Thursday Open Thread | The Administration Continues to Attack Education

This Administration is nothing but a cesspool of corruption, and anything that has been done to protect the consumer, they are trying to get rid of it.

Trump proposal to cap student loans would deepen inequality in higher ed
No need to bribe your kid’s way into school if those pesky poors can’t even afford to apply anymore.
MAR 19, 2019, 3:16 PM

A week after federal prosecutors revealed just how brazenly rich families cheat to get their kids into elite colleges, the White House proposed changes to higher education laws that would further widen the college access gap between people born into money and those less fortunate.

On Monday, President Donald Trump and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos announced that they want Congress to cap the amounts that students and families can borrow for post-secondary schooling. Though the proposal markets the lending caps as a path to reducing the tuition colleges charge, higher ed experts warned it would actually just make it harder for working-class families to compete with their richer peers on schooling.

If there’s one thing that last week’s bribery scandal — which led to dozens of arrests and thousands of tweets from outraged internet rubberneckers — threw into stark relief, it was that the upper crust is willing and able to spend huge amounts of money to burnish their children’s educational credentials.

“The fact that we have a two-track system for graduate and undergraduate education shows that we treat higher education as a commodity, and the borrowers as consumers, and that’s not how we should treat them,” Student Debt Crisis executive director Natalia Abrams told ThinkProgress. “I think with this whole college bribery scandal, we’re seeing that colleges are brands in their own right. When people are paying an extra million dollars to send their kids to a college on top of the yearly costs,” she said, it’s evidence that government should step in somehow.

They aren’t doing this out of concern for the students. They are doing this because, yes, they want to attack the access to education for non-Whites and non-Rich students.

And, because they want to force students to PRIVATE Borrowers – which President Obama’s Administration had cut down on. And, if they can’t get the money from Private borrowers, then, guess what….they are SOL, and can’t go to school…which, is the entire point. There is absolutely nothing relating to education where the unqualfied Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos has done that would consider being beneficial to students. She has done everything she could to harm non-rich, non-White students.

Because…THAT is who they are.


And, stopping people from getting an education wasn’t enough for Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos.
We got this information from them on Tuesday:

Betsy DeVos defends Special Olympics budget cuts: ‘We had to make some difficult decisions’
BY OWEN DAUGHERTY – 03/26/19 04:29 PM EDT

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos defended budget cuts to programs including the Special Olympics on Tuesday.

Appearing before a House subcommittee Tuesday to review the department’s proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year, DeVos said, “We had to make some difficult decisions.”
DeVos’s remarks came in response to questions from Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), who pressed her on the amount of kids the budget cut would impact.
“I don’t know the number of kids,” DeVos said before Pocan answered that 272,000 kids would be impacted.
“I think Special Olympics is an awesome organization, one that is well supported by the philanthropic sector as well,” DeVos said.

Of course, her stupid azz didn’t even know the number of kids that would be affected by the cuts. These folks have a pattern…they don’t seem to know the number of people affected by their cruelty. They can’t be bothered to know…that’s beneath them.

The cuts were difficult decisions?
There are no difficult decisions when it comes to the evil with this group. They can find any reason in the world to blow a hole in the budget deficit to give TRILLIONS to the top 1%, but, can’t find the money for the Special Olympics and cutting $51 million from Autism research?

Phuck Outta Here

Max Burns (@themaxburns) Tweeted:
@SpecialOlympics @realDonaldTrump DeVos wants private charity to make up for the elimination of federal support.

But the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 actually *discourages* charitable giving over prior years.
@TaxPolicyCenter lays it out:

Of course..the answer to everything from Republicans when cutting services….let private charity make up for it.
I can’t even begin to explain how much I loathe these people.

Travis Akers (@travisakers) Tweeted:
President Trump and the GOP gave a massive tax cut to the top 1% most wealthy Americans, but cannot provide funding for Autism programs and the Special Olympics.

Key facts:

-Autism impacts 1 in 40 children.

-Over 5 million athletes participate in the Special Olympics.

That they could think that they could find an explanation that’s plausible for cutting these programs….
Just loathesome people.

Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) Tweeted:
Can’t imagine being someone like Betsy DeVos. She’s worth billions of dollars. She could retire forever on an island somewhere. But she chose to go through a grueling public humiliation just for the opportunity to take education away from poor kids.
Imagine being that depraved.

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105 Responses to Thursday Open Thread | The Administration Continues to Attack Education

    • Liza says:

      Rahm Emanuel continues to make an ass of himself on national TV. Does he really think the rest of the country is not aware of the Chicago PD’s reputation? You’d have to be living underground all your life to not know.

  1. rikyrah says:

    👑Devin Nunes Cocaine BJ Cow Did Treason (@Bravewriting) Tweeted:
    Ok, I’ll flat out say it.

    Maybe instead of running around calling every black woman who says she’s only voting for a black woman a homophobe.

    Don’t abuse us because we reminded you that White Gay Males are still White Men.

    Women don’t have to help you make history first

  2. rikyrah says:

    Nuclear Option Alert — McConnell says plans to change Senate rules to cut debate time on district court nominees from 30 hours to 2 hours.This would clear the way for Republicans to speedily confirm a boatload of Trump judges.”This is a change the institution needs.”— Sahil Kapur (@sahilkapur) March 28, 2019

  3. rikyrah says:

    Trump Ally Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University Has Pentagon Contracts
    Falwell has used Liberty-owned Freedom Aviation for personal, business, and political travel. Now it’s selling jet fuel to the Pentagon.

    Lachlan Markay
    03.28.19 4:20 AM ET

    Just months after President Donald Trump took office, the federal government signed a contract to buy hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of jet fuel from a university run by one of the president’s top political supporters.

    The Pentagon’s energy procurement arm inked the contract, worth nearly $900,000, with a company called Freedom Aviation on May 9, 2017, and has purchased more than $400,000 in turbine fuel from the company since then. Freedom Aviation is wholly owned by Liberty University, a conservative school in Lynchburg, Virginia, led by high-profile Trump supporter Jerry Falwell Jr.

  4. rikyrah says:

    I may be stupid, but I’m not a moron
    by Liberal Librarian

    This morning, the New York Times reports that the Mueller report exceeds 300 pages.


    Three-hundred pages. 3-0-0. And we’re to believe that William Barr digested the totality of the 300 pages and found just what he revealed in his 4 page summary.

    As the truism holds, the cover-up is always worse than the crime. With this revelation, we’re back to a feedback loop, where the crime is awful, and the cover-up makes it worse.

    This isn’t the 700-page report Judge Napolitano was going on about on Fox News. But it’s plenty bad, bad enough to raise serious questions about what’s contained in it. As the story says, this is no bare-bones report of just the facts, ma’am. A report of this length demands that it be released, so that Congress and the American people can judge for themselves.

    One also has to wonder how long Barr had Robert Mueller’s report in hand. Again, the idea that he was able to compile that letter in 36 hours beggars belief. And if Bar did have the report for longer, did he tip off his boss?

    • Ametia says:

      I like Denzel & Frances.

      I’d LOVE to see Angela Basset in the role of Lady Macbeth, but it’s a Cohen movie, and Frances is married to Joel, so, there’s that.

  5. rikyrah says:

    Adam Serwer🍝 (@AdamSerwer) Tweeted:
    In case it’s not obvious, Trump really likes the Jussie Smollett case because for him and his base it fits into the Trumpian/Fox News narrative that racism against minorities is fake but racism against white people is real.

  6. rikyrah says:


    ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) Tweeted:
    NEW: “I’m so proud of the work of Chairman Adam Schiff,” Speaker Pelosi says after GOP members of House Intel Committee call for his resignation.

    “I think they’re just scaredy-cats. They just don’t know what to do.”

  7. rikyrah says:

    I do believe that this is Fahrenthold’s latest👏👏

  8. rikyrah says:

    Scott Dworkin (@funder) Tweeted:
    Republicans need to learn that when they attack us, we won’t stand for it. That’s why #IStandWithSchiff is trending. Chairman Schiff is in search for the truth. Republicans are trying to bury it. Schiff won’t let them. Neither will we. We got Schiff’s back 100%. #TheResistance 🇺🇸

  9. Marshal Dillon didn’t come to play! @RepAdamSchiff

  10. OMG! Strong winds lift the man in the air like a kite……

    • rikyrah says:

      Glad that he is back home 🤗🤗

      • majiir says:

        Cameras are nearly everywhere today, so I’m trying to figure out why this guy thought he could get away with stealing Andrew in the first place. This was a very bad move on his part, and I’m glad Spectrum fired his thieving @ss and Andrew was returned to his rightful owner. I have good Brinks locks installed on the gates on both sides of my house. No coming into my backyard unannounced. No way.

  11. And there you have it, folks! This is why republicans want Adam Schiff off the Intel committee. Not gonna happen bitttttches.

  12. rikyrah says:

    50m50 minutes ago
    Wow — after all Republican members of the House Intel Committee file a letter asking @RepAdamSchiff to resign over Russiagate, Schiff ticks through the major pieces of evidence indicating collusion and says, “you might think it’s OK… I don’t think that’s OK!”

  13. #BOSS Adam Schiff to the 9 Republicans on the House Intel Committee…..

  14. rikyrah says:

    What could go wrong?

    WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry has approved six secret authorizations by companies to sell nuclear power technology and assistance to Saudi Arabia, according to a copy of a document seen by Reuters on Wednesday.

    The Trump administration has quietly pursued a wider deal on sharing U.S. nuclear power technology with Saudi Arabia, which aims to build at least two nuclear power plants. Several countries including the United States, South Korea and Russia are in competition for that deal, and the winners are expected to be announced later this year by Saudi Arabia.

    Perry’s approvals, known as Part 810 authorizations, allow companies to do preliminary work on nuclear power ahead of any deal but not ship equipment that would go into a plant, a source with knowledge of the agreements said on condition of anonymity. The approvals were first reported by the Daily Beast.

    The Department of Energy’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) said in the document that the companies had requested that the Trump administration keep the approvals secret.

    “In this case, each of the companies which received a specific authorization for (Saudi Arabia) have provided us written request that their authorization be withheld from public release,” the NNSA said in the document. In the past, the Energy Department made previous Part 810 authorizations available for the public to read at its headquarters.

    A Department of Energy official said the requests contained proprietary information and that the authorizations went through multi-agency approval process.

  15. rikyrah says:

    Phuck Outta Here
    Aaron Rupar @ atrupar
    RandPaul: “Democrats want the complete Mueller report. I will object until we get a complete report of the Obama era officials that got this thing started.”

  16. rikyrah says:

    Lindsey Graham said about the #MuellerReport, Having Mueller testify would lead to a circus. He wants no testimony from Robert Mueller on Mueller’s own report. I think it’s time to meet Lindsey’s replacement: introducing Jaime Harrison @harrisonjaime— Adam James🌊 🇺🇲💯 (@AdamJamesM60) March 26, 2019

  17. They can go pound concrete. Adam Schiff is going to get to the bottom of this bittttch.

  18. Adam Schiff aka Matt Dillon-US Marshal is going to protect this country ❗️

  19. rikyrah says:

    Christina Veiga (@cveiga) Tweeted:
    The family received full tuition offers for private schools, but Tani is staying in his local public school, PS 116, where he learned to play chess. “This school showed confidence in Tanitoluwa,” his mom said. “So we return the confidence.”

  20. rikyrah says:

    Avenatti is messed up in this too!

    Clare Bronfman, Seagram’s heiress, among 6 arrested in NXIVM case

    Clare Bronfman, an heiress to the Seagram beverage company fortune, was among six people arrested Tuesday in connection with the group NXIVM, an alleged sex cult. The U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of New York announced on Tuesday that Bronfman — along with NXIVM founder Keith Raniere, former “Smallville” actress Allison Mack, Kathy Russell, Lauren Salzman and Nancy Salzman — have been indicted on charges of “racketeering conspiracy involving an array of crimes, including identity theft, extortion, forced labor, sex trafficking, money laundering, wire fraud and obstruction of justice.”

    Bronfman was scheduled to be arraigned later Tuesday afternoon in Brooklyn. Though Raniere and Mack were charged in April with sex trafficking and forced labor conspiracy, the unsealing of the indictment on Tuesday marked the first time prosecutors had charged Bronfman, a member of NXIVM’s executive board; Russell, NXIVM’s former bookkeeper; Lauren Salzman, a member of NXIVM’s executive board and Nancy Salzman, the president of NXIVM.

    Bronfman is being accused of identity theft for allegedly helping Raniere monitor the electronic communications of his perceived enemies and critics, and for allegedly helping Raniere charge expenses to his sexual partner’s credit cards after she died in 2016. The U.S. attorney’s office alleges that Bronfman helped an alien enter illegally into the U.S. She has been named before in court papers, with authorities saying she gave millions of dollars to the organization to cover expenses like private air travel costing $65,000 flight.

    Raniere has called NXIVM a self-help group, but investigators allege it was a multi-level marketing scheme used as a ruse to enslave and traffic women for sex. In March, federal prosecutors said they captured Raniere making some women brand themselves with his initials. He denied the allegation. Mack has been accused of recruiting women into the group and exploiting them.

  21. #BOSS @RepAdamSchiff is Matt Dillon, US Marshal

    • vitaminlover says:

      I know Robert Mueller has his on private copy of his report that he could whip out iff needed. Just in case ‘they’ pull any shenanigans.

  22. rikyrah says:

    Confronting racism is not about the needs and feelings of white people

    I was leaving a corporate office building after a full day of leading workshops on how to talk about race thoughtfully and deliberately. The audience for each session had been similar to the dozens I had faced before. There was an overrepresentation of employees of color, an underrepresentation of white employees. The participants of color tended to make eye contact with me and nod – I even heard a few “Amens” – but were never the first to raise their hands with questions or comments. Meanwhile, there was always a white man eager to share his thoughts on race. In these sessions I typically rely on silent feedback from participants of color to make sure I am on the right track, while trying to moderate the loud centering of whiteness.

    In the hallway an Asian American woman locked eyes with me and mouthed: “Thank you.” A black man squeezed my shoulder and muttered: “Girl, if you only knew.” A black woman stopped me, looked around cautiously to make sure no one was within earshot, and then said: “You spoke the truth. I wish I could have shared my story so you’d know how true. But this was not the place.”

    This was not the place. Despite the care I take in these sessions to center people of color, to keep them safe, this still was not the place. Once again, what might have been a discussion about the real, quantifiable harm being done to people of color had been subsumed by a discussion about the feelings of white people, the expectations of white people, the needs of white people.

    As I stood there, gazing off into the memory of hundreds of stifled conversations about race, I was brought to attention by a white woman. She was not nervously looking around to see who might be listening. She didn’t ask if I had time to talk, though I was standing at the door.

    “Your session was really nice,” she started. “You said a lot of good things that will be useful to a lot of people.” She paused briefly: “But the thing is, nothing you talked about today is going to help me make more black friends.”

  23. rikyrah says:

    HuffPost did a hit piece on Kamala and the truancy program.

    Kay, over at BJ, is an attorney in Ohio, and she had this to say:

    Kay says:
    March 28, 2019 at 8:15 am

    I agree with Harris on truancy. It’s child neglect. We try everything here. Text messages. Tens of warnings. Neighbor to neighbor. They can’t miss so much school. It’s 15 days in Ohio when truancy prevention starts. 3 weeks of school. California is more generous- I think it’s 20. For one thing, it makes kids anxious and miserable because they’re always behind and if it goes on long enough it doesn’t matter how smart they are- they won’t catch up. We get this anti-vax like sentiment “my child, I make the decisions, so fuck off”. Okay, but you’re doing permanent damage, so don’t demand the school fix it when they get to 8th grade and are at a 4th grade level. They have to be there, or no one can teach them or help them. Not knowing what’s going on in school is humiliating for kids- half of them lie and don’t ask questions because they’re ashamed they’re behind and they think it’s their fault. It harms the whole class because everyone else has to back up and review too.

    There are elaborate notice requirements. This isn’t a surprise to any of these parents. They get plenty of time to remedy it. Juvenile judges probably prodded her to do something. They’re absolutely insane about school attendance. It’s the first thing they look at now. Because they know how much damage it does.

  24. rikyrah says:

    Denizcan Grimes (@MrFilmkritik) Tweeted:
    Mitch McConnell. One single man has far too much power. The Senate Majority leader shouldn’t have the ability to bring the entire congressional government to its knees.

    He is not representing Kentucky anymore, he is representing himself and for that alone he must be removed.

  25. rikyrah says:

    This this this 😠😠

    Jeff Fecke (@jkfecke) Tweeted:
    This is why I’m not buying the “we’re just dropping the case because he wouldn’t get much time” angle. If that were the case, you’d still leave the case file available to the public. Sealing it says that either there was malfeasance by cops or malfeasance by prosecutors.

  26. rikyrah says:


    Big Daddy M’Baku (@ArrogantDemon) Tweeted:
    ADOS think Jim Clyburn is a coon now cause he’s telling these fucks about the reality of things and how government works? Tell Pelosi to cut the check, nigga, if you don’t sit down and put Schoolhouse Rock “I’m a Bill” on loop

  27. rikyrah says:

    Ibram X. Kendi (@DrIbram) Tweeted:
    Since they can no longer say—“the majority of people should rule in a democracy” to maintain White supremacy, now they have to say, “the majority of spaces should rule in a democracy,” even though those spaces don’t have the majority of the people.

  28. rikyrah says:

    Mr. Weeks 🤴🏾 (@MrDane1982) Tweeted:
    Bernie Sanders has been delaying releasing his tax returns since 2015.

    This should have everyone asking Bernie Sanders where’s his tax returns.

    How can Democrats demand Trump tax returns if our nominee refuse to release his.

    And I want The Sanders Institute tax returns too.

  29. rikyrah says:

    The Atlantic (@TheAtlantic) Tweeted:
    Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey thinks a solid ground game will sustain his presidential campaign until the flashier candidates falter, writes @isaacdovere:

  30. rikyrah says:

    Because, of course 😒 😒

    Claude Taylor (@TrueFactsStated) Tweeted:
    Brian Hook Is Trump’s Point Man on Iran—and Under Investigation

  31. rikyrah says:

    Did we discuss Bernie coming out against the House’s new bill for improving Obamacare?😠😠😠

  32. rikyrah says:


    Salon (@Salon) Tweeted:
    Is Donald Trump planning to win the 2020 election with just 45 percent of the vote?

  33. rikyrah says:

    Stephen Wolf (@PoliticsWolf) Tweeted:
    Stacey Abrams listening to Meghan McCain is my reaction when they say that it isn’t nefarious Republican gerrymandering but instead geography that explains most of why Democrats won more votes yet failed to win power in several states in 2018

  34. rikyrah says:

    RynheartTheReluctant (@TheRynheart) Tweeted:
    ‘House Republicans urge Democrats to cease their ‘ill-conceived inquiry’ into Trump’s financial records’

    @GOP 🙄

  35. rikyrah says:

    Liberal Librarian (@Lib_Librarian) Tweeted:
    Jeremy Corbyn: The world’s most useless opposition leader

  36. rikyrah says:

    Da phuq 😒😒🤔🤔

    Emily Saul (@Emily_Saul_) Tweeted:
    BREAKING: Seagrams heiress Clare Bronfman faints in court after judge seems to suggest that Michael Avenatti was secretly representing her, trying to negotiate deal with US attorney’s office in NXIVM case. An ambulance has been called.

  37. rikyrah says:

    Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) Tweeted:
    What will an “emboldened” @realDonaldTrump do?

    –Eliminate pre-existing conditions coverage & entire ACA

    –Cut millions from Special Olympics

    –Make it easier to sell flamethrowers to countries (not making this up)

    Dems won in 2018. We need your energy again to win in 2020.

  38. rikyrah says:

    Keeanga-Yamahtta T. (@KeeangaYamahtta) Tweeted:
    Just a note: Mayor Rahm Emanuel has literally never said this much abt a single documented case of police brutality during his reign of terror. Chicago has paid hundreds of millions of dollars to settle cases of police abuse & murder while this coward hides behind his desk.

  39. rikyrah says:

    The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) Tweeted:
    A real UK leader would say, “Yeah, we’re rescinding Article 50 until we get our shit together.”

  40. rikyrah says:

    Jennifer #KamalaHarris2020 (@leftyjennyc) Tweeted:
    Ever notice the “Kamala is a cop/her record as a prosecutor is problematic” folks also found HRC having been a defense attorney an issue. Apparently, women can’t be on other side of the judicial system without it meaning they’re disqualified frm political office. Misogyny is fun!

  41. rikyrah says:


    TheBeat w/Ari Melber (@TheBeatWithAri) Tweeted:
    “I have watched the last few days this whole thing go down with such open-mouthed astonishment”

    “Everybody so quickly capitulated to this frame put forward by the Republicans” about the Mueller probe – @michelleinbklyn

  42. rikyrah says:

    Uh huh 😒🤨

    Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) Tweeted:
    Did we ever find out what those great White House health plans were? Last May, the plans (multiple!) were coming out “literally within four weeks”:

  43. rikyrah says:


    Paul Heintz (@paulheintz) Tweeted:
    And ~85 days after Sandy Hook, @BernieSanders told me he wasn’t sure whether he’d vote for an assault weapons ban.

    “If you passed the strongest gun control legislation tomorrow, I don’t think it will have a profound effect on the tragedies we have seen.”

  44. rikyrah says:

    Tom Watson (@tomwatson) Tweeted:
    Awesome: @staceyabrams on @theview is a huge contrast from Mayor Pete, who cozied up to Trump voters on same show. Abrams says identity matters, hammers voter suppression. What a contrast to Buttigieg!

  45. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone 😄😄😄

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