Colleges Pushing Poor Students Into Debt To Give Aid To Rich Ones

By: Thursday May 9, 2013 9:47 am

A report by the New America Foundation details the systematic undermining of the financial aid system by colleges and universities who are using financial aid to attract wealthy students rather than open doors for poorer ones, forcing poorer students to either not attend or take on high debt burdens. Undermining Pell presents a new analysis [...]

Debate Odds and Ends

By: Wednesday October 17, 2012 3:18 pm

A few more comments on last night’s debate: • I don’t think the college student worried about his job prospects was looking for the answer Obama gave about the budding rise of manufacturing. He’s not looking for a factory job. I think high-skill manufacturing should absolutely be part of the mix of the 21st-century job [...]

Romney on Higher Education: Shop Around

By: Tuesday March 6, 2012 10:25 am

It’s Super Tuesday, where we will perhaps see the final coronation of Mitt Romney as the nominee of the Republican Party for President. A win for Romney in states like Ohio and Tennessee should put the race out of reach, even if it doesn’t immediately lead to the other candidates dropping out. And I would [...]

More Details on Omnibus Spending Bill Passing Congress Today

By: Friday December 16, 2011 11:38 am

Now that we know the state of play on the one year-end bill left outstanding, let’s redirect to the one that’s moving through the system currently. The House just passed the omnibus appropriations bill, funding all government agencies through the rest of the fiscal year, until September 30, 2012. It’s on to the Senate, where [...]

Boehner FAIL: Withdraws Debt Limit Bill After Futile Late-Night Arm-Twisting

By: Friday July 29, 2011 6:10 am

I made a big mistake yesterday. I was under the misapprehension that John Boehner could count. I humbly apologize. It won’t happen again. As it turns out, he could not count to 216, and has to set about finding a bill that will get him there. I’m not sure it exists. One after another, recalcitrant [...]

Boehner Debt Limit Plan Has More Concrete Spending in It Than Spending Cuts

By: Wednesday July 27, 2011 6:10 am

The CBO report on John Boehner’s debt limit plan has really set back the effort and probably poisoned the entire enterprise among the more conservative members of his caucus. But it did provide some key information. First of all, take a look at CBO’s summary of the Boehner plan. It would: Establish caps on discretionary [...]

Microcosm: Looking at the Obama 2012 Education Budget

By: Tuesday February 15, 2011 11:21 am

The New York Times has a great interactive feature on the Obama 2012 budget, where they tab certain parts of the text and highlight additional reporting they’ve made on the subject. It’s a solid way to thumb through everything. I could probably write for the next year about this budget, but let’s focus on the [...]

President’s Budget: Pre-Compromising Reigns Supreme

By: Monday February 14, 2011 7:00 am

The President’s 2012 budget is timed for release at 10:30AM ET. So we’re still waiting to see everything it will contain. Keep in mind that the FY2011 budget never got implemented, so this is not a document that will be immediately put into action but a starting point for the future debate. Given that reality, [...]

Obama Budget Cuts Deficit By $1.1 Trillion Over Ten Years

By: Sunday February 13, 2011 4:42 pm

It’s important to recognize that there are two budget debates happening simultaneously right now. The first covers the rest of the current fiscal year, and that’s dealt with in the continuing resolution to which Republicans have proposed $58-$60 billion in spending cuts. This has elicited howls from Democrats who find the cuts cruel and debilitating [...]

Countdown to Austerity: Government to Be Funded Until March 4

By: Monday December 20, 2010 7:30 am

About that government funding bill: it looks like, under the terms of the agreement between Democrats and Republicans, the government will remain funded until March 4, when the next Congress can get a hold of it. The Senate and the House are most likely to vote on this continuing resolution on Tuesday. Before relinquishing full [...]

Continuing Resolution: TANF Emergency Fund, Nuclear Pork Favored Over Pell Grants, Haiti Relief

By: Wednesday September 29, 2010 9:10 am

David Rogers has some details about what’s in the continuing resolution that the Senate expects to pass as soon as tomorrow: The bill emerging bears this out, with fewer sections than past CRs and little of the billions in add-ons requested by the White House. Some provisions for extending the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families [...]

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