Wall Street Journal:
That Other Government TakeoverLogically I don't know why you would throw sweeping changes in Education in to the health care bill but hey, I didn't understand what satellite TV had to do with unemployment either. I assume when nationalizing a country's most fundamental institutions it probably helps if the Administration accomplishes its goal as quickly and quietly as possible.
Everyone knows Democrats are planning to use the budget reconciliation process to get ObamaCare through the Senate. Less well known is that Democrats are plotting add-ons to that bill to get other liberal priorities enacted—programs that could never attract 60 votes.
One of these controversial measures rewrites the Higher Education Act to ban private companies from offering federally guaranteed student loans as of this July. Congress has already passed laws in recent years discouraging private lenders from making loans without a federal guarantee. But most college financial-aid departments still want private companies to originate and service the guaranteed loans. That's because the alternative—a public option run by the Department of Education—has been distinguished by its Soviet-style customer service.
The WSJ article also mentions that Obama's budget calls for making Pell grants an entitlement. While I'm sure that will be well received by
The Republicans will need to hit the road running when they take back over in November. There is much to be undone. Several federal departments should be dismantled and their power given back to the states where it rightfully belongs. The Dept. of Education, signed in to law by Jimmy Carter, should be among the first to go. (The Jimmy, he really is a national treasure, isn't he?)
The 4th of July will always be Independence Day. November 2nd should be our Liberation Day. Let's all work together to make it so.