Elizabeth Warren: A great deal

On July 1st, the interest rate on new federal student loans is set to double from 3.4% to 6.8%. That rate is nine times higher than the rate at which the government loans money to the big banks.

That just doesn’t make sense. The federal government is profiting off loans to our young people while giving a far better deal to the same Wall Street banks that crashed our economy and destroyed millions of jobs.

That’s why I’ve introduced the Bank on Students Loan Fairness Act as my first bill in the Senate: To allow students to borrow money at the same rate as the biggest banks.

Please join me by signing onto the bill as a citizen co-sponsor.

College students carry more than $1 trillion in student loan debt, more than all the credit card debt in the country.

That’s a crushing burden on our kids and a crushing burden on our economy. Today’s graduates aren’t just delaying buying a home and starting a family — they’re moving back home with mom and dad and struggling to create some economic security.

The big banks that crashed our economy receive loans from the federal government at a rate of only 0.75% — that’s right, three-quarters of ONE percent. If Congress doesn’t act by July 1, our students will pay nine times more than big banks. Our students are the engine of our economic future, and they deserve at least the same deal as Wall Street.

Students don’t get the same Too Big to Fail guarantee as the big banks. But even though some students can’t pay their loans, overall the government is making 36 cents on every dollar we put into the student loan program. Next year, student loans are expected to bring in $34 billion.

Why should the big banks get a nearly-free ride while people trying to get an education pay nine times more? It isn’t right.

Help me pass the Bank on Students Act, Hjmler — sign on as a citizen co-sponsor today.

Thank you,

Senator Elizabeth Warren

Rose-breasted Grosbeaks – Comin’ Through…

For the last dozen years a pair of rose-breasted grosbeaks always stops at my feeders this time of year…. they hang around for a week or two, then go somewhere else… in the fall they stop by again, for about the same length of time…