Ron DeSantis plans to target ‘ineffective programs’ at universities by putting them on the hook for student loans

DeSantis Iowa Never Back Down
'They're not going to want to do zombie studies if the student isn't going to be able to be gainfully employed.'

During a Never Back Down town hall on Saturday in Cedar Rapids, Ron DeSantis said he had a plan to target “ineffective programs” at universities.

DeSantis, delivering familiar remarks blasting Joe Biden administration proposals to discharge certain student loans, said students were “sold a bill of goods” by universities that steered them into programs without economic utility.

“We’re going to make the universities responsible for backing the student loans and guess what will happen? They’re not going to want to do zombie studies if the student isn’t going to be able to be gainfully employed and then they’re going to get stuck with the loan.”

“So you’re going to see big changes as a result of that. We need to stop subsidizing ineffective programs at these universities and we need to get this right,” DeSantis said. “And I think that that’s going to make a big, big difference.”

The concept plays into remarks the Governor made when rolling out his “Declaration of Economic Independence” in New Hampshire earlier this week, where he maligned a “broken university system” that leads graduates to be “deep in debt” with uncertain job prospects.

Addressing the student loan crisis, DeSantis said he had “sympathy” for students “sold a bill of goods” by universities that increased “administrative bloat.” He said in New Hampshire that universities should be responsible for non-performing degrees, adding that he now believes student loans should be “dischargeable in bankruptcy.”

President Biden pushed to make those loans non-dischargeable early in the 2000s as a Senator, but DeSantis did not mention that then.

DeSantis did not revisit the proposal to make student loans eligible to be wiped out in bankruptcy in Iowa, however, yet another seeming example of how the 2024 candidate tailors pitches to different audiences.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Andrew

    August 5, 2023 at 1:33 pm

    So whatever Betsy DeVos disapproves, Ron DeSatan will carry out. Betsy’s brother, Erik Prince advises the GUV on his private militia, as he did with Blackwater, Ron and Erik know how to torture to get what they want, even if it results in U.S. Soldiers dying.

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      August 5, 2023 at 2:08 pm

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  • Dont Say FLA

    August 5, 2023 at 1:38 pm

    Rhonda must still have a lot of student loan debt, and he apparently knows he won’t be able to pay those debts just as soon as his current welfare checks from the State of Florida are cut off

    Yes I said welfare. Ron’s getting relatively fat checks from State of Florida for doing absolutely nothing of value. If Rhonda isn’t a Welfare Queen, I don’t know who is.

    • My Take

      August 5, 2023 at 2:05 pm

      I saw a sentence in a news story that seemed to imply a backup plan to run Casey for gpv in 2026!

  • TJC

    August 5, 2023 at 2:02 pm

    Not everyone goes to college for “economic utility.” It is, for example, not profitable to study world history. But if we don’t study world history, we won’t recognize an anti-democratic, power-seeking windbag like Ron DeSantis. And recognizing a man like him for what he truly is? Priceless.

    • My Take

      August 5, 2023 at 2:12 pm

      Reportedly, to many non-STEM employers a college degree–any discipline–is mainly just a certifficate of trainability.

  • Bernice kaczneski

    August 5, 2023 at 4:52 pm


  • Michael K

    August 5, 2023 at 5:05 pm

    Our governor apparently does not appreciate that he attended two esteemed repositories of human knowledge and culture – he sounds like he barely graduated, you know, like high school. I guess he never spent time in the Library of Congress while in DC. He would have seen Thomas Jefferson’s library and the vast reservoir of world knowledge for knowledge sake on which the LOC is founded. Just more anti-intellectual pandering from the bully who thinks he’s the smartest person in the room who wants to keep America dumb and dumber.

    • My Take

      August 5, 2023 at 6:38 pm

      History and law should be taught in a more nuanced manner, but they are subjects that can be taught largely through memorization of information.

      DeSSlantus may be mainly trained, not educated.

  • My Take

    August 5, 2023 at 7:43 pm

    When you apply to be, say, a State Farm agent for instance, I’ll bet State Farm doesn’t care whether your degree is in philosophy, sociology, art history, or chemistry or physics. They might give a little boost tò business or accounting. But the others would not be discounted.

  • Earl Pitts American

    August 5, 2023 at 7:47 pm

    Good evening America,
    The Dook 4 Brains Leftists really had education locked down for decades. Conservatives were content to leave education of kids to the left because in the early years the leftys were pretty much all just nerd weirdos but not really dangerous. That all recently changed with teachers, administrators, and the unions chopping off kids weiners, boobies. and butchering the kiddies vaginas.
    Well America while Dook 4 Brains Leftist parents just kind of shrugged their shoulders and said stuff like – ” Well maybe they are right and little Jenny may not need her boobies.
    But somehow conservatives were not down with all the genital and boobies mutulation.
    And that America is how we got from where we were im education to where we are now.
    Thanks America,
    Earl Pitts “Education Historian” American

    • Linus VanPelton

      August 5, 2023 at 9:01 pm

      Mr. Pitts you have an amazing grasp of historical wisdom Sir.

    • My Take

      August 5, 2023 at 10:10 pm

      125 years agò there was some female genital mutilation among whites in the US. All pushed by conservative husbands who thought their wives’ enthusiasm in sex was unseemĺy or immoral or sinful.

      • Dan

        August 7, 2023 at 12:16 am

        Actually, FGM was part of standard American medical practice for around 130 years. Blue Shield, for example, would pay for a “female circumcision” until the late 1970s. See this excellent book by Prof. Sarah Rodriguez (Northwestern U. Medical School) “Female Circumcision and Clitoridectomy in the United States: A History of a Medical Treatment”. (look up the book on Amazon).

  • Susan

    August 5, 2023 at 10:07 pm

    Mr Pitts. How much ignorance can one man pack into his itty bitty brain? I guess it gets cramped in that gray matter of yours which is speed out like explosive verbal diarrhea. Obviously no administrator, teacher or parent mutilates their children’s body parts! I don’t know what type of education you got but it obviously did not include critical thinking or compassion.

    • Earl Pitts "Poly Sci Professor" American

      August 6, 2023 at 8:55 am

      Thank you for reaching out for help beautiful Susan. I, Earl Pitts American, am an expert in human behaviour and know you are ready to break out of the leftist mold of your wild and irresponsable youth. And I know how hard it can be. I, Earl Pitts American, am in agreement with you that the left has just taken their crazy way to far this time with the mutulation of America’s precious kids.
      But Susan, I know you are asking yourself now; “what can we as individuals do to engage in battle with the deranged left”?
      Beautiful Susan I, Earl Pitts American, got your back and am sending the cure to you.
      I have mailed out a free gift for you. Its a striking red, white, and blue bumper sticker to slap on the back of your Subaru SUV which tells everyone that there is a “Proud Member Of The Earl Pitts American Fan Club On Board”.
      You will be loving life right after you proudly slap that thing right on top of that faded HILLARY bumper sticker Susan.
      Thank you for reaching out for help Susan,

      • Tjb

        August 6, 2023 at 11:38 am

        Earl is this you?
        Earl Edwin Pitts is a former FBI special agent who was convicted of espionage for selling information to Soviet and Russian intelligence services
        You can’t be the Earl Pitts the radio personality because he was witty and smart.

        • Earl Pitts "The Ronald's UnOfficial Campaign Manager" American

          August 6, 2023 at 8:22 pm

          Thank you for reaching out Tjb and I am mailing out an identical bumper sticker for you. Plus and best of all I, Earl Pitts American, am mailing you an extra bumper sticker personally signed by me, Earl Pitts American, which will bring you arround $378.00 on EBay if you should choose to part with the hottest collecter item bumper sticker in America.
          Thank you for your love and kindness Tjb,

          • Tjb

            August 7, 2023 at 8:45 pm

            You never answered my question.

  • Sonja Fitch

    August 6, 2023 at 6:54 am

    Watching Desantis TRY to be a leader. Is just the proof of Desantis has NO COMMON GOOD or leadership skills. Lol.

  • Deplorables

    August 6, 2023 at 7:17 am

    A collection of Christian comments

  • University of North Florida

    August 6, 2023 at 7:30 am


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