President Trump, Clark Howard, Georgia discussed on This Week with George Stephanopoulos


WTMJ conversation rolls on. I am Scott War is privileged to be joined by the one and only Clark Howard. We have covered some vast topics over the last hour. Plus, I thought, Why not go with a little bit of a lightning round Q and A And does you're about to hear it was rather revealing. And I just throw some rapid fire your way real quick. Sure, Okay. These were submitted by some of my friends and some of our collars. What did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be either governor or senator, or, like so many other kids, President United States It was your first job. I worked in a warehouse in a furniture store. Starting at 11 years old. We didn't have child labor laws where I grew up. And so you were expected to work as soon as you could. In 11 was, the agents started working how often in your everyday life heading to the grocery store? Whatever do people recognize your voice? And do you have any funny little anecdote? You can share about a instance where they did. Oh, you know, in a lot of cities, people know what I look like from TV. Sure, so it doesn't even have to get to the voice, but his thing I'll hear from people. Is. I thought you were taller than you are or you're skinnier than I thought you're fatter than I thought or whatever. It's always something like that Come stream of consciousness right out of somebody's mouth and you just smile and laugh because it's because people are being genuine. I mean, it's what their Thinking or feeling a lot of times, people will immediately say Yeah, I meant to call you But I've got this problem I would like to ask you about and then there you are standing in the produce aisle solving people's problems. Well, my wife's favorite story is when she was pregnant. With our first child. We were in Home Depot. And somebody came up to ask me a question. And she said. Card. We have to go. I've gone into labor. I can tell. I've gone into labor and the guy says you'll have to wait. I'm not done with my question. No, he he did, he said. They said that and I said, no, we have to go. You can walk with me and I'll answer your question while we're walking the car and he actually did what side by side with me. Is I have my wife or my arm, You know, And I answered his question. And then we got in the car and we drove to the hospital and you get to the hospital. The guys in the delivery room with enough question. Enough is enough. All right, How about this one who has been the most famous person you've ever had an opportunity to meet in any any favorites of all the celebrities. I guess if you think about famous people, I guess it's presidents that I've matched her, Uh, Nixon, Ford Carter. Try to think of any others. I think that maybe it that was back when I really thought I was going to do the political thing. You do reside in the state of Georgia. I hear there are political things afoot in the state, but we're also wait. We're all so excited because we have hundreds of millions of dollars of out of state money pouring in here. And so it's boosting our suffering economy and I was driving around earlier today, and I saw all over the place where one of the Republican candidates is paying people to stand at street corners. Holding her signs of woman named Kelly Leffler, who was appointed to the seat and running for a full term and she's got so much money. She's got these people everywhere. Just holding these science. I mean, keep putting this money into Georgia because we need it. Would you run anymore? Or is that something that is that that ship has sailed? You know, I came very close to running for mayor of Atlanta two different times in 1997. In 2009, and each time there were reasons and 97. It was because I just been given the opportunity to launch into syndication just months later, and I was like Run for Mayor Go into syndication. Let's do the syndication thing. So I did that in 2009. I was in the polling, then I was really Moving towards it. And then I got to this thing. What I call the Jeb Bush moment. Where you know when he was running and 2015 2016 for president. You just had this sense. He just really didn't have any fire in the belly right and didn't really want to do it. And I discovered that about myself in 2009 that I just didn't want to do it and you don't go into something like that, unless it truly really is what you want to do, because it will be All consuming If Joe Biden said Clark, please come to the Oval Office. How would you advise me? On tackling student loan debt student debt in America because that is such a hot topic, you $1.5 trillion outstanding on student loan debt. You think about that number 1.5 trillion It's hard really, to give it frame of reference. It's roughly double the outstanding credit card debt. The United States. It's an enormous burden. How do we start to tackle that so well? I think we work we future proof. And then we look at what we're gonna do with these people who have this debt. So what I would do is I would make it much tougher to borrow for college. College costs of escalated over the last couple of generations at three times the rate of inflation roughly three times the rate of economic growth. So that's why a family Two generations ago, could easily afford to send a kid to college and today can't because the loans have eliminated the discipline. On college campuses by the administration's to control overhead. And so college costs are out of sight. Because people just they just say, Oh, we just borrow more money. Just borrow more money. That's how we got to 1.5 trillion and student loan debt. So if we made it much more difficult to borrow. The colleges would be much more careful with what their overhead was what they charge. And I think that you use a marketplace solution to reduce the cost of college. I also with what college upside down. In the first two years Instead of pre Rex. I would devote the first two years of college to somebody getting an actual marketable skill that's needed in the marketplace in the workplace. And then if people want to leave after two years with an associate degree, they do that they want to go on and the reverse education. They then get the liberal arts side. Two more years. Then I think we'd be in a much better position with so many people graduate from college and with the degree they get. What can they go? Do so I would do that on that side on the loan side. I would not do..

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