Thursday, October 25, 2012

As The Dust From The Explosions In Syria Gets Into His Eyes - President Jimmy Carter Says That ISRAEL Is Responsible For The Lack Of Peace In The Middle East Because Of Their Settlements - Because There Is No YouTube Video For Him To Blame It All On

Jimmy Carter says Mideast peace is 'vanishing'

JERUSALEM — Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter said Monday during a visit to Jerusalem that the prospect of an Israel-Palestinian peace accord is "vanishing," blaming Israeli settlement of the West Bank. Carter, a longtime critic of Israeli policies, called the current situation "catastrophic" and blamed Israel for the growing isolation of east Jerusalem from the West Bank. He said a Palestinian state has become "unviable." "We've reached a crisis stage," said Carter, 88. "The two-state solution is the only realistic path to peace and security for Israel and the Palestinians." Carter is currently on a two-day visit leading a delegation known as the "The Elders," which includes the former prime minister of Norway and the former president of Ireland. The group met with Israeli President Shimon Peres and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. But they didn't meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu. Carter said that the delegation didn't request a meeting because they haven't been granted meetings on previous visits. Netanyahu has pledged support for a Palestinian state but peace talks with the Palestinians have been frozen for most of his tenure. Carter criticized him for not doing enough. "Up until now, every prime minister has been a willing and enthusiastic supporter of the two-state solution," he said.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

After The Partisan Fight Over Student Loan Servicing Has Ended - Students Have Problem Paying Their Loans Serviced By The Federal Government

Student Loans Backed By Government Crush Many Families

The title of this story is misleading.

The fact that these student loans are "government backed" is IRRELEVANT to the key issue at hand.

Previously the banks were the "loan servicing agents".  The loans were STILL "government backed".
President Obama advocated that the "bank middle man" be removed and that a government agency directly service the loan.

The partisan banter broke along the lines of "the banks" or "the government" as the "customer service" agent to which you send your check to every month, etc.

Behind this story is the real world evidence of how people who are laced with expensive government loans are not making enough money to pay their loan obligations.

We keep getting lulled into devise arguments:

  • The Banks vs the Government
  • For Profit Schools or State Schools/Private Schools
  • Subsidized Student Loan Interest Rates at 3% or allow it to rise to 6%
It is clear that with so many students unable to pay their loans due to their job situation - the Federal government BACKING will be yet another draw upon the balance sheet of the nation.

Where is the front end push back against people who go to expensive schools on the hopes of making it big upon graduation?  Maybe there needs to be some "risk mitigation", imposed by the government.

We hear attacks upon "for profit schools" because they have low intake standards and, if left unchecked they rake in revenues for the school only to have their students not find a job, the government is left holding the bag.

Since even "not for profit schools" receiving their check at the front end - how are they any different?

Unlike Most American s- O'Reilly And Stewart Make Money From Talking Politics - But As Millionaires They Donated Their Proceeds To Charity

O'Reilly, Stewart joust at mock debate