Friday, September 7, 2012

GOP House Member: Student loans will led to Holocaust

You just can't make this ish up! You just can't.

This Loony Tune GOP party is reaching new highs or should I say lows in plain old fashion stupidity.

It's like a can you top my over-the-top stupidity contest among themselves.

Do they get an extra bonus check for episodes of random lunacy?

Watching/listening to the GOP party these days is like watching an old punch-drunk boxer stammering around in a feeble attempt to find his bearings.

And here's the kicker: When espousing their zaniness they are so smug and self-righteous; like instead of being carted of in a straitjacket, they think they should be awarded a medal of honor.

Anyway, peep this:

Maryland Rep. (R) Roscoe Bartlett brought up the Holocaust during a nonsensical discussion of federal student loans.
Bartlett said that federal loans were unconstitutional, and that ignoring the Constitution could lead to a Holocaust-type situation right here in America.
“[I]f you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad,” the Washington Post reported Bartlett as saying. “There are more people in our, in America today of German ancestry than any other... the Holocaust that occurred in Germany — how in the heck could that happen? And when you start down the wrong road, it can be a very slippery slope.” source

WTF? Has Rush Limbaugh been sharing his Oxycontin stash with the GOP leadership? How else can you explain this rampant lunacy?

Of course, he latter did the obligatory apologies, but as Rachael Maddow stated:

As for why the 10-term congressman thought of the Holocaust while talking about student loans, well, your guess is as good as mine. What's more, it's worth realizing that a congressman who believes student loans are an outrageous abuse of the Constitution almost certainly has to believe most of the advances of the 20th century were illegal.

But in the larger context, let's not forget that while student loans used to be entirely uncontroversial, as the Republican Party becomes more radicalized, GOP opposition to student loans is growing more intense -- in some cases to the point of self-parody.

Rep. Todd Akin, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate in Missouri, for example, recently called the federal student-loan program a "stage-three cancer of socialism."

The rhetoric used by Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan is far less inflammatory, put their policy agenda is unambiguous: slash Pell Grants, cut college tax credits, and reintroduce the loan-system middleman so that banks are rewarded instead of students. What about young people who can't afford tuition at the college of their choice? According to the GOP ticket, they should either choose wealthy parents or "shop around" for some other school that charges less, because a Romney/Ryan administration doesn't intend to help.

In his convention speech last night, President Obama said, "I don't believe that firing teachers or kicking students off financial aid will grow the economy, or help us compete with the scientists and engineers coming out of China.... I refuse to ask students to pay more for college."
It's striking to realize that such a sentiment doesn't enjoy bipartisan support. It's even more incredible that for some Republican members of Congress, the basic policy idea reminds them of cancer, socialism, and Nazis. source


  1. As much as possible and as much as you can afford, it is better not to tie into a loan or whatever lending options available. Getting a loan will start a risk and that risk would be one of your greatest problem as far as financial status is concerned.

  2. Thank you for your comments Liz. With the rising costs of upper-education, can you offer some alternatives to student loans.