Thursday, October 27, 2005

Bye Bye Staffords...

I don't know how many of you know this, but this is what happened in the House of Representatives yesterday:

"House Republicans voted to cut student loan subsidies, child support enforcement and aid to firms hurt by unfair trade practices as various committees scrambled to piece together $50 billion in budget cuts.

More politically difficult votes — to cut Medicaid, food stamps and farm subsidies — are on tap Thursday as more panels weigh in on the bill."

Now I know some of you on this email are Republicans (I love you anyway), but this is simply bad for all of us and our families. I couldn't have gone to college without student loans, and I doubt many of you could have either. My total bill after graduating from UMass was almost $50,000, and I will be paying this thing off for the rest of my natural life.

I will also point out that we have spent $500 billion thus far in Iraq, given away $108 billion in poorly targeted tax cuts to people far wealthier than ANY of us, and $450 million to build a bridge to nowhere in Alaska (among other chunks of pork in the transportation bill). Yet the money set aside so our kids can get a quality education is cut, never mind the pittance that goes for food stamps, so the Paris Hiltons and Leona Helmsleys of this country don't have to share in the financial pain being levied on the rest of us.

Please remember in 2006 just who it was that made it harder for you to provide for your kids' education.

Your friend,
Brendan Skwire


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