Search This Blog

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

We Don't Need No Edukashin

Far be it for me to pick on the fairer sex, especially on their looks but every once in a while I feel I have to descend into the mire when the persona behind the mugshot is even more nauseating.  Rep. Virginia Foxx (NC bigot party) deserves the accolade.  She chairs the House Committee on Higher Education with a level of contempt that says higher education is doomed. 

On the G. Gordon Liddy radio show she said the following;

FOXX: I went through school, I worked my way through, it took me seven years, I never borrowed a dime of money. He borrowed a little bit because we both were totally on our own when we went to college, totally. [...] I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that. We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” You don’t have it dumped in your lap.

Inquiring minds want to know, where and when did she graduate and what did she study? Dinosaur husbandry? Try working your way through college today with tuition outpacing even health care costs in inflation.  Her hypocrisy runs deep and wide, having gone to bat for the 'for profit' on-line college world where almost 80% of students get government subsidized student loans.  Using often illegal sales pitches for profit colleges make up 50% of all student loan defaults despite enrolling only 10% of higher education students.   25% of students at these schools default within 3 years, most without a degree after being suckered in by high pressure sales tactics which promise far more than the school can deliver.

Attempts to reign in these abuses have been few and far between thanks to resistance from the GOP.  These colleges are more than happy to take some of their government subsidized revenue and spend it freely on lobbyists to make sure those Federal dollars keep rolling in. 

She sponsored the satirical tome otherwise known as the 'Protecting Academic Freedom in Higher Education Act.' to give cover to the aforementioned colleges.  In the press release she used the 'use at every opportunity available' GOP 'reduce job killing regulations' phrase to make sure everyone knows which side she's on.

She's branched out into full-on birtherism, no subsidized contraception for sluts and this classic quote:

“The Republican plan will] make sure we bring down the cost of health care for all Americans and that ensures affordable access for all Americans and is pro-life because it will not put seniors in a position of being put to death by their government.”

If she's referring to the original Republican health care plan put out by the Heritage Foundation in 1994 that eventually became the blueprint for Obamacare, she's 100% correct but I suspect that isn't what she's referring to.

Why is this scowling mien relevant today?  Interest on student loans is due to double from 3.4% to 6.8% in a couple of months which will guarantee a huge spike in loan defaults considering today's thriving job market for college graduates.  We all know the GOP will eventually cave on this politically suicidal mission.  The real issue is how to pay for it  The Democrats want to pay for it by closing a tax loophole that allows wealthy professionals like doctors and lawyers avoid paying any payroll taxes.  Ironically the loophole is called The Edwards Loophole for the lying, cheating former North Carolina Senator, John Edwards.

The GOP Senators used the filibuster to kill that because it would punish our sacred job creators.  They would rather take it out of funding for the Prevention and Public Health fund part of the ACA which is designed to fight preventable diseases brought on by obesity and smoking, something the GOP used to support until the Democrats actually made it law.  Ironically Red states will benefit more from the law, having far higher obesity and smoking rates than sensible states.  Kill the 'Nanny State'.  We want freedom to get as fat as we want and smoke as much as we want.

Virginia Foxx is the face of the GOP's higher education values, gut public education funding at all levels and steer as much of it to the private sector as possible and lastly, why has talk radio become such a financial haven for right wing felons, bigots and hucksters like G. Gordon Liddy who falls into all three categories. 

No comments: