Hardy and College Dems Call Burr Out

Bradley Hardy, NC Federation of College Democrats

A group of UNC-Asheville students challenged on Wednesday Republican Sen. Richard Burr’s hypocrisy while he was on their campus to promote faith-based initiatives and advise local churches on how to receive money from the federal government.

The students took their tuition bills and textbook receipts to Burr to remind him of the financial burden that college students face and ask why he didn’t believe they deserved some relief.

The protest was organized through Facebook, an Internet social networking group, and covered by the Asheville Citizen-Times.

Earlier this year, Burr had an opportunity to help make education more affordable for millions of college students by voting for Senate Bill 1762, “The Higher Education Access Act”.

But once again, Burr chose special interests over the needs of his own constituents.

Not only did Burr oppose the bill, but he tried to derail it with an amendment that would have taken $4.2 billion in grants over the next five years from students and given it to for-profit lenders.

Thankfully, the bill prevailed by a vote of 78 to 18.

On Wednesday, the students were unable to approach Burr directly. But they handed over copies of their most recent tuition bills to his staff and discussed their concerns over Burr’s vote.

The students also demanded to know why Burr valued special interests in Washington more than the students in his own state. With students across North Carolina struggling to afford the bills each semester, they wanted to know why Burr would rather vault banking interests over those of his own constituents.

Burr’s staff assured the students that they would discuss their concerns with Burr and forward the bills and receipts.

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On Wednesday, the students were unable to approach Burr directly

Why the heck are citizens in this state prohibited from "approaching" elected officials directly? I know we have a police-state run by brown shirts Republicans anywhere King George goes, but are we so far gone in North Carolina that our Senators also consider themselves royalty?

Voters now have cooties

When I was growing up, Democratic (then) Senator Strom Thurmond and Democratic Congressman William Jennings Bryan Dorn were fixtures at most public events - anytime - shaking hands and "paying attention to" constituent concerns.

Now, you can't even get Democrats like David Price (much less Mike McIntyre) to show up where there are ordinary citizens. The message from Congress is not only that they have forgotten who they work for but also that voters have cooties.

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

50 states, 210 media market, 435 Congressional Districts, 3080 counties, 192,480 precincts

Did Burr not show up?

Or did he just refuse to meet with the students?


Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

That's despicable.

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Be the change you wish to see in the world. --Gandhi

Goo job YD's

Burr will continue to get away with more or less everything until election day for him in 2010. Keep him in the spotlight long enough with issues like this, and he won't last in the public opinion courtroom for any longer.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.

Our children need to know that some people fought back, when others collaborated.