« Jeb Bush: Please Don't Vote For Me | Main | New Banning Policy »
August 26, 2015

More Jeb/Trump:
Jeb, Hey, How About Free College Tuition?!
Trump: I'd Like to Raise Taxes on Rich People Like Myself

Jeb's just lighting up the pinball machine today.

However, Trump signaled the other day that he's going to be releasing his own plan on college financing in four weeks, I think he said. Given that Trump seems to be a... how do I put this... Democrat, I expect him to offer up some Free Shit to people too.

But we don't know that yet. What we know, at this moment, is that Jeb has embraced what I call "The Heart of Jeb-ness."

Jeb Bush has a fantastically awful idea when it comes to college education. He thinks community college students should get "free" tuition for two years. If that's sounds familiar, it's because it’s the exact same thing President Barack Obama proposed in January. Which shows how completely hypocritical Bush is because he came out against Obama’s plan in January.

Oh, but Bush’s plan gets even more #headdesk inducing. He wants universities to PAY BACK students who don't graduate in four years.

If kids can't graduate with a four-year degree in four years, there ought to be some payback to their families or to them, or their got to be some support for the loans they’ve taken out.

This is so fiscally irresponsible and reprehensible, it's not even funny.

Yes, let's subsidize failure and irresponsibility with more billions and billions of taxpayer dollars. We're not incentivizing failure and irresponsibility enough in this society.

If a kid literally wants to take a two year retirement at age 18 and just PARTY HIS FACE OFF for two very expensive college years, we should totally pay for that for him.

In Fairness: Stephen Price Blair suspects Jeb is garbling, in a Jebbish way, a more defensible policy:

This sounds like Jeb heard about the *good* idea of making colleges partially responsible for student loans, and just couldn't wrap his head around it.

That is, put colleges on the hook for non-graduating students and their unpaid loans, so they are incentivized to only enroll students who actually want to learn, and aren't merely diploma-mills-without-the-actual diplomas.

I imagine this part he'll clarify tomorrow.

Still -big huge new entitlement on those first two years of college, huh? Nothin' like asking a truck driver to pay for the college education of the son of a dentist.

...


Somewhat less egregious, but still troubling, is Doctor Populist himself offering up tax increases on the rich.

Republican front-runner Donald Trump began to flesh out his economic vision for America, and it includes raising taxes on the wealthy....

"I would change it. I would simplify it," Trump told hosts Mark Halperin and John Heilemann from the lobby of Trump Tower on New York's 5th Ave. Specifically, Trump targeted hedge fund profits, which are currently taxed at a lower rate than regular income. ....

"I would take carried interest out, and I would let people making hundreds of millions of dollars-a-year pay some tax, because right now they are paying very little tax and I think it's outrageous," Trump said. "I want to lower taxes for the middle class."

Asked whether his proposed changes meant he was prepared to raise taxes on himself, the billionaire framed his answer in terms of fairness.

"That's right. That's right. I'm OK with it. You've seen my statements, I do very well, I don't mind paying some taxes. The middle class is getting clobbered in this country. You know the middle class built this country, not the hedge fund guys, but I know people in hedge funds that pay almost nothing and it's ridiculous, OK?"

Eh. Make up your own minds. Personally, I have been extremely angry at the Donor Class for beating the shit out of the grassroots with every dime they have, completely spurning the concept of an alliance -- in which I agree to adopt some of your agenda, and you agree in turn to adopt some of mine -- to pursue a wholly mercenary agenda that serves themselves exclusively, destroying grassroots challengers at every opportunity.

Personally, I will not weep if the Donor Class takes a haircut. That might remind them next time that we in the grassroots only agree to their agenda to the exact extent they agree to ours.

I know that's not a popular sentiment -- especially with really good conservatives who aren't to blame for the current state of affairs -- but it's what I feel.

I feel badly used in this "alliance." I feel like a booty call for the Donor Class, and I would not mind them learning a lesson about what happens to political turncoats.

Plus, frankly, the super-rich are by and large liberal, except for their resistance to taxes on themselves, so the hell with them. Since they want to enact most of the Democrats' agenda, they can get their protection from tax hikes from the Democrats, too. One-stop shopping, boys. Enjoy!

However, people need to understand you're getting a different kind of Republican with Trump, and by a "different kind of Republican," I mean a Democrat who wants to restrict immigration.

Yes, I do think he will have cross-over appeal to downscale Democrats. But he will have this appeal not for the reasons Reagan did -- Reagan pitched a conservative philosophy -- but for the reasons the typical Democrat can reach Democrat voters, that is, because he's pitching Democracy policy goals.

If we're cool with that, fine, but we better make sure we're cool with that.

There may be some good political and strategic reasons to do this, but we just spent 7 years tearing our hair out over a guy determined to expand the welfare state at any cost; you all better be chill with the idea of having a president from your own party pushing to expand it.

Because it's Popular, and you can't spell popular without Populist. Well, at least you need a lot of the same letters.

Meanwhile, Marco Rubio says that Trump won't be president because we're not an angry nation, which is just so adorable.


digg this
posted by Ace at 07:24 PM

| Access Comments




Recent Comments
...: "I'm in favor of legalizing drugs. According to my ..."

Jane D'oh: "The funniest part of my taking the pic of the stup ..."

Chi-Town Jerry: "One of my fave live BB King videos..https://youtu. ..."

Yudhishthira's Dice: "I'm avoiding the full pile on, because I understan ..."

RickZ: "[I]More than two bumper stickers means the driver ..."

Zod Faulkner: ""...and that was how Granddad told it, that Major ..."

Basement Cat: "[i]More than two bumper stickers means the driver ..."

boulder t'hobo: "I *rarely* put stickers on my car. I put a KTRU ..."

WaterCow: "So, yeah, the impeachment process has begun. And t ..."

Deep State is in DEEP SHIT: "Steven Crowder @scrowder 2h HAHAHAHAHA! Plan ..."

Ladyl urgent prayer needed for Laura and Allison: "66 But it took three sets and I've been tired ever ..."

Jewells45: "[i]Best bumper sticker ever: "I love Jesus. He's b ..."

Recent Entries
Search


Polls! Polls! Polls!
Frequently Asked Questions
The (Almost) Complete Paul Anka Integrity Kick
Top Top Tens
Greatest Hitjobs

The Ace of Spades HQ Sex-for-Money Skankathon
A D&D Guide to the Democratic Candidates
Margaret Cho: Just Not Funny
More Margaret Cho Abuse
Margaret Cho: Still Not Funny
Iraqi Prisoner Claims He Was Raped... By Woman
Wonkette Announces "Morning Zoo" Format
John Kerry's "Plan" Causes Surrender of Moqtada al-Sadr's Militia
World Muslim Leaders Apologize for Nick Berg's Beheading
Michael Moore Goes on Lunchtime Manhattan Death-Spree
Milestone: Oliver Willis Posts 400th "Fake News Article" Referencing Britney Spears
Liberal Economists Rue a "New Decade of Greed"
Artificial Insouciance: Maureen Dowd's Word Processor Revolts Against Her Numbing Imbecility
Intelligence Officials Eye Blogs for Tips
They Done Found Us Out, Cletus: Intrepid Internet Detective Figures Out Our Master Plan
Shock: Josh Marshall Almost Mentions Sarin Discovery in Iraq
Leather-Clad Biker Freaks Terrorize Australian Town
When Clinton Was President, Torture Was Cool
What Wonkette Means When She Explains What Tina Brown Means
Wonkette's Stand-Up Act
Wankette HQ Gay-Rumors Du Jour
Here's What's Bugging Me: Goose and Slider
My Own Micah Wright Style Confession of Dishonesty
Outraged "Conservatives" React to the FMA
An On-Line Impression of Dennis Miller Having Sex with a Kodiak Bear
The Story the Rightwing Media Refuses to Report!
Our Lunch with David "Glengarry Glen Ross" Mamet
The House of Love: Paul Krugman
A Michael Moore Mystery (TM)
The Dowd-O-Matic!
Liberal Consistency and Other Myths
Kepler's Laws of Liberal Media Bias
John Kerry-- The Splunge! Candidate
"Divisive" Politics & "Attacks on Patriotism" (very long)
The Donkey ("The Raven" parody)
Powered by
Movable Type 2.64