It Doesn’t Need to be this Bad

By: Wednesday June 8, 2011 1:06 pm

The country is suffering from high unemployment, underwater mortgages, and rapidly escalating tuition prices. Most regular people lucky enough to have a job are seeing shrinking benefits from health care to retirement packages
I would love to have a major political party or even a major politician simple tell the American people they actually don’t need to keep suffer.

Student Loan Reform: Best Progressive Victory of 2010

By: Friday December 31, 2010 6:00 am

Looking back on the year, I believe that the best victory for progressives was student loan reform, which was passed as part of the reconciliation measure. While not as large in scale as some of the bills passed by this Congress, it still was a substantial measure that ends over $60 billion in government waste. [...]

Obama Deals Stunning Blow to Bank Subsidies on Student Loans, and Sallie Mae Stock Soars

By: Tuesday March 30, 2010 11:33 am

When President Obama signed the Student Lending and Fiscal Responsibility Act today, it dealt an enormous blow to Wall Street banks. He deserves huge props for that.  I’m not sure people know how big a victory it was. Sallie Mae spent $3 million on lobbyists last year, and got none of what they wanted.  Zero, [...]

What Progressive Victory Looks Like: Ending Corporate Welfare To Help Regular Americans

By: Friday March 26, 2010 5:04 pm

Yesterday was actually big victory for progressivism. Not in health care, but in student loan reform. Finally, a wasteful and worthless corporate welfare program was eliminated. The taxpayer dollars that were being thrown away on private profits will now be redirected to help low income students attend college and pay down the debt. This is [...]

Self-Interested Veal Pen Outfits Step Up to Kill the Public Option

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 10:16 am

Having suckered you into giving up your email address, fundraised heavily and built up their mailing lists by disingenuously flogging the public option, the veal pen turns around and shoots it in the back to save Michael Bennet’s ass. Yesterday SEIU and Progress Colorado showed up when David Sirota and 40-50 public option supporters delivered 34,000 petition signatures to Bennet’s office to protest AGAINST the public option.

Why Is Richard Trumka Taking Money From College Students to Pay for Union Fix?

By: Thursday March 25, 2010 7:53 am

Richard Trumka was all about the public option back in September, when he said in no uncertain terms that the AFL-CIO “won’t support the bill if it doesn’t have the public option in it.” And to his credit, one of the only reasons it stayed in the debate as long as it did was because [...]

Hey Colorado: Help Deliver Public Option Petitions to Michael Bennet Tomorrow

By: Tuesday March 23, 2010 7:42 pm

Michael Bennet was all about the public option when it didn’t matter.  Now that the health care bill has passed and the President has signed it, there’s no way that introducing an amendment can stop it from going through — so why is Bennet nowhere to be found? Thirty four thousand people have signed the [...]

Kent Conrad Scores Special Student Loan Deal For North Dakota In Reconciliation Package

By: Thursday March 18, 2010 11:40 am

It looks like Kent Conrad (D-ND), who chairs the Senate Budget Committee through which any reconciliation bill must pass, scored a nice, little, special deal for his home state as part of the student loan reform portion of the reconciliation package. From the summary of the bill: Section 2213. Agreements with State-Owned Banks. This section [...]

Bernie Sanders to Make Sure Public Option Gets Up-or-Down Vote, Defying Reid, Durbin

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 4:47 pm

We recently learned that Harry Reid (D-NV) and Dick Durbin (D-IL) were actually whipping against the public option and trying to deny the American people a real up-or-down vote on the issue in the Senate. It is good to see that Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is willing to defy them and instead go with the will [...]

Do Conrad and Durbin Just Love Banks, Or Really Hate Students?

By: Thursday March 11, 2010 8:36 am

The push by lobbyists of Citibank, JP Morgan, Sallie Mae and other student lenders to kill student loan reform is working. Kent Conrad is trying to keep the President’s plan from going through reconciliation this year, which means it can’t pass for another year — and guarantees that the Wall Street banks can keep carving [...]