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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 19, 201815min1267
Jimmy Sengenberger was that way-older-than-his-years, way-ahead-of-the-pack kind of kid you sort of admired and sort of envied — and, admit it, sort of resented — back in middle school. He began listening to Rush on the radio at 12 and was attending Arapahoe County Republican Men’s Club breakfasts by 13. He was putting together high […]

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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirFebruary 6, 20183min1248
(Millennial Policy Center via YouTube)

Denver-area talk radio’s Jimmy Sengenberger and his right-leaning Millennial Policy Center are injecting a dose of fiscal conservatism, along with a shot of zany humor, into the perennial debate over the crushing debt of student loans.

In a low-budget video hat tip to the vintage Boris Karloff flick (and to generations of schlock horror), Sengenberger spars with a zombie while positing some serious points about how to rein in runaway student debt.

“We’re going to devise a plan to eliminate the walking debt,” he promises as a rendering of the walking dead creeps up behind him. Calling the U.S. system of financial aid “fatally flawed,” Sengenberger chides policy makers for eliminating the ability of student borrowers to discharge their debt through bankruptcy filings — a policy he says actually lowers risk for lenders because they know indebted borrowers won’t be able to seek protection. That incentivizes the lenders to keep on lending. Sengenberger wants to restore risk to the student debt equation.

His market-driven take on the dilemma facing more and more college students includes some familiar refrains from his slice of the political spectrum. Notably, that the proliferation of relatively easy credit has only driven spiraling tuition ever higher, “forcing students to take out more loans just to keep up.” It’s the inevitable interaction of supply and demand. Meanwhile, student-loan forgiveness, as some advocate, would be a mistake that “throws student responsibility out the window,” says Sengenberger.

He proposes among other things to let borrowers be able to discharge their debt through bankruptcy after a certain point. That sounds more lenient, but the net effect would be in part to prompt lenders to lend more conservatively as they’d face greater risk of losing their stake in a bankruptcy ruling.

Agree or disagree with Sengenberger, tune in for his thought-provoking monologue. Then, stay tuned for the rent-a-zombie. You’ll have to supply your own popcorn.


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Joey BunchJoey BunchJanuary 16, 20183min798

The Millennial Policy Center in Denver updated its “Restoring Higher Education in America” policy paper this week after the Brookings Institution called student loan defaults a looming crisis in its report last Thursday.

The left-leaning Washington, D.C., think tank alleges that data shows “default rates depend more on student and institutional factors than on average levels of debt. For example, only 4 percent of white graduates who never attended a for-profit defaulted within 12 years of entry, compared to 67 percent of black dropouts who ever attended a for-profit. And while average debt per student has risen over time, defaults are highest among those who borrow relatively small amounts.”

The right-leaning Millennial Policy Center said in its paper last year that the cost of higher education has risen without good reasoning while tracking along with the increased availability of loans. The paper proposed reforms at the state and federal levels.

“Our research shows that the burden of student loans isn’t expanding because college is becoming more expensive,” Millennial Policy Center president and CEO Jimmy Sengenberger said in a statement. “Rather, school is too expensive because of the growth of student loans and grants.

“The fact is that ‘free college’ and student loan forgiveness would greatly exacerbate the cost crisis, not resolve it. It’s essential that any substantial higher education reform measures directly address the main drivers of this nearly $1.5 trillion college calamity by injecting real market forces – especially competition – throughout the system.”

You can read the updated Millennial Policy Center paper by clicking here.

“The Brookings report is a startling reminder that the college cost calamity and student loan bubble are indeed a catastrophe in the making,” Sengenberger said. “It is imperative for students and graduates alike that we address this crisis today, rather than kicking the can down the road.”


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirJanuary 9, 20183min2374

Periodic opinion page contributor Jimmy Sengenberger, prez of the right-leaning Millennial Policy Center in Denver, says his organization is weighing in on a California court case with potential landmark implications for guns owners.

The center and attorney Joseph G.S. Greelee, a fellow in constitutional studies and firearms policy at the center, filed a friend-of-the-court brief Monday in the Ninth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco against a pending California state law that criminalizes possession of 10-round gun magazines and even confiscates the magazines from current owners. The law’s implementation had been halted last year in a lower federal court, and that court’s injunction is now being appealed in by the California attorney general. (Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership and Denver’s Independence Institute are also partnering with the center on the amicus filing in the case, Virginia Duncan, et. al., v. Xavier Becerra.)

Explains Millennial in a press announcement Monday:

…MPC argues vigorously for (the law’s) unconstitutionality.  The Supreme Court has held that the Second Amendment protects arms “in common use.” Magazines capable of holding more than 10 rounds are some of the most common arms in the country: tens of millions of Americans own over 100 million of these magazines nationwide. California’s law is extraordinary because it not only bans these extremely popular arms, but it actually confiscates those arms from law-abiding citizens who already own them.

What’s at stake for Millennials? Says the youthful Sengenberger in the announcement:

“As a group focused on the future and representing the interests of young Americans, the Millennial Policy Center has a keen interest in the long-term viability of the constitutionally-protected right to keep and bear arms … Ronald Reagan once said that freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.  We take this seriously, and we will engage in policy debates for freedom, including in the courtroom.”


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Dan NjegomirDan NjegomirDecember 12, 20173min399
The Millennial Policy Center's Jimmy Sengenberger, Rock 'n' Roll edition. (YouTube.com)
The Millennial Policy Center’s Jimmy Sengenberger rocks for tax cuts. (YouTube.com)

Could that be the Millennial Policy Center’s Jimmy Sengenberger on YouTube, rockin’ and rollin’ his way through an ad hoc appeal to Congress to pass the tax-reform bill?

By golly, it is. The youthful policy advocate and talk radio presence is joined by similarly youthful bandmates Jason Dashiell, Josh Loun and Eric Barney in a tribute to the tax cuts now pending in Congress.

The ubiquitous Sengenberger, who regularly makes a right-of-center pitch to today’s twenty- and thirty-somethings while wearing yet another hat as president of the Millennial Policy Center — and whose polemics periodically appear on Colorado Politics’ opinion pages — wails:

“Run, run Congress, Trump’s got tax cuts to sign;
Trump make them hurry, just get everybody in line…”

You get the idea. You won’t hear any denunciation of a “Trump tax heist” from this batch of Millennials; as far as they’re concerned, lawmakers can’t get the pending tax plan to the Oval Office fast enough.

And in case you’re wondering, the Millennial Falcons Blues Band’s retro-rockabilly number, with its forced lyrics, isn’t intended so much as a worthy addition to the Chuck Berry song book as it is simply a self-consciously spoofy way of making a serious political point.

Whether or not you buy their line, it is fun to see Sengenberger go to town on the harmonica. You wouldn’t have thought a baby-faced policy wonk had so much old soul.