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Meet Willard “Mitt” Romney’s For-Profit Pal in Virginia


Several of my Virginia progressive friends have forwarded me this New York Times article on Willard “Mitt” Romney and his love affair with the for-profit “education” industry/scam, so I thought I’d say a few words about it. First, here are a few key points from the article:

*Romney’s receiving a great deal of financial support from the for-profit “education” industry/scam.

*Returning the love, Romney is urging that “students should consider for-profit colleges like the little-known Full Sail University in Florida.” Tuition at Full Sail (yes, that’s really its name), by the way, is $80,000, “for a 21-month program in ‘video game art,'” although it comes with a “spotty graduation rate” (like most of the for-profit “education” industry/scam of just 14% on time and 38% total (see here for more on that subject).

*Romney’s enthusiastic support for the for-profit “Education” industry/scam marks a significant difference with the Obama Administration, which “has imposed tighter regulations on for-profit colleges and limited the role of private companies in student lending.”

For more on this heinous industry, see For-Profit Colleges Scam Military for $521 Million, Report Says, Passing the Buck on Default Rates, ABC News Investigates For-Profit Education Again: Recruiters Caught Offering Bad Advice, Executives Collect $2 Billion Running U.S. For-Profit Colleges, Report: For-profit colleges cashing in on veterans, The For-Profit Education Cesspool, Blistering FRONTLINE Story on For-Profit Education Industry Features Chief Lobbyist Harris Miller, etc., etc. Also recall that last June, Harris Miller was fired as  president and chief executive of the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities (APSCU), and was replaced by Brian Moran. Yes, the same Brian Moran who is also chair of the Democratic Party of Virginia. By day, he heads up a scam industry that rips off veterans and poor kids, engages in predatory recruiting practices, scams the taxpayer out of tens of billions of dollars (while rewarding its “university” presidents – not to mention the head of its chief lobbying organization – lavishly). As one of my Virginia progressive friends wrote:

DPVA, heal thyself! When our Chair and Mitt Romney have the same sleazy friends, something is very, very wrong.

As another wrote, “Not good news for Brian Moran when you (or your clients) are being touted by Romney and you are the Democratic chair…”  I couldn’t agree more. Unfortunately, most Virginia Democrats seem either oblivious or uncaring about this situation. What I fail to understand is why that’s the case. Any ideas?


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