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The #1 thing the debate over #FreeCollege reveals is that most Americans know very little about college today.

They think they do. Maybe they went to one or sent their kid to one.

Or they work at one.

Key word: ONE.

Let’s talk #RealCollege ...
1. #FreeCollege is about PUBLIC higher education.

There are over 4K colleges in the U.S. Of those about 1600 are public.

That 1600 includes:

~1100 community colleges
~450 regional comprehensives
~50 research & flagship unis

Yet most people think about those 50!
This leads to statements like:

“Low income students can’t get in anyway.”

“They don’t have capacity.”

“Capping their tuition will starve them.”

Actually...
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You might be paying for health insurance, but it doesn't mean you'll have access to health care.

Please retweet to spread awareness and follow for more threads like this.

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It is not only possible that Americans could find themselves paying for health insurance and yet still lack access to health care providers, but it is also already happening across the country.

2/17
America has been experiencing a crisis of physician shortages since the 1960s, which is why we created Nurse Practitioners. Now, there is also a shortage of Nurse Practitioners, but not a critical one as of yet.

3/17
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Honored to support the next #POTUS: @berniesanders. A thread on why:

1. Bernie has CREATED the political conversation we’re having now. #MedicareforAll, #GreenNewDeal, #FreeCollege, #NoCorpMoney—all because of Bernie.
2. Bernie’s #MedicareforAll plan is the most honest. It trusts the American ppl to understand that we get what we pay for AND that we can do better than the insurance corps that are dragging us for their profits.

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3. Bernie’s Politics are honest, upfront, and truly inclusive. When you raise the most money out of all candidates on the hard-earned contributions of teachers, nurses, and line workers, it’s because they FEEL your politics. We need that right now.

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So, tomorrow (Saturday) I’m going to watch every last #LJ19 speech and do a #megathread analyzing them all, from content to charisma to audience response. For everyone in the #YangGang who couldn’t attend, this will be your Cliff’s Notes.
Thread coming this afternoon 👍
Okay, #LJ19 analysis thread begins here. #DemocraticParty @DNC
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Bernie makes it clear that he's not here to call out Elizabeth Warren's hypocrisy. That's fine. I'll do it for him.

Here's a thread about the times @ewarren has had to backpedal:
When she was a Republican for her entire 47-year-old life until she wasn't: (To be fair, people can change, but 🙄 to her for claiming she didn't care about politics. I don't buy that.)

politico.com/magazine/story…
When she claimed to be of Native American descent on legal documents for YEARS, then she released this shameful farce of a response after donald called her a derogatory racial term (Pocahontas):

nytimes.com/2018/12/06/us/…
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Cancelling student loan debt is a great idea. The people pushing it still clearly don't understand how universities are funded, why tuition costs have risen, or where money actually goes to at a uni.
Also for-profit colleges are abominable and should all be shut down. But private schools and for-profit colleges are separate things, and the bills people keep putting out will kill private colleges, especially the small, tuition-driven, liberal arts colleges.
For those of you who enjoy 200-person lecture halls as the standard for intro classes, maybe that doesn't concern you; but most people don't thrive in anonymity in college and want to actually have professors know their names. So save SLACs.
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#ForYourConsideration #NERDALERT
A Progressive Tax Proposal:
For this proposal there are 13 marginal tax brackets, B0 to B12, organized as follows:
The floor is set at $14,400, which is an estimate of the annual income for a federal minimum wage earner.
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The lowest income bracket (B0) is for incomes between $0 and $14,400, on which individuals will pay 0% taxes. 12% of income earners were in this bracket in 2018 (12th percentile). There is currently no floor for federal income taxes.
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The next income bracket, (B1) is capped at $15/hour full time, or $28,800/year. 18% of income earners are in B1 (12% + 18% = 30th percentile).
Brackets B2 through B7 each contain 10% of income earners (the 40th, 50th, 60th, 70th, 80th, and 90th percentiles, respectively).
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I fully support @GovWhitmer ‘s #FreeCollege plan. Here’s why:

1. The strong messaging counters years of confusion (who believes “Do the #FAFSA and it will be free??). The doubly disadvantaged (@tony_jack ‘s words) lose out on Pell now when they don’t go to college. They will.
2. Many Pell recipients don’t get a full Pell now. This program eliminates the gap between Pell & tuition/fees - they can use the leftover for books and food. #RealCollege
3. Pell is easily lost after a year. See Paying the Price for more on that. Structured right, this program can pickup the slack and promote completion. #RealCollege
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@chronicle has published another piece arguing that #highered is out of touch with regular Americans and disliked by them. It stages the eternal battle between a dynamic society and backward educators. The conclusion is always the same: colleges must "change how they do business"
The frame is compiled from Republican talking points, particularly that college means liberal brainwashing. bit.ly/2tyh31u
@karinfischer puts this out there as though it were a common opinion, not a refutable falsehood (start w @AaronRHanlon bit.ly/2SeAINK) /2
The culture wars discussion goes on for a long time, hitting themes we've heard since the 1980s. They are all about how #highered has been bad--has failed the reasonable expectations of the economy and society. Us must repent and conform to the surrounding society. /3
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Defining “Socialist” isn’t hard. You just have to read their work & listen to their leaders

And what you’ll find is frightening

Worse yet, the Dem Socialists of America (DSA) actually has a good shot of gaining power if we don’t wake up & fight back

Let’s read their plan: 1/17
.@DemSocialists want to abolish capitalism and transfer ownership of “essential” industries / related businesses to the govt or worker committees.

Why?

“Wealth is a social creation and should be controlled by society as a whole.”

(bit.ly/2vfQ7E5)
DSA’ers are squishy when defining which industries they’d nationalize. But the list touches every possible business, from food to electronics

Workers would then vote on which role is best for them, similar to the disastrous experiment at Zappos in 2016. (bit.ly/2DKlGNd)
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