Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Student Loans

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Anyone following the recent trend of news and attitudes filtering out of our college campuses, has realized that something is wrong.

When you have campus authorities working to enforce liberal policy like in Michigan where Macomb Community College police tried to stop students handing out pro fossil fuel leaflets, or in Claremont where an LGBTQ camps director tweeted out that he was wary of white women and heterosexuals. You realize that the traditional function of college, to prepare each new generation of young adults to go forth and become productive members of industry, has been perverted.

With increasing restrictions on freedom of speech and thought, it seems that the only freedoms that our college faculty and administrations are willing to champion are those that come pre-approved by liberal think tanks.

According to a latest Pew Research Center study, it seems most right-thinking Americans agree. Released figures show that a whopping 58 percent of Republicans and Independents feel that our colleges are having a negative effect on the country.

These numbers represent a clear shift over the last couple of years, only two years ago 54 percent of Republicans held favorable views on our institutes of higher learning. So what’s changed?

Well, to start with it seems conservative thought and ideology is being increasingly pushed to the margins of college society. When faculty demographics tell you that in the South liberal professors outnumber conservatives 3 to 1 and on the East Coast by a staggering 6 to 1, is it any wonder that there’s no longer any place for informed dissent.

While our campuses push inexorably leftwards, and words like “safe space”, “trigger warning” and “cultural appropriation” becoming running mantras of the millennial youth. The student more interested in fact and figures, learning rather than feeling is left to his own devices to find real alternative thought.

This capacity for pushing against ideas pushed by establishment bodies is echoed in Republican attitudes towards the media. For many of us the last election was a wakeup call to the various agendas being pushed by those in the mainstream, the same poll shows that 85% of Republicans now voice negative opinions about the media as a result.

Those of us looking to take a stand against the liberal indoctrination strategies being employed through our Colleges and media, bear a duty to speak out against the silencing of conservative voice and opinion. For parents of college students and for the many students themselves who number the silent majority you bear the baton for the future of America.

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With total student loan debt topping $1.2 trillion and not content with having nationalized the nation’s student loan industry, President Barack Obama wants to do more to bailout deadbeat borrowers that have taken out government-backed student loans.

President Obama calls it the “Student Aid Bill of Rights” – feel good plan to purportedly help students pay their student loan debts care of the U.S. taxpayer. Quoting the president:

“(My) Administration…will make college more affordable through increased Pell Grants and education tax credits, while improving transparency so that students and families have the information they need to select schools that provide the best value. Today, we are building on the Administration’s success helping students manage their debt and stay on track.”

The “Student Aid Bill of Rights…outlines a series of new actions that direct the Department of Education, Department of Treasury, Office of Management and Budget, Office of Science and Technology Policy and Domestic Policy Council, working with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Social Security Administration, to make paying for higher education an easier and fairer experience for millions of Americans.

Supporters say the “Bill of Rights” scheme will help students pay back their debt through lower payments and interest rate reductions.

Opponents fear it is the president’s way of teeing up “loan forgiveness” by Executive Order before he leaves office to relieve students (including those who did not graduate) of the need to pay back their government guaranteed debts.

Executive Orders notwithstanding, a section entitled “Forgiveness, Cancellation and Discharge” on the Department of Education website lists a range of options that students can use to stick taxpayers with the bill.

For example, loan forgiveness is available for those who go into teaching. Another forgives the debt for those who are partially disabled (undefined). Student loans may also be discharged in the event of bankruptcy – something that does not apply to federal income taxes.

President Obama ends his student loan missive with this advice.

“The Student Aid Bill of Rights builds on the efforts our Administration has been taking over the last several years to make college more affordable and continues to chip away at the burden of student debt – so no one should feel overwhelmed by their student loans.”

Forgiving, canceling or discharging student loan debt is a sure fire way to solve the student debt problem.


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