The Department of Justice and four states on Monday filed a multibillion-dollar fraud suit against the Education Management Corporation, the nation’s second-largest for-profit college company, charging that it was not eligible for the $11 billion in state and federal financial aid it had received from July 2003 through June 2011.
While the civil lawsuit is one of many raising similar charges against the expanding for-profit college industry, the case is the first in which the government intervened to back whistle-blowers’ claims that a company consistently violated federal law by paying recruiters based on how many students it enrolled. The suit said that each year, Education Management falsely certified that it was complying with the law, making it eligible to receive student financial aid.
I agree with Ruy Texiara, this is one of the most underappreciated facts of US Politics.
To understand how very unlikely it is that Obama’s long sought-after deal is going to magically turn around his numbers, we must visit one of the most robust but amazingly underappreciated findings in American political science: independents are not independent. That is, the overwhelming majority of Americans who say there are “independent” lean toward one party or the other. Call them IINOs (Independents In Name Only). IINOs who say they lean toward the Republicans think and vote just like regular Republicans. IINOs who say they lean toward the Democrats think and vote just like regular Democrats.
Right now, according to Pew data, IINOs are 68 percent of independents, split 36/32 between Republican-leaners and Democratic–leaners, respectively. That leaves less than a third of independents who might really qualify as independent. This figure, in turn, translates into just 13 to 14 percent of adults, and inevitably a lower percentage of actual voters, since pure independents have notoriously low turnout. In 2008, according to the University of Michigan National Election Study, pure independents were only 7 percent of voters.
See, it just sounds cooler to be “Independent”. The party bosses in DC don’t control what you think. You can think for yourself. But in reality, are you going to vote for the anti-choice, tax-slashing, regulation-destroyer in one election, and then vote for the pro-gay marriage, tax the rich, social-net-strengthening candidate the next? Really?
Maybe that’ll happen with a few people who have an odd issue set and will switch around with a particular electorate’s issue set. But most of the time, it isn’t a question of convincing independents to support you, its convincing your independents to come out. The independent vote moves around because different turnout rates of “Independent” Dems, and “Independent” Rs. Karl Rove was obviously wrong on every single policy item while he worked for Bush, but he famously did a base-outreach campaign in 2004. Kerry won independents and moderates in 2004. Bush won the election. And that’s something Dems should keep in mind.
They’re 9 for 10. And they just won by scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 9th with 2 outs to beat the Mariners.
- Wilson Ramos capped Washington’s five-run ninth inning with a game-ending three-run homer, lifting the Nationals to a dramatic 6-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday night.Jerry Hairston and Danny Espinosa each had two-out RBI singles before Ramos connected on a 1-1 pitch from David Pauley, hitting a drive deep to center for his sixth homer. Ramos threw his arms up almost immediately after the ball left his bat and Pauley (4-1) trudged off the mound.
Nats are approaching .500 and with Zimmerman back, can they get into playoffs? C’mon Redskins, you are dropping to third in DC sports rankings…
Looks like one of Darrell Issa’s aide’s cared more about himself rather than care about his boss. As someone who works in politics, working 24/7 for a cause or person, it is hard, but it is absolutely necessary to keep one’s ego in check. Voters didn’t vote for staff, they voted for the elected. If you can’t handle that fact, try to be an elected yourself.
Americans oppose weakening the bargaining rights of public employee unions by a margin of nearly two to one: 60 percent to 33 percent. While a slim majority of Republicans favored taking away some bargaining rights, they were outnumbered by large majorities of Democrats and independents who said they opposed weakening them.
Those surveyed said they opposed, 56 percent to 37 percent, cutting the pay or benefits of public employees to reduce deficits, breaking down along similar party lines. A majority of respondents who have no union members living in their households opposed both cuts in pay or benefits and taking away the collective bargaining rights of public employees.
Maybe the press should have some reps from AFSCME and AFL-CIO on their programs, and less representatives from the severe fringe of the political spectrum – Republican leadership.
Going to Wizards game Wednesday – first time ever at Wizards game despite living here for 7+ years. DC sports are an odd mix.
- Redskins: Football unites a lot of areas, and DC especially. But you need to be really freakin’ rich to actually go to a game. (Thanks Snyder!)
- Nationals: Want to hang out with friends, outside, with limited amount of drinking? Nats are always playing. No need to pay attention, nothing special here.
- Capitals: Very limited amount of tickets. But they consistently are in playoffs – which is the inverse of the other DC teams, who consistently are not in playoffs.
- Wizards: The forgotten team. Mainly because they forgot how to win a while ago. At least the Nats haven’t played around with guns in the locker room. Yet.
Second Tier Sports
- Mystics: I heard they are good. Definitely need more marketing dollars. And season tickets that cost more than $10 (yes, $10 for the entire season).
- DC United: Most passionate fan base in all of DC. Unfortunately, passionate fans alone can’t clean the old dump known as RFK stadium.
- Kastles: Some day, I will understand what this tennis varient is. But despite being underemployed for two months, I’m not THAT bored.
- Freedom: I’ve seen the subway ads. But not even the local DC blogs cover them. Need to play closer to the metro.
Somehow, when I upgraded this blog from WP 2.9 to 3.0, it scrambled something in my database and knocked this site offline. I’ve been lazy about maintaining this for a while, but I just got the effort together to do a raw MySQL dump in order to bring back the old entries.
Will be playing around with some plugins and themes – so if we look messy, my bad!
Crossposted from DemocraticGAIN.org
The Washington Post’s Ian Shapira wrote a must-read last week about former campaign workers moving to DC to look for a job in the Administration.
“Flocking to the District’s creative-class encampments of Mount Pleasant, the U Street corridor and Dupont and Logan circles, people in their 20s and 30s — those, that is, with a liberal bent — are prowling progressive Wiki pages and joining Google groups in the hunt for an Obama job. Those already employed elsewhere are secretly uploading their résumés to whitehouse.gov, while others are quitting their jobs to concentrate on the search.
Some are deft anglers: Melody Mathews, 29, a former Obama field worker-turned-Navy contractor, co-hosted a celebratory dinner recently at Old Ebbitt Grill that included top Army brass with whom she campaigned. Her hope is that they will get presidential appointments and, in turn, hire her. Others, such as Noland Chambliss, 25, a former Obama deputy field director, are in come-down mode. He applied for a position in the Energy Department but hasn’t heard anything for months. So he has applied for a job at a pizza shop near his shared house off U Street NW.”
Something to keep in mind, there were comparable numbers of Obama campaign staff to the number of government positions that could be filled by non-civil service. Add in non-OFA, but allied staff, and the numbers are not in the favor of the job seeker. Many of these non-civil service jobs do not relate well to campaign skills, since they are highly policy based.
A word of advice to those of you with your heart set on working in the Administration: Don’t forget that President Obama will be in office until January 20th, 2013, and at the rate he (and the potential opposition) is going, January 20th, 2017. That leaves 4, if not 8 years, to get the chance to serve. There will be time for many people to start in Administration jobs years down the line.
So, in the meantime, try finding some jobs at organizations that will help support the President’s agenda or help maintain the majority in Congress. Administration jobs have a notoriously high burn-out rate, and you’ll have time to serve at some point, if not today. And if you are growing your skillsets and network in other roles, you’ll be in a better position for a better job when your turn comes.