Schools Want the Sky to Be the Limit on Loans (Student debt bubble? What bubble? Say lobbyists)

The student loan program has long been a mess. In 2009 the government cut out the middleman and made it even worse. (If you can believe it.)

Student loans are couched as aid to students. They really are streams of income from the federal government straight to the massive university system. The administrators, the full professors, the real estate developers, etc. etc. But the student is on the hook. The student is just the conduit for this cash.

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Prison labor company features promo video touting “BEST-KEPT SECRET IN OUTSOURCING”

A growing workforce.

Get this, the company is called UNICOR. Didn’t the scientist in Terminator 2 work for that company? Or maybe it’s the company in Robocop. Whatever. If you want your call center needs met at “offshore prices” time to team up with the prison workforce experts.

These people work for below minimum wage, and likely below the natural wage rate too, because they are locked up in prison. The taxpayers pay to house these folks,

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Big Brother is Watching: The government wants to study ‘social pollution’ on Twitter

This isn’t new but it deserves attention. Much of life, and especially political life is engaged in online these days. It’s no surprise that the government is interested in controlling what goes on there.

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Report: Taxpayers Spent Millions On Union Work

Why should we expect federal employees to actually work for us? Wouldn’t our money be better used if we paid these federal employees to organize their unions so that they can figure out how to squeeze more money from us?

Good news. We already pay them to do that!

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Feds try to seize 90,000 acres of Texas, Texans say I don’t think so (Video)

The federal government never stops seeking to expand its reach. That’s what it does. It consumes. It controls. It compels. It takes. The only check on its power is a vigilant citizenry. In Texas there are some vigilant citizens.

The feds are literally seeking to take tens of thousands of acres from private property owners and the state of Texas for their own. The state AG, who it must be noted is also running for governor, has asked the BLM to kindly return to Washington DC.

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Small trucking company shut down by Feds for 30 days due to 2 defective tires

The company has 17 trucks and 30 employees. 2 of the trucks apparently had a defective tire on them when inspected and the federal government cited the company and sent a letter demanding a “Plan of Corrective Action.” The letter was sent by regular mail, and was not received. Getting no response from the business owner the Feds shut down the company.

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Vouchers Challenge the Status Quo in Louisiana, Federal Government Undermines Reforms

This issue at hand is not really an issue of segregation, which is bad for society and for students. It is about power. Vouchers give power to parents and take it away from failing school systems. The teachers’ unions and teacher interest groups feel that widespread use of vouchers will undermine their monopoly of schools, especially in under-preforming areas of the country. If competition is kept at bay, then “education” interests, teachers and administrators get to keep their jobs. They fear a mass exodus to better (private) schools.

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