Amherst (WSYR-TV) – President Barack Obama began a bus tour of Upstate New York and Pennsylvania with a stop at University at Buffalo.
The President is discussing higher education during the two-day bus tour that includes Henninger High School in Syracuse, Binghamton University, and Lackawanna College in Scranton, Pa.
During his speech in Buffalo, the President said he believes education is the pathway for those trying to work their way into the middle class. He also addressed making that education affordable.
“We can't price the middle class and everybody working to get into the middle class out of a college education,” Obama said. “We are going to have to do things differently. We can't go about business as usual because if we do that we will put our younger generation, our workers, our country at a competitive disadvantage for years.”
He added that education will pave the way for a stronger United States.
“We understand that in the face of greater and greater global competition in a knowledge based economy a great education is more important than ever,” he said. “A higher education is the single best investment you can make in your future. And I am proud of all the students that are making that investment.”
The President also took time to fire a shot at Republicans who might threaten a so-called “government shutdown” in their bid to upend the Affordable Care Act.
“We have seen a faction of republicans in Congress suggest that maybe America shouldn't pay its bills that have already been run up, that we should shut down government if they can't shut down Obamacare,” he said.
He countered that the government should look past partisanship and forward to job creation.
“You know, that won't grow our economy. That won't create jobs. That won't help the middle class. We can't afford in Washington the usual circus of distractions and political posturing. We can't afford that right now,” he said.