Student loans

I wrote three lengthy comments in response to NPR’s Facebook story about student loans. I abandoned those, and then I was just going to post something on my Facebook feed. I abandoned that, too.

But I feel compelled to say this.

I’m really effing tired of hearing about your effing student loans. I really don’t care.

Oh, I can’t say that either, even if I qualify it.

Go ahead, take away my Progressive Left-Wing Club Rewards Card.

I don’t seem to be able to go on the record with anything controversial anymore on here. I used to do it all the time.

No need to comment with your own tale that demonstrates how I don’t get it. I probably do get it. Maybe I just loathe 90% of college graduates between 21 and 30 because I’m still, at heart, a misanthrope, and a old, crotchety one, at that.

Ok, I’m done here.

UPDATE Dammit, I should qualify this by saying that I support the Occupy protesters who understand that they’re protesting because they feel like government serves primarily “the 1%”, the corporations, and the banks, and that people have lost their livelihoods, their homes, and their dignity because of Wall Street greed and politicians’ enabling of that greed. Somehow, I just make a distinct between those people and the law school grads who can’t find jobs. The law school grads ARE going to find jobs eventually, and they’ll pay off their student loans, even if it takes them 15 or 20 years. They will be fine. The 50-year-old unemployed factory worker ain’t gonna find shit, and when the law school grad gets his job, he’s not going to give a shit about that other guy anymore. Done again.

UPDATE And THIS (protesting Marine vet has fractured skull, critically injured by police) is really effed up regardless of why anyone is protesting.

Sarah Palin’s Not So Stunning Announcement

Back on May 24, MSNBC’s Lawrence O’Donnell slammed The New York Times, much of the media, and Sarah Palin for furthering the always-ridiculous notion that Sarah Palin would run for President. He’s a bit long with his commentary, but O’Donnell deserves props for having said all of this four-and-a-half months ago.

Money quote:

The day that it becomes absolutely clear to everyone who doesn’t already get it, that Palin will never run for President, on that day, she becomes worth half as much—or less—as a reality TV star.
– Lawrence O’Donnell / 2011.05.24

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I have a suitable career for Sarah Palin. She can be the spokesperson for I Can’t Believe Its Not Butter.

By the way, she’s not running for President and never has been. She’s only relevant as a “potential presidential candidate”, and she’ll milk that for all its worth. Eventually, she will say that she can’t subject her family to the gotcha tactics of the lamestream media.

Then again, my political predictions are not so reliable. I once said that John Kerry would be Obama’s Secretary of State.

Looking for votes? I’m looking for hands to shake, and I’m looking for fried butter on a stick and a fried Twinkie as soon as I can get there, just looking to talk to the good people of Iowa, these good hardworking farm families, I love it. … I don’t think I’m stealing any spotlight…
Sarah Palin, Iowa State Fair, 08.12.2011

Monday night political post

House Speaker John Boehner’s new budget proposal would require deep cuts in the years immediately ahead in Social Security and Medicare benefits for current retirees, the repeal of health reform’s coverage expansions, or wholesale evisceration of basic assistance programs for vulnerable Americans.

The plan is, thus, tantamount to a form of “class warfare.” If enacted, it could well produce the greatest increase in poverty and hardship produced by any law in modern U.S. history.

This may sound hyperbolic, but it is not. The mathematics are inexorable.
Robert Greenstein / the non-partisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities / 2011.07.25

There’s just no arguing with the fact that what we all just witnessed outlined in no uncertain terms the dynamic that’s been going on in Washington for the past several months in regard to the debt ceiling fight. Obama was not only reasonable, measured and — I can’t believe I even have to say this — mature, but he made it clear that he was a man so willing to compromise for the good of the country that he’s consistently fending off fire from many in his own party who feel like he’s somehow selling them out. Boehner, meanwhile, was a petulant, haughty adolescent, someone not the least bit interested in genuine compromise and who’s more than willing to forgo honest dialog in the name of cheap theatrics, bad jokes and brutish partisan intransigence because he knows it’s what his party demands at this point.

I tweeted this a little earlier but it can pretty much be broken down like this: Obama: “We need to compromise and stop being petty children for the sake of everyone.” Boehner: “Fck you.”
Chez Pazienza / Deus Ex Malcontent / 2011.07.25

Teresa Tritch / How the Deficit Got This Big / New York Times / 2011.07.24