(New York City, NY) – Rates on subsidized Stafford student loans doubled on July 1st because Congress could not come up with an agreed upon solution. The House of Representatives passed a bad deal for students and the Senate passed no deal at all.
Sound familiar? That’s because it is. We had this fight just last year because the law that Congress passed in 2007 to incrementally lower interest rates on subsidized Stafford student loans — from 6.8% in 2008 down to 3.4% in 2011— was set to expire (and therefore double rates!) on July 1st of 2012.
The American Political Science Association (APSA) recently hired lobbyists to advocate in favor of lifting restrictions on the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) funding of political science research. This is just one of the many tactics the organization has taken in response to the Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013 which was signed into law in March and included an amendment limiting funding for political research.
We’ve all acknowledged that we’re living in the era of the permanent campaign, but the general public is just catching onto the fact that, for Barack Obama, campaigning is the default setting.
Over the past several weeks, Obama has devoted his energy less to negotiating with House Republicans than to casting them as stubborn trolls bent on destroying the Nation via the sequester, a measure that Obama proposed in the first place.
Four years ago Americans had an expectation that we would be more unified today. We are always going to have the far wings of the Democrat and Republican Party’s trying to divide us. But, wasn’t our 1st African American President going to reach out to ALL Americans and find a common ground? Today, we stand more divided than ever. Obama doesn’t even seem personally engaged with his own Congressional Democrats, let alone reaching out to Republicans.