When I learned Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) had voted against Senator Elizabeth Warren’s bill to lower student loan rates, I tweeted to him:

Why are you filibustering a bill to refinance student loans? The rest of us don’t have a rich father-in-law.

His response was this:

Because the government needs to stop doing things that make college costs rise.

I checked out the link (I didn’t watch the video), but read the transcript – as if this excused his wrong headed vote.  Somehow, he is equating the rising cost of education to government intervention.  This is suppose to excuse a vote that would lower the cost of a student loan.  So, rather than work to make education more affordable for students, he’s going to blame the government.

According to Johnson’s figures,