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Not cool.Aging pretty-boy multi-millionaire John Edwards was a senator for a few years after a lucrative career as a personal-injury lawyer. For some reason, this made him John Kerry’s pretend vice president, which led to a sweeping Edwards’ fail in this year’s Democratic primary. And now he’s shutting down the scholarship program he started for poor kids at a North Carolina high school.

Edwards launched “College For Everyone” in 2005, when he started running for the Democratic nomination for 2008. Through the Center for Promise and Opportunity Foundation — a non-profit Edwards started and funded — the tuition was paid for 190 kids who wouldn’t otherwise have gone to college.

The News & Observer reported Friday:

During his presidential run, Edwards had said he wanted to extend College for Everyone nationally to 2 million students at a cost of $8 billion. Edwards said he would pay for it by changing the way student loans are made, cutting out banks as middlemen.

“The chance to go to college meant everything in my life, and I want every young person to have the same chance,” Edwards said last year during a visit to the high school in Snow Hill.

Now he no longer wants every young person to have that chance, plus his political career is finished, so he shut down the whole thing last week, the end.

(But will he pay for the college education of his Love Child?)

Edwards ending college program [News & Observer]

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  1. The comments on that N&O site are very telling; Edwards creates a PILOT (i.e., not meant to last forever) program that upped college applications at one school from 26 to 94%, and he’s the bad guy. Fucking retards.

  2. [re=51314]Advocatus_Diaboli[/re]: But that’s a far less interesting version of the story. Edwards hates poors is way more fascinating.

  3. [re=51299]AnnieGetYourFun[/re]: Don’t mourn for John. There will always be another ambulance to chase. Always another settlement to negotiate. Always another bimbo to father a love-child with. He’ll be okay.

  4. [re=51314]Advocatus_Diaboli[/re]: [re=51327]tunamelt[/re]: Eh, I think the story is that Edwards created a pilot program that lasted exactly as long as his presidential campaigns.

  5. a pilot program intended to last 3 years, ended after “BREAKING NEWS:” 3 years! But hey, why bother with facts with smears read so much better….

  6. actually, it was a pilot program that was only supposed to be 3 years long, so no, Edwards is not screwing everyone.

    From the AP article on it:

    *Program director Pamela Hampton-Garland said the program was designed to last three years.

    “The program was a huge success,” she said. “The numbers soared. The interest from students and parents and the community rose. It seemed the whole notion of college access changed.”*

    Edwards had not been involved in the running of the program for a couple years now…

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