Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Bush Flip-Flops On Increasing Pell Grants

President Bush's fiscal year 2007 budget freezes Pell Grants for the fourth consecutive year at $4,050.

That's unfortunate for needy college students, especially as the cost of higher education continues to skyrocket. The National Center for Public Policy and Higher Education estimates that between 2001 and 2010, 4.4 million low- and moderate-income academically-qualified students will forego college because of cost.

It should be noted that Bush has repeatedly said he wants to increase the size of Pell Grants. But he failed to deliver on even the marginal $100 per year increase he spoke of.

So once again, some children will be left behind.

8 Comments:

Anonymous MadMaddie said...

So he lied to the college girl who asked him about the cuts...Remember he said the program was being modified!!

2:22 PM  
Anonymous Debi said...

Cut - Frozen - those are two different things

being president is hard werk, maybe he should have said 'reformed'

2:34 PM  
Anonymous zbdent said...

It's not a flip-flop - its a BROKEN PROMISE . . .

Remember, he said "A promise made is a promise kept!"

Also, he (and the GOP) said something along the lines of "rejecting a tax cut is a tax increase" - essentially saying that the expected increase in a grant being negated is a "cost increase" on the student . . .

2:34 PM  
Anonymous Selatius said...

It's not like I ever got much of a pell grant anyway. I'm in college, and most of my money for school was in the form of Stafford loans with interest. Pell Grants wouldn't even cover the cost of my fucking books per semester. I'm going to spend several years or even several decades trying to pay off the debt.

2:34 PM  
Anonymous democrank said...

The amount of college loan debts that our kids are saddled with when they graduate is frightening. There is no way around it for middle and lower income families. They need all the help they can get.

10:36 PM  
Anonymous AndyA said...

But in his SOTU, Bush said he wanted students to focus on math and science

I guess he expects them to also foot 100% of the bill for it, too.

Let's not help them get there, let's make it hard for them, then chastise and condemn them when they drop out.

What did America do to deserve such a horrible President?

10:37 PM  
Anonymous bushwentawol said...

Didn't you get the memo?

It's those Demoncrats who flip-flop and waffle. The repugs after thoughtful and deeply intellectual consideration have a different perspective on the issue at hand.

10:38 PM  
Anonymous Vinca said...

Bush is a sociopath (as well as a generally evil person). He'll chop away at the funds for education, lie to a college student on national television and then tout math and science in his lousy state-of-the-union speech. And all the while he'll have that smarmy smirk on his puss.

11:06 AM  

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