Published: Monday, July 1 2013 12:00 a.m. MDT
Congress has gone home for the fourth holiday break, allowing govt. backed
student loan interest rates to automatically double from 3.4 percent to 6.8
percent. Last year the govt. made $51 billion on student loan interest. Having
faith in our future is only talk if it is not backed by the required works to
make our future great. How does burdening students with debt help our
future?Sorry that this is a bit off topic for this article, but I
did not see any mention of this important topic reported in any other article.
Shame on Congress for not acting to resolve this matter before going home. It
does not give me much hope in our future when we have a govt. unable to
accomplish anything. Maybe they see this as a way to make money, but govt. is
not supposed to be in the business of making money off the backs of the
citizens. Or, maybe this is a way to force students to turn to loans from the
banking sector.One day we will realize that we are in this together,
and the abuse of one sector is an abuse to us all.
I would like to see July 4th 2013 as the date citizens realize that those in
Washington have turned their backs, while filling their pockets with money, on
our original Constitution. It is barely recognized today, and until we quit
voting straight party tickets and begin voting True principled voices in office,
our Government will only become more powerful and less responsive to We The
People. Only two groups are responsible for what is going on in D.C. and we have
voted for them over and over again. We should be waiving black flags in mourning
of what we are letting our Country become as we thank those who have given their
lives so we can be free. We need to let them know of their sacrifices and
that we intend to intensify our efforts to turn our leaders around and make
every effort that we pursue and. return to our Original Constitution.May
God bless us. May God bless those warriors who have given their all. May God
again one day Bless America with the Constitution he brought forth for us by
inspired Men. May we do our part to see that this is accomplished.
Bob, you are an anachronism in your party. The GOP has been hijacked by the
Cruz-Paul axis that will argue with a straight face that the Civil War was
northern aggression and should never have been fought, that states rights should
have been respected, and that "slavery was not an issue." They are
twisting the clock back to Jim Crow and repeal of the civil rights acts, voting
rights, etc. Bob, your party is turning into an abscess on America.
I think America will ALWAYS be on the verge of being the greatest light there is
in the world, AND on the verge of disaster. It's just the way
it is... and the way it's always been. If you read any of the writings of
the Founding Fathers and the great leaders we have had throughout our history...
you will see the same sentiment in their minds from the beginning of this nation
and throughout it's history. We have the potential and everything we need
to be great... but we also have everything in our human nature to fail
miserably.But one thing they've always said (and I agree)...
that IF we fail... it will be because we failed from within (not because some
military power or other nation destroyed us)That's something to
think about on this 4th of July.
Beautifully written Mr Bennett! Thank you!
Irony GuyBountiful, UtahIs always shocked when somebody in his
hated party doesn't live up to his stereotypes for them.That's why it's a bad habit to just group people by party, race,
religion, etc. It doesn't work.
Though I consider myself a marxist (small "m") because I think
Marx's economics belongs in mainstream economics, I nevertheless believe to
a degree in Providence. Examples of Providence that the senator might not be so
comfortable with are Roosevelt's dealing with the Great Depression and
Secretary Paulson's and Obama's dealing with the Great Recession. I
think we would both agree that we are very fortunate to be where we are
considering what might have happened. But we are not out of the woods, so if
Senator Bennett is comfortable with prayer - I say have it. He can do it for
both of us.
How anyone could be a marxist even with a small "m" is beyond me.
Marxism has failed EVERY state that has adopted its more extreme forms. Even in
its less extreme forms, it is inferior in all but the distribution of wealth,
and those below average are almost always worse off than all but the bottom
decile of states with more economic freedom. Economically, the lack of property
rights and failure of common goods dooms marxism to suboptimal outcomes.
Finally, the tyranny of thought and expression that usually accompanies these
marxist regimes are but two casualties of freedom for those under its
control.This is not to say that market-based economies are without
serious failures. But marxism of any form is not the answer. Karl saw some of
the problems, but his solutions are the proverbial cure that is worse than the
History is so interesting. Between 1880 and 1920 (40 years) we let in 20 million
immigrants. We look at it as a great wave, yet it was 500,000 per year. In the
last 20 years we have let in legally over a million a year. No
period in time exceeds our legal immigration now.
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