Saturday, October 31, 2009
Friday, October 30, 2009
“Obama’s enemies are your friends, and his friends are your enemies.”
What if Obama’s enemy is Satan and his friends are the Troops?
The Right Wing Nuts probably didn't think of this one through too much. Wingers got it real rough these days. So much hate and they don't know where to place it.
Word has hit Red State Blog that J.B. Sessions III (R-AL), who was last seen besmirching the honor of a lady of upstanding character and a nominee to the high court, is yet again up to no good.
This time his attention is directed at Barack Obama’s nominee to the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, the Honorable David Hamilton.
Just what is J.B. Sessions, III, in an uproar about, you may inquire?
Why, it seems J.B. Sessions, III, has bought into the wingnut meme that the Honorable Judge Hamilton is Pro-Allah, but Anti-Jesus!
Holy Hay Seuss, it looks like he has fallen for it hook, line and sinker as he has put out the call for a filibuster against the Honorable Judge Hamilton.
I ask you, what has the world come to now? Why, just a year or two ago I heard many a Republican declare that filibustering a Judge was a satanic practice. Now it seems that Jefferson Beauregard Sessions, III, has strayed from the path of righteousness and moved into the darkness.
We can only hope and pray that
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Last week climate contrarian Bjorn Lomborg published an exceedingly lame article on the WSJ Online, arguing in favor of or against….…… I am not sure. Let’s let him tell you.
Global warming is a serious challenge that has captured the world's attention. But in the areas that will be worst hit by climate change, what do locals value and want prioritized?
The tiny island nation of
speaks with a big voice on global warming, calling for larger countries to make immediate carbon cuts. Vanuatu
In a warning often repeated by environmental campaigners, the Vanuatuan president told the United Nations that entire island nations could be submerged. "If such a tragedy does happen," he said, "then the United Nations and its members would have failed in their first and most basic duty to a member nation and its innocent people."
Torethy Frank, a 39-year-old woman carving out a subsistence lifestyle on
Vanuatu's , is one of those "innocent people." Yet, she has never heard of the problem that her government rates as a top priority. "What is global warming?" she asks a researcher for the Nguna Island . [em-mine] Copenhagen Consensus Center
Ms. Frank has more immediate concerns—problems that are not spoken about on the world stage, and that do not attract the attention of the media or environmental advocates.
Torethy's life would not be transformed by foreign countries making immediate carbon cuts.
What would change her life? Having a boat in the village to use for fishing, transporting goods to sell, and to get to hospital in emergencies. She doesn't want more aid money because, "there is too much corruption in the government and it goes in people's pockets," but she would like microfinance schemes instead. "Give the money directly to the people for businesses so we can support ourselves without having to rely on the government."
's politicians speak with a loud voice on the world stage. But the inhabitants of Vanuatu , like Torethy Frank, tell a very different story. Vanuatu
Let me get this straight.
Extremely poor subsistence farmers on pacific islands who had never heard of global warming before partly because there are no schools have a really difficult existence. This sounds true.
Further climate skeptic Lomborg notes, if you ask an Islander eking out a subsistence lifestyle of fishing and gathering, what is more important to her, a boat or carbon credits on rich countries, she’ll take the boat every time. So what’s all the fuss about? Concluding with the mother of all false choices, Lomborg then suggest that maybe this global warming thing ain’t such a big deal after all if what the common folk really want is boats. Priceless.
Well we better give’em boats, because if this all we do about rising sea levels they are gonna need a shit load of them. Welcome to Waterworld folks, where Waterworld isn’t just a bad Kevin Costner movie, its some people's solution to rising sea levels too.
I have a better suggestion. Wouldn’t boats today, and land tomorrow be a better answer? What a beautifully pointless article. Oh, well. It is the WSJ and their standards are in free fall so you shouldn’t expect much.
Ordinarily, one would think such vacuity should go without much agreement on the wingnut-O-sphere. But that is what the Chamber of Commerce Blog is for.
Presumably, according to the Chamber, the free market will supply the solution to rising sea levels by matching Boat Supply to Boat Demand. You see in places where there is high boat demand, like say on an island slowly submerging below the waves, the supply of Boats will automatic increase to meet demand at an optimum price point. The magic of the market place should reassure Pacific Islanders that all will be well and not worry about these carbon credits and such. Awesome! Problem solved?
Don’t worry, the Chamber’s got you back.
"Sarah and Oprah. On the one hand, a very powerful woman qualified to be President of the
, and on the other hand, you have Sarah." ~ David Letterman United States
Time for Sarahgedden to step up her game in her feud with Letterman.
She’s already accused Letterman of wanting unspeaking acts to occur between her 14 year old daughter and A-Rod. She really needs to come up with something better and soon. And it better be really outrageous, but bold and decisive.
Otherwise her weakness will be seen as an act of appeasement, just like what Neville Chamberlain did with Saddam Hussein or Ahmadinejad or who ever it was. Quick action is required before Sarah emboldens Letterman any further.
Wednesday, October 28, 2009
Poll indicates 71% of Americans Hate
Well not precisely. The actual headline is:
Obvious conclusion, considering that Sarah is not qualified to run a Walmart in Wasillia, but the problem is that at the NRO these two headlines could be for the same story.
News is out that George Bush has landed a job as a Motivational Speaker.
At first glance this seems odd. Who is going to pay to receive a lecture about the dangers of gay marriage, the economic panacea of tax cuts and deregulation and the need to get Saddam before he got us first? But there may be something to this.
Quote of the Day:
"Nation, I think history will judge that George W. Bush was a great motivator. After all, he motivated millions to vote for Obama."
Maybe Bush is on to something here. He has motivated folks in the past to do good works. It is possible he could do it again. Then again, odds are that he'll screw this up as well.
Tuesday, October 27, 2009
In an Interview of just 8 months ago, Newt Gingrich, the disgraced Former Speaker of the House, grappled with the absurd question of which of the historical actors of the Revolutionary Period he most resembled.
When the notorious rabble rouser compared himself to Ben Franklin, the sane among us (hint: me) noted that Newt was way off base. Actually of the historical figures of that age, Newt compares more favorably as a Jacobin as I named 3 notorious figures from the French Revolution as likely candidates for a Newt comparison: Marat, Danton or Robespierre.
Well now we can put any debate to rest as right wing loons target poor old Newt as a RINO for insufficient loyalty to the cause. Seems that Newt has committed the transgression of supporting the GOP candidate, Dede Scozzafava, in a special election rather than the wingnut candidate. And now Newt’s formerly loyal Nutters have turned on Poor Newt. This makes the answer, to which revolutionary character Newt most resembles quite easy. It is………………. Robespierre! Sorry Newt, you don’t get Ben.
Let’s listen to one of the anti-Newt jacobin loons imagining an Administration run by President Newt:
"Picture the cabinet: Al Sharpton as education secretary. Scozzafava as labor secretary. Al Gore as global warming czar. Noooooo, thanks." she says. According to Malkin, "the conservative base is wising up and pushing back," and it won't need Gingrich's services to retake the party. "Constantly invoking Reagan isn't going to erase the damage Gingrich has done to his brand over the years by wavering on core issues and teaming up with some of the Left's biggest clowns." Michele Malkin.
Sounds like someone is off her meds again. Not to be out done, right wing blogger Robert Stacy McCain, a white supremacist according to some, declares Newt “Increasingly Irrelevant.” And then he takes this swipe at poor old Newt:
I was disgusted just now to see Newt Gingrich's appearance on Greta Van Susteren's Fox News show tonight, when he hit Doug Hoffman [the wingnut candidate] with a cheap shot, saying Hoffman "doesn't live in the [23rd] District. (Hey, ask some Georgians if Newt has any room to talk about carpetbagging!)
Ha, Newt the Carpetbagger claims fellow Georgian McCain! Just why are a disproportionate number of right wingers from Georgia anyway? Nevermind.
Not to be out done, fellow Georgian, Erick Erickson over at
I imagine back in 1994 when Newt was gathering this mob to storm the Bastille, so to speak, if he ever thought of the possibility that the rabble would turn on HIM? He helped create this mob so he only has himself to blame now that it is turning on him. Poor Newt.
My Advice to Newt: be on the look out for angry mobs, pitchforks and guillotines. As I recall, your contemporary lost his head when the mobs he lead turned on Him. And today your Crazies are Howling with Rage.
Oh, and stay away from Goats while you are at it. Always good policy.
Monday, October 26, 2009
If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say….. aw to hell with it. Let’s Keep Kicking him while he’s DOWN.
Bush Bashing Passage of the Day:
Three times in history the
has been attacked early in a president’s term of office. In such a situation the president may find greatness thrust upon him, or at the very least he (and so far it has always been a he) may achieve greatness. None are really born great. United States of America
Some American presidents cannot handle greatness. Such was George W. Bush.
The contrast between these two presidents [
Lincoln’s response to a Confederate attack on Fort Sumterand FDR’s response to the attack on Pearl Harbor], George W. Bush could not be greater. Bush ignored warnings that al-Qa’ida, having already attacked US embassies in East Africa, intended to attack the North American mainland as well. Bush was unprepared when they did attack. Instead of seeing the war through to the bitter end by capturing or killing the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks, he started a second, unrelated war, for reasons still not very clear, with a country which had had nothing to do with the attacks, and which in fact was on hostile terms with the perpetrators. For the first time in its history the was involved in two major, unrelated wars at the same time. United States
Bush also lacked the political acumen of Lincoln and Roosevelt, or perhaps even their patriotic instincts. Instead of appointing a Secretary of Defense from the opposition party, trying to rally the country to his cause through war bonds, increased military recruitment, and “Know your Enemy” education campaigns, Bush tried to use the war for political advantage. Reelected narrowly by manipulating “terror alert levels” to manipulate the public’s fear, Bush tried to use his “mandate” to privatize the Social Security system, the national plan of payments to retirees that Franklin Roosevelt had put in place to ensure that elderly Americans would no longer starve to death, as many of them had done in the Great Depression. When the majority of Americans finally realized that Saddam Hussein had had nothing to do with Al-Qa’ida or the September 11 attacks in New York, George W. Bush’s approval ratings fell dramatically, and never recovered from historic lows. It is safe to say that he will never occupy the place in the American pantheon occupied by Abraham Lincoln and Franklin Roosevelt.
Four years after the attack on
Fort Sumter, General Robert E. Lee had surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia and the Confederate States of were history. Four years after America Pearl Harbor, General Hideki Tojo was a prisoner and the Japanese military was history. Four years, five years, six years, seven years, now eight years after the September 11 attacks, Osama bin Ladin is nowhere in sight and al-Qa’ida is now stronger than ever. History handed George W. Bush greatness on a platter, but he kicked it aside.
Ouch. Kinda rough here. I know Bush was not very successful, so let’s read on, surely there has to be some nice things to say about The Decider. That new Marine Sanctuary off the Coast of
Bush was divisive and ineffective. Instead of boosting the armed forces through a draft (which would have been politically feasible in the wake of 9/11) or even adequate arms and supplies, Bush left the military strained nearly to the breaking point with “stop loss” programs, and a so-called “surge” that didn’t really send additional troops to Iraq but merely extended the tours of the troops who were already there. His economic mismanagement and lack of oversight (or even acumen) left the
, and indeed the world’s, economy in its worst shape since the Great Depression. Probably the best that any historian can say about George W. Bush right now is that he will never be the worst president in the history of the United States United States.
The Best Thing a Historian could say that is that Bush may only be as bad as the second worst president in history. Nope no nice things here either.
And keep in mind, for dishonorable mention we haven’t even included that fact that Bush was asleep at the switch during Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath, because ya know, Brownie was doing a heckuva job. When you look at things this way, I guess all we are left with is that the Bush Administration was an outright disaster. All reasonable people must be coming to this conclusion, you'd imagine.
I think you sum up the Bush Presidency and the chance for greatness that he was presented this way:
George Bush was Born on Third Base with a Silver Spoon in hand, and then he stole Second and kept on running.
Heckuva Job Junior.
“…..just to note that like most good demagogues, Hitler and Obama both know the public is more interested in the silver tongue and the Greco-Roman columns as a backdrop than they are in the substantive policy positions.”
Erick “GF” Erickson,** RedState Blog on the Jonah Goldberg Book Liberal Fascism which insinuates that if the German Dictator were around today, he’d be a granola eating, tree hugging, sandal wearing lesbian studies major instead of a rightwing thug.
The idiotic reference to Jonah Goldberg aside, what is the deal with the Column reference?
I know that these Wingers have issues with the use of columns as stage props in the 2008 Democratic Convention. I am not sure why this is so. But I am pretty sure that the crazies didn’t have any problems with columns when George used them during the 2004 Republican convention.
Just another example of the craziness infecting the GOP today when its leading pundits are busy obsessing over Hitler and stage decorations and their political opponents alleged lack of substantive policy positions, rather than discussing their own substantive policy positions.
Guys without 21st century policy relevance and with Hitler obsessions accuse their opponents of the same thing. Ironic, huh?
** “GF” stands for this.
Friday, October 23, 2009
It is possible.
Lamar Alexander, a Republican Senator from
According to Lamar, the Whitehouse has been involved in tactics eerily similar to the treachery practiced by Lamar’s Old Boss in the Nixon Administration. Further suggested Lamar, efforts by Administration officials outing Foxnews as an Infotainment Operation may be the equivalent of drawing up an “enemies list” just like ol’ Tricky Dick Nixon.
This is all of course completely BS. There is no way that the Obama – Nixon comparison is remotely fair. As a matter of fact it’s preposterous:
“What this Obama administration is doing is out in the open. I think that is a huge difference.”
It’s one thing to go after your opponents openly and criticize or take issue with them in public, as the Obama White House has done, Dallek said.
“But to go behind the scenes and try to audit their income tax records and put wire taps on their phones, that is what the Nixon administration was doing,” he said. “To compare it (to Obama) because the Obama administration is hitting out at them in the open … it’s like comparing apples and oranges.”
Larry Sabato, a political scientist at the
, shares that view. Universityof Virginia
“Oh, God, no,” Sabato said when asked if Alexander’s Obama-Nixon comparison is a fair one.
“It’s in the category of political exaggeration that happens on the floor of the Senate with great regularity,” Sabato said.
This Nixon Meme is easy to debunk. One Administration created a constitutional crisis by ordering government retaliation against its critics. The other Administration has said Foxnews sucks.
So why did the sometimes Moderate Lamar Alexander make this dire warning? I suspect it is either attributable to two factors.
1. Lamar may be losing it and made the Nixon comparison in a fog of confusion. After all Lamar said Obama may be drawing up an enemies list. So presumably the converse may also be true that there may be no enemies list at all. In that vein it is Possible that Lamar is affected by senility, or he may have made the statement due to a momentary a lapse of judgment. Who can tell?2. Lamar may be sucking up to the Right Wing Fringe by making clearly erroneous charges sure to resonate with those questioning the President’s citizenship or perhaps the moon landing. The Fair, Honorable and Good Hearted Folks that run Red State Blog have been watching Lamar and they’re none too pleased with him. Maybe, just maybe, this whole Nixon Shenanigan that Lamar just pulled is an effort to suck up to RedState. It may be possible.
On this day in History, October 23, 4004 BC at 9:00 am, the Earth was Created (according to certain elements within the GOP).
So you don’t feel stupid, in case you run into a right wing nut today, I’ll let you in on the straight dope on just how we know that the Earth turned 6013 years old today.
The Bible says that the death of King Nebuchadnezzar of
In that year, the Sunday nearest to the autumnal equinox was October 23rd. This is when the Earth was created. Simply done.
Happy Birthday Earth.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
A crazy Right Wing Fringe Group has been Condemned at Red State.
My advice to the “oath keepers” is just that. Keep your oath. If you want to make political decisions about how the military and police are used in this country, resign your position and agitate to your heart’s content. If you remain in uniform your oath binds you to the government and absent clear reason to the contrary, and none of the ten reasons set forward by the Oath Keeper organization meet that standard, you have a legal and moral obligation to faithfully carry out the duties given to you.
We are in a tough fight with this administration for very high stakes. The stakes, however, do not justify us checking our brain and our sanity at the door and signing onto truly bizarre and un-American ideas like those set out by the Oath Keepers.
Either some crafty liberals have taken over Red State Blog, or people over there are doing the right thing by calling out the crazies.
"Republicans needn't trouble themselves to nominate a presidential candidate in 2012. No matter what, Pres. Barack Obama will be running against George W. Bush.
Bush will be Obama's eternal foil. At this rate, when Obama writes his post-presidential memoir, it will be titled: An Audacious Presidency, or How I Saved
from That Bastard Bush. His presidential library will have a special fright-house wing devoted to Bush's misrule. He will mutter in his senescence about 43, like the Ancient Mariner about his albatross. America
Obama clearly wants Bush to be the
to his FDR. Since his predecessor left office with 34 percent job approval, Obama understandably feels moved to scorn and berate him. But Obama's perpetual campaign against Bush is graceless, whiny, and tin-eared. Must the leader of the free world -- if Obama still accepts that quaint formulation -- always reach for the convenient excuse?" Hoover
Rich Lowry, The Corner
Now I have not observed this “perpetual campaign” against Bush (I suspect Rich is exaggerating, he's known to do such), but this really is a GREAT IDEA.
We can just blame Bush for............the mess that occurred on his watch. Genius! Why didn't I think of this?
Since Rich brought it up and now that I think about it some more, we can run against Bush not only in 2008 and 2012 elections but also in 2016, 2020, 2024, 2028, etc. After all, there are some voters of a certain age, still voting against Carter. This just may work with Bush, too. Who woulda thunk it.
Thanks Rich. I’m sure some of us will take you up on your awesome idea.
(1) Democrat In All But Official Label Only; (2) A slur used against a Republican who has been labeled as an Internal Enemy to the Party (3) A label given by a crazy person to a republican considered less ideologically pure than a RINO, i.e., a Republican in name only; (4) THE DEVIL.Example:
Dede Scozzafava is a Republican from NY favored win a seat in Congress, but she has been labeled DIABOLO because she is insufficiently ideologically pure to some nutters on the right fringe.
Used in everyday conservation:
Used in everyday conservation:
Damn that Republican candidate for Congress! DAMN HER to defeat! She is nothing but a DIABOLO because she is unwilling to support Neo-Hooverism. It does not matter that Neo-Hooverism would have lead to another Economic Depression, ideological purity comes first. If she can’t toe the party line on issues as crazy as Neo-Hooverism, I’d rather damn her to defeat than have another Republican in Congress.
(H/T) The Corner. I am not making this up.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Over at the Corner we get a defense of Rush Limbaugh frequent acts of race baiting.
Most importantly, Limbaugh didn't make up now-Justice Sotomayor's wise-Latina comment. But it does seem as though Limbaugh makes accusations of racism too much, perhaps in the belief that the only way to get liberals to stop playing the race card is to deploy it against them.
Ramesh Ponnuru, Cornerite.
Riiiiiiiiiiight. This explanation make lots of sense.
Limbaugh’s comparison of Justice Sotomayor to Klansman David Duke was done in opposition to race baiting. Good one Ramesh.
Now moving on, I have a bridge for sale and I’m looking for interested investors who are eager to turn a quick buck. Ramesh, what do you think?
Monday, October 19, 2009
Look at what happens to the National Debt if we don’t abandon the Bush Economic Plan. Staying the course means the Red Ink would sky rocket.We know that certain segments of the population have hardcore issues with hockey stick references in graphs. Its illogical of course, but what's logic have to do with hockey-stick denial anyway.
Ol’Huck issues a Double Barrel Beatdown to Willard Romney, aka Mittens:
Twenty-nine percent (29%) of Republican voters nationwide say former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is their pick to represent the GOP in the 2012 Presidential campaign. The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey finds that 24% prefer former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney while 18% would cast their vote for former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gets 14% of the vote while Minnesota Governor Tim Pawlenty gets 4%.
Six percent (6%) of GOP voters prefer some other candidate while 7% remain undecided.
What a motley crew. I am surprised that the percentage preferring "some other candidate" is so low. I’d thought none of the above would definitely come in first.
It does appear that Huck's gains have come at the expense of Sarahgedden.
Friday, October 16, 2009
The Limbaugh Rams saga still concerns many who post on some of the zanier corners of the internets.
The Quote of the Day:
“….the attack on Rush is an attack on everyone, on all of us. Because it shows that the moment any of us becomes a forceful and credible voice for anything "they" don't like, they will hunt us down. And yes, "they" come in different political colors, but at the moment "they" are massed on the left.
It's a hell of an important fight.”
Michael Ledeen, The Corner
An attack on El Dimbo is an attack on everyone? Kinda exaggerating a bit now don’t you think?
Here is the reality check: wealthy businessmen from a multi-billion dollar operation made a business decision. They decided that that the costs of bringing someone with the moral character of Rush Limbaugh into the NFL outweighed the benefits. So they cut El Dimbo free. Simple.
If a group of the wealthy white males in their 60s do not want Limbaugh around, it is not because they are racist, regardless of what Limbaugh claims now.
The sad and sorry fact of this saga is that Limbaugh is a divisive character who, among other acts of notoriety, frequently accuses those he disagrees with as being racists. Barack Obama, Sonia Sotomayor, Professor Gates, Liberals, Democrats, etc., he’s accused all of being racists. He even compared Justice Sotomayor to Klansman David Duke. Limbaugh says he is not a racist, while at the same time accusing of his political opponents of the same same thing. Maybe it is projection (what are the odds). Maybe it is because Limbaugh enjoys race baiting. Who knows.
Maybe it is projection (what are the odds). Maybe it is because Limbaugh enjoys race baiting. Who knows.
If anyone is a victim of “attack” it is not Limbaugh. It is quite understandable why these businessmen do not want to associate with such a disreputable figure.
Thursday, October 15, 2009
“Take that bone out of your nose and call me back.”
Rush Limbaugh speaking to a Female African American Caller during a radio program.
If his steadfast defense of Former Senator George "Macaca" Allen (R-VA) was not enough, this quote should seal the deal. Apparently, El Dimbo has admitted he feels a little guilty over the remark but its no wonder NFL owners and players don't want Limbaugh any where near the St. Louis Lambs.
There is some real irony here when you consider El Dimbo's Bloods and Crips quote:
"NFL all too often looks like a game between the Bloods and the Crips without any weapons"
and construe the quote in the best light possible that El Dimbo was merely expressing a love for the game and referring to the number of athletes who have gotten in trouble with the law while expressing a sentiment to elevate the respectability of the game. Admittedly, there are a lot players who have made notorious headlines ( Dog Fighting, Accusations of Rape, Stabbings, Drug Dealing, etc.). Conceivably, this could be what he was referring to..... if you want to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Be it as it may and as weird as it seems, I would actually agree with Limbaugh here. Character should Count in the NFL! Players and owners should be seen in a positive light. You know, what do the children think when they see a scofflaw or other person of low moral character in a position of authority? It is not good.
The Irony here now, is with all the bad apples in the League, Limbaugh, with all his notoriety, is viewed by the businessmen running the Multi-Billion Dollar National Football League as a much greater threat to the reputation of the League than someone running a dog fighting ring. And with such a verdict, it really appears beyond dispute that Limbaugh's participation in the League would do nothing but serve as a further burden and degradation to the League. We don't need that. What would the children think after all?
The League already has enough bad apples in the mix, it does not need anymore. Rather the League should seek owners with high moral character and integrity and honor.
Bouncing Limbaugh is a good move by future owners of the St Louis Lambs. It is a good move and I sure that Limbaugh concerned as he is about the reputation of the League would agree.
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
"So yes, I hate Obama's
. Because Obama's America Americaisn't America-- it's the European view of , implemented from high office. Opposing the total redefinition of America isn't anti-American; it's patriotic. And opposing those, like Obama, who push for that drastic redefinition, isn't "hating America" -- it's fighting in favor of the America that ended slavery, built the greatest economic empire in world history and liberated tens of millions around the globe," America
~ Ben Shapiro Townhall
Re-establishing the ban on the torture that George Washington first implemented may have really unnerved some folks. Other than that I’m not quite sure why he is whining so much. Such conduct really is unbecoming.
Be as it may, moving to
This video posted at the NRO site, really cracked me up. It contains a slide into socialism warning for the college crowd about government involvement in student loans. It is supposed to scare you!
Pretty Scary? I mean, getting the government involved with students loans with actual legislation? Clear cut socialism warning here our friends tell us.
But what would this legislation actually do:
It would simplify the federally guaranteed loan system, save an estimated $87 billion over 10 years and use that money to increase aid to low-income students, improve community colleges and raise standards for early childhood education.
Let us stop here and recall how the current loan system works:
1) Federal government provides private banks with capital.
2) Federal government pays private banks a subsidy to lend that capital to students.
3) Federal government guarantees said loans so the banks don’t have any risk.
And now, the proposed reform:
1) The federal government makes the loans.
Wow. You really do wonder why nobody came up with this idea before.
“We thought about this for a long time,” said George Miller, the chairman of the House Committee on Education and Labor. “Before, we never had the horses to do it.”
It is a tad depressing to imagine all those committees of yore, sitting there and saying: “Gee, it sure would be nice to improve Pell grants and community colleges. But everybody says we need that money to give to the banks.”
Giving money to the Banks is apparently good, while giving money to kids and colleges is apparently bad, got it. Just why is the proposed reform Socialism and the current system not socialism?
I wonder what we should be more afraid of? Will the College Kids pick the Chicken Little-Style Socialism Warning the Wingers have been shouting for 75 years now and current schemes the investment bankers on WallStreet cook up to package student loans to kids; or perhaps, would this new legislation be preferable?
I know what I’d vote for. Why not save tax dollars and improve the system at the same time.
These Wingers are nothing if not predictable and usually they are good for a laugh.