Maryland Republican: Student Loans Could Lead To The Holocaust, Or Something
Ten term Republican Congressman Roscoe Bartlett of Maryland had an interesting response to a constituents question at a recent appearance:
“I want to know how you feel about the government issuing student loans. Is that something that you’re for?” asked an audience member who identified herself as an instructor at the college.
“I’m for student loans. I want kids to have an education,” Bartlett responded. But he explained that he had read through the Constitution carefully and could find no evidence “that the federal government should be involved in education.” Then Bartlett expanded on that point.
“Not that it’s not a good idea to give students loans, it certainly is a good idea to give them loans,” Bartlett said. “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.”
Here’s the video:
Now, there happen to be fairly good policy reasons for keeping the student loan business out of the hands of the government, but what the heck Bartlett thinks he was doing here completely escapes me.