It looks like getting your college education subsidized will now become a new ‘right’ across the land. Neither party is willing to let student loan interest rates increase automatically as they were supposed to. As a taxpayer, I want the government out of the student loan business (among many other businesses they are in), but as long as they want to play lenders (recall the last time they tried that in real estate) with my money, I want to be able to have a say what areas of study that I and fellow taxpayers will fund. Most certainly I don’t want to be on the hook for defaulted loans by people whose majors only qualified them to gainfully ask ‘... and would you like fries with that?’ after graduation.
On the whole, our post-high school education system is a mess, which is just a continuation of the mess our high school system is in. Both secondary and post-secondary school systems are scam operations on the national weal, each costing an arm and a leg, and delivering little brains.
But the President has now made student loans one of his campaign issues since he cannot run on his record. Speaking of which, the latest poll has 49% of Americans wanting to overturn Obamacare, and 38% wanting to keep it. The latter have no idea what’s in the legislation, and don’t really care because it just adds on to the other freebies that they already get from taxpayers.
The other big item brought up by the President is to garner the Hispanic vote by demagoguery on the illegal alien issue. As I have repeatedly argued, the tragic mislabeling of the illegal entrants as illegal immigrants has totally muddied the debate and allowed the leftwing to bamboozle the lightweights with statements like Sen Dick Durbin's (D-IL) recent wail that the Republicans (especially in Arizona) are “considering people as criminals just because of their immigration status.” Well hello Dick! We should consider them criminals because according to our laws, illegal entrants and aliens are. And that sumbich regularly raises his hand to uphold the Constitution.
All of this doesn’t seem to be playing as well with the Hispanics because as of yesterday 45% of them support Arizona’s legislation to allow it to enforce federal law on illegal aliens. 43% don’t support it. When all of our citizens are tallied, the support goes to 62%, and opposed are 27%.
Finally, on the anniversary of the Bin Laden hit we are still not allowed to see the photos that the Seal Team took of the raghead after they dispatched him. Why? Because it "may offend" some sensitive Muslims. No one stops to consider that the willing exercise of power is the ONLY thing that the Islamists understand and respect. And no one in the administration cares about the ongoing assaults and atrocious murders of Christians and Jews that continue wherever Muslims dominate. No one checked to see how sensitive I was to the pictures of Danny Pearl’s decapitation, and I suspect that no one cares to this day.
But we are told to celebrate the “gutsy decision” the President made to take down the world’s foremost terrorist leader and accomplished enemy of the United States. I am still puzzled about what part of that decision was gutsy, save the consideration of his political ass had the mission failed. Last I saw, the man was still holding the title of our Commander-in-Chief. Under the circumstances, what was he supposed to do?
However, the bottom line on this issue in this political season is President Obama's declaration that he won't politicize the Bin Laden killing, while at the same time claiming that Romney changed his mind and is now telling people that he too would have authorized the assassination raid.
Meanwhile, let's all enjoy the display of socialist solidarity that the Occupiers have promised us across the country on this annual celebration of international collectivism.
[update] The news is in about California’s April revenues – state socialists surprised (again). Turns out that corporate and personal income revenues have come in with a substantial shortfall from Moonbeam’s predictions. The ‘rich’, on whom the state depends and promises to punish even more, are disappearing in greater numbers than anticipated ($2B fewer dollars last month from them alone). Those who stay are reconfiguring their accounts to avoid confiscatory taxation. The numbers on corporations are not in yet, but they have done all they can to either vamoose or move their earnings across the state line.
This sideshow is a continuing illustration of the progressive stasist mindset – raising taxes doesn’t matter, nobody will change their behavior. RR readers have been advised of and discussing the realworld for the past five years, so no one here should be surprised. Review assignment – Joel Kotkin’s ‘The Great California Exodus’. But all said and done, don’t you wonder who are these faithful dumbasses whom the Sacramento Democrats continue to target with their BS?
[updated, one mo' time] The Occupiers across the land, no matter how misguided in their protests, appear to protesting peacefully, and for that they are to be commended. They have every right to get out there and proclaim their message. It would be heartening to see them get a clue and put some people in front of the Capitol and the White House. In the meantime, I'm showing my solidarity with the working man (with or w/o external plumbing) by doing some serious shopping this afternoon at local establishments so that they can continue providing jobs to these nebishes.