Skip to comments.The Obama-Romney Education Plan
Posted on 04/29/2012 9:33:29 AM PDT by JediJones
Former presidential candidate Rick Santorum warned that Mitt Romney might not present a "clear contrast" to President Obama in the general election. Judging by Monday's action on the campaign trail, Mr. Santorum had a point.
On a day when the White House urged Congress to increase student-loan subsidies, Mr. Romney had an opportunity to draw a sharp distinction between the expanding Obama entitlement state and a plan to revive the private economy.
But instead of laying out plans to create jobs and reduce government spending, the former Massachusetts governor arrived at the same policy conclusion as Barack Obama. "Given the bleak job prospects that young Americans coming out of college face today," said Mr. Romney, "I encourage Congress to temporarily extend the current low rate on subsidized undergraduate Stafford loans. I also hope the president and Congress can pass the extension responsibly that offsets its cost in a way that doesn't harm the job prospects of young Americans."
House members who have been opposing the extension know it is anything but responsible. The Obama-Romney subsidy will keep rates as low as 3.4% for many student borrowers, not that far above the 3.1% rate that the Treasury pays to borrow for the long term. If interest rates spike, taxpayers could be losing on every single new loan, never mind the cost of defaults. And as for offsets, the White House and Senate Democrats favor a new tax on small businesses. If Mr. Romney can't provide a contrast to that idea, Republicans will know they're in for a very long campaign.
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More government subsidies and redistribution of wealth that may or may not get any source of funding or add to the debt. The latest in what's sure to be a long, ongoing series from Mitt Romney and his "No Hope for Change" campaign.
I think the old standby definitions of who votes for which party have been blown away in this campaign. I think people recognize that Im not a partisan Republicanthat Im someone who is moderate, and that my views are progressive.
-Mitt Romney (2002)
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Obama continued: I am somebody who is no doubt progressive. I believe in a tax code that we need to make more fair. I believe in universal health care. I believe in making college affordable. I believe in paying our teachers more money. I believe in early childhood education. I believe in a whole lot of things that make me progressive.
There was a nice moment on the FOX News WSJ editorial board show yesterday where one of their staff profusely thanked Newt Gingrich for being in the race, helping to keep the race interesting and helping to improve the eventual nominee.
One gets the impression that Newt was never serious about the race, but had the objective of fixing up three or four of the early races to benefit Romney (taking votes away from others).
The only one who could get that impression is a fool or someone totally detached from reality.
This has to do with college. But homeschooled students will be better-prepared and more able to shake down scholarships.
Another reason...oh, well, you know already.
If this is what the GOP stands for then to he!! with them!
You are right, Romney is the perfect fill-in for Biden.
Glenn Beck was right. The progressive ideology is the cancer in both parties. IT is why there is no difference between the republicans and democrats.
Good for Romney! I think it’s rather clever of him. Use the left’s tactics against them! Keep your agenda vague, muddy the waters for the rats, make your enemies confused and disoriented until after the elections! The rats have all the tools at their disposal — msm —to pin their enemies down and brand them to their liking. The best thing to do to shield yourself is to camouflage, dissimulate, and disorient the enemy! I kinda like his strategy!
That’s why I’m writing in Sarah Palin for POTUS this November.
Shake shake shake. Mitt Morphs into obama on college loans.
Obama and Romney agree on a lot more than they disagree on
Vote for Barack ORomney! Because voting for a socialist is better than wasting your vote on a true conservative!
/do I need it?
He didn’t muddy the water for the rats, he did it to the conservatives
I have to admit, Romney's got me fooled into thinking he's a socialist scumbag...
Well, if Mitt gets elected, he can bypass Tea Party House and Senate members and push his big-government liberalism with a coalition of RINOs and Dems.
Because, after all, with Beltway Dems and Pubbies, being in power is not about determining the size of government but who gets the lions share of the political booty. But those Tea Party rubes, well, they're SERIOUS about shrinking government and therefore the size of the swag. So the RINOs would rather lose to the Dems than win with the Tea Party.
So we should defeat the left's socialism by co-opting it as our own.
Bush tried that with compassionate conservatism. All we got was rampant spending and a smoking hulk left of the GOP by the time Bush left office.
You don't defeat socialism by co-opting it, you defeat it by standing up to it.