Oh, there is a difference.
Our Senator Roy Blunt (r):
HuffPost College @HuffPostCollege
Senator blames college students for borrowing [….] 12:39 PM – 21 Apr 2015
Senator Blunt Blames College Students for Borrowing
Posted: 04/21/2015 12:28 pm EDT
Parroting a familiar talking point by bad actors in the for-profit college industry, Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) appeared last week to blame students for their high student loan burdens. After questioning Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on Thursday about regulations aimed at for-profit colleges, Blunt, a member of the Senate GOP leadership, said (at the 1:38:00 mark in the linked video):
We ought to be talking about … the debt problem when you get out of school. How much of that related to the actual cost of going to school and how much it related to what you thought your living standards should be while you went to school, and I’m pretty confident over the years that the student expectations for their personal living standards in school have often increased where they would have been a few just years ago.
Secretary of State Jason Kander (D), who is challenging Senator Blunt (r) in 2016:
Jason Kander @JasonKander
I want to help middle class Missourians send their kids to college. Shaming those kids won’t be my approach. 3:25 PM – 21 Apr 2015
Social media is so immediate:
Jeff Mazur @jmaz
Can’t students just provide for their “living standards” with lavish lobbyist wedding gifts like normal people? 3:36 PM – 21 Apr 2015
Okay, that one left a mark.
June 17, 2004, in the Washington Post:
In the section of his report that is supposed to disclose gifts of more than $285, House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) pointed readers to attached correspondence concerning his wedding gifts. Blunt married Abigail Perlman, a lobbyist for Altria Corp., the parent company of Philip Morris, in October.
On Sept. 15, Blunt wrote to Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo.), chairman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, and noted his impending marriage. “I anticipate receiving wedding gifts in connection with this event and I would like to request a waiver of the limitations of the gift rule to allow me to accept gifts in connection with my wedding,” he wrote.
On Oct. 1, Blunt wrote Hefley requesting a reporting waiver “to prevent the paperwork of filing numerous disclosure forms for every gift my wife and I receive.”
Oct. 3, Hefley and Mollohan granted his request.
Must be nice.