Posts Tagged ‘Education’

Those sneaky Dems and their “stealth accomplishments”.

Last Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (H.R. 3590) — aka “Obamacare”. Today, Obama signed the reconciliation bill that was supposed to implement the “fixes” to Obamacare, as required by the House. But, they decided to attach the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act bill as a rider. Together with the original “fixes” bill, they are to be known forevermore as the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act of 2010 (H.R. 4872). Huh?

Obama speaks about student loan reform

The Obamassiah tells how he brings salvation to the student loan industry (March 29, 2010 - Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images North America)

There is much that could be said about this, but I’ll leave most of it to others. I just have two questions I’d like to ask.

My first question to our esteemed President and his Congressional comrades is, “What the heck does taking over student loans have to do with healthcare reform?” I don’t even remember this being mentioned until a few days ago. So, what gives? Well, not waiting for an answer, I did a little research and came up with an answer in two parts.

1) The reconciliation maneuver can only be used once per budget year, and Democrats probably figured this was their best (only?) chance to get the “student loan reform bill” passed. (Even some centrist Democrats were opposed.)

2) The Senate parliamentarian informed Dem leaders that, in order to pass budgetary muster, “both the Senate health and finance committees would need to produce $1 billion in deficit savings each over the next 10 years”. The reconciliation bill as it was could not do this; piggybacking the education bill with it allowed the whole package to meet requirements. Pretty sneaky, sis! (Sorry for the old TV commercial reference.)

As a bonus, President Obama gets a two-fer added to his Progressive resume.

I know, I know. This is just typical Congressional behavior. But, it just irks me that they had the nerve to attach another bill onto the Obamacare travesty legislation, let alone one that represents the federal government taking over yet another part of our economy. And taking business away from U.S. financial institutions, too. (Of course, the Administration loves to give this industry a hard time, deserving or not.)

Which brings me to my second question for Obama et al. “Where are you gonna get the money to lend to the students?” The federal government won’t just be subsidizing & guaranteeing student loans anymore. Now it has to loan the entire amounts. After spending so much money already and putting the nation in more debt than it’s ever been in (and getting worse), where will the federal government — specifically, the Dept. of Education — get the funds? My guess is a combination of taxes, fines, shuffling government monies around on paper, maybe borrowing from banks(?), etc. In other words, more pain for the taxpayer.

And don’t get me started on the government’s history with running student loan programs….

Rumor has it that this bill also provides “$2.55 billion to support historically black colleges and universities and minority-serving institutions”. Hmmm. If those groups are being singled out, that sounds like reverse discrimination to me. But, if I asked about that, I’d probably be called a racist. So, I won’t ask.

P.S.  If you read the U.S. News article (which is overwhelmingly pro the student loan part of the Act), be sure to check out the reader comments titled “My Two Copper Coins…” (for some additional points from the other side) and “A little history on student loans” (for a first-hand account of why the govt should not be in this business).

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As the late Adrian Rogers said, “You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it.”

Some of you may have seen this, already. It was emailed to me a couple weeks ago, and I finally decided to include it here. Honestly, I don’t know if it’s a true story, but it illustrates the point beautifully:

An economics professor at a local college made a statement that he had never failed a single student before, but had once failed an entire class. That class had insisted that Obama’s socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would be rich, a great equalizer.

The professor then said, “OK, we will have an experiment in this class on Obama’s plan”. All grades would be averaged and everyone would receive the same grade, so no one would fail and no one would receive an ‘A’….

After the first test, the grades were averaged and everyone got a ‘B’. The students who studied hard were upset and the students who studied little were happy.

As the second test rolled around, the students who studied little had studied even less and the ones who studied hard decided they wanted a free ride, too, so they studied little. The second test average was a ‘D’! No one was happy.

When the 3rd test rolled around, the average was an ‘F’.

The scores never increased, as bickering, blame, and name-calling all resulted in hard feelings and no one would study for the benefit of anyone else.

All failed, to their great surprise, and the professor told them that socialism would also ultimately fail because when the reward is great, the effort to succeed is great, but when government takes all the reward away, no one will try or want to succeed.

OR…

Bad America! Long Live Marxist Socialism!

Radical far-Leftist Howard Zinn, first-among-equals among the ‘Blame America’ academic crowd, is at it again — this time with the help of Hollywood and The History Channel. The controversial professor is author of the popular A People’s History of the United States — a darkly revisionist work if ever there was one — and its follow-up Voices of A People’s History Of The United States. Up until now, his anti-America works were pretty much limited to colleges & universities. But, now Zinn has teamed up with some left-wing actors and producers (and a host of active socialists on his Teacher Advisory Board) for some new projects whose chief aim is to indoctrinate pre-K thru high school students into his factually-challenged, pessimistic version of American history.

Patrick Courrielche reports here at BigHollywood….

For more details, read Michelle Malkin’s article at TownHall.

This post may not seem at first like it fits with the 3 main topics that this blog is about. But, when you think about it, the cultural impact of this sort of anti-America garbage that our kids and young adults are being fed constantly really does have serious political repercussions. We are hearing it in some of Obama’s rhetoric and from some of the ‘czars’ and other appointees in the administration. I hate to think what will happen if such thinking continues to spread and our nation really is taken over from within by Zinn’s “America is Evil”, neo-Marxist acolytes. Keep your eyes and ears open for this stuff in your kids’ schools and raise heck if ya find it!