I sincerely, completely do not understand why the debt compromise included virtually eliminating the Pell Grant, but not increasing the taxes on the wealthy. All this system will do is increase the gap between the poor and the rich- what, does Congress want to institutionalize a caste system? They may be overpaid for the inefficient work they do, but the majority of the US is middle or lower class.
What happened to the American Dream? To the idea that if you work hard, you can succeed in the world? What happened to the value of education, and the value of affordable education for everyone? Republicans rage on and on about socialism, but they forget that programs like public education are, in nature, socialistic.
Or maybe they haven’t forgotten. Maybe that’s why they’re fucking with federal financial aid and public colleges.
Everyone says that they’re trying to “save the future for [their] children,” but why can’t we have the opportunities to forge that future for ourselves? Why are we ignored, counseled to sit passively, and implicitly advised against educating ourselves, because we’re not wealthy enough to afford it! Perhaps that wasn’t the intention behind cutting the Pell Grants, but that’s what it sure as hell feels like to me. I fully, truly, and completely understand that we have to make cuts and raise taxes to pay off our debts- but clearly, the way that Congress is going about it isn’t the right way. If it was, our credit rating wouldn’t have dropped.
Do they even understand how serious that is?
Gandhi said, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” But how am I suppose to change this?
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has called it a “slap in the face to conservatives.” Likely speaker of the House Paul Ryan has said the process that created it “stinks.” But Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is the first Republican to pledge outright that he’ll try to scuttle the compromise debt limit bill designed to kick any tough new vote into 2017.
“I will filibuster the new debt ceiling bill,” Paul said at an event on the University of Colorado’s Denver campus. “It is horrible, it’s hard for me not to use profanity describing it.”
Paul also called the bill a “steaming pile of legislation,” and urged fellow Republicans to join him. But Paul made the same move in 2011, the first time that the debt limit became a serious bargaining chip between Congress and President Obama.
“We will filibuster until we talk about the debt ceiling, until we talk about proposals,” Paul said then, after agonizing negotiations produced a similar punt of the hard votes. “We will actually vote in favor of raising the debt ceiling next week if we can, but it will be contingent on passing a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution.”
In the end, the balanced budget amendment did not pass. The debt limit compromise did, without Paul’s vote. But Paul’s ambition for this bill is to deny unanimous consent on passage of the House bill, forcing the Senate to work through the weekend, ahead of the Nov. 3 debt limit expiration deadline stated by the Treasury. That, according to Paul’s team, would give Freedom Caucus members – already on record against the deal – time and space to mobilize opposition.
Since making the decision, Paul has heard from a few other senators who would join him in the slow-down. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) is not yet among them.