Q. Director Walters, Do you think it is a sensible drug policy to strip financial aid from college students with drug convictions? Seeing as how there are already minimum GPA requirements to receive aid, only good students are being affected by this policy. Do you think it makes sense to interrupt the academic careers of these hardworking students who are trying so hard to become productive taxpaying citizens? Thanks for your thoughts
Director Walters: Thanks for your question. YouÂre a bit late though. Last month, President Bush signed legislation that enables students who weren't in college and receiving federal aid at the time of their drug conviction to apply for federal financial aid. I should note, however, that according to the Department of Education, 98 percent of students who answered ÂyesÂ to the question regarding a drug conviction were still eligible for federal aid after completing a form explaining the details of their convictions. This issue was used as a minor distraction by drug legalization groups to promote their political agenda of legalizing marijuana.
While I appreciate the Czar addressing my question, he failed to actually answer it, and lied in the process. As you might be able to tell, I specifically worded the question to ask about the reformed Drug Provision, which only affects people who were convicted while in college - but he took the opportunity to brush that aside and patronize me anyway.
The Drug Czar completely pulls the 98 percent number out of the same place he conjures up most of the things he says - his ass. Actually, according to Department of Education statistics, only 65 (not 98) percent of those who initially indicated they had a drug convictions on their 2004-2005 financial aid form ended up changing their answers on the follow-up form to make themselves eligible.
And Walters's most ridiculous line is his last one. Does he really mean to say that the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, the Association for Addiction Professionals, the National Education Association, the NAACP, the Presbyterian Church, and more than 250 other prominent organizations are trying to promote a political agenda of legalizing marijuana?
What a loser this guy is.