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Friday, April 27, 2012

School daze

Just when you thought congressional Republicans couldn't stoop lower,  you find they have an amazing ability do scrape the pavement.

The newest battleground: student loans. The GOP, which has shown as much concern over underwater students as they have underwater homeowners, ignored the issue of dealing with the looming possibility of a doubling of the interest rates for federally backed student loans in Paul Ryan's budget.

Only after being called out by Barack Obama on the campaign trail has the GOP decided to address the issue, but imposing the usual line in the sand, insisting cuts elsewhere, not higher taxes for the 1 percent, finance the move.

And politically, the House Speaker John Boehner doesn't have the good common sense to stay clear of the fight,  arguing Obama is trying to use college as a wedge.
“For the president to make a campaign issue out of this and then to travel to three battleground states and go to three large college campuses, on taxpayers’ money, to try to make this a political issue is pathetic,” said  Speaker John A. Boehner at a news conference Thursday as he leveled some of his harshest attacks to date on the president. “This is the biggest job in the world, and I’ve never seen a president make it smaller,” he added.
No, for a better look at smallness, one only need look at former GOP presidential hopeful Rick Santorum's views on the importance of college:
"President Obama once said he wants everybody in America to go to college," Santorum said. "What a snob.”
 The GOP's fear about education? An educated public would easily see through their rhetoric.

The true GOP mantra: Billions for Wall Street. Everyone else for themselves.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

What has made the cost of college skyrocket over the last few years? Is the knowledge that the professors give out so much more valuable than it used to be? This generation may be the first to realize they've been duped by overpriced institutions and when you get a degree in creative writing, polynesian history, etc, you may be looking at a career at Starbucks.

April 27, 2012 12:11 PM  

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