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One of Raygun's Legacies--Mountain of Debt for college students



The students Reagan loathed were the beneficiaries of a consensus that paired the GI Bill with the post-Sputnik explosion of higher education to offer no- to low-cost access to public institutions, and aid to those who needed it to make private college possible. Students were not expected to shoulder the burden of their educations alone, and this freed them to explore who they wanted to be and the kind of America in which they wanted to live. There were many adults, of course, who despised them for just this freedom, and powerful forces terrified of the changes they saw coming.

By the time Reagan was elected to the nation’s highest office a decade and a half later, these powers had devised perfect tools to make sure the spirit of 1960s protest would never again erupt on campus. During Reagan’s two terms as president, dedicated funding for outright grants-in-aid decreased, federal guidelines pushed individual loans, and private bill collectors were brought in to ensure that hardest kind of debt to escape was whatever you took on for your education. Even more important was the shift in tone and expectation. Public goods became private services, and by the end of the 1980s, the anti-tax, infra-structure-starving, neo-liberal Weltanschauung meant that as states cut their budgets, support for higher education was thrown into a cage match with every other necessary public good.

Students reduced to paupers leaves little time to protest. Diabolical.

Hobby Lobby Invests 401(k) Funds in Companies that Manufacture Emergency Contraceptives


Documents filed with the Department of Labor and dated December 2012—three months after the company's owners filed their lawsuit—show that the Hobby Lobby 401(k) employee retirement plan held more than $73 million in mutual funds with investments in companies that produce emergency contraceptive pills, intrauterine devices, and drugs commonly used in abortions. Hobby Lobby makes large matching contributions to this company-sponsored 401(k).

As usual follow the money, and find the truth. Cash before religious principles, and both of these before women's health and privacy.

If you could be personally present to witness a historical event, as your adult self,

to any event in your lifetime what would it be? You can't change the event, just be present.

As I was born in the 1950s, I would like to have been on the rope line when that SOB Nixon was dispatched from the White House.

Mass. Buffer Zone For Abortion Clinic Patients Struck Down


The Supreme Court ruled on McCullen v. Coakley Thursday, striking down a Massachusetts law requiring protesters to stay at least 35 feet from an abortion clinic's entrance and walkways.
In a unanimous opinion, the court held that such buffer zones violate First Amendment free speech rights.

"This decision is incredibly disappointing and ignores the very real threats of violence and intimidation that abortion providers and their patients face every day," Saporta said. "Since 1977, there have been 8 murders, 17 attempted murders, 42 bombings, 181 arsons, and thousands of incidents of criminal activities.

My guess is that Supreme Court Justices do not allow people to videotape, scream, and stalk them as they go to work. What a disastrous decision.

Chuck Toad's Comment on HRC Makes Me Want to Puke

On NBC Propaganda News tonight Toad said part of Hillary's problem of being out of touch with common folk is she has been been in a Secret Service bubble for the past 22 years.

Hey Toad, maybe she wants to stay out of touch with Wingnuts like this.


At least one GOP official in Arkansas thinks Hillary Clinton would receive a rather chilly welcome as a 2016 presidential candidate in her adoptive home state.

"She'd probably get shot at the state line," 2nd Congressional District party chairman Johnny Rhoda told U.S. News. When pressed that Clinton would likely still enjoy some level of affection in the state where her husband Bill served as governor for 10-plus years, Rhoda held firm.

Toad is beyond worthless.

5 Deferment Cheney Should be Rotting in the Hague



American history has had its share of villains - J. Edgar Hoover, Joe McCarthy, and Richard Nixon come to mind as some of the worst - but there is no one in recent history who has disgraced our country quite like Dick Cheney has.
He lied his way into an illegal war, profited off that war, and shredded the Constitution. He's a war criminal and has the blood of hundreds of thousands of innocent people on his hands.
Dick Cheney should be rotting in a prison cell at The Hague, not writing editorials for the Wall Street Journal.

Only in America does a war criminal get both open heart surgery resulting in a new heart, and an open mike to spew his vile views.

Topical SAT Question

Al Qaeda is to ISIS


The Republican Party is to _________

answer below:


*Note: apparently Al Queada expelled ISIS, Teathugs are embraced by Rethugs. So, nevermind.

Iraq was and is Bush's Mess


What kind of addition to the Shrub's Comic Book Library does this current crisis in Iraq justify? I was thinking an exhibition of a permanent tire fire.

A Bush heads into conflict


Not a person of course. An Aircraft Carrier. Rename it the USS Military Industrial Complex. More appropriate.

Sunday Rethug Propaganda Shows

According to the local scandal sheet the Sunday Talking head shows features such notables as: Romney, Cantor, King, Graham, Graham again, Priebus, Cantor again, Rogers, and Price.

I stopped watching these Rethug Gasbag apology shows years ago. This lineup reminds me why.

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