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Obama Schedule || Wednesday, September 9, 2015

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
12:20 pm || Departs White House
1:50 pm || Arrives Michigan
2:25 pm || Tours Michigan Technical Education Center; Macomb Community College, Warren, Michigan
3:40 pm || Delivers remarks on making community college free
4:55 pm || Departs Michigan
6:25pm || Arrives White Hoiuse

All times Eastern
Live Stream of White House briefing at 12:30 pm

33 Responses to Obama Schedule || Wednesday, September 9, 2015

  1. Free! Does he mean that the teachers, instructors and other employees will not get paid, the utility companies will donate their services, the school supply companies will donate chairs, books, and all other items?
    Here’s a secret that school loan recipients don’t divulge – some of them use the loans for personal things and never get past the first semester. They buy electronic gear, new clothes, cars even – they don’t want to hear “free” tuition.

      • Don’t doubt it. I read a ton of memoirs (well, someone reads them to me) and often the people say they used their college loans for this and that…it comes up. This admin could learn a lot from reading–and not just the obligatory vacay bookstore haul.

  2. A Bernie Sanders imitation and taking the day off, too. It’s not only the fact that he’s a rotten president, but he keeps getting paid for doing such a crappy job.

  3. I’m posting this in full because the link is behind a pay wall:

    Student Loans Entice Borrowers More for Cash Than a Degree

    Low-Cost Debt Proves a Draw for Some Caught Up in Weak Job Market

    By Josh Mitchell
    March 2, 2014 7:21 p.m. ET

    Some Americans caught in the weak job market are lining up for federal student aid, not for education that boosts their employment prospects but for the chance to take out low-cost loans, sometimes with little intention of getting a degree.

    Take Ray Selent, a 30-year-old former retail clerk in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. He was unemployed in 2012 when he enrolled as a part-time student at Broward County’s community college. That allowed him to borrow thousands of dollars to pay rent to his mother, cover his cellphone bill and catch the occasional movie.

    “The only way I feel I can survive financially is by going back to school and putting myself in more student debt,” says Mr. Selent, who has since added $8,000 in student debt from living expenses. Returning to school also gave Mr. Selent a reprieve on the $400 a month he owed from previous student debt because the federal government doesn’t require payments while borrowers are in school.

    A number of factors are behind the growth in student debt. The soft jobs recovery and the emphasis on education have driven people to attain more schooling. But borrowing thousands in low-rate student loans—which cover tuition, textbooks and a vague category known as living expenses, a figure determined by each individual school—also can be easier than getting a bank loan. The government performs no credit checks for most student loans.

    College officials and federal watchdogs can’t say exactly how much of the U.S.’s swelling $1.1 trillion in student-loan debt has gone to living expenses. But data and government reports indicate the phenomenon is real. The Education Department’s inspector general warned last month that the rise of online education has led more students to borrow excessively for personal expenses. Its report said that among online programs at eight universities and colleges, non-education expenses such as rent, transportation and “miscellaneous” items made up more than half the costs covered by student aid.

    The report also found the schools disbursed an average of $5,285 in loans each to more than 42,000 students who didn’t log any credits at the time. The report pointed to possible factors such as fraud in addition to cases of people enrolling without serious intentions of getting a degree.

    Capella Education Co., which runs online schools, examined student costs and debt at institutions—public and private—in Minnesota and concluded that between a quarter and three-quarters of loans taken out by students were for non-education expenses. At one of Capella’s master’s programs, the typical graduate left with about $30,200 in student debt even though tuition, fees and book costs totaled roughly $18,800. Borrowers are prohibited under federal law, except in rare instances, from discharging student debt through bankruptcy.

    The share of student borrowers taking out the maximum amount of loans—$12,500 a year for undergraduates—has risen since the recession. In the 2011-12 academic year, federal Education Department data show, 68% of all undergraduate borrowers hit the annual loan ceiling, up from 60% in 2008.

    Research suggests a fair chunk of that is going to non-education expenses. In 2011-12, about a quarter of student borrowers took out loans that exceeded their tuition, after grants, by $2,500, according to research by Mark Kantrowitz, a higher-education analyst and publisher of the education site

    Some students say they intend to get a degree but must borrow as much as possible because they can’t find decent-paying jobs to cover day-to-day expenses.

    Tommie Matherne, a 32-year-old married father of five in Billings, Mont., has been going to school since 2010, when he realized the $10 an hour he was making as a mall security guard wasn’t covering his family’s expenses. He uses roughly $2,000 in student loans each year to stock his fridge and catch up on bills. His wife is a stay-at-home mother who also gets loans to take online courses.

    “We’ve been taking whatever we can for student loans every year, taking whatever we have left over and using it to stock up the freezer just so we have a couple extra months where we don’t have to worry about food,” says Mr. Matherne, who owes $51,600 in federal loans.

    Some students end up going deeper into debt. Early last year, when Denna Merritt lost her long-term unemployment benefits, the 49-year-old Indianapolis woman enrolled part-time at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh’s online program, aiming for a degree in graphic design. She took out $15,000 in federal loans, $2,800 of which went to catch up on unpaid bills, including utilities, health-insurance premiums and cable.

    “Obviously, it’s better not to use it that way if you can help it, because you’re just going to owe that much more later,” says Ms. Merritt, a former bookkeeper.

    The government lets students use a portion of federal loans for living expenses on the grounds that it allows students to devote more time to studying and improves their chances of graduating. Even when schools suspect students are over-borrowing, they are restricted by federal law and Education Department policy from denying funds.

    College and university trade groups are pushing legislation this year to set lower maximum loan limits for some types of students, such as part-timers. Dorie Nolt, spokeswoman for Education Secretary Arne Duncan, says the Obama administration is “exploring alternatives to see how we might ensure that students don’t borrow more than necessary.”

    Mr. Selent, of Fort Lauderdale, knows he is getting himself deeper in a hole but prefers that to the alternative of making minimum wage. In his 20s, he earned a bachelor’s degree in communications from a local for-profit school but couldn’t find a job in the field after graduating and began falling behind on his student-loan bills. He is now taking courses for a degree in theater so he can become an actor.

    Meanwhile, federal loans allow him to cover any needs that arise during the semester. Says Mr. Selent: “It keeps me from falling apart.”

    • Breitbart reported last spring that the loan default rate is 27%. And then we have the expense of hefty fees paid to collection agencies to recover loan payments.

      Politico reported the WH projected a $22 Billion loss in 2016, partly due to Obama’s new loan debt reduction and forgiveness program. For some, loan debt is reduced to 10% of their income and debt is forgiven after 20 years of payment. Some estimate the program may cause a $250 billion loss over the next decade. Of course, We the Taxpayers, generous souls that we are, foot the bill for the loss.

      • Just another colossal mess, thanks to BHO. I’ve read before about only having to pay ten percent of income and then after twenty years the balance is wiped out – just at the point in life when people are usually earning the most money in their careers. Unbelievable. Even worse, I recall reading that the debt is forgiven after only ten years if you work for the government or a non-profit. So, hey do that for the first ten years of your career, get the debt forgiven, and then move on to a higher paying job for the rest of your career. What a deal.

        From that Politico article:

        In obscure data tables buried deep in its 2016 budget proposal, the Obama administration revealed this week that its student loan program had a $21.8 billion shortfall last year, apparently the largest ever recorded for any government credit program.

        The main cause of the shortfall was President Barack Obama’s recent efforts to provide relief for borrowers drowning in student debt, reforms that have already begun to reduce loan payments to the government.


        The $21.8 billion revision—larger than the annual budget for NASA, or the Interior Department and EPA combined—will be tacked onto the federal deficit.


        Student loan defaults increased somewhat last year, but the department says the primary drivers of the unprecedented “re-estimate”—budget-wonk jargon for the update of expected loan costs—were Obama’s policy changes, the recent ones as well as the upcoming ones. And because of a quirk in the budget process for credit programs, the department can add the $21.8 billion to the deficit automatically, without seeking appropriations or even approval from Congress.

        That’s a big quasi-bailout, increasing the deficit nearly 5 percent.


        The administration argues that even the $21.8 billion student loan shortfall is a relative pittance for the Education Department’s $740 billion book of direct loans, the second-largest government credit portfolio after FHA mortgage guarantees.

    • (“…the remaining 56 states.” Ha, I see what you did there, Girly1.)

      That WaPo article says:

      “The mayor defended his policy of offering free preschool to any family, regardless of income, at a cost to state and city taxpayers of $445 million for fiscal 2016.”

      Wow, almost a half a billion dollars a year!

      You’re right, it is merely free babysitting. And, the proponents of “universal preschool” have advocated for it to begin at age three.

      Somehow, my son survived – and excelled – academically after attending preschool only three half days a week for one year (age 4) before kindergarten. And, where we live kindergarten is only half day too (five days a week, of course). The cost was not an issue; it’s just that we knew that was all that was necessary.

        • I thought kindergarten was the prep for school. My daughter was in pre-school from 2-5 so I could work and it was darn spendy! The stats don’t really show all that big a difference in learning and adjusting between part-ime pre-school, full-time, or none. In my case, my kid got sick of school, I think–she hated junior high and HS! And refused college…

    • Today’s schedule is Barry’s idea of “work” – start the day after noon and the schedule is merely six hours traveling somewhere to “deliver remarks” and returning back to the WH.

      Such a flipping waste of time and money.

  4. Why not keep AF1 on the tarmac in DC, use the funds to help some kid pay his tuition, and skype your message to the masses.

    Dumb move to fly there, waste a full day….

    Once again, if it was HIS OWN expense, no way this would be happening.


  5. Speech at a community college…what, no big time university would welcome him? Or is it all about inching towards free tuition at public colleges?