Kerrey: Nelson uses generational warfare

Ben Nelson’s recent spate of ads about Medicare and Social Security are cowardly and false.

But hey, we didn’t say that (well, not at the moment anyway).

That comes from none other than Rockin’ Bob Kerrey!

New Yorker Kerrey is part of the Concord Coalition and he recently criticized an ad by AARP where a seasonsed citizen stares at the camera and warns the pols not to touch their social security and Medicare.  More or less the same script by Ben “Socialsecuritymedicare” Nelson.  (He officially changed his name, just in case his ads weren’t obvious enough.)

But Kerrey said in the Concord Coalition release:

“Since hollowing out the rest of the budget to pay for expanding entitlements would result in more uninsured, undereducated and unemployed Americans, AARP has taken an approach which can only and honestly be described as generational warfare.  By its actions AARP has put at risk the strong inter-generational support for Social Security and Medicare.”

Go ahead and replace “AARP” with Nelson there, and you can see where Kerrey’s hammering issue sticks.

We are looking forward to Kerrey cutting spots for Bruning/Stenberg/Fischer.

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But the knocks against Nelson’s ads don’t stop with Kerrey.

FactCheck.org absolutely demolishes Nelson’s ad against the GOP trio of Bruning, Stenberg and Fischer.

(Nelson) twists the facts about what three potential GOP opponents have said about Social Security and Medicare.

We will let you click and read the whole thing, but it debunks pretty much everything Nelson claims against the three GOP candidates.  And then the Dems’ spokesman’s response, comes to, “well, they want to repeal ObamaCare, so that means they want seniors to die a slow, painful death — preferably by being gnawed at by beetles.”

Gee, wonder if we’ve heard the last of this from Nelson?

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And for an afternoon chuckle, the JobsAndEnergy gang took a look at the pipeline protesters:

Occupy the Sandhills probably isn’t far off, right? Prepare the soy-milk cakes!

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And GOOOOOOO HUSKERS! If they don’t repeat the scoring explosion of 1983, Bo Pelini has to buy Dirk Chatelain a smoothie and share it with him with 2 straws. That’s the deal.

40 comments

  1. Corn-fingers? Are they anything at all like corn-nuggets? Yum!
    Eco-system? Oil is recycled dinosaurs and plant life!
    Windmills? Mother Nature? I did not know she was in that business! How does she build, transport and erect them – with tornadoes?
    Who do I trust with our energy future? Gosh, I don’t know, I guess it is either the corporate owned Democrats or the corporate owned Republicans. Could I have another choice please?

  2. Something stinks says:

    So who owns Scott Kleeb’s energy audit business? I heard it was a woman owned enterprise so they could get preferential treatment. Are the Kleebs getting energy department funds? Sounds like another Democratic payback to me.

  3. MacDaddy says:

    New York Times green blog admitted that wind energy isn’t going to get it done. In order to increase wind energy generation to supply 20% of our needs, we have to spend at least $44 billion a year between now and 2030. Aww, what the heck. We don’t have any money anyway, why not just open up a new credit card?

  4. Anonymous says:

    One of the Kleeb energy investors has the first name of Jane but it’s not his wife. Last year his wife crowed that he landed an $800,000 federal energy grant so I think it’s safe to say they’re into us for their livelihood. Interesting how libs always know how to score the hand-outs. If he’s trolling Omaha for business then he’s just realized that central Nebraska doesn’t have enough windy, drafty homes while there are plenty for the picking in Omaha’s older neighborhoods. Wonder if he will get the utility to bill for his services as he did in Hastings? Maybe Jane could go along and improve Omaha’s school lunches too.

  5. BkDodge42 says:

    I liked the comments about the wind farms. I guess I could just place a giant pin-wheel on the back of my car and use wind power to get around. Why didn’t I think of that before?

  6. Kortezzi says:

    Nelson’s senior-scaring campaign is as dishonest as it is shameless. He completely ignores all the actuarial studies showing SS and especially Medicare are going broke, and insinuates that ANY changes are going to cut benefit payments to existing payees, while saying ZIP about the $500 mil. cut to Medicare that HE supported by voting for Obamacare!

    But these tactics have worked for Democrats before, so it would be naive to think they won’t help Nelson now – – if they aren’t countered effectively.

    The 3 major GOP candidates need to practice explaining their positions on the need for reform of SS and Medicare, in the way calm but emphatic manner Paul Ryan uses. Nelson’s scare tactics need to be turned against him with ads featuring seniors making points about the immorality of sticking their grandchildren with horrendous piles of debt.

  7. Dennis says:

    The rumors of S.S. and Medicare’s “death are greatly exaggerated.” S.S. is solvent until 2037 and if we do absolutely nothing, it could still pay 78% of promised benefits after that. Simply eliminating the earnings cap on S.S. taxes would solve the solvency issues for S.S. for the indefinite future. Medicare is solvent until 2024 and then if no changes are made, Medicare can still pay out 83% of the promised benefits. The Medicare problem is not insoluble. Bruning’s “solution” for Medicare is to turn it into a voucher program and bring back pre-existing condition clauses. The advocates of the Ryan/Bruning Medicare plan have yet to tell us how seniors will be able to buy private health insurance after the return of pre-existing condition clauses. The Bruning/Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it. Thus far, Stenberg and Fischer haven’t had the courage to tell us if they support the Bruning/Ryan Medicare plan because they know it is politically radioactive. Nevertheless, Stenberg has long advocated S.S. privatization which would be a windfall for Wall St. and would place seniors’ savings in the stock market. Stenberg and Fischer have both come out in favor of the euphonious “cut, cap and balance” plan that would cap federal spending at levels that we haven’t seen since the 1960s. This plan would require huge cuts in federal spending. Since Medicare, Medicaid and S.S. make up about 50% of the federal budget, those programs would see big cuts under the “cut, cap and balance” plan. Yet Stenberg and Fischer haven’t told us what they want to cut. The conservative wing of the GOP has hated S.S. and Medicare since their inception. There is no reason to believe that Bruning, Stenberg and Fischer wouldn’t try to cut these programs in order to finance tax cuts for the wealthy.

  8. RWP says:

    Wind turbines also contain a heck of a lot of aluminum, and spend the first part of their operating lifetime simply recouping the energy used to make them. Moreover, aluminum, ironically, is made with clean energy; they site aluminum smelters near hydro-plants because aluminum production is incredibly energy intensive. So in increasing the consumption of clean energy in making the turbines, you’re creating a demand for more coal burning stations to make up the deficit.

    Wind energy isn’t as bad as bioethanol, but it’s not as ‘clean’ as it looks. You have to look at CO2 production over the whole cycle, not starting with a brand new shiny wind turbine already built.

  9. RWP says:

    SS privatization wouldn’t put our savings in the stock market unless we chose to do that. I get a kick out of these people who claim the 2008 crash wiped out their 401k and now they have to keep working instead of retiring. If you’re close to retirement, a large part of your investments should be low-risk, fixed income. If you’re 100% in equities you’re taking a bigger risk for higher return, which is fine if you’re willing to gamble, but greedy people who get burned shouldn’t whine.

    The biggest problem with medicare is costs. There have been major breakthroughs in cancer treatment recently, but they’re very expensive. Pretty soon we’ll be able to keep otherwise healthy people alive into their 90s with a very high frequency, but very expensively. That will bankrupt any government-run system.

    Britain, with its state run system, is simply not providing expensive life saving treatments. They’re telling old people they’re not worth saving. And the US will end up doing that too. It’s inevitable.

    You can spend an infinite amount of money prolonging your life. Steve Jobs is an example. That’s your choice. Trouble is, with a state-run system, the state then spends an infinite amount of money prolonging everyone’s life. That’s a problem.

  10. Anonymous says:

    @ Kortezzi – You write, “…making points about the immorality of sticking their grandchildren with horrendous piles of debt.

    You do realize, don’t you, that predatory student loan companies like NELNET are DIRECTLY – with the help of Colleges & Pols – responsible for saddling hard-working American students – otherwise known as someone’s GRANDCHILDREN – with the most massive, unforgiving LIFETIME debt in U.S. History. Fact.

    A couple of days ago, USA TODAY’s front-page ran an alarming story headlined: “Student Loans Outstanding will Exceed $1 (One Trillion) Dollars this Year.”

    “The amount of student loans taken out last year crossed the $100 billion mark for the first time and total loans outstanding will exceed $1 trillion for the first time this year. Americans now owe more on student loans than on credit cards, reports the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Students are borrowing twice what they did a decade ago after adjusting for inflation…”

    Those kids are the “Grandchildren” you are talking about.

    Companies like NELNET have stuck them with soul-shattering predatory student loan debt and the next economic meltdown involves student loans.

    Meanwhile, NU’s Chancellors – several of whom are on their THIRD lucrative career like the Good Dr. Mauer who disturbingly makes more in salary than POTUS and drives around in $100,000 cars – and has free membership to two Omaha Country Clubs – while his med students graduate with $200,000 in student debt!)

    You do realize, don’t you, however, that the U.S. government won’t bail out students because they don’t have Big Banking Battalion scorched-earth lobbyists like the predatory student loan industry.

    You do realize, don’t you, that until Nebraska’s Democrats and members of the GOP denounce companies that have – LITERALLY – become uber-wealthy on the backs of loan-soaked students, you simply cannot talk about your sadness at saddling “grandchildren” with America’s debt.

    Mr. Kortezzi: A handful of private predatory student loan lenders – OTHERWISE KNOWN AS WELFARE BANKERS – were part of a $10 BILLION dollar a year industry until President Obama shut it down. And they went ballistic. In Fact, the word on the Street in D.C. is that the private predatory student loan lobby is one of the biggest forces behind the repeal of the President’s health care plan because in order to fund health care, he gutted the student loan lenders’ federal ATM machine.

    To be continued.

  11. Papa ROTC says:

    @ Kortezzi: Please, could you, for once, Comment on Nelnet given how the company is joined-at-the-hip with Nebraska’s Congressional Delegation and NU?

    You do realize, don’t you, that not long into his tenure, President Obama TURNED OFF the wasteful, unfair, lavish federal subsidy spigot for private predatory student loan lenders by eliminating the Federal Family Education Loan Program (FFELP).

    The GOP/Private student loan industry flipped out because their EASY MONEY source was gone. Poor babies; now, they were going to have to “work” for their money kinda like the way the GOP tells hapless American workers/OWS protesters to.

    You do realize, don’t you, that said predatory private student loan lenders STILL ARE TOTALLY FREE TO MAKE STUDENT LOANS;

    Only, now the President FORCED them TO HAVE SKIN IN THE GAME SO THEY’LL stop their predatory practices and WON’T – just like the predatory sub-prime lenders – LOAN $200,000 TO innocent/vulnerable/trusting/young/unsuspecting STUDENTS WHO HAVE NO CHANCE OF PAYING IT BACK.

    Why did they ever do that? Because they were able to use the U.S. Department of Education like a federal ATM and then they have the gall to act all huffy about “welfare”; hell, that’s how Nelnet Execs got rich.

    Angie Mulheisen can pretend all she wants at UN-L-sponsored “Entrepreneurship” Symposiums that her family “company” did it the old-fashioned way: through “entrepreneurship” and “innovation.” No. They. Did. Not.

    NELNET EXECS BECAME WEALTHY BECAUSE THEY CONDUCTED A SCHEME TO DEFRAUD THE GOVERNMENT. What did they care, the more money they lent, the more federal subsides they got & NU – including UNO – whoops, I found that out the hard way – helped.

    Seriously, the hypocrisy is unprecedented for a Cornhusker business. Note: You know those Big Sandy beach houses; well, We the Taxpayer paid for them via ridiculously-given-out “unwarranted” federal subsidies that companies knew they shouldn’t be getting but organized efforts like “Project 9.5″ to siphon away as much money as they could before the Public or a new administration said, “Enough!”

    To quote Jesse J: “You wonder how they sleep at night, when the [student loan] sale comes first and the truth comes second.”

  12. Lizzie says:

    The coming student loan default crisis will make the mortgage default/foreclosure crisis look like a party.

    Brace yourselves.

  13. Papa ROTC says:

    And on another note I would like to blame McDonalds for making McRib sandwichs and making me fat. It is not my fault I was shoving them down my trap faster than Pee Wee Herman punching his clown at the movie theater but rather McDonalds fault for making them sooo tasty. It is also Coors fault for my DUI not the fact that I was doing keg stands at 6am.

    The reason I did not go to college is not my fault but rather the big man upstairs fault for giving me free will

  14. The Real Papa ROTC says:

    @ Kortezzi: Let’s see, you mention McDonalds and Coors but NOT NELNET.

    To echo the Godfather himself: You’re mixing apples & oranges. You’re also blaming the victims: the American student & the American taxpayer.

    Now, I’m going to have to channel the reliably rational Stormin’ Mormon given that you seemed to have missed the point, kinda the way that Gov. Perrey appears to so often during debates.

    Forget for a moment whose more at fault: 18-year-old students who trust that college Financial “Aid” packages are not what they so often are: “Bait & Switch” schemes; forget that American students are just now figuring out that the skyrocketing cost of college is directly related to the unholy alliance between AMERICAN POLITICIANS, & their BFF’s, Land Grant College Public Presidents who make $2 million dollars a year like Ohio State’s Gordon “Bubba” Gee and the tens of thousands of public college Vice-Chancellors and full Baby Boom-era Professors (with no debt) who make upwards of $300,000 dollars while Ohio State classes keep getting bigger and students graduate with massive debt;

    Forget for a moment any 20/30/40/50-something trusting potential American student who still believes that “COLLEGE” is the Pathway to the American Dream.

    It’s what NELNET – and other private predatory student loan companies – did once the ink was dry on the loans they offered to so many, many unsuspecting American students up until a Nebraska whistleblower blew the whistle.

    In the previous decade, primarily under President Bush, NELNET “piggybacked” current student loans on to an old Carter-era Trust that was supposed to be reduced to zilch, nada, zero dollars by the end of the 1990’s BUT…

    Instead, because of NELNET’S “unwarranted” PIGGYBACKING scheme, that Carter-era Trust ballooned into a MULTI-BILLION DOLLAR BABY! (the great majority of which went to one Lincoln-Nebraska-based company.)

    With the 2004-2007 NU “partnership,” NELNET piggybacked new NU loans, and lots of others, on to this OLD TRUST – sometimes for as much as only ONE HOUR – and they received a federal subsidy equal to 9.5 per cent rather than the contemporary percentage which was at historic lows.

    But let’s use your faulty “apples & oranges” McDonalds reference for a minute.

    What NELNET did is tantamount to McDonalds charging $3 for a kids hamburger (a “student” hamburger, let’s say) and then billing the U.S. Department of Education, otherwise known as the American taxpayer, for $9.50 for that EXACT HAMBURGER.

    So the private company, McDonalds, – which was already making some kind of profit on the $3 dollar “student” hamburger, also “tooked” an extra $6.50 from YOU, Kortezzi, the American taxpayer.

    Then, to continue the NELNET-McDonalds comparison, you would have McDonalds – like NELNET – bragging about their business “acumen” at NU-sponsored “entrepreneurship” conferences.

    And you would have the top execs at McDonalds – I mean NELNET – develop entire gated communities with NELNET EXEC houses that feature Spanish architecture and brick-red, barrel-tile roofing.

    And then you would have McDonalds – I mean NELNET – dissembling to anyone who questions their riches that it was just a little old “LOOPHOLE” that the company “rightly” took advantage with the help of NU’s Regents, NU’s Chancellors, and the NU Foundation.

    Well, the NELNET “loophole” defense is absolute B.S.

  15. Huh says:

    Papa ROTC-perhaps these students could use some of the tuition money to take a finance class to understand what they are signing. After all when I sign for a 200K loan I NEVER would seek the advice of a professional or read and understand it through and through. If you are signing your life away take the TIME to understand what you are singing. Banks make money they not in the business of regulating stupidity

  16. Papa ROTC says:

    @ Huh: You write, “Banks make money…”

    Right. But in an ideal world they don’t “make” that money by unethically DEPLETING U.S. Department of Education coffers.

    Again, NELNET did not MAKE money the old-fashioned way: by earning it.

    NELNET “made” money by BILLING the U.S. Department of Education for an ungodly amount of “unwarranted” taxpayer monies that the U.S. Justice Department decried as a “scheme”; NELNET’S money came from the beleaguered American taxpayer. (The opposite of Steve Jobs, if you will.)

    That is a separate, but critical, issue from the particular size or amount of any given predatory loan to any particular vulnerable student; students that you have outrageously referred to as “stupid.”

    I will call them trusting; they genuinely believe that a Banker/Chancellor/University would NOT saddle them with more money than they could pay back. I know, to a lot of “business” types, to profiteers, such students must seem ripe for the ripping off because they don’t understand what is purposely kept confusing and nebulous.

    Corporate America is filled with folks who simply cannot understand the concept of “Mission.” Everything is about “Profit,” including how to MAKE MONEY ON students, patients, the elderly, and people with mental illness and mental retardation. GOP/Privatization.

    That, my friend, is where America has lots its way. And I’m sorry, but the GOP “engineered” the road map of decline.

    The truly sad part is that students who are the least skeptical of authority are often those who are first-generation college students whose savvy parents are not hovering over them throughout the whole excessive student “loan”-shark process.

    Of course, Nebraskans do not completely understand the whole NELNET/Nebraska BFF situation because not a single working Nebraska journalist has ever connected the dots in a comprehensive and accessible in-depth manner.

    For starters, Nebraskans need to know that the original NELNET/A.G. Bruning brouhaha – instigated by New York’s hard-charging AG Cuomo – was ONLY about NELNET’S “Deceptive Marketing” practices wherein they were doing…well, just what it sounds like: luring in students for loans via “deceptive marketing” practices which included “rewards” and “trips” etc. for college loan officials/recruiters who could hand them the most students.

    Second, the whole “Project 9.5″ was a completely separate nefarious practice that involved the FEDS & the U.S. Department of Education when Margaret Spellings served as Secretary. Of course, there is a connection between the two “worst” business practices in that NELNET needed lots of loans (deceptive marketing) in order to execute (Project 9.5).

  17. Papa ROTC says:

    @ Huh again:

    Life may not be Fair; but working for Fair Play equals a life worth living.

    We don’t have to be successful in the struggle for fairness, as Mother Teresa reminds us, we just have to be faithful to the cause.

    As opposed to being “faithful” to private predatory student loan-shark practices. And then calling them little old baby “loopholes.”

  18. Just saying says:

    Papa ROTC: Thanks for the background. You do your research and then give us some good analysis.

    So why has not a single major newspaper ever challenged NELNET and the University’s relationship with it? A good time to do this would have been after the Bruning brouhaha.

  19. Papa ROTC says:

    @ Just saying

    Probably because when I talk about the Political/Corporate/College clique, under the “Corporate” category comes the Omaha World-Herald (OWH) and the Lincoln Journal Star (LJS).

  20. Anonymous says:

    Scott Kleeb does indeed work for Energy Pioneer Solutions which is registered as a woman owned company with the POC a Kris Vrooman, all publicly available info. The corp documents will be availble soon. To maintain the special SBA status as a woman owned entity ” she ” must have 51% control of the company.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Looks like Vrooman was working for Energy Pioneer Systems long before 2009 , according to a grant writing site, when Scott Kleeb “started” the company, according to his web site.

    Funny how he and Jane can’t even tell the truth as to when to company started.

  22. RWP says:

    The moral of the story, papa ROTC, is that the federal government should not be in the business of making or guaranteeing student loans. When you have federal involvement in any business activity, immediately the result is crony capitalism.

  23. Just saying says:

    RWP: You still don’t get it. It was the corporate takeover of the Department of Education that enriched banks and put students into the category of indentured servants.

    I was able to pay cash at two private colleges for almost every semester of my now-in-their 20’s children. They also worked and won scholarships and grants.

    I took out one government loan for my son and one Sallie Mae (private company now, like NELNET) for my daughter for one semester each. The difference is staggering. The Direct Federal Loan (without the middleman) gives me the same good service and clear communication that my federal loan did for me thirty years ago. I can’t say the same for Sallie Mae. Not even close.

    So don’t say the Federal Government shouldn’t get involved. I speak from experience with two kinds of loans–private and government.

    The Federal Government, when it doesn’t bed down with corporate, is a wonderful channel of NEEDED regulation for corporate greed gone wild, although there are thankfully some great corporations who manufacture real products or give real service.

    Student loan banking is a super easy, low overhead, hugely profitable gig!

  24. RWP says:

    You still don’t get it. It was the corporate takeover of the Department of Education that enriched banks and put students into the category of indentured servants.

    This is idiotic hyperbole. Nobody took over the Department of Education. Unfortunately. The Department of Education is a hugely and malfunctioning government bureaucracy. It should be closed.

    The Federal government has no business making loans. If the loans are good loans, banks will make them. If they are not, the government should not be backstopping bad risks. When they do, the result is Solyndra.

    You may have loved federal direct student loans, but as of year 2000 they had a default rate of 9.6% on the standard 10 year repayment plan. With that sort of default rate, either the program is subsidized, or the interest rate needed is astronomical.

    It is inevitable that when the federal government gets involved with business, what will happen on the one hand is regulatory capture, and on the other cronyism. We’re seeing it in the green energy loan program, where Obama’s been dispensing billions to campaign contributors for businesses that couldn’t get a loan on their own merits. $500 million went to Solyndra, including a politically driven and likely illegal guarantee to Obama contributors that they would get paid off ahead of the US government in a bankruptcy. Another $500 million went to Fisker for a car that is going to be manufactured in Finland. Tesla has been a money sink. And the list goes on…

  25. RWP says:

    On this subject, National Review yesterday, in an excellent article by Richard Vedder and Andrew Gillen, noted that total student loan debt in the US is now approaching a trillion dollars, and exceeds our total credit card debt. Debt is doubling every seven years, and is rapidly approaching a debt-spiral scenario, wherein students in aggregate pay less than their interest, and so the principal balance increases without any additional borrowing. The default rate, as I’ve noted previously, is far greater than any commercial bank could tolerate. Part of the reason is that most college degrees are pretty darn worthless, and don’t equip the student to earn enough to pay off their borrowings.

    This is, once again, what happens when government gets involved in business. We decided everyone should own a home, so we had Fannie and Freddie start to backstop high-risk loans. This drove business into granting even higher risk loans, and created the housing bubble. Of course, not everyone should own a home, because not everyone is capable of paying off a mortgage.

    Similarly we’ve decided that everyone should go to college. But the fact is many if not most people don’t benefit much from a college education, and there aren’t that many high-paying jobs out there. So there are a huge number of student loans that are not viable; the student loans plus interest cost more than the net benefit from the degree, assuming the student ever got a degree.

    Vedder and Gillen argue that there won’t be a student loan implosion, because a trillion dollars is still small potatoes, but if you listen to the OWS protestors, it’s clear they’re already feeling burned. But their anger should be directed at the universities that sold them a bill of goods, not Wall Street.

    This is one reason I do not get involved in student recruiting. In all honesty, I can’t tell some random student I don’t know he or she should go to college or grad. school. Some of them should, certainly, but some of the ones we admit probably shouldn’t, and we’re doing them a disservice by admitting them.

  26. Mrs. Papa ROTC says:

    @ RWP: You make a couple of spot-on points in your previous Post; however, you also are flat-out wrong with respect to this line:

    “Nobody took over the Department of Education. Unfortunately. The Department of Education is a hugely and malfunctioning government bureaucracy.”

    During 2000-2008, the U.S. Department of Education, in Fact, was filled with “revolving-door” employees from the predatory Private Student Loan Lobby. And they did what the Industry wanted them to do which was to look the other way while the “Private” sector engorged themselves on U.S. Taxpayer federal subsidies from the FFELP spigot. That’s indisputable.

    Until a Nebraska whistleblower, Congress, and Inspector Generals from Education stopped the “unwarranted” practice. (Google Rep. George Miller’s hearings that called Secretary Margaret Spellings et al – including Nelnet reps – to testify about the “education subsidy” black hole that the agency had become.)

    Second, clearly the U.S. Department of Education would be less of a mess if GOP-dominated private predatory student loan companies/bankers/lobbyists had NOT BEEN MISUSING IT all these many years.

    Multiply these types of outrages across the industry spectrum and by 49 states and throw in the politicians from all the states and you will see why we are now living in the United States of a Mess.

    Both the Democrats and the Republicans must shoulder the blame for today’s economic ills.

    When will Americans wake up and realize that the only way to begin to solve some of our problems is to VOTE OUT every single sitting Member of Congress.

    As the columnist Charlie Reese writes, “If no one in Congress likes these staggering deficits, why the heck do we have them?”

    It’s not librarians, auto mechanics, artists, Starbucks workers, tutors, cameramen, dental receptionists, musicians, truck drivers, or software engineers who Cast Votes in Congress.

    It’s Members of Congress. They need to go. All of them. In any other world but the Magical World of Congress, they’d all have been fired in 2008.

  27. Mrs. Papa ROTC says:

    @ RWP at 12:37 p.m.

    OMG, I agree with everything that you wrote in your latest Post.

    Except I’ll disagree with the authors of the National Review when they contend that there will not be a student loan implosion. There’s already been one.

    When so many 20/30/40 and even 50-something-return students owe debt the size of home mortgages, that means that they are not jump-starting the economy by buying condos or homes, starting families, purchasing new cars, attending uber-expensive Arena concerts; eating out at restaurants, indulging in their personal interests whether that’s books, pets, or fashion, taking vacations, or doing all those wonderfully American things that use to keep this country humming.

    There’s NO question that America’s real estate slump is directly tied to massive student loan debt.

    Avarice by the Few wrecked it for the Many.

    And hello: Congress is at fault. Period.

  28. Shoe Salesman says:

    Wait – Bob Kerrey’s comments on an AARP ad are somehow a slam on Ben Nelson’s ads hitting Bruning, Fischer and Stenberg for hating old people and wanting to take away their benefits?

    Does that mean when Gov. Heineman talks about improving education he’s slamming how stupid our three members of the House of Representatives are? I mean, he may or may not mention them, but they are dumb.

  29. Anonymous says:

    When I went to college, most students got by with part time jobs and summer work. Few I knew took out loans. Since then the cost of a college education has far outstripped inflation. Why is that? Two culprits I can identify are the unjustified increase in number and pay of college administrators. Also the unjustified increase in salaries for professors such as RWP who have such a minimal teaching and research load that they can spend most of their working day posting on blogs.

  30. Anonymostly says:

    So now that Mattel has rolled out “Skank Tat” Barbie, I wonder when we’ll be seeing “Baby Bump” Barbie.

  31. I agree what they are saying about RWP says:

    I do not recall RWP birther claims but here is a list of other claims that RWP has made that REALLY make me question his credibility
    • In May of 2006 RWP claimed to have created a synthetic blue broccoli with conciseness and had three opposable thumbs

    • October 2007 RWP claimed that Guam could not capsize as many feared because he placed an anchor under Guam as a precautionary measure

    • On Halloween 2009 RWP claimed to create a tony award winning play. The plot revolved around Charlie Brown falling in and out of love with count chocula. When asked to see the play RWP said he lost the script and negotiations with count chocula fell through

    • On a frosty February morning in 2010 RWP demanded to know the answer to the question but refused to pose a questions on the grounds that atheist faith refuses him to ask questions

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