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Tribal Dancer
Life is full of surprises, not destiny
10:30 AM on 03/28/2012
Darn right. We wouldn't want any kid who could grow up and be a huge contributor to society to have an education that the elite take for granted. No, no, no. Can't have that at all.
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athiesttoo
reorganization: creating an illusion of progress
10:27 AM on 03/28/2012
I'll pay for my own birth control and you pay for your own kids cause I don't want any.
10:27 AM on 03/28/2012
Republicans always want to keep the disenfranchised from improving their state.
10:25 AM on 03/28/2012
What a bleak future for America these Republicans seem to have.
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Tribal Dancer
Life is full of surprises, not destiny
10:31 AM on 03/28/2012
It is not our America anymore.
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pjordan
Ain't wastin' time no more
09:35 PM on 04/19/2012
They voted for tax breaks for companies that move to China, invest their money overseas and have foreign bank accounts. Republicans have given up on America's future and have no faith in the American spirit. Their goal is to milk the country of every tax free dollar they can make. They are more of a threat to our future than terrorism and the Mayan calendar!
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Darwincrat
My God only exists if you believe too.
10:25 AM on 03/28/2012
What happened to being the party of opportunity? Apparently opportunity is being born into a family that can afford for you to go to college. And if you cant, well you're just a lazy parasite that needs to stop looking for handouts.
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melissasusan24
10:23 AM on 03/28/2012
I don't know why Pell Grants have to be on the chopping block. Private loans the loans that are sinking students. My sister has nearly 100,00 grand in student loan debt, and 80 grand of that is in private. I went to a public school in which my Pell Grants were able to account for a greater part of my tuition and I have about 20 grand of debt after four years, none of which is private. Yes, you have to be smarter about where you go to school and the tuition prices. But Pell Grants are an amazing wonderful resource that this country should be proud of.
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07:59 AM on 03/29/2012
The problem is that middle class kids will become dirt poor paying for college…thus making their own kids eligible for Pell Grants. There has to be a better way.
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CSKAP
Morlock or Eloi?
10:19 AM on 03/28/2012
Of course,
If your parents aren’t rich, you really don’t need an education.
Manual labor is fine for you.
I really can never understand poor conservatives, voting against their own and their children’s interest again and again.
Kommonman
Fanned or reviled on a whim
10:19 AM on 03/28/2012
The GOP knows that to control the populace it must keep them ignorant...No matter that such actions would send the US even deeper into it's decline at a faster rate...How soon until our nation looks like the 3rd world...
10:14 AM on 03/28/2012
Looks like someone may need a job to pay for education. What a shocking development.
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Roy Merritt old car guy
Loves Nostalgia Dragsters
10:12 AM on 03/28/2012
Paul Ryan is a sociopath and he has resurrected this monster and the only chance we have is to pour salt in its mouth and drive stake through its heart. If you are a working American making less than one million a year and you vote Republican you are committing financial suicide. The Ryan Budget will set the American working public back 100 years with poverty being rampant, and the working public with no rights what so ever. Paul Ryan is a monster of the caliber, Attila the Hun, Stalin and John Wayne Gazy.
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isupportclasswarfare
watch fox news and watch brain cells fall
10:17 AM on 03/28/2012
Spot on post F&F. ryan is owned by the anti American economic terr.0r.ists k0.ch brothers and AL..EC.
10:20 AM on 03/28/2012
yep. I thought the Ryan plan was shot dead on arrival the first time around ... night of the living dead...
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Pretrib
The borrower becomes the lender's slave.
10:08 AM on 03/28/2012
Like all home budgets, when there is not enough money to cover the bills, you need to cut spending somewhere. Where can we cut enough to address the $16 trillion debt, and not become Greece? There will be pain somewhere. We can't have everything we want. This is not a candy land fantasy. Where is it going to be and who in this government is going to "man-up" and address this financial crisis, and not demogogue every freaking issue. We need some adults in DC. We don't have many right now.
10:19 AM on 03/28/2012
The federal budget is nothing like a home budget, nor are we in the remotest sense like Greece. This administration is always taking the long view, which includes reducing the debt. Slashing spending is NOT the way to do it; it must be gradual, because drastically cutting spending while in a fragile recovery would destroy the economy.

If we don't continue to invest in our nation, it will have no future. Education is mandatory, as are investments in science and research. Infrastructure is also necessary. Cutting back on these now will hurt our future and then we WILL be a third world country.

The responsible thing would be to raise taxes - horrors - at least to Reagan-era levels. It's what keeps nations competitive, what makes them civilized.
Kommonman
Fanned or reviled on a whim
10:24 AM on 03/28/2012
Budget minding is great but one does not destroy the ability to maintain that budget without effect...less educated people pay less in taxes...do less by way of innovation...require more services as they can not afford to pay for them themselves...There are more effective ways to trim the budget should the legislators choose...but for some reason the war machine which taxes our govt's budget greatly is given preference over our children
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Royce09
Freedom is not Free, cost = Blood of our Military
10:08 AM on 03/28/2012
Apparently Ryan put his self though college using money from Social Security and now that he is rich , he is willing to burn the bridges for OUR GRANDKIDS future so that him and his rich buddies can get even richer. THINK AGAIN SPORT.
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SharpDonkey
I don't need no stinkin' Micro-bio
10:05 AM on 03/28/2012
That a boy!

Keep 'em uneducated so they vote Repug-lican.
10:04 AM on 03/28/2012
If it actually makes a few folks question their choice to rack up 75 to 100K+ in debt for a degree in say 18th century French poetry or similar type major, then its not all bad in my book.

Students should seriously be considering what their anticipated debt load upon graduation will be with respect to the realistic earning potential for their desired major as a key component of where they choose to matriculate and if the pursuit of a passion is a financially viable career choice or if it would be better as a hobby that they can support with a financially viable career choice. The "everbody gets a trophy" culture that so many kids are brought up in today very often can have harsh reality consequences when the parental "safety net" is removed and a 20 something is asked to actually provide for themselves and they find out that in the real world everybody DOESN'T always get a trophy
10:04 AM on 03/28/2012
Hard to pick yourself up by the bootstraps without the boots.

btw the driving force behind cuts in educational funding.....

"As people do better, they start voting like Republicans - unless they have too much education and vote Democratic, which proves there can be too much of a good thing." Karl Rove
10:11 AM on 03/28/2012
The problem with education funding these days, is that too often the "answer" to a "problem" is just a knee jerk reaction to throw more money at the problem, WITHOUT ever figuring out what the problem is in the 1st place!

If more money was the answer, then given the close to doubling in educational spending that has happened in this country in the last 15 years or so, one would then expect that the results being produced by our education system would have increased, instead of decreased over that time frame when compared with other countries.

Haphazardly throwing more money at a problem and hoping that it will fix itself, without ever really knowing what it is one is trying to fix isn't the answer. In the end, more money may need to be spent, but let's atleast figure out what works and what doesn't and then make some rational, informed choices about what needs to be done. If it's NOT working, then get rid of it. If it's working, then go with it.
10:22 AM on 03/28/2012
There is some truth in that, but things like Pell grants aren't 'throwing money' at a problem; they work, and without these students being educated, our nation will be a poorer place.