Thursday, August 1, 2013

Cotton Responds To Pryor's Desperate Criticism

by Dr. Bill Smith, Editor:  Andrew DeMillo addressed Senator Mark Pryor's recent criticism of Rep. Tom Cotton's vote against the Student Loan Bill.

While Pryor is desperate for any opportunity to ward off Tom Cotton who will be his most likely opponent in 2014, Cotton was clearly prepared to respond why he voted no. It was not because he agreed with the high interest rates being charged to students but how the the problem of where and what caused the problem - ObamaCare.

DeMillo reported on the response by the Pryor campaign: "'Tom Cotton is once again positioning himself far outside the mainstream of most Arkansans, choosing the side of reckless Washington special interests while ignoring the needs of families of our state, Jeff Weaver, Pryor's campaign manager, said in a statement issued by the campaign."

"The bill passed Wednesday and awaits President Barack Obama's signature. The bill links student loan interest rates to the financial markets. It would offer lower rates for most students now but higher rates down the line if the economy were to improve as expected."

DeMillo rightly sought response from Rep. Cotton: "In a statement from Cotton's office he defended his vote and criticized an overhaul of the student loan program that was attached to the federal health care law in 2010. The overhaul cut banks out of the process and made the government the primary lender to students.

"'A better path is to repeal Obamacare, which nationalized the student loan business, and let Arkansas' hometown banks work with students and families to finance education, just as they do with homes, farms, businesses and other loans,' Cotton said."

Arkansas State Representative David Meeks responded to the above reference article on Facebook: "I love Congressman Tom Cotton's response to Senator Pryor on the student loan vote that happened today: "A better path is to repeal Obamacare, which nationalized the student loan business, and let Arkansas' hometown banks work with students and families to finance education, just as they do with homes, farms, businesses and other loans.'"

In Summary: The Democrats messed up the Student Loan Rates. The House republicans reacted in support of their constituents in an effort to mitigated this situation, calling attention to the doubling of student loan interest rates and in reality forcing the Senate Democrats to come toan agreement to fix the problem.

Out of desperation, Mark Pryor and his campaign responded to Cotton's vote.  Pryor has receivied a pounding in the polls even before Cotton expressed he would indeed be announcing that he is running for the Republican nomination and hopefully opposing Mark Pryor in 2014.

However, knowing the House bill would pass and student interest rates would be reduced, Tom Cotton smartly moved to make his vote a teachable moment. He voted no on conservative principles and stated his conservative position.

If Scoring, Cotton wins on principal. Pryor looses because he was responsible for this overall fiasco by voting and supporting the continuance of ObamaCare against the wishes of the majority of Arkansans. Also, why is the student loan program tied to Obamacare which nationalized student loans and which created a whole lot of other destructive crap for Americans? Senators Pryor and Lincoln voted for Obamacare. Lincoln has paid the price in 2010. Now it is Pryor's turn to receive the wrath of Arkansans who already twice defeated the election of Barack Obama by over 60 percent.

Pryor's desperation is not going to distract most Arkansas voters. They give him a pass without an opponent in 2008 and then watched him support a cesspool of legislation against the the will of the most Arkansans. Now he is running with the likes of Senator Harry Reid and Rep. Nancy Pelosi in other states trying to raise campaign funds.

I normally do not share my voting. But to be clear, If Tom Cotton were not running and instead my river guide, Bubba, were to step out of his boat to oppose Pryor, Bubba would get my support and vote. No Bubba is no politician, not a lawyer, not even a college graduate, but he is conservative, loves his wife, kids and neighbors, served in the military, knows and loves the Natural State, and will vote no and yes and then honestly tell you why in plain English. I guess I kind of cotton to Bubba. Regardless, for the good of Arkansas, Pryor is going down in 2014!

Tags: Mark Pryor, Tom Cotton

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