Investigation of Obama DoE demanded by… liberal Democrat?

posted at 7:42 pm on May 27, 2011 by Jazz Shaw

Over at the PJ Tatler, Bryan Preston catches a heartwarming tale of bipartisan cooperation, so rare in the toxic atmosphere of the beltway. While G.W. Bush may have failed in his efforts to be “the uniter, not the divider,” Barack Obama is clearly breaking new ground. Recent moves by the Dept. of Education to implement new rules seen as unfairly punishing private, for profit schools, are drawing calls for an investigation from liberal Democrat Edolphus “Ed” Towns. (NY-10)

[Towns]has a problem with the way the Obama Department of Education has gone about drafting its new “Gainful Employment, or “GE” rules. These rules are directed at for-profit schools, and would limit the financial aid they can extend to students. Rep. Towns voices his objections to the GE rules in a letter, dated May 24, 2011, to Rep. Darrell Issa, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (MD), who is the Democrats’ ranking member on the committee.

The chief complaint from Representative Towns seems to be based on the fact that privately operated “career colleges” or trade schools (as opposed to public community schools) serve a disproportionately large percentage of minority students. Imposing restrictions which would make it more difficult for the private schools to offer financial aid would then, he reasoned, hit minority students from low income families the hardest.

Of course, the side of this story not touched upon by Towns’ complaint is that private schools are generally free of many other influences directly tied to the government. (Do I really need to say it?)

BONUS: Towns also objects to the way the GE rules – which have the effect of acting as federal law beyond the supervision of Congress – are being crafted in such a hurried fashion and, “in secret meetings.” The Tatler delivers a short video of Obama Education Sec. Arne Duncan dodging questions from a reporter on why he and his team are rushing this through in the dark of night.

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Remember guys and gals, it’s for the children – not the unions.

OldEnglish on May 27, 2011 at 7:50 PM

Ain’t that a kick in the head!

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2011 at 7:50 PM

The new GE regulation is by no means the first time the Obama administration has been accused of acting in secret and using agencies of the executive branch to create what amounts to sweeping new law without input from Congress.

It’s all they do.

It has to stop.

BTW, kudos to our old friend Bryan Preston for another job well done.

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

I’m confused.

Is Towns racist?

amerpundit on May 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

the really scary part of these people is that 1. they are very disciplined 2. very brazen 3. very committed and 4. there are a huge number of them in every corner of the government and beyond.

I’ve heard the Left (Center for American Progress) being described as a “government in exile” during the Bush years. And that really seems correct. They have 1000s of operatives lawyers, policy developers each with their own piece of the pie….the goal to architect their part of a progressive dystopia. And barry is the prime facilitator of that.

There seem to be hundreds of actions taken by these people, week by week, month by month, that fundamentally transform America.

The hundreds of thousands of lines of law being written, without debate. From cars, to schools. Conservatives have utterly no answer to that. Yeah, there’s CATO and Heritage, but there’s not the thousands of policy people that the left has…we don’t have the stormtroopers on the front lines.

r keller on May 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

r keller on May 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

We have the truth and a different kind of storm trooper.

Grunt on May 27, 2011 at 7:57 PM

BTW, kudos to our old friend Bryan Preston for another job well done.

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

How rude of me.

Kudos to JAZZ SHAW as well for presenting yet another well-done post. You’ve been doing yeoman’s work of late, and of high-quality to boot (my comment about a “moderate voice” last night notwithstanding — I’m an AP fanboy, I guess).

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2011 at 8:02 PM

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2011 at 8:02 PM

I’ll take that as a compliment, but AP just called me a squish, so I guess it all balances out.

Jazz Shaw on May 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM

At the risk of running counter to the prevailing narrative at Hotair (and elsewhere in the conservative blogosphere), the administration has this one right. They aren’t stifling for-profit schools because they are anti-business (which they assuredly are), but because these career colleges are taking advantage of vulnerable, ignorant folks who are sold a fantasy and saddled with tons of debt and a sub-standard education that assures that they will never be ever to pay it back to the government/taxpayers. I worked for one of these schools for 6 months and I can say with certainty that they exist solely to siphon tax dollars from the treasury by way of student loans. The administration referred to the students as “Jerry’s kids” because they were viewers of Jerry Springer and were enticed by commercials run during the show. The Washington Post is owned by a corporation that owns one of these schools and they are very dependent on the income it generates. In this case, I applaud the Obama administration for doing something right. Even a stopped watch, yadda yadda yadda…

docjeff on May 27, 2011 at 8:30 PM

I’ll take that as a compliment, but AP just called me a squish, so I guess it all balances out.

Jazz Shaw on May 27, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Awww. Well, we’re all squishes, or worse, in somebody’s estimation, at some point in time, so fa la la la la. It’s all good.

P.S. It was meant as a compliment. Keep up the good work.

hillbillyjim on May 27, 2011 at 8:46 PM

why he and his team are rushing this through in the dark of night.

Thugs and charlatans in chief and under the chief.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 9:09 PM

Math, or no math, the admin. is full of scandals, but Politico and other media ignore.

Maybe math will help.

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 9:13 PM

Can you believe this baloney?

Schadenfreude on May 27, 2011 at 9:15 PM

Education Sec. Arne Duncan dodging questions from a reporter on why he and his team are rushing this through in the dark of night

Just in the interest of efficiency, I’m sure. That 3rd leg of government just slows things down. And besides, they ask too many questions. Heck, you’d think they were elected to write laws or something.

GarandFan on May 27, 2011 at 10:32 PM

r keller on May 27, 2011 at 7:54 PM

You are right, and our pols barely push back. I find it depressing beyond words.

petefrt on May 28, 2011 at 8:07 AM

I’m looking forward to the immediate passage of the “Omnibus Correction of Foolish Government Actions act” (which repeals every presidential Finding, every presidential Order, and every agency Rule put in place after January, 2008) 5 minutes after the current regime is run out of town.

landlines on May 28, 2011 at 6:02 PM

IMO the Dept. of Education should be eliminated or greatly reduced. This expensive Dept is mainly a way the Feds control Education which is constitutionally the domain of the States. The Govt over-taxes us for it and then forces schools to do its bidding by withholding our money to support programs if they don’t comply. It’s a racket that should end.

Chessplayer on May 28, 2011 at 8:52 PM