Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pop Quiz!

NYT:
Ending one of the fiercest lobbying fights in Washington, the Senate voted Thursday to force private commercial banks out of the federal student loan market, cutting off billions of dollars in profits in a sweeping restructuring of financial-aid programs and redirecting most of the money to new education initiatives. ...

Since the bank-based loan program began in 1965, commercial banks like Sallie Mae and Nelnet have received guaranteed federal subsidies to loan money to students, with the government assuming nearly all the risk. Democrats have long denounced the program, saying it fattened the bottom line for banks at the expense of students and taxpayers.

Said George Miller (D - CA) and chair of the House Education and Labor Committee:
“Why are we paying people to lend the government’s money and then the government guarantees the loan and the government takes back the loan?”
Said Lamar Alexander (R - TN) and former federal education secretary:
"The Democratic majority decided, well look, while we’re at it, let’s have another Washington takeover..."Let’s take over the federal student loan program.”
No doubt Senator Alexander is against a Washington takeover of Medicare, too.

Here's the Pop Quiz:

Lamar Alexander:
(a) stupid
(b) lying
(c) contemptuous of his constituents
(d) all of the above

8 comments:

Culture of Tr√úth said...

(B) and (C)

ok (A) and (D) too

Anonymous said...

You left out 'corrupt'. Why don't you research which Republican campaign contributors made hundreds of millions in profits off student loans while the taxpayer footed the bill.

pansypoo said...

always put stupid 1st.

DrDick said...

Obviously all of the above. Corrupt also works.

Olives and Arrows said...

....appears to be a sound policy decision. Anything the the government moves away from assuming nanny responsibility or similar risk it's probably good for people. The Dems are definitely making some good changes.

Olives and Arrows said...

Anytime the government moves away from assuming nanny responsibility or.....

heh//.... too much shiraz earlier...

Retired Catholic said...

I too, say you forgot corrupt, so I choose (e), all of the above. BTW, happy birthday, Attaturk, you commie, pinko scumbag.

dancinfool said...

As a former Tennessean, I know the answer: All of the above, plus another choice: fake flannel shirt.