Posted: 08/15/15 06:00
by Dave Mindeman
There is one key guy in Congress that could really do something about student loan debt right now. He chairs the House Committee that deals with it. He could have a direct effect on everything that deals with students and higher education.
That guy is Congressman John Kline, 2nd District of Minnesota.
But he is AWOL on the subject. He does nothing.
So it is not surprising that he was AWOL when a group of Democratic students trudged up to his Burnsville office to offer him an award that indicated how they felt about his "actions" regarding students.
The award is an honorary "Doctor of Sticking It To Students" Award.
And well deserved I might add. Unfortunately, however, "Dr." Kline was not available to receive his prestigious award. The "confrontation" was described by Haylee Hilton, Chair of the Minnesota College Democrats, in this way:
"The receptionist seemed excited at first until we mentioned that the diploma was for "sticking it to the students." Her face fell and she requested we quit taking pictures and video and told us we did not have permission to use her likeness in any public way. She composed herself rather quickly, however, and kept pleasant conversation and had the constituents fill out forms."
That is kind of the way the Kline office operates. They only really engage people who have the proper ideological bent. A group of students, who are not happy with Kline's policies, are probably not going to get a lot of cooperation. But then, the receptionist didn't kick them out...as has been known to happen on occasion a few years ago.
As for the "diploma" award? Haylee tells us....
The diploma was briskly set behind the desk and out of sight.
Guess it is not going on the wall any time soon.
Funny....the students got a much friendlier reception from Angie Craig...
Guess you could say a Congresswoman Craig would get a much different type of award? Just an assumption.