I'm not going to waste one minute trying to work with you. Not because I don't want to. Because you won't work with me. So I have no agenda to present to you tonight. You don't want to hear it. You're not going to vote for it.
Despite President Obama's obvious awareness of the egregious, widespread nature of the problem, his own team may be on the verge of failing to effectively implement a key measure needed to hold for-profit colleges accountable for such abuses.
If you think the for-profit colleges will be inclined to moderate their bad behavior if the new gainful employment rule is somewhat weakened again, consider the propaganda attack the industry has unleashed this week to coincide with the rulemaking session.
America's for-profit colleges are receiving as much as $33 billion in a single year from your tax money, and billions more from the pockets of students, a lot of whom are left deep in debt and jobless from their encounters with predatory schools.
It's a busy time for APSCU, the trade association of America's for-profit colleges. The group spends its time trying to block reasonable measures to hold the worst actors in its industry responsible for their systematic abuses of students and taxpayers.
Representative John Kline, Republican of Minnesota, chairs the House Education and the Workforce Committee. He also is a living symbol of the Republican Party's shameful loyalty to big for-profit colleges.
John Boehner has proven before that he cares deeply about inequities in our education system and that he will mow down obstacles in his own party and across the aisle to make much needed changes. Where is that courageous leadership now?