And while Congress decides what it's going to do, I will keep doing whatever I can without Congress to help responsible young people pay off their loans-including new action I will take this week.
 
This country has always made a commitment to put a good education within the reach of all who are willing to work for it. That's what made us an economic superpower. That's what makes us special.
 
And as long as I hold this office, I'll keep fighting to give more young people the chance to earn their own piece of the American Dream.
 
Thanks, and have a great weekend.


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1 affordable kz6zfq     
adj.支付得起的,不太昂贵的
参考例句:
  • The rent for the four-roomed house is affordable.四居室房屋的房租付得起。
  • There are few affordable apartments in big cities.在大城市中没有几所公寓是便宜的。
2 taxpayer ig5zjJ     
n.纳税人
参考例句:
  • The new scheme will run off with a lot of the taxpayer's money.这项新计划将用去纳税人许多钱。
  • The taxpayer are unfavourably disposed towards the recent tax increase.纳税者对最近的增加税收十分反感。
3 helping 2rGzDc     
n.食物的一份&adj.帮助人的,辅助的
参考例句:
  • The poor children regularly pony up for a second helping of my hamburger. 那些可怜的孩子们总是要求我把我的汉堡包再给他们一份。
  • By doing this, they may at times be helping to restore competition. 这样一来, 他在某些时候,有助于竞争的加强。
4 frustrated ksWz5t     
adj.挫败的,失意的,泄气的v.使不成功( frustrate的过去式和过去分词 );挫败;使受挫折;令人沮丧
参考例句:
  • It's very easy to get frustrated in this job. 这个工作很容易令人懊恼。
  • The bad weather frustrated all our hopes of going out. 恶劣的天气破坏了我们出行的愿望。 来自《简明英汉词典》
5 democrats 655beefefdcaf76097d489a3ff245f76     
n.民主主义者,民主人士( democrat的名词复数 )
参考例句:
  • The Democrats held a pep rally on Capitol Hill yesterday. 民主党昨天在国会山召开了竞选誓师大会。
  • The democrats organize a filibuster in the senate. 民主党党员组织了阻挠议事。 来自《简明英汉词典》
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