Allen West Calls Student Loan Bill Socialist, Votes for It

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You'd need only one guess to figure out which congressman criticized President Obama for using college students as "political pawns" hours before going into Congress to use college students as political pawns.

Explaining his vote on Friday's extension of student loan interest rate cuts, Congressman Allen West spoke out against the bill, criticizing the president's socialism on the issue even though Obama threatened to veto the damned thing.

Oh, and the bill, which America's favorite commie hunter called a "horrific abuse of our college students"? He voted for it, placing a wax seal on one of the most remarkable examples of illogical political double-speak to come out of the West camp since he rode his dragon of patriotism into Washington, D.C., a year and a half ago.

"Why are we having this vote?" West wrote on Facebook. "It is because slow jam President, Barack Obama, in true socialist fashion, nationalized college student loans as part of his healthcare law with interests rates at 6.8 percent. I would rather be voting today to repeal this horrific abuse of our college students in the healthcare law, but I will support freezing the 3.4 percent rate for a year."

Whoa, whoa, whoa -- so nationalizing student loans is "horrific abuse," but he supports low rates for all those rotten socialists using them? Sounds like somebody is fishing for the young-people vote with some commie bait.

West could have said, "I don't think the government should provide subsidized loans to help students go to college, but since the program is there I think the rates should be low." But he didn't -- it's only a "critical time for ideological debate" when it doesn't involve him saying something about letting the "free market" screw the nation's millions of college students.

There's just no way to use student loans against Obama. There isn't, at least, unless you're Allen West:

"My final question is, will college students continue to be used as political pawns or will they wake up?" West continued.

Well, the last time anybody woke up the college students, they all voted for Obama, so that might not be the best idea. Also, what happens when they get woken up and find out one of the parties doesn't want to give them loans?

But let's move on to this "political pawn" business -- which party's actually using them?

West criticized the president for tying the loans to the health-care law, but when it came time to cut the rates this time around, that's exactly what the GOP did: The bill that Republicans shoved through the House lowered the rate on subsidized Stafford loans for students, but they couldn't just give that to the political pawns college students -- also included in the bill were big cuts to (surprise!) health care.

(Full disclosure: I'm still paying off subsidized Stafford loans.)

So the government giving loans to students is socialist, but West votes to keep their rates down, and using students as political pawns in the health-care debate is wrong, but West votes for bills that do exactly that. It sounds complicated, but only because it's so contradictory.

And there were certainly alternatives -- the Senate, which is predicted to completely ignore the bill that the House passed, has its own version. The difference is that the House paid for the loan program by cutting out chunks of the health-care bill, and the Senate paid for it by closing tax loopholes for the wealthy, which West haaates doing. Something about "job creators" or whatever. When it comes to higher taxes for poor people, though, he's all for it.

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Student loan debt loads among graduate students of public universities were about 24 percent lower than the levels of education mortgage debts incurred by students who attended private institutions.  

glass slipper
glass slipper

Is Asshole West being paid to be this fucking stupid or is it Cat Scratch Fever ?


Ah po' 'lil starving students in need of free money from the pockets of all the rest of us.  How sad they ain't getting more.

If anybody wants to go to school, they they should damn well pay for it themselves.  If they don't care that much, then I don't care either.


Doublespeak or just making noise with his mouth? 


Would we really expect anything less from this tarbaby?

Chaz Stevens, Genius
Chaz Stevens, Genius

That is funny...

I didn't realize that my post-grad work includes classes in Socialism...  Ha!  A funny thing... Considering I have an MBA.

Lifelong Dem
Lifelong Dem

Dear Col. West:

Remember when you were in the Army? Yes, we know why you aren't still in the Army, but that's another issue for another day. Remember how the Army gave you free clothing, free food, free medical care, free housing, free transportation, and various benefits once your service was over? That's socialism, sir, classic, textbook, 99 and 44/100% pure socialism. And you, sir, are a dyed-in-the-dependence socialist. Maybe some of us Americans who don't want to be trained to kill our fellow man would like a little basic assistance from the government. So just how would that be wrong, Colonel?

Non-Murdering Civilian

Pete Pepper
Pete Pepper

This proves that the criminal West has no clue what socialism actually means.  He seems to have issues with those big words.  Cant have it both ways you great buffoon.  I think its safe to say we can get rid of all these tea baggers and let them back into their little rubber rooms.  And we will be nice an let them keep their tin foil hats.

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