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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

A bill that would keep student loan rates from doubling on July 1st died in the Senate on Tuesday afternoon after Senate Republicans successfully closed off debate and prevented the passage of a law that 52 members of the Senate were on the record supporting.

The vote came on a day when President Barack Obama issued a “to-do list” for Congress, but Senate Republicans ignored his concerns and continued their record-setting pattern of obstruction, taking advantage of Senate rules that prevent voting on a bill unless the the Democratic majority is able to reach 60 votes.

Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained that his caucus objected to the $6 billion bill because it would raise revenue by increasing the payroll taxes of high-earning stockholders of public corporations. He dismissed the bill as “campaign material” that was introduced as a “a way to drive a wedge between Republicans and a constituency that they’re looking to court ahead of November’s elections.”

The GOP alternative would raise money to pay for the bill by repealing elements of President Obama’s healthcare plan. This proposal has drawn a veto threat from the White House.

As it stands now, 7.4 million students use the Stafford Subsidized loan program to borrowing an average of more than $4,200 a year. If Congress can’t reach a solution, their interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.

  • ObozoMustGo

    Of course, another junk hit-piece from The Memo that does not really tell the whole story. It is fair to say that the Repubs wanted the give-away of falsely priced loans to actually be PAID FOR! Imagine that! A DumbocRAT vote-buying give-away of tax payer dollars being paid for!!!!! “How cruel and mean those Republicans are for insisting on fiscal sanity. They only care about the rich…. waaaaaaaahhhhhh…. waaaaaaaaaaahhh

    What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS purposely pass the original bill so that the rate would go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is.

    So, quit whining you leftist jerks and start accepting the fact that WE ARE BROKE and there is NO money to spend, you dopes! Grow up!

    Have a nice day!

    • IBMaxine

      There is money, the top 1% and major corporations raking in the profits can pony up a little more to help educate our young people. If they don’t invest we will continue down the path of falling behind many ‘third-world’ countries in education.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Just like a good useful idiot and moron would be expected to say. You dopes have this belief that so-called “rich people” have “stolen” their money and there is plenty of it to go around. What a bunch of idiots you leftist nutjobs are. Really… it’s mind boggling the depth and breadth of the stupidity of the typical Obozo supporter.

        If we confiscated 100% of the wealth of the Forbes 400 richest people in America, we would only run the government for less than 6 months. THERE IS NO MONEY LEFT YOU IDIOTS!!!!! HELLLLLOOOOOO!!! MCFLY!!!! IS THERE ANYONE IN THERE? WE ARE $16 TRILLION IN DEBT!!!!! WHAT THE CLUCK IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE????

        Wake up and learn to do basic math, you dummies!

        Have a nice day!

        • rustacus21

          Where did we get the debt genius? Bush was in office 8 yrs. In 2001, when he ‘SWORE’ tax cuts would pay for themselves, he began borrowing to pay for them!!! Multiply that times 11 years. That same year, he ‘started’ a war that was completely avoidable, by allowing bin laden to be tried in a neutral country, w/out U.S. interference. Bush refused, costing the lives of 100’s of 1000’s. Iraq. Stolen pension/ira/401k’s. Corrupt incompetence costing billions yearly. Times 8 years. & the debt came from where? This is all commonly found info. The problem is, spin is sexy. But it makes 1 look… well, not very smart, by using spin instead of facts…

          • ObozoMustGo

            Facts: Obozo has increased national debt by 5 TRILLION DOLLARS in 3.5 years. You can’t complain about Bush raising debt and give Obozo a pass on doing 10x worse. Can’t have it both ways you dope!

          • JSquercia

            When you are in is a Recession (caused by Republican Policies of Deregulation ) you are going to run deficits because Tax Revenues are down due to Unemployment and Counter Cyclical spending (Unemployment ,Food stamps etc) is up. Bush cut taxes while wagging two unpaid for wars. A huge difference

          • ObozoMustGo

            JS… Your crack pipe is waiting for you!

            Have a nice day!

      • metrognome3830

        See. What did I tell you people. You give Obozo the opening and now you and Bongo are leftist idiots, morons . . . he and/or she will do it every time. Ignore him.

    • bongo1234

      Unless we want our children to end up being janitors for the Koreans, for Siemens and the like, we need to invest. That’s what businesses do. They invest more than they spend, so they can grow. One good way to grow is to invest in education. Another is to keep money in the pockets of people who actually spend it. That’s what helps countries come out of recessions. This fact may be inconvenient, but it’s a fact of the sort that is cleverly hidden in books. It isn’t liberal fact, or a conservative fact. It’s just a fact.
      The notion that cutting spending in a recession is good policy is actively promulgated on the right. But it is economics 101 that cutting spending in a recession is exactly what you don’t want to do. In a recession you want to spend, because when you spend each dollar spent has the stimulative force of two. Bob takes his car to Frank to get it fixed. Frank buys an apple from Mary. Mary buys a tractor and plow her field, and then with the money she makes on her crop, she hires Harry to build her a house. It’s worth thinking about that.
      I agree with you that a bozo must go. Question is, who is the bozo? In my view the bozo is the guy who gets his ideas from millionaires like Limbaugh, and billionaires like Murdoch, who want to bankrupt the country we live in so they can up everything cheap. One way of doing that is keeping people stupid about their own interests, by making it harder for people to go to school.
      My advice? Less invective. More reading. Take the time to actually think.

      • ObozoMustGo

        Bongo… what kind of idiot are you? Oh yeah, a leftist idiot, that’s what kind. Your little rambling diatribe was a a painful reminder of just how stupid you nutjobs on the left really are. You actually believe that “stimulus spending” has a multiplier effect of 200%? Not even Obozo and Christine Romer (Econ chair at the time) believed that. Most useful idiots that believe in Keynesian theory dont believe that much of a multiplier effect.

        Further there is NO SUCH THING AS STIMULUS! NONE! NADA! Its a scam like the old shell game. You dummies that still think JM Keynes was correct have ZERO capacity to think. Where does government get the money it spends? From taxes, from borrowing, or from simply printing money. It does not get money in any other way. So, when government spends money it does not have, what happens? We have debt. Who pays the debt? That’s right, ultimately, taxpayers must pay the debt with the earnings from productive work. So, in the end, the government is actually spending OUR money and calling it “stimulus” when we, in the end, must pay for it anyway. In other words, they spend my future earnings that I then have to pay them back for when it would have been better to have no debt. What kind of idiot thinks this is a good deal? Only leftist nutjob idiots think this is a good deal.

        And in your little example, “Bob takes his car to Frank”, where did Bob get the money to buy the car in the first place? AN EMPLOYER GAVE HIM HIS JOB! All of you leftist nutjobs think of only the demand side of economics when in reality, it takes both demand side and supply side. And taking earnings from one person who earned it, skimming most off the top for the political machine and bureacracy, and giving the scraps of what’s left to the supposed common man so he can have money to “demand” things is the most ludicrous and stupid thoughts that anyone can have. You really have to be a complete MORON to think this way.

        Do us and yourself a favor… DONT EVER START AND RUN A BUSINESS. You’ll be one of those losers asking for taxpayer bailouts.

        So when it comes to thinking, bongo, my hunch is that you’ve been hitting the bong a great deal more than you’ve been thinking or reading…. I’m just sayin…

        Have a nice day!

        • Well, can I get a job then? Please?

          • ObozoMustGo

            Clyde, I genuinely wish that I could help you. Truth is that REAL unemployment numbers are way higher than what Obozo keeps touting. Can you believe it? A president that actually braggs about 8% + unemployment? What a disaster. Real unemployment is somewhere near 15% if you are looking at U6 Numbers, the truest measure of unemployment.

            The surest way for you to have opportunity for a job Clyde is to have more and more employers competing for your services, Clyde.

            I dont know what you do, but IF YOU REALLY WANT WORK, go to South Dakota or anywhere the shale gas and oil boom is occuring. They have negative unemployment in those areas and they are paying near 6 figure salaries for many positions. This is especially true if you can work on heavy equipment or have a similar skill. Go where the work is, man.

            Best of luck to you in your job search efforts, Clyde.

            Have a nice day!

        • JSquercia

          Yeah those Wall Street Traders who crashed the Economy (due to deregulation and non-enforcement) REALLY DESERVED all those big BUCKS they paid themselves.
          They make up BS investment vehicles and trade them like S&H green stamps . Take Credit Default Swaps : What they are is basically Insurance : but if they called it Insurance they would have to set aside reserves to pay off the Insured Party .So they didn’t set up any reserves and when they were overwhelmed with claims they couldn’t pay (see AIG) they turned to the Government to BAIL them out.
          There should be NO such thing as an enterprise that is Too Big to FAIL.
          Yet instead of making the big banks smaller they were allowed to get bigger. I believe 5 Banks control 60% of the deposits in the country.
          Do what the Swedes did break them up and then RESTORE Glass Steagall which kept us safe from the kind of stuff we’ve seen lately for some 50 years
          You seem obsessed with Drugs some might call that PROJECTION

          • ObozoMustGo

            JS… Put your crack pipe down and relax. You and I agree on no bailouts for anyone. The threat of failure is a powerful motivator for mitigating risk. Unfortunately, the fact that Wall St. and the politicians on BOTH sides of the aisle have been too far intertwined for too long. As to Glass-Steagle, Clinton repealed that. Wrongly I might add.

            So while you’re on the left and I’m on the right, we pretty much agree except for the fact that most lefties are loathe to criticize government.

            Have a nice day!

      • metrognome3830

        Why do some of you people keep insisting on replying to Obozo. I keep telling you he is a paid troll. He operates off a sheet of talking points from the Tea Partty. Whatever the subject, he is against it. The only reply you will get from him will be to call you an idiot, or he will impugn your patriotism. He is totally impervious to any common sense comment or any kind of put-down. He has no honor or pride.

      • Very well said my friend. It is always sound advice to speak your mind–even if your voice shakes.

  • 8294

    No way Mitch and Company would allow this bill to come to a vote. It threatens their constituency, aka the “job killers”. This students and their parents are the REAL JOB CREATORS. They return the money they borrow to the marketplace. The 1% invest in derivatives and leveraged buyouts, etc., not job creation. Mitch thinks it’s better to pay for education loans by denying women, children, the elderly preventative health care. Who ends up paying that bill? Us the JOB CREATORS. Who are these people and how did they steal my country?

  • Unbelievable!! How can the GOP possibly believe they can win elections this coming November with this kind of negative obstructionist voting.?

    • Mitch Mac and Bushon are 2 of many dumb asses in Washington that need to be replaced..VOTE BOTH OF OUT!!!!!!!!!

  • Dam GOP crooked thieves are at it again!

    • Michael P Reed Sr.

      its no better then the democrats giving our hard earned money away tp illegals and welfare bums either. we in the middle get screwed.

      • Melvin Miller

        Who are the welfare bums? Check your stats before you step out!

      • Seems to me the welfare bums are the 1% who are going to benefit at the expense of all the students and parents thereof who lose here.

      • thank God you’ve got the GI Bill helping you pay cost while in school (isn’t that another Gov. give-away). how many times did you get damn neared/ almost byuythe farm for this privilege. didn’t they teach you economics in school. in America 10%have 90% of the wealth. ten burgers ten guys one guy gets nine burgers leaving the other nine guys to fight over the last burger. you and your family are part of the nine. we struggle together. or do you drive a $70,000 car wearing a $2,000 dollar suits getting $100 dollar hair cuts.

  • sickofrwlies

    Don’t be out foxed by the likes of a paid poster such as “ObozoMustgo”

    • IBMaxine

      The simple fact that he resorts to childish name-calling indicates a person who does not think like an adult. Is it that hard to put forth your opinions without resorting to toddler like behaviour?

  • 101strac

    Please God, this november, an across the board Democratic rout.

  • gsdmaddie

    I think I may just cast my votes to whichever side does the least ‘creative’ name calling this November. From what I have observed so far the democrats will be getting my vote.

  • That the Republicans would block this is unbelievable. That voters, students, and parents of those who rely on student loans in order to obtain an EDUCATION, would not see this as the fundamental betrayal that it is is also unbelievable.

    Education should be free to those who want it, but as that’s too much of a leftist leap for most of us to take, cheap loans should be available for those who need help getting that education in hopes of a better future.

    • ObozoMustGo

      JM…. What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS purposely passed the original bill so that the rate would go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is.

      Have a nice day!

      • The One

        OMG,

        You have a broken record. Like you Reptards, it needs replacing!

      • JSquercia

        You mean like the Debt Ceiling that Boehner is talking about holding hostage again. Incidentally with their recent vote to increase Military Budget beyond what was requested Republicans broke their pledge made when the last increase was agreed to.
        BTW WHAT is the Republican JOBS Program ? It seems as if it a return to the very policies that crashed the economy in the FIRST place. If tax cuts favoring the wealthy WORKED wouldn’t we be awash in jobs by now.
        When was the last time we ran a SURPLUS that would be under Clinton. So lets return to THOSE pre Bush tax rates

        • ObozoMustGo

          Hey dummy… There should be NO increase in the debt ceiling ever again. It already exceeds GDP and is at dangerously high levels. What you leftist nutjobs forget is that if the financial markets begin to question our ability to pay, interest rates go up. And when interest rates go up, our national budget will explode in interest payments. Then your valued socialist programs will disappear. And we will be Greece on steroids. You leftist nutjobs need to wake up and face reality.

          Have a nice day!

  • This is ridiculous how can the live with themselves ,it hurts any student trying to get an education .The GOP are a bunch of fools for killing this bill it’s all about what they can do next to hurt Obama and the people who put them there .Well all i can say is November is coming and this is a good point to keep GOP out of Washington.They are the most selfish group and their kids don’t have to worry about paying student loans the parents have the money to pay for college. OMG !!!!

    • ObozoMustGo

      Chon…. You need to grow up and learn what is really happening before your eyes. This whole issue is a complete planned distraction and DemocRATic ploy to buy your vote and it was calculated years ago. You are a pawn in their political games.

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

      • rustacus21

        As everything is a distraction 2 U, I understand why U can’t see that whenever conservatives are in office (Congress or the executive), socio/political/economic disasters follow. W/OUT FAIL!!! But it’s the voters who can’t tell, to paraphrase, the N. end of a jacka@$ heading S., who deliver the nation – & in this case, innocent children, in2 the jaws of blood sucking gouls…

        • ObozoMustGo

          Rusty…. I see that u r still sucking on that crack pipe!

      • highpckts

        Wrong again! It’s a political ploy for both sides! Mitch McConnel when he was elected said that his first order of business was to get rid of Obama! The Dems put together a bill knowing full well it will never pass. That way they can both say that they tried! What bunch of slight of hand! It’s all about one upmanship in this horrible election year!!

        • ObozoMustGo

          high… Kudos to you for spotting the game, in general. But you cant say that this was NOT a completely set up DemocRATic ploy from the beginning. The trap was laid when the dems controlled BOTH houses of Congress with fillabuster proof majority in the Senate. That’s a FACT! So the Republicans, seeking to avoid the trap, placed a sensibile requirement that the $7B they would lose in revenue would be replaced with $7B in reduced spending elsewhere. That is compeltely reasonable.

          I’m not saying that the R’s dont lay political traps. Both parties do it. But I am saying that this was clearly, from the beginning a few years ago, a DumbocRAT party trap and they’ve been caught doing it by people like me. I will continue to spread the truth where ever I see it being assaulted like in this pre-written hit piece from the useful idiots at The Memo.

          Have a nice day!

          • The One

            OMG,

            You better get some fresh material. You’re running far behind in the “Like” column, just like you will run behind in November!

          • ObozoMustGo

            Hey The Dumb One… I dont come to this sea of leftist insanity to be liked. I come to have fun poking useful idiots like you in the eyes and spreading some truth around where none existed before.

            Go find your Occupy encampment, you bum!

            Have a nice day!

          • JSquercia

            Democrats NEVER had a filibuster proof majority .the Blue dog Democrats were always a problem and for damn near a year Minnesota had only ONE Senator .
            The way cloture works is that any non voting Senator is treated as a NO vote. Let’s return to the old filibuster rules where you had to HOLD the Floor. Far fewer filibusters under those rules. You shouldn’t need 60 votes to pass anything and we didn’t used to. Medicare passed with 55 votes and the Clinton tax rates were passed when Vice President Gore cast the deciding vote.

          • ObozoMustGo

            Dude, you’re way too much into the kool aide of the dems. When u start dividing dems by blue dogs, u r becoming a party useful idiot!

      • Where did you receive your education from? Dear God, another conspiracy theorist!

        Being all about money…when is enuf? Instead of education, I think I will build a car lift inside of my new house! I think everyone will understand success then!

        • ObozoMustGo

          John… political manuevering and election year traps are NOT conspiracy theories you idiot. It’s standard fare in DC. We already know you’re a leftist nutjob. Dont lead us to conclude you’re also a complete moron….. wait…. that’s right… the 2 go hand in hand. Sorry!

          Have a nice day!

    • rustacus21

      EXACTLY!!! This is all about hurting – THIS President, WE the people, innocent children, who haven’t even lived, but are (about to go) in debt already!? Conservative gouls are always looking for blood to suck & considering they’re STILL covering for the criminals who brought down the U.S. & European (w/toxic dirivatives, etc.) economies, the real question is why are WE, the people, letting them!??!

  • stacie monahan

    I am currently a student and a subsidized loan holder. I really am not surprised at all that the republicans used there majority rule on this, because this is how they [republicans]play their backroom games! Using such excuses as this is a campaign ploy is utter nonsense! I am so angry at the way both sides are acting it is like two groups of toddlers fighting over the slide! I wish real everyday hard-working Americans could run for office and actually be taken seriously, because at this point I would vote for my Health and Wellness instructor way before either one of these guys! I hope I can still finish my education that I am paying for myself, I don’t have any family to back me up! I do this all on my own, as do many other college students, and we deserve more than this bull^&**.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Stacie…. You need to grow up and learn what is really happening before your eyes. This whole issue is a complete planned distraction and DemocRATic ploy to buy your vote and it was calculated years ago. You are a pawn in their political games.

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

      • Yeah, right! Who knew what 2012 would bring? How many years ago was that change made? And even so what does this have to do with people like Stacie! Is it her fault that some legislation was passed God only know how many years before today? No, Obozo, you have to grow up! The only reason the Republicans are hindering this bill is because they want Obama to fail and they want the health care reform bill, passed by our Congress, to fail! Why can’t you be honest and simply admit it! What a reason to punish the Stacies in our great country!

        • ObozoMustGo

          The problem today is that the Stacie’s of the world actually believe that it’s ok for them to expect others to pay for their wants and needs. That it’s ok to live off the labor of someone else. The entitlement mentality is destroying America and u leftist nutjobs like it that way.

          • The One

            OMG,

            Isn’t that exactly what the rich do, live off the labor of someone else. You’re the ones with an entitlement mentality, and you want it all!

            What a bunch of frauds!

          • ObozoMustGo

            Hey The Dumb One… if you cant see a difference between providing investment in either sweat and time or money that creates employment opportunities for people to work, and a bum that does nothing but get their needs addressed by virtue of the fact that they breath, then I know which side of the ledger you fall on to.

            In light of the fact that we know that you are a parasite, dont you have an Occupy encampment you can go to so you can rape some chicks, burn some buildings, throw bricks from rooftops, do some LSD or shrooms, and maybe crap on a cop car?

            Have a nice day!

          • JSquercia

            It seems its OK for others to pay for your wants and needs if you’re a Wall Street banker and No ONE seems to have a problem with THAT

          • ObozoMustGo

            Dude, you’re a jealous moron that understands nothing and thinks he knows everything.

      • JSquercia

        Yes their latest vote to increase defense spending beyond what was requeted was indeed FISCALLY responsible

        • ObozoMustGo

          Defense IS the primary function of the fed government.

    • rustacus21

      But it won’t be until we start kicking their butts out of office, that they’ll come honestly in ebeyence to OUR commands! Starting w/conservatives (obviously), they pick on those least able to understand &/or defend themselves. Recall should be the mantra for the next decade. Liberal/Progressives – NOT Democrats or Republicans, are representing WE, the people, in conjunction w/the Constitution. Conservatives don’t have the capacity to understand complexities like the Social Contract, Democracy, justice, opportunity, Liberty, or anything else that creates equality among a nation of ‘PEERS’, in a Democratic context. This is who we are, by virtue of OUR Constitution. Realizing this makes representative government that much more a reality…

  • I graduated in 1999. My student loan rate is 2.75%. Clearly, I did not major in finance, because I really can’t figure out how anyone is “losing” by my paying more than $1000 a year in interest. My daughter was offered a student loan at 8.9%. I laughed and rejected it, considering I had lower interest rates on my credit cards!!!

  • mncold

    The GOP doesn’t care about students, the middle class, women, children – just so their “rich” buddies don’t get an extra cent of tax. Anyone seeing this party as anything but “diaster” needs to rethink.

    • ObozoMustGo

      mn… dont be an idiot. What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

      • aaastickit

        stick it in your ear Britch

      • Could you please give us the congressional record source where you get the information as to the change in the student loan interest rate by the Democrats? I can’t find any information to support your claim! And even so, now the Republicans punish students because of their hatred for the Democrats…grow up Obozo…Sounds more like the Republican bubble to me! (Bill Maher’s Republican Bubble)

        • ObozoMustGo

          Look up the facts about the bill that cut the student loan rate in half. It was 6.8 and is now 3.4. How did it get that way? Is it just coincidence? No!

  • Michael P Reed Sr.

    Thats it mitch give in to big business. again. those rich sobs can afford a little extra tax. I am sick and tired of robber baron republicans giving in to the rich as much as I am sick of the marxist/socialist democracts taking all my money to give away to illegals and welfare bums.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Well said, Airman! We’ve been getting screwed by both parties for years. I will say on this one, though, you’re not getting the whole story from the leftist Memo. We rarely EVER do. This site is nothing more than a bunch of Obozo water carriers doing his bidding.

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

      • rustacus21

        … & its not the parties, but the ignorant voters who can’t tell the difference between lies, truth & spin…

        • ObozoMustGo

          No response to the truth that the whole thing was a political ploy by the leftist nutjobs in congress with Obozo.

    • rustacus21

      Prove where it’s being given away then? Conservatives did this 2 U & the rest of us & U ought to be adult enuff to admit U’r error in voting conservative (2000, 2004, 2006, 2008?), allowing them to steal the nations treasure as well, obviously, as being robbed of its common sense! Marism/socialism exist only in the fantasies of ignorant fox/limbaugh/hannity consumers. If U had any understanding of YOUR Constitution, U would know how pathetic a proposition it is that some 1 could get away w/what only conservative voters have been able to so far do (between 2001-2009). Hopefully, U’r studying for a career that will allow U 2 better determine the honesty, virtue & values in human beings, instead of trusting in human-like monsters, that make war 4 no reason & steal from the already poor…

    • Mitch this is how I deal with the two! Do you include all the subsidies and tax breaks for the rich and corporations in your “welfare bums” category? If not, why not? Why do you call food stamps welfare and not oil company subsidies welfare? Also do you include Social Security recipients as “welfare bums”? I want to remind you that I am 70 years old and for 50 years I and my employer paid for this insurance and I think I am entitled now to to reap the benefit for my insurance. That is about 1o00 US per month! Do you live on that amount? I agree that those “robber barons” stole money from the trust fund! Why don’t the Republicans pay back the IOU’s they placed in the SS trust fund?

  • vote the GOPs out the only way to stop this madness and attack on the middle class. We all wish we had 43 million a year to pay for our problems like Mitt but we don’t you got to vote them out to stand firm on this craziness attack on work people.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Pam…Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • Mr McConnell. I hear they’ve got prime land in a warm climate called Hades, you SOB !!!

  • Mr McConnell. I hear they’ve got prime land in a warm place called Hades, you SOB !!!

    • ObozoMustGo

      wolfy… Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • Nov 6 2012. we need to set a new record.
    “National Voter Turnout in Federal Elections; 1960-2010” Those numbers are not their fault, they’re ours.

    2010;
    37.8% of the people in this country that could legally vote, voted.
    Look up how many NEW members of Congress that were elected in 2010 are Millionaires.
    That’s not their fault.

    Over the last 52 years, the highest number of citizens of this country that could legally vote bothered to was 52 years ago. 63.1%
    At this point, I don’t even care who you vote for, It’s our country, not theirs,
    WAY to many people, both sides have forgotten that.
    Nov. 6 2012 VOTE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • rustacus21

      … but don’t just vote – vote LIBERAL/PROGRESSIVE!!! This is our Constitutional heritage. This is OUR nation’s foundations. This is THE only way to show our true patriotism & HONOR those who made American Democracy possible in the 1st place!!! We are obligated to FORCE our representatives to do as WE, their BOSSES, order them 2 do. As their ‘LEADERS’, if we don’t lead, who will?!

      • Rustacus : “Progressive Party” ? Really ?? ! Do you even know that the “progressive Party” is the “Communist Party ” ?? !! It’s from the “Nazi’s Party” , You know “Hitler” ? They want to “control” everything you do so they can lie to you ( they own most radio,TV Stations) and get stupid fools to further their “Communist Agenda”. All these “communists” were trying to do was make the Republicans look like fools “If they passed this Bill”. Please “read” the Article. There is more than one way to “keep student loans interest rates lower”. Just because this is “the wrong way” doesn’t mean the Republicans and “Smart Democrats” “Non-Communist, Non-(Progressive) can’t pass a lot better Bill, that does the same thing. “Rich ? Republicans” have children in college too , you know. Did you also know many more Democrats are “Really Rich” than Republicans ? You need to get your “Real Facts” corrected.

        • ObozoMustGo

          Hey Constitution! Nice to see another sensible conservative fighting with me in a sea of leftist insanity. And rustacus21 is the ring leader with a crack pipe in his mouth. Reading some of his stuff is very difficult because it’s so disjointed. He’s very young and stupid. Indoctrinated at the finest letist monastary (aka University) around. Keep smacking him in the face, though. He actually likes it.

          And keep fighting the good fight!

          Have a nice day!

  • Once a month I am going to count every post by Obozo and then give $5 to the Democratic National Campaign Committee for each of his posts. If you would all join me – we can turn Obozo into a powerful “aggregator” of funds that will be targeted toward taking back the House and holding the Senate. Then we won’t have to play their games any more.

    • rustacus21

      I’m w/this & will do also!!!

    • ObozoMustGo

      No need to do that. Criminal Jon Corzine has that covered since Holder the thug has his B
      butt covered.

  • aaastickit

    aaastickit

  • aaastickit

    The Rich Repuicks get their money from us little people so they can give their kids a free schooling subsidized by us. we work our AR$$$$ of for petientence and no health care because they won’t more money to build up their bank role and we can’t tell them what they can make per hour. No on not even GOD is worth $56000 a day

  • aaastickit

    didn’t you know that the Great states of Repuick (aka Repubic) Arizona and Texas give aid to the illegals in the form of education and medical ask Perry

  • Does anyone believe that if the GOP gets control of the Senate that the threshold to advance a bill will continue to be 60 votes? Seriously? A majority is no longer a majority vote in the Senate, and we have experienced years of minority rule in that fractured body. It was not that long ago that the Vice President of the USA (Cheney) cast the 51st vote on an important piece of legislation. How soon we forget.

  • tankworm

    It appears that the The Welfare Bum’s are now the priviledged few. Any country that fails to invest in it’s children fails their future. As well not protect the elderly disrespects the sacrifices of those who have gone before us. How selfish we have become.

    • ObozoMustGo

      worm… Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • GOP does not want anyone else to be smarter then they are, so they do not want a way to educate our children that can’t afford tuition without getting a loan.
    South Africa here we come

  • rustacus21

    This title says it all: ‘GOP Struggles…’ w/this policy, that & the other. Question then – what good are they, since they seem perplexed & confounded by Democracy? This is the safety net (education), in case they hadn’t heard. This is the guarantee that kids going to school won’t have to delay families, live in their parents basements, be denied secure, hi-paying jobs b/c of their “CREDIT”, but even more importantly, they won’t be seduced by the evils of conservative greed, selling their souls, in order to have money enuff to pay off student loan debt. As I’ve said often, conservatives have no idea what Democracy means &/or how it works!!! We know what side they were on during the Revolutionary War; the Civil War; during the jim crow era; during the Women’s Sufferage Movement; during Civil (Human) Rights; when did they EVER get ANYTHING correct, in relation to Democracy? Why Americans are so confused & immobilized is a pathetic disgrace, if we allow them to give cover to the same criminal elements (bankers/speculators) that brought down the national (& international/European) economy & allow them to do the same to innocent, ambitious ‘CHILDREN’!!! Comments here reflect an unusually bizarre unfamiliarity w/the unjust, evil & class/money-obsessed habits of conservatives. This is no debate. All of U’r Congress-persons should know U disagree w/’penalizing’ CHILDREN for having the ambition to be enlightened, just like mine have known since this proposed criminal action became public!!!

    • ObozoMustGo

      rusty… Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • Jon

    SEE!! This is just one of many (side with the rich) Pub philosophies that we will have to contend with if the GOP takes over the W.H.

  • Diogenes67

    Another win for the Democrats who didn’t vote in November 2010 because Obama wasn’t liberal enough.

  • richard moore

    once again the GOP (reverse robin hood) attempt to take from the poor and give to the wealthy. I live in Ky and am I ever sick of Mitch Mcconnell and his smug squirrel like glare into the camera. If the people of Ky elect him again they are without a brain.Ditch Mitch I say

    • ObozoMustGo

      richie… Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

      • The One

        ObozoMustGo,
        Spoken like a true member of “The villains, Thieves and Pirates Union”! The Reptards don’t want to pay for anything, unless they can blame someone else for spending the money. Funny thing that every time you say “Now for a dose of truth”, we wind up getting more BS dumped on the middle class. You guys aren’t fooling anybody with your lies, because no one believes you! You lose in November, Bozo!

  • Bubbadave

    I really wish the Republicans weren’t bought off by big money and do what is right for the Nation instead of the 187 families that have bought them off. I used to be a Republican until George W. sold out to the rich fuckers.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Bubba… Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • How about taking the money for this bill from the subsidies paid to the oil companies each year? Why does it always have to be taken from the poor? The rich will no suffer from funds taken from the health care program, they can afford their own insurance. The Republican congressmen don’t have to worry about the new health care plan, they have their own!

    • ObozoMustGo

      Robbie…. Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • dd92025

    Education is so important to our national defense and viability as a first world country that it should be free to all with the brains and will to succeed!

    • ObozoMustGo

      Now there’s a new idea coming from a leftist nutjob idiot! Free education. Free food. Free housing. Free everything. Just make the rich people pay for it all, right, dd? What a frigging moron you are. Who pays for running the colleges and who pays the teachers you dope?

      Dont you have an Occupy encampment to go to, dd? Surely, you can go down there and find plenty of stuff to mooch. If you’re a chick, you can enjoy getting raped and if you’re a dude, find a cop car to go crap on, will you!

      Have a nice day!

  • dik

    Didn’t President Obama already raid the same health care plan to fund one of his pet projects?

    Dik Thurston
    Colorado Springs

    • No. The health care plan IS Obama’s project.

      • ObozoMustGo

        SBE… I’m reasonably certain that you are about as dumb as you look! 😉

        Have a nice day!

    • ObozoMustGo

      dik… you cant talk too much sense around these parts. This is a sea of leftist insanity on The Memo. Be careful.

      Have a nice day!

  • Typical republican bs

    • ObozoMustGo

      Davey…. Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • Can you believe that McConnell really said this? “Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained that his caucus objected to the $6 billion bill because it would raise revenue by increasing the payroll taxes of high-earning stockholders of public corporations. He dismissed the bill as “campaign material” that was introduced as a “a way to drive a wedge between Republicans and a constituency that they’re looking to court ahead of November’s elections.”

  • Not really. McConnell himself said that his party blocked the bill because it would offend the rich people whom the Republicans are now courting. How much plainer can the message be?

  • Here’s where McConnell says, Yes, they did block the bill: “Republican Majority Leader Mitch McConnell explained that his caucus objected to the $6 billion bill because it would raise revenue by increasing the payroll taxes of high-earning stockholders of public corporations. He dismissed the bill as “campaign material” that was introduced as a “a way to drive a wedge between Republicans and a constituency that they’re looking to court ahead of November’s elections.”

  • You are wrecking this discussion. Please go away. Thank you!

    • ObozoMustGo

      Here you go SB…. How about a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • Republicans and Democrats both professed to want to extend the current interest rate. The problem is that the Republicans don’t want to tax the 1% to pay for it. The US is falling behind in education. We constantly hear that we need more educated workers to compete in a global economy. That’s OK we can just hand out more H1B visas and forget about educating Americans.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Hey Cat… the US is NOT falling behind in education because we dont spend enough money or because the interest rate on a $4200 loan goes up. NO NO NO!!!! We spend more on education per student than ANY OTHER nation in the world, and it’s not even close. Dont be such a useful idiot of the left.

      Have a nice day!

  • Kansan

    “7.4 million students use the Stafford Subsidized loan program to borrow an average of more than $4,200 a year. If Congress can’t reach a solution, their interest rates will double from 3.4 percent to 6.8 percent.”

    Not to worry. With the disenfranchisement initiatives, i.e., “Real I.D.” acts (in Texas you can use your concealed carry permit to vote, but not your student I.D.), and threats (in Maine, out of staters going to a four-year college were threatened with voter fraud if they registered there instead of the states from which they came).

    So who cares, if the interest goes up? They probably will be largely prevented from voting anyway.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Hey Kan… Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • wake up America!! the republicans/the rich elitist will and can do may destructive thing to bring us to our knees in and effort to gain control. it’s not about Obama first or Romney first it should be the PEOPLE first.

  • The students have nothing to do with this crap. It is not about the students at all. The right serves the rich and only cares about making sure this president fails. And the victims are: working poor, kids trying to get an education, middle class families. Not much statesmanship to be found in this crop of crap slingers on the right.

    • ObozoMustGo

      Al:

      The “right” doesnt have anything to make sure Obozo fails. He’s plenty good at doing that on his own!

      Now for a dose of truth:

      What the story doesnt tell you is that the DemocRATS, in TOTAL CONTROL OF THE CONGRESS, purposely passed the original bill to cut the rate in half from 6.8% to 3.4% and then planned for the rate to go up BEFORE the November 2012 Election. This is a perfectly set election year trap. This is nothing more than a phony political scheme that uses students as pawns in their crap laden reelection bids. That’s all this is. See it for what it is. All the Repubs wanted to do was to pay for it. They didnt block anything. They’re just trying to at least be somewhat fiscally responsible this time around.

      Have a nice day!

  • good to see that the republicans have grown up and can see farther ahead than their noses!

  • Vote full democratic ticket! Did anyone tell you that Mitt is building a new house and is putting in a car elevator so he doesn’t have to walk?

    Not against success by any means, but leaving education go to the wayside for this type of capitalism…are shi**ing me or what?

  • YOU brought up that FACT…YOU support it, YOU must know where you got it…maybe then again not.

    You are another one othem…”keep the people dumb” stay away from Universities, they teach you…here it comes…gosh…HOW TO THINK

  • United States must compete on a global level. Every nation is realizing this.

    It is the selfishness of a few that is ruining the many

  • Show the facts where you get this…I’m waiting. Why should this forum have to look it up when it is your statement, your vomit

  • What cost more? An unfunded middle Eastern war based on..WMD or Healthcare for for the american people.

    Who are the pawns? You should have got an education to think on your own what a dumba**

  • Whatever…Election day will come and it will be a democratic win in house and senate and presidency!

  • I must say that I am very impressed with your answer. I do like want to sound smug or smart, but getting an education is taking care of the greatest advantage that we counld for our country and then for ourselves.

  • ass

  • ass

  • so negative…get educated and make money!

  • The student loan issue isn’t one of bank interest. The real issue is the cost of higher education at all. We see an average Student Loan of $4200 a year an dismiss it as a norm. It is not a norm. Higher Education costs have double, trippled, and are continuing to rise completely out of site. However, here Obama and crew sit and debate about loan costs. Now isn’t that ridiculous? I think that is the whole problem with out government today, we band-aide the problem rather than discover root cause and fix it at the root. Our government is obviously too rich to care about people who may have the intelligence but not the income to move forward. How can we become the nation we were so many years ago by out sourcing off-shore? What is the reasoning behind such policies? We can provide scholarships to people off-shore but are concerned about our own people from our own country and their loan interest. Our country borrowed billions from China and we are concerned with lowering the interest of student loans. We need to start thinking about ways to lower, fuel prices, education costs, and increasing home values and the dollar value. This doesn’t take a rocket scientist and it surely doesn’t take a carpet bagger like Obama. Where is the justice? I have what I have been told an extremely high IQ, but I am being strangled by education costs and the buddy system in our country. My goals in my life will not be realized because I am not rich and my parents couldn’t afford to send me to school like many others. In high school we are hearded like cattle to provide value to our cities and towns we live in. However, maybe that is not where we want to be or do. We have been capability limited by this thinking. This needs to change.

  • usabarb4u

    I agree with McConnell this bill was political campaign fonder and the fact the GOP squashed it should tell all Americans just exactly who the republican congressmen and women work for and it is not all American citizens it is the chosen few!!! Vote Obama 2012 and let’s vote the rest of these corporate sponsors out of pical seats where they do nothing less it be for the rich!!!

  • redspin

    WTF? When will those a*holes start working for the people? Because they work for themselves and all their rich buddies and just want to keep the status quo and everyone else under their fat thumbs.

  • lonewolfmn

    Really do the republicans think I’m that stupid. If Mitt Rumby (DUMBY) thinks that I should vote for him He’s Alot dumber then he looks. We saw what happened the last time we had a republican in the white house the rich got richer and the middle class got screwed. Not that the demcrats are any better. They suffer from what I would call the (robinhood syndrom) steel from not just the rich but the upper middle class and give it all away to those them deem as needy. And I’m pretty sure that does’nt include me and my family. I say we totally gut the system and start over. KILL THE POLITICAL PARTIES and work for the good of all Americans. Or is it time to move to CANADA to escape all the BS.

  • montanabill

    What a load of fly droppings! Why hasn’t Harry taken up the House passed Student Loan bill? Why won’t he simply agree that if he wants to spend more money, then he has to cut from somewhere else? Every single time Harry comes up with some legislation it always has a cost to it and his answer is always the same, ‘raise taxes’. We have a spending problem, Harry, not a revenue problem.

    • stacie monahan

      I don’t remeber ever asking anyone to pay for anything for me obozgo or whatever you call yourself! I pay for what i need all by myself. I will not explain anything else to you or any other right wing racist! For you to even say that about me is ridiculous, and I would love to know where in my post am I asking for any handouts what so ever? This is a decussion about a student loan tax that is going to make it almost impossible for me to finish my eduacation, beacause I pay for it myself!!! So please do not presume to act like you know one damn thing about ME!