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What does environmentalism have to do with the "mission" of the Department of Homeland Security. Next thing you know, the Department of Education will be producing propaganda instead of educating kids. Oh wait! That's what they are already doing. The Department of Defense will become the Forces of Aggression. Or have they already become that? The Department of Labor will become the Department of Unemployment, or has it already???? Who knows any more what any part of our Government is up to? Except we do know about the Secret Service - and that's just hanky-panky.
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How To Build a Tuition Trap

Jerry550 Wrote: Apr 26, 2012 11:33 AM
Please keep your spam off of a discussion site.
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How To Build a Tuition Trap

Jerry550 Wrote: Apr 26, 2012 11:31 AM
less than $200. Just a few years later, costs had more than doubled. Why? Because of increasingly easy loans to "help" students with their education. These loans are putting my granddaughter into a real loan-pit, even though she is working her butt off. When will she ever be debt-free? Probably not in her life-time.
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How To Build a Tuition Trap

Jerry550 Wrote: Apr 26, 2012 11:28 AM
Has anyone but me noticed that when the government tries to "help" by subsidizing something for us, the costs always go up? I bought a solar hot-water heater. Got a "deal" at about $4,000, marked down from nearly double that. But, I was to get government tax rebates and other assistance to make it even less expensive. I doubt that the system is worth what I paid for it - even after the subsidies. When I was a senior in college, National Defense loans for students were a new thing. In an academically solid private college, I was paying about $900 - $1,000 per year for tuition, room and board. Yes, there were more expensive colleges then - and also cheaper ones. I worked summers, and most of the time I was on campus - and left school owing
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Rick Perry Was Correct

Jerry550 Wrote: Apr 26, 2012 11:06 AM
Just like a Ponzi scheme, S/S could survive only by bringing new workers into the program. At first, it was only private sector, non-farm workers. Then Farm workers, next some public employees were brought into it (kicking and screaming). Along the way, nearly all women joined the workforce and began to pay into the system (though there was no corresponding adjustment from the assumption that women were stay-at-home home-makers and care-givers. Now, there is not large body of people to rope into the system to keep it afloat - so it is sinking. Rapidly.
Democratic legislators have a history of not showing up as a means of trying to get their way. We remember Wisconsin in 2011 and Texas a few years ago - when Democrats fled the state to manipulate quorum rules to avoid voting on legislation they did not like. They do not want to be on record approving the president's budget - nor do they want to vote against it. So, they simply avoid voting. One of those is my Senator - Bill Nelson of Florida. The slim hope he had of getting my vote just went up in smoke.
"Holder called on the parties 'to resist the temptation to suppress certain votes in the hope of attaining electoral success and, instead, achieve success by appealing to more voters.'" The only 'votes' voter id laws will suppress are fraudulent votes.
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