Monday, January 02, 2006
College student heading nowhere? Blame Sue!
That's because the $12.7 billion in student aid cuts that Sue voted for late last month before taking off on her six-week recess represent "the biggest cut in the history of the federal student loan program." That's not our opinion. That's what David Ward, who heads up the American Council on Education had to say about the cuts.
Indeed, Sue voted in favor of cutting student aid on at least three different occasions late last year. As NY Times columnist Bob Herbert noted in his column today (no link, subscription required), Republicans are trying to spin this as only impacting banks and other lenders, as opposed to students and their parents. But given that Sue had received over $140,000 from banking lobbyists through Oct. 31 (new numbers will be available in two weeks), it's hard to believe that she'd do anything to harm that cash cow.
Aside from lying to us on countless other things, this is one of the issues that affects everyone in the district, especially soon-to-be voters (i'm in this boat) who are high-school and unregistered college students, College students who are registered, and teachers who live in the district.
One of the hopefuls for taking back NY-19 has a strong background in education, and I doubt that Ben Shuldiner (or any other candidate) would have voted for this provision.
Among other shortcomings that Sue Kelly has failed us on, this is the most damaging long term thing she could do.
It is time for change, it's time to put education on the front burner, and Ben Shuldiner I think would do that for us better than the other candidates, not to say they wouldn't, but that's my opinion.
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