Some Republicans can be so wimpy when it comes to their beliefs! A couple weeks ago, Pat Garofalo and the Republicans in the Minnesota house tried to cover up their hatred for schools and education with a payback of the school funds they took to balance the last state budget. In reality, the payback was a re-election scam to reduce the impact of negative ads this fall. They don’t care about stealing money or paying back schools, they care about protecting their fragile majority. The same thing happened yesterday with John Kline.
Yesterday John Kline flip flopped on his adamant belief that federal college loans should not be affordable. He will now support a bill to extend the low loan rate that Democrats passed in 2006. But we know the truth, we’ve always known the truth about John Kline. Political success is more important than what he believes. He has expressed the belief that the government has no right to keep loans low preventing banks from making the most money they can on the backs of students trying to better their lives.
If John Kline believes that, why isn’t he sticking to that belief? He is supposed to have the courage of his convictions. He is supposed to be tough — he carried the nuclear football! What’s wrong with John Kline, where is his political courage?
I don’t think John Kline really has any political courage. He said you would be a budget hawk, but he went along with all of the deficit spending when the House and presidency were controlled by Republicans. It wasn’t until the Democrats took over that he became that “hawk,” four years later and multiple votes to increase the deficit and pay for two wars that were not even being tracked in the budget. John Kline doesn’t care about the budget or the deficit. He doesn’t care about the district or the people in the district. He doesn’t care about college students or k-12 students even though he heads the education committee in Congress. He cares about himself, and he cares about re-election.
John Kline has shown us that a little sabre rattling about saving money is a bigger priority for him than building for the future, a bigger priority than allowing young men and women to go to college without a debt payment after graduation that exceeds a house payment. This flip flop on loan rates is purely so that his opponent in 2012 can’t run a commercial expressing how little he cares about the future of our state and this country.