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Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Take a Quiz on Sen.McConnell's Position regarding Student Loans
STUDENT ASSIGNMENT: Read Senator Mitch McConnell’s opinion
piece from POLITICO and then answer the questions below.
Obama plays politics with college graduates
By SEN. MITCH MCCONNELL | 5/7/12 9:24 PM EDT
Senate Democrats on Tuesday are due to hold a vote that’s in keeping with their
election-year strategy to use the Senate not to solve problems but to produce
campaign material. Rather than prevent an increase in student loan rates, they
want to check a political box.
groups today are struggling more under the Obama economy than recent college
graduates. More than half either can’t find work or can’t find work to match
their skills, according to the Economic Policy Institute. Close to half, or 42
percent, of recent college graduates, a PewResearchCenter study found, are back living with their
The real solution, of course, is a pro-growth policy that makes it
likelier businesses will hire.
in the short-term, Republicans are ready to offer temporary relief — just as we
did for millions of working Americans earlier this year through an extension of
the payroll tax holiday. We don’t think Americans young or old should suffer
any more than they already are as a result of President Barack Obama’s failure
to turn the economy around.
Democrats are more interested in helping the president win reelection than in
solving the problem.
president has been trying for weeks to convince college students that their
struggles have less to do with him than with “some in Congress” who stand in
his way. And for weeks, Senate Democrats have echoed his taxpayer-funded
distraction and misinformation tour.
likely keep it up Tuesday by creating yet another conflict where there is none.
that young people might start to realize the reason they need relief right now
is because of the Obama economy, Democrats have turned the college loan issue
into yet another fake election-year fight. The goal is to distract young people
from the fact that they’re suffering disproportionately under this president’s
all, the reason young people need relief right now from an interest rate spike
that Democrat leaders approved five years ago is because most of them can’t
find good jobs in the first place.
1.According to Mitch McConnell,
what actions are the administration taking to hinder Congress from preventing an increase in
student loan rates?
2.What is Mitch McConnell’s position
on the rate of interest that banks are currently charging for student college
3. According to Mitch McConnell what is the
connection between job growth and lower student loan interest rates?
4.Did Mitch McConnell say he is in
favor of temporarily lowering student interest rates? If not, what temporarily relief is he
5.What pro-business growth policies is
Mitch McConnell recommending and how quickly can you expect relief from college
6.What is Mitch McConnell’s position on
lowering tuition costs or on helping low income students get a college
7.Which paragraph above highlights the
Republican vision for more affordable, accessible higher educational
opportunities in America?
8, Aside from blaming President Obama for the economy and for waging politics, what of substance is Mitch McConnell saying?