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Six Democrats have sided with banks, against the Landmark Student Lending Reform. Who are they? Bill Nelson (Fl.), Tom Carper (Del.), Blanche Lincoln (Ark.), Jim Webb (Va.), Mark Warner (Va.) and Ben Nelson (Neb.).

The student lending industry has launched an "aggressive lobbying campaign" of senators representing states where big lenders are based, scaremongering about job losses resulting from passing SAFRA. Now, it appears that their lobbying is paying off.

We're a long way away from when Thomas Jefferson started the University of Virginia with the notion that part of building a middle class (necessary to a democracy, he said) would require people with some education, and advocated a national program of free education up to and including university levels.

The last state to fall from that ideal was when Governor Ronald Reagan ended free enrollment in the University of California system. My question - how do these people sleep at night or look themselves in the mirror?

 

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Thom Hartmann is a Project Censored Award-winning New York Times best-selling author, and host of a nationally syndicated daily progressive talk program on the Air America Radio Network, live noon-3 PM ET. www.thomhartmann.com His most recent books are "The Last Hours of Ancient Sunlight," "Unequal Protection: The Rise of Corporate Dominance and the Theft of Human Rights," "We The People," "What Would Jefferson Do?," "Screwed: The Undeclared War (more...)
 

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Nice concept - but not a realistic option anymore.... by Doc "Old Codger" McCoy on Thursday, Mar 11, 2010 at 8:46:47 PM
Money is always there for the really important thi... by PrMaine on Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 5:54:05 AM
My dad put himself through school washing dishes. ... by Dick Thomson on Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 9:00:09 AM
This may be part of the problem with proposals tha... by PrMaine on Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 11:43:40 AM
Bill Nelson (Fl.), Tom Carper (Del.), Blanche Lin... by PrMaine on Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 5:39:32 AM
that these folks do look at themselves in the mirr... by John Sanchez Jr. on Friday, Mar 12, 2010 at 8:59:09 AM
The people mentioned by Hartmann look in the mirro... by Recce1 on Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 12:34:48 AM
that Thomas Jefferson founded the University of Vi... by John Sanchez Jr. on Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 7:52:59 AM
John, I think Mussolini's definition of fascism is... by Recce1 on Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 4:06:19 AM
John, I think Mussolini's definition of fascism is... by Recce1 on Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 4:07:37 AM
... since when should everyone be allowed to atten... by PrMaine on Sunday, Mar 14, 2010 at 10:43:39 AM
PrMaine, I agree with you that merit should be the... by Recce1 on Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 4:39:50 AM
The problem with wealth being the criteria for eli... by PrMaine on Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 5:21:08 AM
As they say, life's unfair, and then we die. But i... by Recce1 on Tuesday, Mar 16, 2010 at 11:24:33 AM