This week law student Alejandra Salinas wrote a powerful opinion piece for The Advocate denouncing Mitt Romney’s “47%” comments. Salinas, a member of the LGBT community who formerly served as President of the College Democrats of America and delivered remarks at the 2012 Democratic National Convention, took issue with Romney writing off nearly half of the country as “victims" who "believe the government has a responsibility to care for them,” writing:
I don’t believe my pursuit of a quality higher education makes me a victim or a freeloader. And I don’t believe the vast majority of young people in this country want a handout either. Yet Mitt Romney still believes we think of ourselves as victims. What does this say about his understanding of our generation?
Salinas specifically spoke out for young Americans taking out loans to pursue degrees:
Students like me aren't taking out student loans because we want a handout. Quite the opposite. We are trying to create lives for ourselves.