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GOP Blocks Bill To Extend Low-Interest Student Loans

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While not exactly surprising, today's Senate failure to extend a bill extending the currently low interest on student loans, after a blocking vote by the GOP may bring even more attention to what Zero Hedge has dubbed one of the biggest bubbles of 2012.

From Reuters:

U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a White House-backed bill that would end a tax break for some private firms in order to fund an extension of low-interest rates for federal student loans.


Republicans prefer to cover the $6 billion cost of a one-year renewal of the 3.4 percent loan rate by taking money from Obama's healthcare overhaul. A compromise is expected. A deal must be reached by July 1 to prevent the loan rate from doubling for more than 7 million students.


The Senate vote was 52-45. Sixty yes votes were needed to move the legislation along.

That there will be politics involved in this touchy subject is not a secret. What, however, will hit the American (young) consumer class (and recidivist iGadget buyer) like a wall of bricks is if on July 1 there is still no deal, and the student protests seen in the recent past in London and Montreal spread to US campuses, where students demand the dignity to file for bankruptcy in peace... and full debt discharge. The counter of course will be whether anyone had put a gun to their head when they were taking out a loan. The counter to that counter will be that no students expected there would be zero jobs available upon graduation. And so on, in a tit for tat repeat of the housing bubble and the massive unexpected consequences as yet another $1 trillion bubble pops, which just like last time, will result in yet another broad taxpayer funded bailout, in which the all end up paying for the the few.


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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:13 | 2407181 GeneMarchbanks
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Debt Peonage.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:33 | 2407241 hedgeless_horseman
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Most college graduates in America cannot spell subsidize. 



U.S. Senate Republicans on Tuesday blocked a White House-backed bill that would end a tax break for some private firms in order to fund an extension of low-interest rates for federal student loans.

Remind me, please, which party has the majority in the Senate? 

That is right, the Democrats have the majority.

How do the minority Republicans block a White House-backed bill?

Fucking Reuters.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:36 | 2407307 Poetic injustice
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See, even mass media can't tell the difference between two parties? Is...there...any?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:43 | 2407341 mayhem_korner
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Point missed.  The MSM are the ones fabricating and perpetuating the illusion of a "difference."  If it weren't for them, folks would see clearly that there is little difference behind the rhetoric.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:49 | 2407347 hedgeless_horseman
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I "misremember" my high school civics.  What is the 60 vote requirement?  Ahh yes, to overcome the delay tactic called a filibuster.   

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:51 | 2407372 tarsubil
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No one actually has to talk. Mainly because it is all BS and a game.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:55 | 2407389 Cocomaan
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This is a wee myopic. The filibuster could have been easily defeated with the Nuclear Option, but the Democrats never bothered to do that with their supermajority. 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:00 | 2407424 IBelieveInMagic
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yet another broad taxpayer funded bailout

Tyler, what are you smoking -- who is this mythical taxpayer that you keep referring to that is funding these bailouts? It's just cynical parasitical American financial hegemony that is being imposed knowing fully well that the rest of the world has to just suck it up or else it would be end of the world as we know it.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:00 | 2407692 Teflon1
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The rich will pay with their blood. The richest and most educated got us into this mess.

They can get us out.... or have the poor knawing on their childrens legs.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 18:41 | 2408437 Xkwisetly Paneful
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You must have a huge bill to pay! afterall half the world exists on the equivalent of $240/mo which makes you and a vast portion of the rest of the delusional zerobrains crowd amongst the rich.

Is that after they put down the krispy kremes and lattes?

Why is it that a per student per month in dollars difference is so difficult to find?

Could it be because it is somewhere between $7-$12 or the price of two krispy kremes and a latte?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:12 | 2407446 The Big Ching-aso
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"I see you have a PhD in Applied Mathematics with a Masters in Chemistry from MIT."

"Yes, and I graduated with honors."

"Very good.   You're hired.   Please see Mr. Jose Medina your supervisor at 8:00 am sharp tomorrow."

"Great!   Am I working french fries or shakes?"

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:20 | 2407501 Silver Dreamer
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This is Zero Hedge, right? Come on people! There's only one party, and it's the banksters.  Therefore, this news should not be surprising.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:28 | 2407803 CrashisOptimistic
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That doesn't matter.

That has always been so.

You still have to vote to minimize damage.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:27 | 2407805 A Nanny Moose
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Conflict creates drama. Drama sells. Their jobs is to increase shareholder value, is it not?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:44 | 2407876 Arnold Ziffel
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"You mean I have to pay this sh*t back?!...WTF??!!??"

That's my neighbor's son in utter disbelief when I told him the fact you cannot, "just walk away" from student loans like his dad did from their mortgage. I feel sorry for him...not sure how he can repay $76K working as an 'art historian.'

On second thought, when I think of how much he partied for five years....not too sorry after all.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:58 | 2407939 blunderdog
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Why do you think it matters, though?

Can't collect money that isn't there.  Have they started garnishing unemployment benefits and foodstamps yet?

The neighbor's son sounds like an idiot, but it's not HIS money.  He can't lose.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 21:26 | 2408728 GoodMorningMr.V...
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 Worse interest capitalizes daily on these bad boyz. This isn't a home mortgage. You fall behind, and your 50,000 loan in principal can balloon seven figures and like herpes never leaves you. A slave for life.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:39 | 2407315 tarsubil
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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:45 | 2407345 Liposuction
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Senate Blocks Interest-Rate Freeze on Federal Student Loans

Lulz.  Who owns the Senate? 

Next up: ECB Clears Roadblocks to new QE, FED saves puppy from drowning.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:46 | 2407349 machineh
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'How do the minority Republicans block a White House-backed bill?'

Answer: most college graduates don't know what 'cloture' is either.


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:54 | 2407384 hedgeless_horseman
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This would be closer to the truth, don't you think?

...on Tuesday blocked delayed a White House-backed bill

I am sure it was an entirely unintentional oversight by an innocent journalist.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:11 | 2407471 pods
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Well, I know what cloture is, but I still chuckle whenever I hear it cause it just sounds dirty.


Kind of like the time I once gave a chick Plumeria for Christmas.

"You gave her WHAT!?"


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:46 | 2407352 Henry Chinaski
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GOP and Senate Democrat Majority Leader Harry Reid Block Bill To Extend Low-Interest Student Loans

fixed it

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:55 | 2407399 Cocomaan
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Good research, this is interesting. 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:25 | 2407534 roadhazard
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 In the bill sent from the House Repubicans had inserted draconian cuts to womens health care among other things unacceptable to democraps.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:55 | 2407659 financial apoca...
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haha good work Chinaski

wtf why would the leader of the Donkeys not support his party's bill. only in America

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:54 | 2407386 mathdock
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60 votes needed in the Senate to prevent a so-called filibuster.  They call it a cloture vote now, but principal is the same.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:21 | 2407490 roadhazard
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It takes 60 votes to pass a bill. Democraps do not and have not had that many since they took the "majority" in the Senate. Being in the Majority means nothing unless you have 60 votes. That is why legislation goes nowhere in the Senate.


edit: Didn't see mathdock's post, so solly.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:37 | 2407832 SDShack
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Do you even know how many times in the last 50 years one party has had 60+ votes in the Senate? Here is the answer, only during the JFK/LBJ and Carter years, plus 2008-2010... all run by democrats. Outside of JFK, these were all terrible times for the country. But what I really want to know is how did any bills get passed in all those other years if, according to you, it takes "60 votes" to pass legislation. How did Nixon, Ford, Reagan, Clinton, Bush Sr, and Bush Jr. all get bills passed without 60 votes?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 19:26 | 2408525 roadhazard
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Simple, you don't need sixty votes if you allow filibustering.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 18:06 | 2408355 Augustus
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Sure the Dems had 60 votes in the Senate for OBummer's first two years.  That is why it became important for them to steal the seat for Al Franken.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 19:30 | 2408528 roadhazard
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You are assuming that Democraps are like there repubican lemming counterparts and vote as a block.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:25 | 2407792 CrashisOptimistic
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There is always Reconciliation to move the bill past the block, but that would not get the headlines desired.

None of it matters.  They will all go on disability regardless.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:25 | 2407245 Clueless Economist
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I'm looking forward to Maria Bartoromo purring through her sensous lips and Botox-Ravaged face, "Stocks down today across the board, but well off their lows of the day"


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:30 | 2407272 The Big Ching-aso
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"I got a degree in Basket Design & now I want someone else 2 pay 4 it so I can lead a productive life."


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:38 | 2407318 Poetic injustice
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If you refuse to pay, I'll go on disability money next week!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:47 | 2407355 machineh
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... after being diagnosed as a 'terminal basket case.'

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:05 | 2407447 NemoDeNovo
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ROFLMAO "Terminal Basket Case" - Now that's Funny!!!!!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 21:55 | 2408765 HungrySeagull
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Start weaving, you got a long way to go for your own bucket list.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:46 | 2407894 Arnold Ziffel
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Lugubriously Droll humor...if I may say so.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:34 | 2407441 krispkritter
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Pardon the source and know that I do not like Hannity, but if this guy is not a plant then it's pretty obvious there is a generation that wants everything on a silver platter. If I were in a room with this guy and he started pouting about his 'plight' I'd have to leave or kick his ass...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 18:08 | 2408361 Augustus
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Hannity later offered the guy a job.

The goy told him that he would not take a job for lesss than $80,000 to $100,000 a year.

Until he gets that, I guess he will continue to take the food away from someone's child.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:56 | 2407394 aerojet
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Someone downvoted you, but honestly, what else can you call it when they make the loans more available but also raise the price of tuition, fees, books, and room & board?  It would be one thing if colleges and universities held the line on cost, but instead, they are taking students for the proverbial ride--come to college, oh but, lube your ass up first!



Wed, 05/09/2012 - 02:41 | 2409197 Breaker
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The principal effect of the huge expansion of student loans is a massive subsidy from the taxpaying class to the academic class. More precisely, to the administrators and to the profs in marginal majors (serious majors like engineering would be doing OK without them). 

The students are just politically sympathetic carriers of the subsidy. I understand they took the loans voluntarily and many of them wasted the time spent in college with the loans. And there should be some penalty associated with that. But they were young and were pawns in a gigantic subsidy scheme. I have a hard time with keeping them in debt peonage for 30 years for being stupid enough to fall for their role in the subsidy scheme.

OTOH, I have real problems with fixing the problem of too many student loans by continuing to hand them out like candy. Raising the interest rate would be one small step in the right direction. Terminating the program entirely would be an even better idea.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:14 | 2407183 Mae Kadoodie
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How will I pay for my Ipad?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:14 | 2407185 Cognitive Dissonance
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Wait! Was that a blip in the Matrix?

Must have been a black cat. Something has been changed.

Damn! Deja vu all over again.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:14 | 2407186 carbonmutant
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WH spin due in 5...4...3...2...1

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:24 | 2407246 macholatte
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I may not know much, but I know the difference between chicken shit and chicken salad.
-- Lyndon B Johnson
Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:34 | 2407290 Manthong
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Speaking of chicken poop.. A little something to warm the cockroaches of the Nobel committee’s hearts:

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:56 | 2407292 The Big Ching-aso
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"As parents, note that this program prepares the student for dealing with other heavy debt in real life."

Student Loan Officer


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:56 | 2407400 aerojet
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Bring a gun to the negotiations.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:14 | 2407189 l1b3rty
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Student loans are an excellent example of how the modern lending system manifests ancient modes of control. In the United States, long before the modern student loan, for the promise of prosperity thousands of individuals came to the New World as indentured servants. Once they arrived in ‘America,’ ‘twas their job to work to pay off their sail across the pond, an endeavor which lasted years and a decision most young men did not make for themselves. Instead, their fathers worked out the terms and signed the legal papers, handing custodianship of son over to ship captain. Sound familiar?

In the last decade, as student loan debt increased, so too did the price of silver. Both trends are poised to continue over the medium term. (5 years+)

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:19 | 2407212 haskelslocal
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Sound like Chinese human cargo to me. Or Mexican ponga boats and fence jumpers. Everyone's got a jackle to payoff.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:09 | 2407459 Temporalist
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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:58 | 2407410 aerojet
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My ancestors came to what is now the US, 13 generations ago, by that very means.  They worked making tar for ships to pay off their voyage and it was damn hard.  The thing is, after a just a few years, they were able to leave the plantation and start up farms of their own and take ownership of their lives.  The modern debt system asks far too much for far too little!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:01 | 2407428 AnAnonymous
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Nowadays, generous and solvent sponsors as the Indians were are hard to come.

That is the big difference.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 16:59 | 2408153 Matt
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The difference is USERY. If the indentured servants had to pay compounding interest on the cost of the transAtlantic voyage, they would have ended up as slaves.

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 03:59 | 2409311 Sokhmate
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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:16 | 2407193 Cortez the Killer
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Little cocksuckers

pay your damn bills

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:21 | 2407226 nyse
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Clearly born before 1980.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:34 | 2407295 Liposuction
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Ad hominem.

Pay back your shit.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 16:04 | 2407967 Liposuction
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Haters gonna hate.  Don't get emo about your own refusal to live within your means.  Pay back your shit.  Just because you want something doesn't make it affordable.

How many of you assholes carrying student loans looking for a "free low interest rate courtesy of big gov" also have:

- more than 5 channels on your big ass TV

- a data plan

- anything from

- more than basic coverage on your > $10k car (leased/financed or otherwise)

- never use coupons except for buy-one-get-one "fatten my ass up" fast food

- all the latest hipster clothes and gadgets

Fuck you very much.  Pay back your shit first.  Then buy other shit.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:10 | 2407460 barroter
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pay your DOUBLED interest rates suckers! The rich who OWN these loans would enjoy this.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:16 | 2407194 homersimpson
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Millions of voices cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced... and immediately afterwards the sound of baristas pouring coffee resumed thanks to their worthless and overly expensive liberal arts degree.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:18 | 2407201 haskelslocal
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When a promise hangs in your face and you're 17 years old, you've got no idea what the other side of graduation looks like. Kids don't choose Liberal Arts degrees to purposefully fail. Wake up child.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:22 | 2407227 Cortez the Killer
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the laws of supply and demand require a liberal arts major to grab a broom and start sweeping out his parents' neighbors' garages.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:26 | 2407257 mayhem_korner
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What "promise"?  That one has a "right" to a job if one endures four years of higher education?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:57 | 2407407 Cocomaan
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These kids aren't even of legal age. They aren't allowed to join the army. They are, however, allowed to have quite a lot of money lent to them. Do you see a problem with that?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:02 | 2407426 mayhem_korner
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So you don't think the co-signer to loans given to students with no income or credit history means anything?  Or do Mom & Dad think they're signing corporate holiday cards?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:03 | 2407442 Cocomaan
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Of course it does, and in fact, what you point out makes the situation even worse for the kid. The kind of debt the lending industry and boomer-age morons are pushing these kids into is downright criminal, but we blame the kid. More importantly, we make the kid responsible for all the consequences. 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:07 | 2407451 mayhem_korner
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I'm sorry.  I didn't realize you were from the planet Victim.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:18 | 2407493 Temporalist
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When I was in high school I learned that the minumum age to sign a contract was 18.  Even if it were 17, 16, 15 I still understood what a contract was.  Also, I got my first credit card in the first year of college.  I never used it unless necesary.

It is not very hard to understand that if you borrow money you have to pay it back and the more you borrow the more the total amount after interest.

The same excuses are being made for mortgage owners who "didn't know" that things that are too good to be true usually are.

All parties are to blame.  Lenders deserve to lose out on defaulted loans when that happens and students are contracted to have to pay it off.

The reason they made the loans non-dischargeable was because people were going to school, declaring bankruptcy, then going back to school again.  I know of people that did this.  I don't agree with either side but obviously the lenders felt they needed protection.

Any student that thinks their loans should be forgiven are indiciative of what the US has become.

United States of Bailouts

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:20 | 2407497 Cocomaan
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When you're talking about a kid, yes, I'd call them a victim of a scam. The parents are at fault, the kid is certainly not. 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:27 | 2407538 mayhem_korner
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So should I pay my taxes directly to you and bypass the gov't?  Jus let me know the address of your local Western Union...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:47 | 2407899 SDShack
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So when do you think a kid become an adult? 18, 19, 21? Or maybe 26 since 0bamacare allows parents to carry kids on their insurance until 26? If a person hasn't figured out what a contract, credit, and interest is by 18, then that is an indictment of our education system and parents. There always is a time for everyone to grow up and be an adult. Usually it happens because we make a mistake and learn from it. In your world, it seems everyone is a victim. No wonder we have bailouts to infinity and beyond.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 17:06 | 2408175 Matt
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How about we lend the kid $500 unsecured with 20% interest first, and if they pay it back, then lend them $100,000 for tuition?

I suspect the education system doesn't do a lot to teach people to save money, or teach the importance of the exponential function. Once they started offering alternatives to Mathematics as a requirement to graduate, that probably marked the start of the decline.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:50 | 2407900 SDShack
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double post

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:37 | 2407301 homersimpson
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Of course peeps don't take libbie arts degrees to purposely fail - but they'll take them because it's easier to obtain than a math/finance/engineering one.

Hmm... when I was 17, I realized:

* The only guarantees in life were death and taxes

* I knew that engineering/business/medical degrees made more money than liberal arts degrees

* It's hard to make a living off what people consider hobbies, such as liberal arts

* The harder the degree, the more likely you'll make more money than one that wasn't as hard to obtain

You wake up, child. It's not my fault a lot of American kids wanted to take the easier road out and not study math-related or medical-related fields. It doesn't take a brain surgeon to realize it's hard to make money off of disciplines that are considered hobbies (e.g. - liberal arts).

The fact that many 18 year olds took out 100k loans for worthless degrees is NOT my fault or anyone else's... except the one who took the loan to pay for the libbie art degree in the first place.

So - explain to me again why I should bail out these baristas?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:40 | 2407328 mayhem_korner
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Well played b*tch-slap, Homer.  Didn't know ya had it in ya.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:00 | 2407419 Sauk Leader
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You all make great points, the media and campaigns will talk all about the loans, and loan relief. Yet they will not talk about why college is so expensive for what you actually get out of it. It is so high most people dont have a choice to pay thier own way anymore with out loans. I fucking had chinese TA's who couldnt pronounce Problems! "Probrems!". I took a psych class over the summer and the prof was there literally the first ten minutes of the first class dressed like he was going to the tennis club. His bitch TA assigned quizes from the textbook. States are funneling less money into college tuitions and more into the Union coffers. Cut professor salaries to reflect the amount of work they actually do.

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 02:45 | 2409201 Breaker
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College is expensive in large part BECAUSE of the student loan program. Demand increases faster than supply. The suppliers can raise the price. And they have raised it with vengeance.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 16:09 | 2407983 SDShack
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Exactly right Homer. At 18 I made a choice. I considered biology/wildlife management, law enforcement, and engineering as potential college majors. I chose engineering for the simple reason that it paid more and there was always a demand for engineers. I could only afford a local college, lived at home, and worked part time to pay for college. I never got any financial support from my family other than living at home. I had student loans at about 4% interest I think. I got my engineering degree in 5 years, which was about normal for engineers. 3 months after graduation, I got a supervisor job in a local manufacturing plant. In 10 years I was a corporate quality manager, and in 15 years I was a regional manufacturing manager. My loans were paid off in 10 years according to schedule. I made the right choice and have been blessed because of it. I expect others to do the same and not play the victim card all the time and expect a bailout from me.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 17:01 | 2408160 Cortez the Killer
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with 300 men like you I conquered the mighty aztec empire

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 19:06 | 2408487 Moe Howard
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Don't foget how few you sent to Guatemala to take over.

Wed, 05/09/2012 - 02:56 | 2409220 John_Coltrane
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Yes, its really quite simple:  if you want to make a lot of money you must make yourself useful to the largest group of people possible. 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:51 | 2407359 DOT
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" Kids don't choose Liberal Arts degrees to purposefully fail."



Yes, they do actually.

Mommy and Daddy have hovered and coddled for years but most of all protected little johnny from the stigma of "Failure". Since there is no downside choosing to waste four years just screwing around. The exclamation, "You Fail!", is a comic reparte not a harsh reality.





Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:54 | 2407383 mayhem_korner
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Where I used to live, they instructed the 5-year olds to "not keep score" in soccer matches (presumably so nobody would "lose").  Of course, as soon as a goal was scored, the scoring team cart-wheeled back to the kickoff, screaming ONE TO NOTHING! at the top of their lungs.

Protecting kids from the notion of winners/losers and other realities just breeds apathy.  And there's a whole generation of apathy spouting out about what they "deserve."

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:08 | 2407457 Joeman34
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The notion to which you’re actually referring, ‘political correctness’, is one of the few root causes of what is so wrong with America today.  I would call it 'hyper-political correctness' and submit it's close-to as dangerous as current fiscal/monetary policies.   

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:58 | 2407938 LFMayor
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Take the dodge balls out of the schools and you'll take the balls off the next generation.

they have never learned that life is as hard as the ground on which they walk, because they haven't been allowed to fall.  That's why God starts you off down low, so you'll build callouses without killing yourself.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:16 | 2407195 haskelslocal
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Are bank borrowing rates not at near ZERO?  3% or 6% interest still provides a profit. Claiming that low rates cost the U.S. tax payer is CROCK. Make adjustments banks. Forgive as you've been forgiven.  

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:24 | 2407240 TheAntiBen
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Seriously?  You've got to be kidding me.  So low interest rates, which do NOT promote saving but actually promote spending, didn't cost the U.S. Tax payer money?  Then why did I help to bail out GM?  Was it because the interest rates weren't low enough for EVERYONE to own a GM vehicle instead of paying their mortgage?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:30 | 2407271 mayhem_korner
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Banks aren't borrowing...they are covering up.  The borrowing took place long ago.  The game now is to continually paper over to defer the arrival of insolvency.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:49 | 2407364 greensnacks
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It's too bad the senate cannot block the feds ZIRP.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:10 | 2407463 Joeman34
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Someone needs to read-up on monetary policy theory...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:17 | 2407198 lolmao500
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Bullish for the banks!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:17 | 2407199 Lost Wages
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Republicans want to make sure even fewer young people vote for them this year than usual.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:18 | 2407207 RacerX
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It would be interesting to see all the "special resolutions" (ie: Pork) attached to the loan bill. Too bad our press doesn't dig deeper.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:27 | 2407237 Henry Chinaski
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Obama needs to kick ass and put it to those goddam do nothing republicans on this one. [/sarc]

...along with his faithful ally, Senate majority leader democrat, Harry Reid (who voted with the republicans).

Wake up and smell the fucking spin.

The vote was Bipartisan bitchez!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:33 | 2407287 Benjamin Glutton
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quirky parliamentary procedure allows Majority leader to bring the Bill back to the Senate floor when he is on the NAY side.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:56 | 2407402 DOT
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You don't need to be in the leadership to move to reconsider, you just need votes.

The Majority Leader generally can introduce just about any thing at any time.

Remember all those Holiday Season votes ?   

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:39 | 2407323 homersimpson
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Well if the "young people" were clueless enough to vote for Barack in 08, then why would the GOP bother to deal with them to begin with? These same people burdened in debt are most likely Barack voters anyways...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:40 | 2407586 haskelslocal
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Chump. Are you selling the two choice theory? As if Palin and the old man were a better choice. If you believe what you say, then THERE WAS NO CHOICE.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:11 | 2407465 barroter
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They're doing a great job of it..alienating the youth. I guess Mitt can explain to them why their interest rates doubled.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:37 | 2407575 haskelslocal
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The game within the game. There's no way Elephant think tanks didn't run the probabilities of such a decision. However, I think republicans have a forgone conclusion that the youth are lost to Obama anyhow so they might as well force the pain back towards those who give no vote and save the benefits for those they can count on. Except, what about the parents funding their children even with student loans? Certainly risky.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:18 | 2407202 IMA5U
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the youth is learning that if they dont want to pay their debts back...


they can simply protest and reneg on the terms


that's a great way of doing business.  thank you obama for teaching america this is the way to do binza55.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:21 | 2407224 Bazinga
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Actually, commercial real estate has been playing this game for years...without having to protest!

This mode of behavior has always been acceptable for businesses. Let's give BO credit where credit is due. He doesn't get credit for this one. 

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:24 | 2407235 LawsofPhysics
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You mean like the management and shareholders of GM, AIG, and every other PRIVATE mother fucking company that has ever recieved a BAILOUT?

Oh, that's not what you meant?  Go fuck yourself.  Make the management and the damn shareholders pay creditors back (especially when the creditor is the taxpayer) with their own PRIVATE wealth the next time a company goes belly-up.

Another good sheep that still believes the two-party lie, fucking moron.

The "youth" will be eating you for dinner shortly.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:32 | 2407279 Augustus
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The GAO has reported that the govt. will likely make a $15 Billion profit on the AIG deal where they confiscated the company.

The GM deal was simply a Unionista sop where Obummer again stole the capital of private investors to give to his supporters.

The deal with student loans will have nothing to do with current student loans.  Those rates are set.  The arguments are about the rates for NEW student loans.

The "youth" who won't pay their bills and prefer to camp out in the park rather than work can suck my hairy balls.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:41 | 2407319 LawsofPhysics
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"profit" with paper devalued by how much?  Yeah, I can't think of any better use of capital.  Thanks for pointing out what capital misallocation and malinvestment looks like in fascist Amerika.

Don't worry about the youth who won't pay their bills, like everyone else, they will get theirs.  FYI-I'd rather have them camping in a park so that I can hire my own "ball washer" than groping my kids and grandmother before I board a plane.  Think about it, you'll get it, maybe.

Free fucking market, bitchez.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:47 | 2407358 Navigator
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<<<The GM deal was simply a Unionista sop where Obummer again stole the capital of private investors to give to his supporters.>>>

Hhhmmm...Actually, on December 19, 2008 President Bush approved a bailout plan and GAVE his crony capitalist buddies at General Motors and Chrysler $13.4 billion in financing from TARP (Troubled Assets Relief Program) funds, as well as $4 billion to be "withdrawn later"

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:09 | 2407454 DOT
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So, that means I can sell these bonds ?


I think you have mistaken the destruction of contract law as a partisan event.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 15:37 | 2407837 CrashisOptimistic
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My recall is the Bush people decided the US should retain a car industry and vectored money to GM in the form of a loan.

It was the incoming Administration that orchestrated loss of money by bondholders who had, in good faith, loaned money to GM.  This was done in order to provide unions with seats on the board and cash payments to union members and the union political campaign donation budget.

These are not equivalent acts.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 18:20 | 2408398 Augustus
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Bush signed the Legislation that was DRAFTED and WRITTEN by the DEMOCRAT majorities in the House and Senate.  It included some funding to keep the auto companies alive.  It was OBummer who greatly increased the funding and installed his Czar, Steven Ratfink, to be incharge of stealing the companies.  Ratfink later paid a $6,000,000 settlement fee to the NY Attorney General to get out of charges of stealing from the NY Pension funds.  He knew the drill for pillaging a private company and OBummer gladly turned him loose.

If you are going to try to play the Blame it on Bush game, You should at least try to get the entire story first.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:03 | 2407436 FlyoverCountryS...
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If you have a degree in Hispanic Gay and Lesbian Studies, and $90G's in College debt, YOU MIGHT BE AN OCCUTARD

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:45 | 2407346 Joe The Plumber
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Moral equivalency does not make it right

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:54 | 2407392 LawsofPhysics
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The laws of Nature don't give a shit.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:37 | 2407306 mayhem_korner
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the youth is learning that if they dont want to pay their debts back... they can simply protest and reneg on the terms


No - that's what the youth have been taught.  What they're learning is the difference between what they've been taught and reality.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:19 | 2407210 junkyardjack
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Oops I shouldn't have taken out a little extra to update my wardrobe...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:20 | 2407216 Beam Me Up Scotty
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"The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few......or the one."



Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:11 | 2407470 DOT
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That pretty much describes our current National Budget and Tax Structure.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:29 | 2407543 Temporalist
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"There's never just one cockroach."


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:20 | 2407219 docj
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So here's the problem with all this - we (rightly) criticize as whores the pols who do nothing more than promise endless free stuff to the debt slaves, I mean voters. Yet, when someone says "no more free lunch", even in this case where the difference for the average loan comes out to something like, I think, $10/month in payments, then it's all about those whore politicians sticking it to "the little guy".

Or is the simple axiom that "all politicians suck - always"? That I could support.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:27 | 2407252 LawsofPhysics
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Come on now, you know damn well it depends on who's pocket that ten dollars is coming from and going into.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:30 | 2407269 docj
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Sure do. Two pockets, actually. Big Bank & Big College.

I'm not a fan of either.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:21 | 2407225 mckee
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I have $90k of debt for a degree in neo-socialism. I have metal spikes in my face, saucers in my ear and smell like a jock strap shared by an entrie rugby team. It's not my fault I can't find a job!!!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:24 | 2407231 RacerX
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Yes, but you are uniquely prepared for the upcoming apocolypse.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:31 | 2407557 Temporalist
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Try patchouli oil.  It can mask your smell because it stinks worse than everything else it is near.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:08 | 2407456 WillyGroper
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You're too funny. Thanks, made my day!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:15 | 2407484 Bob Sacamano
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But that has nothing to do with your responsibility to pay back the loan.  It is what you said you would do.  Repayment was not conditional on any events taking place or not taking place, except you signing the loan documents and taking the money.   I know -- it is someone else's fault........personal responsibility no matter what happens is not in vogue.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:23 | 2407519 mckee
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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 16:28 | 2408072 blunderdog
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What, that kid scares you so much you have to go online to talk trash about him?

Don't be a pussy.  Be a tough guy and go tell him to get a haircut and a job.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:22 | 2407228 Marc45
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When I finished college many, many years ago, I paid off my student loans over several years.  Yes, it was painful and the rates were much higher than today but I learned a valuable lesson in responsibility for my own decisions and my own life.  As my pop always said, "Son, your parents are probably the only people in the world who will give you something and not expect anything in return".  I don't have money problems now.  Thanks Dad!

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:29 | 2407266 LawsofPhysics
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Likewise.  Moreover, my father's "education" went something like "Happy birthday, now that you are eighteen, did you make sure to register?  Great, now get out."

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:16 | 2407481 Joeman34
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Ha, now it makes sense!  You write like you have some pent-up frustrations.  Daddy didn't love you enough...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:24 | 2407243 navy62802
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Too little too late. Bubble fully inflated.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:29 | 2407264 Cognitive Dissonance
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There's always room for another bubble.


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:39 | 2407311 mayhem_korner
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Just one more - the giganticus, bubble-inside-a-bubble: the USD/UST. 

End of story.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:45 | 2407607 Cognitive Dissonance
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Oh good. Then do we get to start all over again?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:28 | 2407258 carbonmutant
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 Student loan Debt Clock...

Total student loan debt exceeds total credit card debt..

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:27 | 2407259 Bear
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With second term for Obama no one pays ... Only US

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:28 | 2407261 Let The Wurlitz...
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They should pay for the difference in cost by cutting the pay, benefits and tenure of the lazy professors and administrators of these fine "institutions".


Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:56 | 2407401 LawsofPhysics
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I wish some of these nobel laureates would be more lazy and just shut the fuck up.  Paging Krugman...

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:28 | 2407265 PaperBear
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So a student loan cannot be discharged in bankruptcy and while there isn’t a job for the debtor are the repayments deferred or does a defaulting debtor get told their student debt stays in place and a jail will be their residence for the foreseeable future perhaps even after repayments resume ?

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:37 | 2407309 Augustus
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They can give back the education. 

What the heck did any student expect to happen when they borrowed $50,000 and spent it on five years of lousey livingod beer and good women, while majoring in goth films studies?  Now it is time to pay it back.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:47 | 2407350 docj
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Actually, I could almost support that. Sort of like a money-back guarantee. You can get "forgiveness" on your loans but you have to surrender your degree and you can't claim ever having earned it. I have no idea how you could possibly enforce that, but it may have some merit.

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:24 | 2407523 DOT
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Tue, 05/08/2012 - 14:49 | 2407630 karzai_luver
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No doubt they should ALL be jailed, it's the one job the U.S. is NBR1 in.


Plus, we could remove them all from the job hunters along with hiring thousands and thousands to man the jails to hold them all, plus the new jails that would need to be built.


I think that's the ticket.




Vote to jail all college grads without a job. Get them jailed before they riot and burn down the Starbucks bitchez.





Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:29 | 2407268 youngman
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So that is why gold and silver are down today....the students are selling their PM´s to pay off their student

Actually the "students" and I use that term as a joke....because they really are professional partiers.....have just learned a little Econ might help them with their African Womens Art major......

Tue, 05/08/2012 - 13:30 | 2407275 chet
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I think at this point the GOP would block a resolution to praise Grandmas and Apple Pie if it was proposed by a Democrat.  Saying "no" to things doesn't constitute a platform.

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