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Visclosky & Donnelly voted yes to approve H R 3221 Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009.

Rep. Peter Visclosky [D, IN-1] and Rep. Joe Donnelly [D, IN-2] voted yes to approve H R 3221 Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act of 2009.

In summary, this bill slid under the radar while Healthcare was being battled. In effect, what this bill does is remove private lending options for students seeking to get loans for college. The government will be in control of educational lending, adding layers and layers of bureaucracy and providing the government with a reserve of indentured servants.  See, these college kids can get out of repaying their loans if they agree to work for the government for ten years.

Representative Michele Bachmann (MN-6) has a post on her blog that can be found HERE. It is well worth the time to read her take on this bill including the Increased Cost of the program.

Summary: This bill eliminates the Federal Family Education Loan program and shifts all student loans to a government-run and taxpayer financed system under the Direct Loan program, as well as creates nine new programs and increases the federal government takeover of early education, higher education, school construction, and more.

Concerns: As proposed in President Obama’s FY 2010 budget, H.R. 3221 eliminates the FFEL student loan program that has been the overwhelming choice of students and families for more than 40 years, replacing it with a government-run program.  While Democrats continue to use government takeovers as a panacea to all economic problems, converting all student loans to government subsidized loans is just another way that Democrats are killing jobs, increasing government intrusion, and eroding the rights of the consumer.

This bill greatly increases the role of Federal Government in higher education. H.R. 3221 will federalize all student financial aid. The U.S. Department of Education will be tasked with administering and supporting all student loans, which will greatly increase the federal government’s role and power in education.

While we were fighting nationalized healthcare and Cap & Trade they moved quickly to nationalize education and you didn’t even see it coming.  Pete Visclosky and Joe Donnelly did this to us and never even bothered to tell us.

Additionally, H.R. 3221 includes Title IV (Section 401) which creates an “early learning challenge fund.” This early learning challenge fund would allow the federal government to provide grants to the states to support state efforts to increase early education programs from birth to age 5.

What is the Federal Government doing controlling access to college and universities? What is the Federal Government doing ‘granting’ States funds for educational programs for that state’s children from birth to 5 years of age.  Does anyone think that grants come without strings and mandates? Why is our state of Indiana not pushing back, demanding a reduction or elimination of the Federal tax, keeping the money in the state so that they are not begging for some of it back from the Feds? The current administration will be further dictating what must be taught in schools, what your child must learn and can anyone just take a trip down fantasy lane and envision how the most malleable of brains will be receiving this administration’s messages.

There is no language in the bill to clarify that the state’s early education programs funded through the federal grants must be voluntary. As a result, there is the danger that states may try to pass legislation which would create mandatory early education programs, using the grants from the federal government to help fund the program.

You may have thought Obama’s ‘original’ plan to address the schoold children with the message of servitude to Obama was bad, before he changed it due to public outcry, but now this bill gives him and his ilk full access to not only control a child’s learning from birth, but to control access to funds for higher education, determine what is taught in all levels of education and attach Federal government strings to every educational institution in the USA.

Our next step has to be addressing our representatives in the Senate. Call, write, email and fax them and let them know where you stand on H.R. 3221. We have to get on this before Obama can get his hands on it.

Call to oppose HR 3221 – Feds to Control kids from Birth to 5

Where in the Constitution does it say anything about the Federal government controlling education. The fact that the Feds send ‘mandates’ to the State level and have education czars is one thing that has to be stopped. Along with the federal regulations regarding eduction of our country’s children, they have come up with this little slice of crap. The HR 332 has to do with federal interference in early childhood education. Big Brother is at it again. Call and write you non-representatives. Being nice doesn’t mean you don’t have to play nice. We have one crisis after the other with this current administration and it will take all of us to stay on top of the shredding of the Constitution and to stop the erosion of our freedoms.

September 16, 2009

HSLDA: Call Now to Oppose Federal
Funding for Early Education Programs

Dear HSLDA Members and Friends,

The U.S. House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today or
tomorrow on H.R. 3221, the “Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act
of 2009.”

This bill should be opposed for the following reasons:

> It will create federal funding for state early education programs
for children from birth to 5 years old, allowing government officials
to make parenting decisions for children in these programs;

> States may use the funds to create mandatory early education
programs, since the bill does not require that the programs be
voluntary;

> The states will have an economic incentive to increase the number of
children in early education programs, and may pressure families to
enroll their children in these programs;

> It will greatly increase the size and scope of the federal
government’s involvement in education.

You can read HSLDA’s detailed legislative analysis of H.R. 3221 here:
http://www.hslda.org/…

ACTION REQUESTED

Please call your U.S. Representative with the following message.
There is no need to identify yourself as a homeschooler:

“Please oppose H.R. 3221. This bill will create new federal funding
for early education programs in the states. The federal government
should not expand its involvement in early education programs.
Parents, not federal or state officials, should decide what is
appropriate for their children.”

You may find the contact information for your U.S. Representative by
using HSLDA’s Legislative Toolbox:
http://www.hslda.org/…

BACKGROUND

H.R. 3221 will amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 relating to
student loans. It will entirely change how college students receive
financial aid to attend colleges and universities by eliminating all
student loans through private lenders. The U.S. Department of
Education will take over all student loans, which will greatly
increase the federal government’s role in higher education.

Additionally, H.R. 3221 includes Title IV (Section 401) which creates
an “early learning challenge fund.” This early learning challenge
fund would allow the federal government to provide grants to the
states to support state efforts to increase early education programs
from birth to age 5.

H.R. 3221 was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on July
15, 2009, and was approved by the House Committee on Education and
Labor on July 21, 2009, by a vote of 30-17.

HSLDA opposes efforts to increase the federal role in early education.
H.R. 3221 is costly, and could lead to pressure on families to accept
these federally-funded early education programs.

Thank you for standing with us for liberty.

Sincerely,

J. Michael Smith, Esq.
President, HSLDA