Student Loans Are Much Worse Than You Thought

Rep. Roscoe Bartlett (R-MD) told constituents earlier in the week, when asked about federally-backed student loans, that he’s opposed to them. Very opposed to them.

While Bartlett (who incidentally has a PhD) explained that he wanted students to have an education, he cautioned that,

Not that it’s not a good idea to give students loans; it certainly is a good idea to give them loans. But if you can ignore the Constitution to do something good today, tomorrow you will be ignoring the Constitution to do something bad. You could. There are more people in our, in America today of German ancestry than any other [inaudible]. The Holocaust that occurred in Germany — how in the heck could that happen? And when you start down the wrong road, it can be a very slippery slope.

Note that the slippery slope metaphor is best used to describe a situation where something very terrible logically follows from something not that terrible. Like how federally-backed student loans could lead to a reduction in college scholarships or state funding for higher education. Or how a small war in one country could escalate into a large war involving many countries.

It is not at all likely that Federal Guaranteed Student Loans, which have been in place in (a genocide-free) America since 1965, will ever lead to the extermination of 6 million Jews.

Bartlett’s campaign later apologized for the Holocaust remark, calling it “ill-advised and inappropriate.”

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Daniel Luzer

Daniel Luzer is the news editor at Governing Magazine and former web editor of the Washington Monthly. Find him on Twitter: @Daniel_Luzer