Posted: 06/01/15 10:37, Edited: 06/01/15 10:40
by Dave Mindeman
Congressman John Kline is calling for student loan forgiveness via loans channeled through the defunct Corinthian College For Profit company.
OK, Kline is finally on the right side of this thing....but its a little late.
John Kline has had the position and the authority to have prevented this problem in the first place. And just because he recognizes the wrongdoing of the Corinthian College situation, doesn't mean he shouldn't be held responsible for all the other For Profits that are still doing the exact same exploitation at this very moment.
Kline issued this statement:
"A lot of lives have been severely disrupted by this unfortunate situation and I support discharging the loans for those eligible students who were in the process of earning a degree," Kline said in a statement released after declining interview requests. "The department is continuing to review this and will determine any additional steps that may be taken. As I have stressed from the beginning, all parties should continue to keep in mind the best interest of students."
Yes, Congressman, a lot of lives have been disrupted, to say the least. But people have told you this was happening....for years. You refused to act. You refused to listen.
A year ago I put together the The John Kline For-Profit College Donor List Hall of Shame.
Corinthian was on that list then - but Kline said nothing. Phoenix and Globe and Herzing and Capella are all there as well. Each has been criticized for their recruiting practices. Each continues to operate. And each of them remain on Kline's donor list.
Ahhhh...there is something worth noting. Bankrupt Corinthian can no longer be a Kline donor. Even though they kept the money coming to the bitter end.....
Corinthian even continued donating to Kline after it got in trouble with the feds. Public records show the last donation of $2,500 was made about six weeks after the U.S. Department of Education fined Corinthian $30 million for falsifying its job placement rates last year.
Could John Kline's sudden sympathy for the Corinthian students be related to the donor spigot getting plugged?
Oh please. Certainly, Kline could not be as shallow as that. (Said with a note of sarcasm)
But then you have to wonder why the system wide problems that dog this industry on student recruitment continues unabated. Legal pressures surround these schools. Lawsuits abound. And yet, the simple passage of the 90/10 rule protection of our GI bill veterans cannot get a hearing in John Kline's committee.
Kline's sudden concern for the plight of students scammed by a questionable education system is worth noting. At least he finally recognizes the problem. That's always the first step, but Kline has miles to go before he can convince anybody that this concern is more than just a political stunt.
My bet is that more of Kline's sympathetic improvement will follow the bankruptcies.
Just thinking out loud.