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Mitt Romney and congressional Republicans don't just want lower-income Americans to be hungrier, poorer, and more unhealthy, they want them to be uneducated, too.

They Ryan budget, adopted by House Republicans yesterday, would drastically cut Pell Grants and make college education even more unaffordable for low-income and middle class students alike.

More than 1 million students would lose Pell grants entirely over the next 10 years under Rep. Paul Ryan's budget, according to an analysis that the national reform organization Education Trust provided to The Huffington Post. [...]

The plan proposed by Ryan (R-Wis.), who chairs the House Budget Committee, would chop away at Pell grant eligibility, thereby reducing total Pell grants by about $200 billion over the next decade; allow the interest rate for federally subsidized Stafford loans to double; end student loan interest subsidies for those still in school; and make Pell spending discretionary—instead of mandatory—allowing further cuts down the line. Pell grants, the largest source of federal financial aid, currently help more than 9 million students to afford college. Following last year's budget standoffs, next year's maximum Pell grant of $5,645 will cover just one-third of the average cost of college—the smallest share ever.[...]

And it gets worse. Sixty percent of students who receive Pell grants also take out loans—twice the rate for college students overall—so they might be doubly hit by the Ryan cuts: In addition to receiving less Pell money, they would have to start paying interest on their loans while still in school.

It'd also put up one more barrier to students in accessing aid, by getting rid of a "trigger" that allows students below a certain income to bypass the otherwise lengthy application process, meaning that more would-be students would be discouraged by the process and not even apply for aid.

Helluva vision Republicans have for America, no?

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 12:39 PM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  Tip Jar (26+ / 0-)

    "There’s class warfare, all right, but it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning." —Warren Buffett

    by Joan McCarter on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 12:39:37 PM PDT

    •  They can get no further without one.nt (2+ / 0-)
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      sixeight120bpm, Matt Z

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:07:48 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Thats a big part of it. (2+ / 0-)
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      Randian, Matt Z

      The more people are exposed to new ideas, the more they reconsider the preconceptions of their youth, college teaches people to ask questions, be skeptical, and come to their own conclusions.  The current republican party relies on its base never questioning it's rhetoric, never being skeptical of GOP talking points, and never coming to conclusions on their own without guidance from party surrogates.

      Asking questions leads to finding answers, and finding answers leads to the dark progressive side

      "There is one rule for the industrialist and that is: Make the best quality of goods possible at the lowest cost possible, paying the highest wages possible." - Henry Ford

      by sixeight120bpm on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:15:23 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Claiborne Pell lived in a world very different (12+ / 0-)

    from the celebration of stupidity we see coming from the GOP. He of course started the Pell Grants but also the NEA and NEH. I benefited from both Pell Grants and the GI Bill, and as a result ended up paying way more federal taxes than I would've without the degrees. But beyond the economic justification, it's the right thing to do! If we can't agree that education is a public good, I'm not sure what we can agree is (other than taking care of the 1%).

    stay together / learn the flowers / go light - Gary Snyder

    by Mother Mags on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 12:54:35 PM PDT

  •  This makes Santorum happy! (2+ / 0-)
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    blueoasis, raincrow

    Doesn't want anyone being brainwashed with "education."

    Happy little moron, Lucky little man.
    I wish I was a moron, MY GOD, Perhaps I am!
    —Spike Milligan

    by polecat on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 01:09:40 PM PDT

  •  We don't need no education. (6+ / 0-)
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    ferg, raincrow, Xkeeper, smiley7, BachFan, Matt Z

    Like the music, but I never could sing along to this one. I guess Paul Ryan and Rick Santorum could, though.

    "It's called the American Dream because you have to be asleep to believe it." George Carlin

    by psnyder on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:06:35 PM PDT

  •  I don't get this - even without altruism (5+ / 0-)

    Isn't it in even the most greedy billionaire's interest to have people to, you know, buy what they're selling? Along with everything else, these changes seem to be narrowing the consumer classes and I don't see how that helps even the very, very rich in the long run.

  •  a decade or so ago (2+ / 0-)
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    captainlaser, 4mygirls

    one of the right wing think tanks discussed (put out a number of papers on this too) how the excessive number of college graduates was leading to "unrealistic expectations" in the population (e.g. working class people expecting to have living wage jobs).  

    This is no accident or surprise of policy.  

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=25hef8mb0SQ&feature=youtu.be

    by KibbutzAmiad on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:18:02 PM PDT

  •  GOP war on education & middle class. (0+ / 0-)

    When the middle class was strong in the 60s, conservatives did poorly in elections

  •  But it doesn't cost ME a pell Grant - I don't care (0+ / 0-)

    wake me when it all ends. I'm going to spend the rest of my life thinking about money - how much I want other people not to have it. After all I worked hard for my money. and now I'm gonna keep it. You can't have any. I got a Pell Grant sure but that was then and this is now. If anybody touches my stuff...i'll kill ya

    Slow thinkers - keep right

    by Dave the Wave on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:18:41 PM PDT

  •  If only this could fit on a bumpersticker (1+ / 0-)
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    smiley7

    But they are so profoundly and determinedly evil on so many fronts that I'd need the back of a panel van.

    I wonder what it's like to listen to these people mulling over the ways they can further disenfranchise and completely screw over anyone who is Not Them. "Yeahhh.... let's do THAT. And THAT. Oh and THAT's a good one, too..."

  •  All those University students are snobs, anyway (0+ / 0-)

    The Muslim said "I wished I had met Christ before I met the Christians" - Rev. Marvin Winins

    by captainlaser on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:20:14 PM PDT

  •  shortened application process (0+ / 0-)

    "getting rid of a "trigger" that allows students below a certain income to bypass the otherwise lengthy application process"

    Um, what? If they can issue loans without a lengthy application process, why require it for anyone? If they can't issue loans to everyone without a lengthy application process -- for, I don't know, fraud prevention or something -- then why have a short process for anyone?

    And if some paperwork is a sufficient barrier to keeping you from getting an education, college may not be for you after all. I thought I knew what bureaucracy was before college, but I was wrong.

  •  Remember how Ryan paid for his college? (3+ / 0-)
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    captainlaser, 4Freedom, Xkeeper

    His dad died and he received survivor's benefits.

    Here is Laura Clawson's DKos article.

    In this article, he is quoted telling someone to work 3 jobs to pay for college. This, of course, begs the question: while working 3 jobs when does one find time for college?

    If we all follow Paul Ryan's example, I guess we all hope for our parents to die to pay for college.

    What a twit.

  •  This pigs sickening. Do you know how low income (2+ / 0-)
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    Randian, smiley7

    Children wouldn't be able to go to school if this Ryan budget gets enacted? Many minorities, black and hispanic will surely not be able to attend college.

    This thugs are the sickest bunch that have come around in awhile.

  •  A comment on a local news site (0+ / 0-)

    seems to really sum up the Republican opinion.

    The article on the Las Vegas Sun.

    Reproducing the comment below:

    Why are the "99%" subsidizing the soon-to-be-rich "1%" who are attending "higher education" facilities? Who brainwashed the masses into believing this is either right or necessary? The vast majority of Americans do not attend "higher education" facilities and do not benefit financially from them, so why are they forced, through taxes and subsidies, to pay the way for the "elitists" who do? Entrepenuers take risks with their money everyday by investing in businesses, why shouldn't future lawyers, doctors and engineers do the same? What makes them so "special" that we all have to pay for their "investment" in the future? All you "liberals" should be outraged at the shift of wealth from the poor and middle-class to the soon-to-be-rich 1%'s. Let them pay their own way!
    This just sums up everything that is wrong. It's almost like taking the stupid adage "corporations are people!" and turning it into "people are corporations!".

    Education is the enemy of the Right, and it shows.

  •  Keepin' em poor, dumb and in shackles: (1+ / 0-)
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    Xkeeper

    the Republican vision for America's middle class.

  •  Was he buzzed on $80 wine (1+ / 0-)
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    smiley7

    provided by education loan shark lobbyists when he came up with this plan?

    Randian for me means "Prince Randian" from the 1930s horror classic Freaks and is not a reference to libertarianism.

    by Randian on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:39:52 PM PDT

  •  This makes me sick. (1+ / 0-)
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    smiley7

    We are doing the college stuff now with my eldest, nothing about it is cheap.

    Oh for crying out loud!

    by 4mygirls on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:43:03 PM PDT

  •  "There is a man with a gun over there"... (2+ / 0-)
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    4mygirls, Matt Z
    Stop, what's that sound, everybody look what's going down...
    Paranoia runs deep...
    Buffalo Springfield

    "Lets show the rascals what Citizens United really means."

    by smiley7 on Fri Mar 30, 2012 at 04:44:50 PM PDT

  •  Uneducated Citizens (0+ / 0-)

    make good Republicans, as Santorum has said.

  •  Yuck. To think I used to support the GOP (3+ / 0-)
    Recommended by:
    Randian, Matt Z, southern and liberal

    Hello, short-term lurker, first time poster here :)

    As a college student paying his way through on a combination of grants/scholarships/money earned from working retail, I'm in a good position to say yuck.

    Once upon a time, I blindly supported GOP causes/candidates (grew up in a very red household)...as if GWB, Cheney, the needless wars, and kowtowing to the rich/corporate interests weren't enough, they've finally found a way to directly impact me to make sure I have no interest in supporting them again.  Rage against the Machine's "Wake Up" seems appropriate here.

    Cheers/end rant

  •  Paul Ryan is now my new fave GOP d-bag (1+ / 0-)
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    JeffW

    He not only wants to screw President Obama, as does my prior fave d-bag Eric Cantor, but he wants to really vigorously screw over the poors, too.  This guy has a big vision and real ambition.  A regular GOP up-and-comer.  Look for a Veep nod!

  •  Democracy functions best when its citizenry (0+ / 0-)

    Are well educated and politically active. This is one of the core foundations of national strength and we are letting them piss it away in the name of corperate profits and tax breaks for those who do not need them. We once had the finest public education systems in the world. Now not so much. I have a simple question for the GOP. dou you wish to remaina superpower with all the perks that go with being a superpower? The solution is simple. Educate the populace. Want to rot from with in? Stick to stupid people and bread and circuses. The Romans did it that way toward the end. They used mercenaries instead of raising their own troops. All of it "saved money" in reality it doomed the empire and thus ended the pax romana that existed for roughly a thousand years. The lessons are right fucking there in history. Republicans don't believe in skool larnin and stuff as it be hard. Thus they are going to keep on making the same mistakes again and again. I refuse to participate in the dumbing down of my country. Ryan's budget would be like putting gun to uncle Sams head and making him fuck a hornets nest to cure him of having a small pecker. Yes there will be eventaul growth, but Sam wown't be able to fuck anything else for a while so it defeats the purpose of the cure. There is an idea on how we can explain to Ryan how bad the plan actaully is but making him fuck the hornets nest.........

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