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Virginia Foxx Simply Does Not Care For You Damn Kids And Your Debt

BRIBE MERep. Virginia Foxx is a remarkable idiot from North Carolina whom our national political system has rewarded with vast power. As head of the House Education and Workforce subcommittee, she’s the House’s point-person on various important higher education issues of the day: exploding student debt loads, oversight of for-profit colleges, the funding of Pell Grants, and more. But back to that part about her being a remarkable idiot: here’s what she thinks about those “college students,” one of the large demographics that her committee exists to serve:

“I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that,” Foxx continued. “We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.”

Foxx also noted that when she went to college, back in 19-diggity-two, she never took out one dime in loans over the seven years it took her to learn nothing and graduate. So yes, you’re right, we do in fact have a leader of a House education committee who is not aware of exponential rise in higher education costs over the last 20 years, which, along with exponentially rising health care costs and exponentially rising mortgage/rent payments, are the three most visible threats to our viability as an “opportunity society” that doesn’t randomly fuck people over with hundreds of millions of dollars in debt, at birth, for the crime of trying to secure basic modern needs.

You know what happened in the last several decades, Virginia Foxx? The last several decades happened:

That’s right, Virginia Foxx paid $87.50 in tuition. That was the price of a full semester’s tuition at UNC in 1961. The Chair of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training is completely out of touch with the very different realities facing today’s students.

To be fair, prices have gone up a lot since 1961. If you take that $87.50 and adjust it for inflation, the actual dollar amount is a whopping $671.30 per semester. Including tuition and fees, Representative Foxx would have paid $279 for the academic year—about $2,140 today. That’s about equivalent to what students pay right now at community colleges, not public four-year institutions—especially not public flagships.

The other thing about Virginia Foxx is that she is personally responsible for so much of the student debt problem in this country. She’s taken tens of thousands from the for-profit college industry in recent cycles and helped their lobbyists water-down or block the basic regulations the Obama administration has tried to put in place. She is the main legislator helping these crooks loot the federal government and saddle poor people with massive debts incommensurate with the value of their degrees. From OpenSecrets:

First of all, Foxx’s opinion on student loans does matter — she’s a member of the House’s Education and Workforce Committee and chairwoman of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training. It’s not one of the powerhouse committees known for helping its members attract a lot of campaign cash, but since Foxx was named committee chair in January 2011, she has become a magnet for campaign contributions from for-profit universities – a recent hot topic on the Hill.

Last year a Senate investigation found that nearly one-quarter of students at for-profit schools end up defaulting on student loans, and half of defaults on all student loans are by students at for-profit schools. At the time there was a lot of noise about possibly rewriting rules for how these for-profit schools can operate because so many of their students rely on federal grants or student loans – until a big lobbying push by the industry seemed to quiet things down.

In her first year on the subcommittee, Foxx picked up at least $48,668 from PACs or individuals affiliated with for-profit colleges. We counted 22 companies or trade associations in the for-profit college industry on the list of her top contributors, including: Bridgepoint Education, the Association of Private Sector Colleges and Universities, the Apollo Group (which owns the University of Phoenix) and student loan lender NelNet Inc.

She is an embarrassment, like all the others.


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    1. Wile E. Quixote

      Nah, she probably just sucked a lot of cock like all the other cheap and trashy white, southern, conservative whores.

    2. caitifty

      Close: " Foxx grew up in a poor family and first lived in a home with running water and electricity when she was 14. While attending Crossnore High School in Crossnore, North Carolina, she worked as a janitor at the school … She graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor's degree in 1968 and later earned both a Master of Arts in college teaching (1972) and Ed.D (1985) from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro."

      So if she was so poor, who paid for the BA, MA, and Ed.D? I'm going to take a wild guess it was some collection of once generous but now stingy/nonexistent government grant & loan programs.

      1. BerkeleyBear

        The first is explained in the story, and that (plus the income of a teacher back when they still earned a living wage and had time to take outside classes) explains the other two. Very common bath for teachers (especially ones looking to get into administration) back in the 70s and 80s – much harder to pull off today.

      2. vtxmcrider

        "While attending Crossnore High School in Crossnore, North Carolina, she worked as a janitor at the school …"

        And fucking Newt claims that was all his idea? Virginia was born long before her time, which also explains why she looks like she already died.

  1. Callyson

    I have very little tolerance for people who tell me that they graduate with $200,000 of debt or even $80,000 of debt because there’s no reason for that”

    Tell it to the college registration folks: they seem to have a problem with enrolling students who have not paid up…

    “We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.”

    Oh, I'm sorry–I did not realize that the hours and hours I spent studying, working on papers and problem sets, going to class, and sacrificing time and money amounted to sitting on my butt…


    1. anniegetyerfun

      Perhaps she has been spending too much time with David Vitter, who is an expert on laps and dumping.

    2. dinkybossetti

      Not to mention the hours and hours college graduates spend working any jobs they can find in an attempt to pay off the debt that was dumped in their laps as a result of NOT sitting on their butts.

  2. donner_froh

    You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.

    Wrong again, Virginia. If you don't sit on your butt there is no lap to dump "it" into.

    1. MaxNeanderthal

      From the look of her, I'd say she's been doing a lot of butt sitting, and having things dumped in her lap, i.e. food, a lot of it, which she ate….

    1. caitifty

      Wikipedia says she was so poor she worked as a janitor in high school (no, really..). Since she was so poor, she would have had to get her BA, MA, and Ed.D. through (tadah!) gubermint grants and loans. Hypocritical bitch.

  3. Wadisay

    Think about it: Romney/Foxx in 2012! She could appeal to the wimmenz, the developmentally impaired, and, uh, Virginia.

  4. new_pic_for_NEWTer

    She looks like a cross between Dame Edna and the Chicken Lady from Kids in the hall, only less attractive.

    1. UnholyMoses

      BAWK! Gotta get laid …

      Now if you'll excuse me, I'm gonna go dump bleach into my ear canal …

  5. Doktor StrangeZoom

    I have very little tolerance for people who take tens of thousands of dollars a year from industries they're responsible to write regulations for.

    EDIT: It may be an opportunity society, but that shouldn't allow you to just sit on your butt and have lobbyists dump money in your lap.

  6. UnholyMoses

    Not to be rude, but as someone with $60K in debt, I'd like to say to Rep. Foxx:

    "Fuck you, and may you rot in fucking hell you fucking cunt."

    There. All better. (Well, okay. Not really.)

  7. bumfug

    If I'm talking about Virginia Foxx, THEN is it OK to use terms like "skullfuck", "bloody stool" and "slow, painful death"?

          1. flamingpdog

            JELLO PARTIES!!!

            "William and Mary: Where the girls are women, and so are half the guys."

            Also (too), because of the large ghey population (GREAT drama department – Glenn Close graduated the year before I did), known affectionately in some circles as the College of Fairy and Mary.

    1. MaxNeanderthal

      Upfist Tom! Glad to see I wasn't the only one who thought her eyeballs are jealous of each other….

  8. Callyson

    This woman has been a monster for some time now. From Wikipedia:

    In September 2005, Foxx was one of 11 members of Congress to vote against the $51 billion aid package to victims of Hurricane Katrina. She was also one of only 33 Republicans to vote against the extension of the Voting Rights Act in July 2006…

    In April 2009, Foxx expressed opposition to the Matthew Shepard Act, claiming that the murder of Matthew Shepard was not a hate crime. While debating the act at the House of Representatives, which was attended by Matthew Shepard's mother, she called the incident a "very unfortunate incident" but also "we know that that young man was killed in the commitment of a robbery. It wasn't because he was gay." She continued that "It's really a hoax that that continues to be used as an excuse for passing hate crimes bills." However, that statement is disputed by the police reports, the ensuing police investigation and by the trial testimony of the accused themselves. She was criticized by several media outlets and some congressional colleagues for that statement. It was also noted that Matthew Shepard's mother was present at the time.

    Christ, another day when I need a drink or ten…

  9. OneYieldRegular

    If you think Foxx's comments are galling for those of us who already graduated with debt, just imagine being an 18 year old attending admit weekend at UNC and hearing this.

  10. elviouslyqueer

    "We live in an opportunity society and people are forgetting that. I remind folks all the time that the Declaration of Independence says ‘life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.’ You don’t sit on your butt and have it dumped in your lap.”

    Presumably this means the "opportunity" to get elected to Congress so that you can suckle off the public teat while at the same time setting policy and legislation about things you haven't had a clue about since the dinosaurs were young.

  11. Mumbletypeg

    She went from pocketing a couple of education degrees, to helping her husband w/ some landscaping business, to community college admin stuff and then entered politics 18 years ago. No kids. Just an observation. As an elected official, if you are removed from the arena of young people who could help inform your opinions of their situation, it seems wise to avail yourself of some relevant and up-to-date facts before you say something screwed up and affect consituents' opinions of your situation.

  12. GuanoFaucet

    We live in an opportunity society

    I'd like to take this opportunity to tell Rep. Foxx to go fuck herself.

  13. Goonemeritus

    Most people mistakenly believe Rome fell because of excessive sexy-time. This is not the case even a cursory read of history shows that the ethos of civic responsibility faded. The rich took their ball and went home leaving the average Roman to fend for themselves. Add the similar constant state of war to the mix and I predict resurgence in toga sales.

    1. prommie

      You know, it was even simpler, Rome fell after they attacked Persia. Which of course is what the republicans want us to do now.

      1. James Michael Curley

        Life in the streets of ancient Rome was quite revealing after a heavy rain fall.

    1. EtchySketchy

      "HaHa" I thought, that's funny.

      Then I looked at the pic. Holy fuck–you're not joking.

  14. JustPixelz

    She paid for college with royalties on the phrase "crazy like a Foxx".

    The minimum wage was $1.15/hour in 1961. She could have earned her annual tuition and fees in about 250 hours — about a summer of full time work. Today's UNC annual tuition and fees total $7000, with minimum wage at $7.25 it will take a student about 1000 hours — six months of full time work. The UNC web site says to expect annual costs to rise about $400 each year. The costs go up by more than Ms Foxx paid (in unadjusted dollars).

    I learned all this in 5 minutes with google. What's her excuse?

    1. anniegetyerfun

      Well, to be fair, they didn't teach her about the internet when she was in college in 1672, and as such, she is likely unaware of its existence.

      That, and mirrors.

    2. UnholyMoses

      "What's her excuse?"

      She's a stupid fucking cunt who, like every current Republican, doesn't give a rat's flea infested ass about anyone who doesn't have the opportunity to dump piles of campaign contributions into her lap.

      And, yes, I know I could have just stopped after the first five words.*

      (* Technically, three words, a contraction, and an article. But whatthefuckever.)

    3. vtxmcrider

      Virginia Foxx got financial aid in exchange for doing eye tricks in the university circus.

  15. SorosBot

    If those kids wanted to go to college without having to take on tons of debt, they should have been born to rich parents!

  16. donner_froh

    Loans to college students show how fucked the Amerikkkan system has become.

    Problem: College costs rising much faster then rate of inflation, tuition and fees becoming unaffordable for millions of qualified students.

    Solution: Make loans to students that they will be saddled with for decades after they graduate. Create draconian and unfair collection policies through corruptly stupid people like Virginia Foxx.

    Sounds like more American exceptionalism.

  17. BigSkullF*ckingDog

    Typical dumbass baby boomer – "oh, what's that ladder doing behind me? I better just pull that up." Also, ugly old bitch.

    P.S. this statement is not meant to include any of the very wise old baby boomers in these parts, so de-bunch your panties right now.

    1. NellCote71

      As a baby boomer myself, a very wise old one at that, I am pleased to report that she is not a baby boomer since she was born in 1943.

    2. Radiotherapy

      She was born in '43, so technically she's America's greatest generation or something. So you can stop your War on Baby Boomers right now. Anyshizzle, it's millenials we don't like in these parts, amirite?

    3. Fare la Volpe

      Boomers and Greatsers are the biggest welfare queens on the planet. I'm paying off over $10,000 in debt out of my own pocket (I'm lucky to bring in $11,000/yr) whereas my dad got close to free tuition because his father was a prof. And yet he still has the nerve to get on my case about student loans.

      Seriously, old people can suck my gingery nutsack.

    1. SayItWithWookies

      So she just gave you a free Dyspepsia & Corruption, and you probably didn't even thank her.

      1. Fare la Volpe

        She should send Ginny a card. Though I'm not sure if Hallmark has a "Thank You for My Abortion" series.

  18. Lascauxcaveman

    Hey! Just like Rep. Foxx, I paid my way through college without taking out any loans.

    Pretty sure that is all we have in common.

  19. Doktor StrangeZoom

    I recently got approved for income-based repayment rate on my student loans–at least, for one year; presumably, it can be renewed, though I'm kind of afraid to ask.

    At the amount I can afford to pay, I should have the whole thing paid off in roughly 160 years. If I have to pay the full rate, I will be homeless.

  20. el_donaldo

    Remarkable idiot? Well, it's remarkable we let actual idiots get so close to the levers of power, but she's from NC – she's a pretty unexceptional, garden-variety idiot there.

  21. V572 Fehrnstrom

    And how much is tuition, room and board at Chapel Hill these days? $20,660/yr in-state, and $41,140 out-of-state. So Rep Foxx obviously knows whereof she speaks.

    You can almost hear her wishing to say they had to increase the tuition quite a bit to pay for remedial courses after they started admitting Blacks.

  22. Tommmcattt

    If you paid more than $10.00 for that hideous cowl-neck there was no reason for THAT either, 'Ginny.

  23. CapnFatback

    Foxx's outrage is understandable. At her age, she must be extremely sensitive about the awkward medical condition that is lap dumping.

  24. metamarcisf

    Virginia Foxx must've worked her way through the NC university system on an athletic scholarship, like Michael Jordan.

  25. GOPCrusher

    87.50 for a semester? You can't even get a decent seat at a football game for that anymore.

  26. swordfis

    QUESTION FOR THE EDITOR: Where do these idiots come from? Seriously. I don't think I've ever met such stupid, repulsive and stingy people in my life. I'm not even angry anymore, I'm dumbfounded.

  27. docterry6973

    The GOP just loves to give its biggest fools the most powerful public positions. It's like they want to rub it in. "See, we're assholes and people still vote for us."

    1. Exhausted66

      I don't have a joke here. Just an agreement. John Kyl on the Super Committee? Daryl Issa on House Oversight? This bitch?

      it's like they find the least qualified person and give them the job just to be dicks. It's the Heckuva Job Party.

  28. Ruhe

    Can any of you "securities" savvy wonketeers answer this question for me? Has anyone found a way to securitize student loan debt yet? And if so wouldn't the lynch pin of such a racket be the guaranteeing of loans by the Federal Government? And if you wanted that racket to get up and running quickly you'd need some inside partners who shared your sense of urgency for creating more and more new loans? Partners like the University of Phoenix, maybe?
    Just askin'.

  29. BornInATrailer

    She's just bitter that no amount of Cialis or soaking in a claw foot tub will get her laid.

  30. Doktor StrangeZoom

    In other news, Wonkette's new sponsorship deal with Suicide-Booths R Us is off to a smashing start.

  31. crybabyboehner

    "I have very little tolerance for … "

    I think she's talking about the coloreds, right? And our diminutive friends from the South?

  32. Allmighty_Manos

    Kony/Foxx: Both are members of the Lord's Resistance Army (known in the US by its monicker the GOP) and both f*** over kids.

  33. sewollef

    Did Ginny change her name a century or go or something?

    I swear up and down, she was 'Spanky' in that beat combo, Spanky and Our Gang from the last century.

    Elaine…. can that really be you?

  34. EtchySketchy

    Don't go posting a picture like that and following up with a lot of ole 'lap talk'.


  35. Gleem McShineys

    I sure hope that she got that awful hatchety bitchface look in the picture because someone had just told her to "Please choke on a bag of white cheddar walrus scrotums" only a moment before, but I am pretty sure her face is always like that.

    Today is disappointing.

  36. Chick-Fil-Atheist™

    I bet she's just peachy-keen with all those federally-backed student loans going to for-profit colleges.

  37. OurHoboSenator

    Does this old bat actually not even understand what a LOAN is? And that it has to be PAID BACK?

    Although, to be fair, every month when I make that Sallie Mae payment, it does feel a little like someone is taking a dump on my lap.

    1. Lascauxcaveman

      Lol, I hate to sound mean, but Barry looks a little like Forrest Gump in that shot.

  38. anniegetyerfun

    People I have little tolerance for:

    Those who avoid eating lunch, so they can complain about how hungry and tired they are (not the working poor – my husband does this, as do many of my female friends).

    Rich people who complain about being "punished" for being "successful".

    Anyone who likes Pope Nazi.

    Fantastical morons like Foxx.


    Pretty sure that covers most of my list of people I can't stand.

  39. Wonderthing

    Poors must pay! And stay fearful! Where else will we get the slaves for the future? And they must make babies that we will ridicule and doom to a perpetual cycle of poeverty and failure. We will always need someone to blame. Hooray for "others"!

  40. Biff

    Per wikipedia:

    Foxx was born in The Bronx borough of New York City. Foxx grew up in a poor family and first lived in a home with running water and electricity when she was 14.[3] While attending Crossnore High School in Crossnore, North Carolina, she worked as a janitor at the school

    I guess now we know where newt came up with that asinine idea.

  41. Wile E. Quixote

    Once again Virginia Foxx proves that the greatest tragedy of the Civil War is that the Union Army didn't have nuclear weapons.

  42. Wile E. Quixote

    And if you really want to hate Virginia Foxx just think of the pension that this massively entitled disease organism will be collecting if she retires from Congress (assuming she doesn't shrivel to dust by being exposed to sunlight).

  43. ElPinche

    I wonder if they keep Virginia Foxx in the cellar when they're not in session.

    "I'll swallow your soul! I'll swallow your soul! I'll swallow your soul! "

  44. Antispandex

    "…paid $87.50 in tuition. That was the price of a full semester’s tuition at UNC in 1961."

    Still about what it's worth….let's move along.

  45. SwanSwanH

    According to the News & Observer:

    Foxx represents the 5th district that has been a Republican stronghold under Foxx and before her under Rep. Richard Burr. But the new redistricting plan makes it somewhat less Republican-leaning in an effort to hurt Democratic Rep. Heath Shuler in an adjoining district.

  46. Gainsbourg69

    Chile has Camila Vallejos and we have young Paultards. Who do you think is going to solve their college tuition problems first? Hint: Not the morons who worry that the illuminati is taking away their freedoms.

  47. poorgradstudent

    Frankly, I admire her. It takes a lot of gumption and can-do spirit for a morally and intellectually bankrupt jackass to stand out in this Congress.

  48. Come here a minute

    If you can go to UNC and wind up as stupid as Rep. Foxxxy, why not go to an inexpensive community college instead of a fancy FLAGSHIP.

  49. wood50

    She also walked 3 miles to school in bare feet in the winter, uphill both ways when she was young.

  50. Schmegeg

    "Foxx picked up at least $48,668 from PACs or individuals affiliated with for-profit colleges."

    Did she have to show her parents' earrnings to qualify for this?

  51. erikwdc

    This Virginia Foxx character would have run into some problems on the Titanic when they said "women and children first."

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