To battle against Obama's program, the private lenders have hired former Clinton Deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick to lobby against it. Gorelick has great credentials to fight for Sallie Mae. She sat on the board of Fannie Mae (no relation) as it piled up billions in subprime lending obligations and got out in time to collect millions in bonuses.
Before that, she made sure that the left hand did not know what the right hand was doing in the Justice Department anti-terror investigations. As a result, we could not open the laptop computer of the 20th hijacker and did not get the wire transfer data it contained for the other 19 hijackers until after 9-11. Now, she is capping off that brilliant career by trying hard to make kids pay more for college.
Republicans and some Democrats -- who are beholden to Sallie Mae and other private lenders for their generous campaign contributions -- will try to pretend that this issue is one of big government vs. small government. It is not. The issue, in its starkest terms, is high college costs vs. somewhat lower costs. Our kids, and their parents, deserve a break.