Saturday, September 13, 2014

Representatitve John Kline Wins Bill Maher's #FlipADistrict Contest

John Kline Wins Bill Maher's Flip a District Contest

It should not surprise anyone that Representative John Kline was voted to be the worst member of Congress in Bill Maher's #FlipADistrict campaign. For years, Kline has ignored issues that are important to the voters and has proven to be one of the sleaziest politicians in office today.

A major issue is Kline's unwillingness to even pretend to fight for young people today, particularly on higher education. As the chair of the Education and Workforce Committee, he has bent over backwards to work for the for-profit college industry and essentially given the middle finger to current, former, and future college students. Examples include opposing the Student Loan Forgiveness Act, and even writing a bill that would reduce the budget deficit by raising student loan interest rates. Even more recently, Kline used his leadership position to quash a bill that would help stop for-profit colleges from exploiting veterans and gaming the federal aid system.

Kline has made it clear to the people in his district and the rest of the country, that he feels these poorly performing schools are his real constituents. Kline remains the number one recipient of campaign funding from the for-profit industry for one reason: he will continue to push for less regulation over the for-profit college industry, so they can continue to defraud taxpayers and profit off the millions of people they saddle with student loan debt, and often never graduate.


Thursday, September 04, 2014

Is it Rape? OR Rape?

Several out-of-touch lawmakers voted that a woman’s life had to be in danger in order to actually be “raped”. Hey lawmakers, in this century, there is only “rape”, not “different kinds of rape”.  ”NO” means “NO.”

If your Congressperson is stuck in the past, doesn’t understand women, and voted, “YEA, there is rape, and other kinds of raperemember they did this and VOTE THEM OUT.  Minnesota’s Congressional District 2 Congressman John Kline voted  YEA.  VOTE HIM OUT!

If John Kline had his way, these rape numbers  would be greatly reduced.  And that’s the wrong way to reduce the occurrence of rape!

The visuals below take a look at the sexual assaults on campuses from 2012. There's a huge problem and re-defining the word, "rape" is not the solution.  

The 100 U.S. Colleges and Universities with the Highest Rates of Reported Forcible Sexual Assaults on Campus (per 1000 Students) - 2012 data


Table: The Top 100 Universities and Colleges in the U.S. With the Highest Number of Cases of Reported Forcible Sexual Assault on Campus per 1000 Students



This post was re-posted from mnpoliticalroundtable.com.

Monday, April 28, 2014

John Kline's Failing Grade in Education




Wish granted.... over this last weekend..Mike Obermueller (www.mikeobermueller.com) was endorse in CD2 by the DFL to face off against Congressman John Kline (R-MN) in the fall election...

" A student Twitter campaign rocketed Rep. John Kline, head of the House Education Committee, from number 75 to number 1 on Bill Maher's "Flip A District" campaign. The grassroots groundswell came about as a result of Kline's raising the interest rate on federally-guaranteed student loans to fight the deficit. Copyright HBO. Watch "Real Time with Bill Mahar" each Friday night on HBO."

Despite being Education chair, Kline has received "0%" or "F" grades on every ranking from the National Education Association since 2005.



Tuesday, April 01, 2014

Rep. John Kline's Voting Against Veterans and Families


At a time when more veterans and their families rely on food stamps...what does Rep. John Kline (MN-R) do? He votes against veterans...sigh...again...Welcome to the 'believe what I say' not 'as I do' Kline klub!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Just Plain Stupid...Kline


Simple, Truthful, To the Point ad on Congressman John Kline (MN-2) proposed student loan bill...'In Eagan Minnesota we call it just plain stupid'...

Enjoy the House Majority PAC ad then ask yourself why 'just plain stupid' Kline thinks the middle class and lower income families should pay higher interest rates on student loans when they already generate 50 billion a year in profits for the government! ...oh yeah...then check out the biggest contributors to his campaign...Apollo, Rasmussen, and DeVry....hmm..coincident? I think NOT...


Friday, May 31, 2013

Student Loans :: John Kline’s Cash Cow!

Under Congressman John Kline’s bill on Student Loans interest rates can rise as high as 8.5% (Stafford Loans) and 10.5% (graduate and Parent Plus Loans). In addition, it would be harder for families to do future financial educational planning with interest rates varying year to year and adds more bureaucracy layers in complex tracking of loans. His bill also fails to guarantee low rates for student loans while burdening students with higher debts upon graduation.

Do the Math$: According to the government’s own accounting (C.B.O report):
The Government receives:
  • *    12.5 cents in revenue next year for every dollar lent through subsidized Staffords
  • *    33.3 cents per dollar in unsubsidized Staffords
  • *    54.8 cents on each dollar of graduate school loans (over half!)
  • *    49 cents per dollar of parent loans
…. for a government profit last year alone of $51 BILLION!
  • *    The Federal Government currently borrows money at 1.8%...
  • *    …then lends it at 3.4%.


John Kline’s bill is asking for an immediate increase to 4.65% effectively doubling student debt and profits from the program! Currently, every student graduating with a four year degree has $27,000 in debt…under Kline’s bill…double it! A student who borrows the maximum amount of subsidized Stafford loans over five years would pay $4,174 in interest under the current rate, but more than $10,000 under Kline’s bill (can you say cash cow!).


Financial Aid for students should NOT operate as new revenue for the federal government. BTW: The government already makes more on Student Loan Interest than Ford makes on automobiles.

Congressman Kline (MN-2, R) should be helping to ensure that college remains within reach for all students who rely on federal loans to pay for their education. Instead Kline is introducing and promoting a bill that will do just the opposite. Is it any wonder the US only produce 1400 PHDs annually and that number is on the decline? Meanwhile in China, by government educational investments, 300,000 PHDs have been paid for virtually by students maintaining a grade point average.


Tell Kline that education is an investment in our nation’s future, not a ‘market’ for wall-street profiteers or a ‘cash cow’ to underwrite the government spending.  

Friday, August 31, 2012

When Is Rape, Not a Rape? When Rep. Kline Says So!

A bill that Rep. Kline and Akins co-sponsored last year would have limited the government help available to women seeking abortions in the case of rape to cases of "forcible rape". However...after a huge public outcry, the House Republican party changed it's language....

By now, most of us have heard of Missouri Republican Senate nominee Todd Akin’s statements regarding "legitimate rape" in an effort to redefining and legitimizing rape and incest... bringing into question rape and incest by trying to redefine and de-legitimize it much like the bill that Kline and Akin co-sponsored...

“It seems to me, from what I understand from doctors, [pregnancies from rape are] really rare. If it’s a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down. But let’s assume that maybe that didn’t work or something: I think there should be some punishment, but the punishment ought to be of the rapist, and not attacking the child.”

Kline has declined MPR's request for comment on Akin's remarks...so unlike the GOP leadership that has soundly condemn Akins and asked for Mr Akin to withdraw his candidacy for Missouri's Senate seat...we can assume that beside trying to redefine rape...Kline supports the beliefs..... If that is the case, shouldn't Kline also be asked to withdraw his candidacy and be held accountable for the same beliefs and lack of empathy toward the thousands of women who are raped and abused every year?

Even Mitt Romney has pointed out how wrong these views are:
“Congressman’s Akin comments on rape are insulting, inexcusable, and, frankly, wrong, Like millions of other Americans, we found them to be offensive.”


Rep. John Kline (R-MN2) "No Comment"
Yet, Kline refuses comment...still...

Speaking for myself and my daughters...rape is rape...it has no level of acceptances, there isn't nor should there be "legitimate rapes".  Nor should rape victims continue to be victimized by outdated and wrong views. As Mike Obermueller says:
"Rape is a heinous, disgusting crime... and the bill they've co-sponsored gives the impression that some rapes are not as bad as others, and to me that's really offensive,"

Kline is out of step on this with science, his own party, and most voters. It's time for him to go. Rape is rape...for Rep. John Kline to try and redefine it for his own agenda and war on women is unacceptable.