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Warren writes: "The excuses have started. Once again, the Republicans blocked a vote on our student loans bill - and now that they are about to head home to face voters, they are pouring out the excuses."

Senator Elizabeth Warren with college students. (photo: Elizabeth
Senator Elizabeth Warren with college students. (photo: Elizabeth

I'm Calling Their Bluff

By Elizabeth Warren, Reader Supported News

23 September 14


he excuses have started. Once again, the Republicans blocked a vote on our student loans bill – and now that they are about to head home to face voters, they are pouring out the excuses.

Excuse #1: Some Republicans say that the benefit of letting people refinance their student loans is too small. Too small? Tell that to young people with 8%, 10%, even 12% interest rates (and higher on some of the private loans). They could save hundreds – or even thousands – of dollars on their excessive student loan payments each year.

But if the Republicans really think the benefit of the bill is too small, I'll call their bluff. I'm all for finding ways to give our students an even bigger break.

Excuse #2: Some Republicans say that the $1.2 trillion in outstanding student loan debt just isn't a big deal – that we should be focused on the rising costs of college instead. Yes, the rising cost of college is a terrible problem – and we need to stop it – but that doesn't mean we shouldn't do anything for the millions of people who already went to school and are being crushed by debt.

But if the Republicans really want to do more, I'll call their bluff. Let's work together to do even more to help our students. I'm ready.

Excuse #3: Some Republicans don't like that the bill is paid for by closing the tax loopholes for millionaires and billionaires and making them pay their fair share.

But if the Republicans' only problem with the bill is how it's paid for, I'll call their bluff. If they have ideas on other ways to pay for it, we're eager to listen.

Excuse #4: Some Republicans – including Mitch McConnell – went so far as to say that Democrats don't really want this bill to pass. Really? That's just plain ridiculous. Only in Washington can you vote against something, and then when it doesn't pass, blame the people who voted for it.

Excuses. Excuses. But they don't fool anyone. They don't fool each of you who signed our petitions, made phone calls, posted on Facebook and tweeted asking for a vote.

This isn't complicated. It's a choice – a choice that raises a fundamental question about who the United States Senate works for. Does it work for those who can hire armies of lawyers and lobbyists to protect tax loopholes for billionaires and profits for the big banks? Or does it work for those who work hard, play by the rules, and are trying to build a future for themselves and their families?

This fight isn't over. Millions of Americans are getting crushed in student loan debt, while the rich and powerful hang on tight to their tax loopholes. When the choice is between billionaires and students, I know which side I'm on, and I'm going to keep hitting back. your social media marketing partner


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+35 # tswhiskers 2014-09-23 09:04
They don't fool me or most of the people on this blog; but their constituents keep returning them to office, so apparently they fool the people who count. We'll see in Nov. just how foolish red state voters really are. I suspect McConnell and many other Reps. will be returned to office, maybe because their voters are too lazy or too tired to stay properly informed.
+16 # HowardMH 2014-09-23 11:54
You are riight tswhiskers. They are to lazy or too tired because they are working two or three part time jobs just to put bread on the table to even know what the McConnell's of the country are doing to them.
+22 # politicfix 2014-09-23 09:53
There are people who aren't willing to lay down and die, and let the Mitch McConnell's of the country have their way. They'd rather go down fighting in the light of gigantic opposition. There are far more average people out there that could make a difference if they all banned together like they did in the 30's before Social Security. The younger people are the key to changing the country. They're not disillusioned by the past sacrifices only to have them thwarted by power and money. If losing Capitalism to inverted totalitarianism isn't a motive, then I don't know what is.
+40 # politicfix 2014-09-23 09:55
Elizabeth Warren is out there fighting the good fight with and for the people. Hillary is developing strategies to win an election.
+21 # HowardMH 2014-09-23 11:55
Sanders and Warren - that should be the 2016 Dem ticket.
-5 # jsluka 2014-09-23 13:14
Unfortunately, the otherwise apparently admirable Warren turns out to be a Zionist. I used to support her, but don't now for this reason. Zionism is a form of racism, Israel is a sectarian state based on an apartheid system, and the oppression of the Palestinians is a great crime against humanity and intolerable.
+14 # jifster 2014-09-23 15:13
Well, js, if you refuse to support anyone who is less than perfect, you end up supporting no one. So, exactly what is your contribution?
+1 # Johnny 2014-09-23 15:37
Tne Green Party offers an alternative to the two wings of the Capitalist Party.
-28 # Johnny 2014-09-23 15:35
Funny how we only remember Hitler's genocide and forget how he pulled Germany out of the depression with his populist economic policies. Funny how we only remember Elizabeth Warren's populist economic rhetoric, and pretend we don't know about her lust for genocide. Funny how history repeats itself. Hegel said the only lesson history teaches is that nobody ever learns anything from history.
+21 # phrixus 2014-09-23 18:15
"...lust for genocide."

Are you psychotic or just irrecoverably stupid?

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