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Student loan provision killing jobs

April 22, 2010

I’ve been trying to come up with something real to write, but in the meantime, here is an article regarding the student loan provision of the “health care” bill. There’s plenty of liberal brainwashing available for law students, so I will be trying to link to articles with a conservative perspective when I can.

Obama student loan takeover kills 500 local jobs

Sallie Mae informed the 500 employees at its Killeen call center this week that it would begin shutting down in 60 days as a result of President Barack Obama’s federal takeover of the student loan industry. …

The student loan reform, which was attached to the Democrats’ health care takeover as a way to improve the budget score, prohibits private companies from making federal student loans.

“The administration claims to be focused on creating jobs, but this is more evidence that the policies they force down our throats don’t consider jobs and local economies in the slightest,” Carter said. …

Nationwide, Sallie Mae said it will eliminate 2,500 jobs because of the student loan reform, which goes into effect July 1.

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Six reasons liberal law students are so sad

April 17, 2010

Heh heh, I just had to share this because I enjoyed it. Attorney William A. Jacobson of the blog Legal Insurrection posted the following:

Six Reasons Liberal Law Students Are So Sad

Dana Lithwick asks What Are Liberal Law Students So Sad About? Her conclusion is that liberal law students are sad because their liberal legal heroes can’t seem to get on the Supreme Court:

Since it’s April, and America’s law students have nothing else to do (kidding!), I’ve done a bunch of talks with student groups and classes in recent weeks. One of the most notable things about these events is the extent to which progressive students, faced with a Supreme Court vacancy, a Democratic president, and a Democratic Congress, are bordering on despair…. It’s awfully hard to be inspired when your heroes are benched before the game even begins.

I understand the feeling. I never recovered from Robert Bork being Borked by a Senator who left a girl to die in a watery ditch at the side of the road and never spent a day in jail, while spending the rest of his life lecturing conservatives about compassion and decency. But that’s just me.

I have some alternative views as to why liberal law students are so sad:

  1. Conservatives are happier than liberals in general. It’s the nature of the universe.
  2. Religious people are happier than non-religious people, and conservatives are more religious than liberals.
  3. The Big Law model is failing, which means that liberal law students cannot do pro bono work for Gitmo detainees while getting paid $160k a year right out of law school.
  4. Liberal legal heroes are not that heroic because in a law school almost everyone is liberal; it’s about as hard as riding first class on a frequent flyer upgrade. By contrast, being conservative in a law school requires the right stuff, much like test pilots, the Mercury astronauts, and the people who walked on the Moon.
  5. Far more people self-identify as conservative than liberal, and leaving the liberal law school cocoon sucks.
  6. Law schools cannot change the first 5 reasons.

There may be other reasons, but these are a good start. I’m open to other suggestions.

Smile!

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Tax day for Target employees

April 15, 2010

Before I get into my real post, I’ll give a nod to my law school-themed blog and note that I paid my $300 tuition deposit to University of Denver today. Yee haw. It’s official, kind of.

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In honor of tax day 2010, I thought I would relate a conversation I had with two girls at work yesterday.

At Target in the Denver Metro Area, new employees make $8.00/hour. After 18 months of employment, as an “excellent” employee, I got a 20-cent raise added to last year’s 12-cent raise, for a grand total of $8.32/hour.

It’s safe to assume that others are making similar wages.

So these two girls, both in their early 20s, were talking about their tax returns and other money burning holes in their pockets. Girl 1 mentioned a couple weeks ago that she has over $6000 in credit card debt. Girl 2 had recently won a workman’s comp award for $5800 after attorney’s fees.

Girl 1: I just got my income tax refund, and I’m trying to figure out how to spend it.

Girl 2: We should go out and party.

Girl 1: Well, I was thinking I should put the money towards paying off my credit card debt.

Girl 2: Yeah … I’m almost broke anyway.

Girl 1: But the money’s burning a hole in my pocket!

I also happen to know that Girl 2 used her workman’s comp money to fly out to California, buy a piece-o-crap Lexus (don’t even get me started), and gorged herself at Red Lobster. How much did she put into savings or towards bills, do you suppose?

Based on their level of income and that they are both single, it’s safe to assume that they are part of the 47% of Americans who paid no federal income tax at all, after their refunds. What’s discouraging is that the 53% of us who did pay taxes are subsidizing their poor lifestyle decisions. They get off tax-free on the strength of the fact that they are lazy and irresponsible.

Working at Target, it’s easy to see how the cycle of poverty works. Granted, there are a lot of hard-working people there, and for many this is their second job. But then there are others, like these girls, who come to work late, take excessively long breaks, stand around complaining about their supervisors, and spend through their paychecks in record time.

Every time I tell someone at work that I’m going back to school, I hear, “Oh, I could never do that.” “I can’t work and go to school at the same time.” “I hate school.” “I’m not smart enough for school.” etc., etc. In the next breath, they tell me, “I hate this job.” “I need a better paying job.” “I don’t know if I can take it anymore.” “If such-and-such doesn’t change, I’m going to quit.” etc., etc.

School is not for everyone, but I think there is room for self-improvement for everyone, whether it’s school or something else, like learning a useful new skill. It’s not hard to see why we’ve got so many (particularly women) people who are stuck at this dead-end job with no “out” in sight. We’ve got women in their 20s, 40s, 50s (funny, not many in their 30s) who make excuse after excuse for themselves. On one hand it’s sad, on the other hand it’s frustrating.

When we sit down and add it up, it’s sickening to me how much my husband and I (well, him mostly) pay in taxes each year, whether direct or indirect. It angers me also that much of that money is wasted through governmental inefficiencies and entitlement programs with which I disagree. While I already give some to charities, I wish I had more of our own money to give to the charities that I really believe in. I don’t think it’s right that the government gets to decide who gets a share of our money and who doesn’t. And that’s why I believe in limited government. I would be far more responsible with the money than they are.

It angers me that we are punished by taxation for improving our education, pursuing better jobs, working hard every day, and saving and investing. While the girls I work with are frittering away their money and brains on partying and indiscriminate shopping, they’re getting rewarded for it by having to pay little to no federal income tax. Explain to me how that’s fair.