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Fri Jul 5, 2013, 03:10 PM

Charles Pierce - "Dear Beltway Bureaucrats: do not attempt to bullshit Senator Professor Warren.

This never ends well."

The Congress of the United States has determined by inaction to let various people grift over America's college students, and the senior senator from Massachusetts would like to know why in the fk this kind of thing is allowed to happen.

On Friday, Warren sent a letter to the CEO of the student lender, accusing Sallie Mae of "piling on" government supported benefits while reaping "big fees" from students. "While Sallie Mae is finding unique ways to profit from government programs, its borrowers are paying interest rates that are far in excess of the low cost of funds supported by the U.S. taxpayers," she wrote. The latest letter marks the newest round in a lengthy back and forth between the freshman senator and the student lender. What began as an inquiry into a low-interest line of credit Sallie Mae received from a government-created bank that primarily exists to support housing, has broadened into a critique of high student loan interest rates in general. "If we are serious about investing in our future, we should help our students pay for their education - not find ways to squeeze more profits from them. I believe it is time to align priorities in Washington with those of the American people," she added in her Friday letter.

This has been an ongoing thing. One quibble -- this is not something that has "broadened into a critique." This is a continuation of all the issues that SPW has been fighting over her entire public career -- namely, the connivance of big banks and government agencies to jam it to all the rest of us.

On Monday, Warren set off the debate, sending a letter to the Federal Housing Finance Agency, which oversees the nation's housing enterprises. In it, she asked why Sallie Mae, a private student loan provider, had received a low interest, $8.5 billion line of credit from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Des Moines. The nation's 12 Federal Home Loan Banks were created in the wake of the Great Depression, with the primary goal of ensuring access to low-cost funding for banks, which in turn could use them to offer affordable mortgages. The banks are owned by the nation's financial institutions, which buy into the banks in exchange for access to the low-cost funds, but are sponsored by the government.

Noting that Sallie Mae made $2.5 billion on student loan interest in 2012, Warren asked the regulator why it should get a 0.23 percent line of credit, while it was charging 25 to 40 times that amount on its own private student loans.




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I need to remember to add a Warren for President tag to my posts. Most awesome addition to the senate in a long, long, long, long, long time!

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tpsbmam Jul 2013 OP
PoliticAverse Jul 2013 #1
randome Jul 2013 #2
CrispyQ Jul 2013 #5
Igel Jul 2013 #6
MannyGoldstein Jul 2013 #3
Hydra Jul 2013 #4
nineteen50 Jul 2013 #7
SleeplessinSoCal Jul 2013 #8
bvar22 Jul 2013 #9
truebluegreen Jul 2013 #11
RainDog Jul 2013 #10

Response to tpsbmam (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 03:27 PM

1. It's called Privatizing the Profits, Socializing the losses... n/t

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Response to tpsbmam (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 03:29 PM

2. 'Senator Professor' has a nice ring to it.




I'm always right. When I'm wrong I admit it.
So then I'm right about being wrong.


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Response to randome (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 03:33 PM

5. I love the double title, too!

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Response to CrispyQ (Reply #5)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 04:30 PM

6. Indeed.

Exactly like "Herr Professor" and "Herr Doktor."

Rather like Mister Professor Senator President Obama, usually abbreviated MPSP Obama, "mipsip" to his friends and "mipsy" to his wife (but never his children).

We educated we-the-People Americans do like our titles and insist on them (just like we adore capitalizing "People", very master-race chic!), to show the lesser not-quite-people just how important we are. None of that French egalitarianism for us!

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Response to tpsbmam (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 03:30 PM

3. Warren for President? Absurd!

P.S. Feel free to cross post EW items to the Elizabeth Warren group, so we have all of her "stuff" in on place for easy review once she and Hillary go toe-to-toe for the 2016 nomination.

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Response to tpsbmam (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 03:30 PM

4. She kicks butt

I doubt they'll let her anywhere near the Primaries, but she's shown that she'll fight wherever and however she can, be it in an official office or in the Media or talking to us directly.

Go Senator GO!

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Response to Hydra (Reply #4)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 05:26 PM

7. Supporting, speaking for and fighting for the people

a dangerous job in Washington DC.

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Response to tpsbmam (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 05:55 PM

8. Imagine Warren doing what Ted Cruz is doing right now . . .

Seen his ads re: the abolishing the IRS? "Hi! This is Ted Cruz . . . " All over MSNBC and who knows where else.

Cruz scares me. I hope he does that to most American voters. Warren gets our attention, but I doubt she reaches the masses like he is paying to do.



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Response to tpsbmam (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 07:20 PM

9. The really, REALLY sad part of this...

...is that Senator Warren is
Just Doing Her JOB!
What she has done should be unremarkable,
just another Democratic Senator doing the job she was elected to do.

She is making the rest of the Democratic Party look pathetic by comparison.



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Response to bvar22 (Reply #9)

Sat Jul 6, 2013, 10:43 AM

11. +100

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Response to tpsbmam (Original post)

Fri Jul 5, 2013, 07:28 PM

10. I'm so grateful to those who elected her

it's great to see a Democrat actually stand up for Democratic principles.

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