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News Roundup – education, fracking and more

Over one trillion dollars in student loan debt

I’ve talked about this before, but one of the things that is going completely wrong in our society has to do with education and the cost of education. Yes, I’ll go ahead and say it, “back in my day…,” getting an education was a no-brainer. The cost of education was relatively miniscule compared to the rewards. College was expensive but affordable. The average middle-class family could afford to send their son or daughter to almost any school in the United States. Although some families had to take out loans, the loans weren’t overwhelming, crushing and never-ending. Today it is different. With the median income of the middle class stagnant or falling and the cost of higher education continuing to skyrocket, making the decision to go to college can place the average American family into a debt spiral that they can never get out of. The honest truth is that there was a time when states thought that they had a responsibility to educate the population. States and the national government subsidized student education. Over the years that subsidy has lapsed. This requires the student to take on more and more of the burden.

Yesterday, I briefly talked about rape and sexual assault in the military. What I forgot to mention was the pitiful excuses that are being thrown around. For lack of better phrasing, I will just say the “they are young men with raging hormones” excuse is possibly the worst. Where in the world are we supposed to find young men that are more disciplined and more trained to follow orders than the US military? Rape and sexual assault in the military must stop and must stop now.

I love David Letterman’s explanation of fracking. He is 100% correct.

By |2013-06-06T21:51:53-04:00June 6th, 2013|Big Oil, Education, Military|Comments Off on News Roundup – education, fracking and more

Obama selling healthcare on Letterman

President Obama on David Letterman.

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From HuffPost:

Add this one to the presidential collection: the heart-shaped potato.

By the time Barack Obama came on stage to the taping of the “Late Show” on Monday, host David Letterman had offered up 10 reasons why in the world the president had agreed to do it.

Among Letterman’s theories: Obama said yes without thinking about it, or as Letterman put it, “Like Bush did with Iraq.”

But Obama had other ideas. It turns out he was listening when Letterman had bantered with a woman in the audience who brought — yes — a potato in the shape of a heart to the show.

By |2009-09-22T00:32:31-04:00September 22nd, 2009|Healthcare, Media|Comments Off on Obama selling healthcare on Letterman

What's Going On – Wednesday News Round up

From Political Animal:

* The guard shot at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum has died.

* The suspected killer is a “birther” with a long list of groups of people he hates.

* A car bomb at a crowded food market in southern Iraq killed about 30 people today and wounded dozens more.

* The Supreme Court declined to hear an appeal on the Chrysler sale to Fiat, and the deal was reportedly wrapped up today.

* NYT: “The Obama administration on Wednesday appointed a compensation overseer with broad discretion to set the pay for 175 top executives at seven of the nation’s largest companies, which have received hundreds of billions of dollars in federal assistance to survive.”

* Seventeen Uighurs find a new home in Palau.

* A “grass-roots rebellion” was launched against the Taliban in a remote area of northern Pakistan yesterday.

* The U.N. Security Council is moving closer towards toughening export and financial sanctions on North Korea, including possible inspections of North Korean ships.

* Sen. Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) took an unusually antagonist attitude towards HCAN, the major health care reform coalition, this afternoon. “I am unaware that HCAN has any votes on the floor of the United States Senate,” Conrad said, after saying he doesn’t much care what the progressive coalition thinks.

* Organizing for America takes the next step in organizing in support of health care reform.

* Hopes that Ted Kennedy would rejoin the Senate appear to have been overly optimistic — he is poised to undergo a new round of chemotherapy and is not expected back in June.

* Operation Rescue may purchase Dr. George Tiller’s clinic.

* Maine considers creating a unicameral legislature.

* Hey, look, Liz Cheney is on national television again. And wouldn’t you know it, she’s still lying about her father’s record.

* It looks like David Letterman’s anti-Palin “Top 10 List” went too far.

* I have no idea why conservative media personalities continue to pick fights with Jon Stewart, but Joe Scarborough can’t seem to help himself.

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* Jeremiah Wright has become a ridiculous parody of himself.

* And some Senate Dems had a little fun yesterday, putting together a guide for lawmakers who feel they can’t scrutinize Sotomayor and tackle their usual Senate duties. It’s called, “A Handy How-To Guide for Republican Judiciary Members: Special mastication and ambulation edition.” It offers step-by step instructions on how to walk and chew gum at the same time.

By |2009-06-10T18:48:24-04:00June 10th, 2009|Domestic Issues, Economy, Healthcare, The Daily Show|Comments Off on What's Going On – Wednesday News Round up
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