So much for moderation. Out-of-step ideologue Rep. Jeff Flake may have simply have reversed his position on genetic discrimination on a whim. He seems to get a kick out of showing voters that he's boss since he still doesn't seem to understand that a congressman's first mission should be to help the families in his district.
On Thursday the House agreed, 388-21, to the Senate amendments on the Ensuring Continued Access to Student Loans Act. All the Democrats voting supported it, as did 89% of Republicans.
Student-hating Rep. Jeff Flake, not caring about the costs of higher education to struggling East Valley families, smirked and voted no.
President Bush got it right when he said in a statement released by the White House after House passage,
In order to ensure that Americans can continue to compete in the global marketplace, the federal government has an obligation to encourage and support people pursuing higher education. By granting the Department of Education greater authority to purchase federal student loans, today's action should ease the anxiety many students may feel about their ability to finance their education this fall.
The legislation was important because the credit crisis has forced about 50 lenders to stop writing some forms of student loans. The companies cite increased borrowing costs, cuts in government subsidies for education loans and a lack of investor interest in securities backed by loans.
Without this law, demand for federally backed student loans would outstrip supply, industry officials said. According to Education Department estimates, about 7 million borrowers will need more than $68 billion in federal loans this academic year.
College students and their families will now have ensured access to educational loans thanks to an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and the support of the Bush administration.
No thanks, of course, to rigid ideologue Jeff Flake, who haughtily sneers when anyone, even President Bush, says that the federal government has an obligation to encourage and support people pursuing higher education.
Really, we should be going further and expanding grants to college students instead of forcing them to borrow. I can just see Jeff Flake rolling his eyes when I say anything like this that attempts to give middle class families a helping hand.
Arrogant Jeff Flake assumes he's smarter than everyone else in Congress, the President, business leaders and you.
And every time he assumes this, he's making an ass of u and me.