Glad to see a Warren ally appointed to manage student loans in Biden Admin. One-time forgiveness will not fix this.

Rising tuition + lack of tax benefits for borrowers + punishing interest rates =
oppressive debt for people trying to start careers.

Real reform is needed!
That said, I’m not saying that some stimulus in the form of one-time forgiveness is a bad idea. Just that it doesn’t fix the structural problems plaguing what is now the second largest form of consumer debt in the US and an essential part of pursuing the American dream.
And while we are at it, why aren’t we talking about expanding our existing forgiveness program? It currently applies to a tiny portion of borrowers who must work for the gov’t for 10 years (paying full loans and interest!) or work in low income teaching jobs to qualify.
I can think of many other jobs we should include under that umbrella. We can have a tiered forgiveness system too, where interest is waived or reductions are made for folks who do work in critical areas (medicine, child care, cyber security, etc.—so many come to mind).
Bottom line: we offer tons of tax benefits to homeowners, but we don’t offer similar ones to student borrowers who use debt to finance the career aspect of the American dream. The system is more complex/widespread than when these policies were created.

Please—time for a reboot!

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Half-baked ideas from influencers with inflated senses of intelligence like this is why we’ll need businesses to become vaccine-only. There is really nothing else that will spur enough of the remaining 50% of Americans to get vaccinated.…
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2. Many young people died from Covid.
3. Even more had awful damage from it.
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The world needs to step in and help.
First: Covid = global problem. Every case represents chances for another bad mutation.

Second: Countries that have had huge vaccination progress (Israel, UK, US, etc.) are in positions where cases are dropping and serious Covid is becoming less of a problem.

Time to help out.
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These are two recent holdings that characterized lifetime imprisonment of children as a rare sentence that should only apply when a minor is irreparably corrupt.
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2. Private businesses must protect their own employees and bottom line.

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