In his recent weekend address, President Obama implores Congress to act on a bill to reduce college loans. While I can understand and appreciate the sentiment, I think the President is wrong how he wants to solve the problem.
This is Obama regarding college loans:
We know that one of the most important things we can do for our economy is to make sure that all Americans get the best education possible. Right now, the unemployment rate for Americans with a college degree or more is about half the national average. Their incomes are twice as high as those who don’t have a high school diploma. So, if we know that a higher education is the clearest path to the middle class, why would we make it harder to achieve?
I have no problem with Obama saying college education is important. My father calls it a “union card” because most companies want college grads to work for them. I even had one boss say to me I couldn’t advance with the company unless I got a college degree. So I’m very thankful I have one.
However, Obama ignores the fact that most people choose to get student loans. Yes the cost of college tuition is extremely high, but people decide to take the loan in hopes of getting out of college as quickly as possible. I know at least one person who took out a student loan so they could get ahead on their car payments. I’m not sure how many students decide to scrape and claw their way through college by taking three jobs and paying for each semester that way. Or how many students decide to apply for scholarships or grants, whether from their college or the government. I somehow get the feeling it’s not that many.
The President also ignores that the House passed a student loan bill in April. It never made it through the Senate because it eliminated part of the federal healthcare law. It almost didn’t pass in the House because there are Republicans who aren’t in favor of government subsidized loans. I don’t necessarily disagree with them because the Constitution says nothing about providing loans for students. Since the country’s debt is also spiraling out of control, I believe in reducing government expenses as much as possible.
However, there’s a more important part which the Washington Point pointed out: the student loan cut is a campaign gimmick. As the Post says, it was done to help Democrats take back Congress in 2006. The New America Foundation reports the cost will end up being $133 billion. Basically, Obama and the Democrats are reaping what they’re sowing by making short term policy, instead of focusing on the long term.
This happens time after time after time, and politicians hardly ever admit their mistakes. Why should they? Most of them see it easier to toss money at a problem, instead of ending it. I’m not sure why this is, but suspect it has to do with a politician’s desire to show they’re “doing something.” Plus if they keep getting re-elected, there’s no reason to change their ways at all. But I digress.
Obama ends his weekly address with this:
It’s not lost on any of us that this is an election year. But we’ve got responsibilities that are bigger than an election. We answer to the American people, and they are demanding action. Let’s make it easier for students to stay in college…And let’s tell Congress to do their job. Tell them it’s time to take steps that we know will create jobs now and help sustain our economy for years to come.
It’s fine as political rhetoric, but that’s all it is. The question is will the House blink or stand their ground.
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I haven’t read up enough on Fast and Furious, but I’ll post several links to people who have been on this story for a very long time.
Matthew Boyle has a great story on Eric Holder’s backtracking during Wednesday’s hearing.
Katie Pavlich, whose book on Fast and Furious I own but haven’t read (sorry Katie), has a statement from the family of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Terry was murdered by a gun sold to Mexican cartel members during Fast and Furious.
Michelle Malkin kept a running blog of the day’s events.
Breitbart’s Mary Chastain, who answered my questions on Fast and Furious during a late night Twitter session, has a whole archive on the scandal.
House Speaker John Boehner has released a statement, basically saying Attorney General Eric Holder hasn’t been willing to release all the requested documents in the case.
The best words, though, have to be from South Carolina Republican Congressman Trey Gowdy.
Looks like the fun is just beginning. Next week, the House votes on the Contempt of Congress charges against Holder. Here we go.
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Although Friday’s confrontation between President Obama and Daily Caller White House correspondent Neil Munro is getting more attention, the actual reason for what happened can’t be ignore. There are two major problems with President Obama’s announcement that the federal government will stop deporting student illegal immigrant and give them work permits.
For one, it’s a purely political move and a lot like his announcement in May that he’s in favor of gay marriage. Obama is clearly looking to shore up support within the Latino community and to show he has their back. Mitt Romney is right on the money by saying the new policy is political.
The new policy also means Republican Florida Senator Marco Rubio’s version of the DREAM Act is now scuttled. Rubio has no reason to present his bill because Obama has said the federal government won’t deport young illegals. It also means Congress now has two years to come up with some sort of immigration policy. Obama is hoping enough Democrats will take over Congress so he can get Democrat Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s DREAM Act passed. Essentially, the President has kicked the can down the road.
The second, and more troubling problem, is that this is completely in violation of the powers given to the President in the Constitution. Article Two, Section Three says the President “shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”
The federal government defines an illegal immigrant as someone who “is attempting to enter at a time or place other than as designated by immigration officers or has not been admitted to the United States after inspection and authorization by an immigration officer.” Despite a comment by Obama last year that he can’t stop student deportations, he actually is well within his rights to do so. That’s IF I understand the very complicated federal law on immigration correctly. If Obama had stopped there with his announcement, it would have simply been seen as political.
However, he CANNOT issue them work permits. This is beyond what the law allows. Work permits can only be given to those who have legally entered the United States or have had their employers file a non-immigrant petition. Giving them to illegal immigrants who are already in the United States is unconstitutional.
By going around Congress, the President has set a dangerous precedent with the executive order. It shows Obama will do whatever he can to appease supporters and get parts of his agenda put into place. Iowa Congressman Steve King is doing the right thing by threatening a lawsuit because this does violate the separation of powers.
Unfortunately, more people care about the Obama-Munro confrontation. Which is probably what the President is hoping for.
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Once I got a hold of Twitter support they were big help. Nice to be out of Twitter Gulag. It exists. It needs to end. Free speech is free speech. Even if you don’t agree with it.
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I don’t always agree with John Nolte because I think he looks for controversy and liberal bias a little too much. But this May 16th article is right on the money. Wish Twitter saw it that way. Yes my account is still suspended.
Someone I agree with a lot is Matt K. Lewis, who had a fantastic article last week regarding the dangers of compromise. He’s absolutely right on this.
Dana and Chris Loesch also have a horrific article, and video, on a big incident with the TSA. I’ve personally had nothing but good issues with TSA, but situations like this need to stop. Actually, the entire DHS needs to be dismantled but that’s a post for another time.
Chris has been a big help with the Twitter Gulag situation and is a good dude.
All three of these articles are worth going out of your way to read.
Thankfully there’s still Internet access in the Twitter Gulag. Just not access to Twitter. 😉
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