Theater of the Absurd on the Senate Floor

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Fortunately for members of Congress, most Americans aren’t glued to their TVs watching C-SPAN. If they did, Congress would have a hard time maintaining its 10 percent public approval rating.

What is going on today on the Senate floor is a case in point. The primary order of business today is the debate on the Gang of Eight amnesty bill. But interspersed with that debate, members are stepping up to the podium to call for the extension of a low interest college loan program.

Among those supporting extension of low interest loans is Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vermont, who decried the fact that “At a time when we need the best educated workforce in the world” we are in danger of pricing a lot of people out of a college or post-secondary education.

Apparently, lost on Sanders and many of his colleagues, is the complete logical disconnect between the two issues being discussed on the floor of the Senate. Because, “at a time when we need the best educated workforce in the world,” the United States Senate is getting set to approve a bill that would grant amnesty to 12 million people who, on average, possess a 10th grade education.

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Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.

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    John Winthrop on

    I do not see the disconnect really……one is the super set of who we will become in the future and the other
    is a demographics that has had access to this education for YEARS……………now it is an issue!!>????

    I prefer to have the in school and be prepared than on the streets and become criminals…………..

    BESIDES NO WAY ON EARTH you get a student loan/Financial Aid UNLESS you can show you are legal…………

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    Concerned Citizen on

    Ira Mehlman made me laugh out loud even though, at baseline, this is far from funny. Also far from funny is the effect of offering endless credit to college students, who are fleeced by colleges who know these young Americans have the credit, and by banks who know the loans cannot be wiped clear by bankruptcy.

    I feel sorry for the young people who have to compete, increasingly, against the entire world while maintaining a crushing debt burden. Apparently, many are going to choose to pay the Obamacare fine, too, because health care is too expensive on their wages.

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      John Winthrop on

      Concerned CItizen you need to educate yourself……I do not see the disconnect really……one is the super set of who we will become in the future and the other
      is a demographics that has had access to this education for YEARS……………now it is an issue!!>????

      I prefer to have the in school and be prepared than on the streets and become criminals…………..

      BESIDES NO WAY ON EARTH you get a student loan/Financial Aid UNLESS you can show you are legal…