Colleges Pushing Poor Students Into Debt to Give Aid to Rich Ones

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 10:55 am

A report by the New America Foundation details the systematic undermining of the financial aid system by colleges and universities who are using financial aid to attract wealthy students rather than open doors for poorer ones, forcing poorer students to either not attend or take on high debt burdens.


Romney to Student on the High Costs of Higher Education: Shop Around

By: Wednesday March 7, 2012 6:15 am

Romney’s rise coincides with his turn to a very negative, even cruel side of his personality, now reflected in his public policy statements. Romney hoped to float above the GOP primary, winning on the strength of outside negative ads, superior fundraising and better organization. It didn’t totally work out. So he had to alter his economic policy, to tilt it further to the right, to embrace more conservative ideas, and become the most conservative candidate on immigration policy and now education policy.

CBO Report on Debt Ceiling Deal Released

By: Monday August 1, 2011 12:40 pm

There is a chance, if the economy slows, that a $2.1 trillion debt ceiling increase won’t be large enough to take us past the 2012 election. Even if this deal passes, we may see a repeat of this debt ceiling fight right in the middle of the election season.

Congress is Blind to People with More Month than Money

By: Saturday July 30, 2011 9:00 am

Almost every month, as the calendar winds down, I start getting calls in my office on the phone or in person from people who have more month than money. “Pastor, I’ve run out of money for food, and don’t get paid until the first of next month. I’ve got two kids, and need some help.” The specifics of the conversation vary, but the underlying substance does not.

Now, though, I’ve been hearing a different item tacked on at the end: “Pastor, you follow the news out of DC pretty well. Am I going to get my Social Security check next week?”

Making matters worse, DC seems hell-bent on budget cuts, right at the time the economy needs government spending more than ever. For the folks coming into my office lately, this is more than a mistake. It’s a disaster.

Boehner Debt Limit Plan Has More Concrete Spending in It Than Spending Cuts

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 6:11 am

The CBO report on John Boehner’s debt limit plan has really set back the effort and probably poisoned the entire enterprise among the more conservative members of his caucus.

Student Loan Reform: Best Progressive Victory of 2010

By: Friday December 31, 2010 6:05 am

Looking back on the year, I believe that the best victory for progressives was student loan reform, which was passed as part of the reconciliation measure. While not as large in scale as some of the bills passed by this Congress, it still was a substantial measure that ends over $60 billion in government waste. I’m proud of the role FDL played when our “Students, Not Banks” campaign helped make sure uncompromised student loan reform was passed this year. Looking back at the year, I wish progressives had been given the chance to have more clear fights like this one.

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