Saturday, June 03, 2006
Students/Parents: are you prepared for July 1?
Our college graduates are now leaving school with enormous debt and it's only going to get worse. However, there is something you can do to at least ease the pain just a bit. Parents and students have until June 30th to consolidate loans and lock in lower rates. On July 1st, the higher rates take effect and let's just hope the dreams of many students don't die on that day.
Every time Sue Kelly and the GOP vote to give unnecessary tax cuts to the very wealthy, it's the middle class that pays for it. It's something to think about the next time Kelly comes to your community and professes to be a moderate who fights for her constituents. Her actions speak louder than words and those actions make it clear that she represents the very wealthy and big business at the expense of the middle class. If you see Kelly, be sure to ask her why the middle class must pay the price of her tax cuts for the wealthy and handouts to big business.
I introduced myself to her as a constituent, and told her my situation as a student that depends heavily on financial assistance, as she approached me. She continued to walk right past me and did not respond to anything I had just said to her. I proceded to ask her how she would be voting and the only thing she said was, "So, you're from Newburgh?".
Once the vote began, Kelly's vote was clear as could be: YES to the student aid cuts. What was even more sickening was watching her schmooze on the House floor with Tom DeLay as the vote was taking place. Instead of standing up for her district, she (in typical fashion) voted with the most conservative members of the House without a second thought.
These cuts that she fully endorsed will affect me personally, but they will even more heavily affect my brother who is yet to enter college. Unfortunately, he may not even have the same options as me when choosing a school because his choice will most likely be determined by how much debt he will emerge with.
Sue Kelly says "eh, it's just college."
Sorry, Sue. College? Um, KIND OF A BIG DEAL.