While most of Washington is concentrating on health care, the President and the Democrats in Washington hope to inflict some major "change" on the nation's education system. Today in the House of Representatives, H.R. 3221, the "Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009," is expected to be voted on. The bill accomplishes one of President Obama's campaign promises to eliminate the Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) program and trade it in for a completely government-run lending plan, ultimately turning the Department of Education into a lending institution that controls all college lending programs.
Just as the Democrats are trying to overhaul the American health care system instead of addressing specific flaws, they are doing the same with student lending. This is a typical response whenever education policy is debated; liberals automatically assume the answer to the problem is more federal tax dollars and federal involvement. The comparisons to the health care debate are many. When the direct loan component was added to FFEL by President Clinton and a Democratic Congress it was described as a "government option" to "promote competition." Here we are now with a new Democratic President and the Democrats back in control and one of the first things they do on education is eliminate the private sector's role in the program.
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