It's not a matter of their offices being burdened by letters or other dilemmas (insert health care reform catastrophe here). In many cases I've been told that there's been no response for 6-8 weeks. That's inexcusable, and it also suggests to me that people on the Hill and (gasp!) in the White House don't understand that there is a student lending crisis. In short, they just don't get it. Do they? [Note to the White House and the Hill: prove to me that you GET IT.]
I am not sure what's worse - this silence or the ridiculous form letters (one person received a form letter about health care after she took the time to send her Senator a note about the student lending crisis). As for me, I recently received a form letter from Sen. Webb's office (D-VA). Someone pieced it together in the poorest fashion. They wanted to let me know that they are pursuing programs that will increase Pell Grants, blah, blah, blah. Is that what I'm writing about? Am I asking them to expand programs like that? No, I'm not. So, that's the best they can do?
Mind you, Sen. Webb's state is home to the infamous Sallie Mae. I have a hunch that they spend a lot of time in Sen. Webb's office.
Why is it the only Senator's office who seems to get it is Sherrod Brown's office?
It also seems clear that nobody on the Hill or in the White House is paying much attention to his private debt swap proposal, and that's a big shame.
The Democrats have an opportunity now to take a stand on this issue. At the moment, people are being attacked online. They are being told to "get off their butts" to get a job. They are being told they are lazy, pathetic, etc. If only the Democrats could seize this moment and send a message to counter these nasty remarks (they're widespread). We don't want a hand-out (they gave that to the banks). We want justice. That's different. We want those in power to change this injustice.
But they remain silent. I don't think that's gonna help them in their upcoming elections. So, here's my question: do they care?