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  • eridani (1427 posts)
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    In the Spirit of the GI Bill, Cancel All Student Debt

    http://www.commondreams.org/views/2016/10/12/spirit-gi-bill-cancel-all-student-debt

    What can we learn from past successes?

    The Servicemen’s Readjustment Act of 1944, also called the “G.I. Bill of Rights,” provided veterans with cash grants to cover tuition and living expenses for college, graduate school or professional training. It also provided access to low-cost, zero-money-down mortgages, gave low-cost loans to start businesses, and provided unemployment insurance to veterans seeking jobs.

    For the first time, millions of Americans had a new chance to get ahead in life. Country singer Johnny Cash used his G.I. Bill benefits to study radio announcing in Memphis. Former Presidents Gerald Ford and George H. W. Bush attended college through the G.I. Bill. So did newscaster David Brinkley, astronaut turned Senator John Glenn, humorist Art Buchwald, entertainer/activist Harry Belafonte, and historian Howard Zinn, to name just a few.

    The G.I. Bill’s benefits have been passed down through the generations. Children and grandchildren are able to attend college today because their parents and grandparents entered the middle class through the G.I. bill. Communities, and the nation as a whole, benefited too.

    Political scientist Suzanne Mettler wrote that “the G.I. Bill’s education and training provisions had an overwhelmingly positive effect on… civic involvement.” People were given the education and the opportunity to enter public service, and many of those who did made their country better.

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  • Akallabeth (2163 posts)
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    1. I agree, that would be great, but let me play the devils advocate, suppose they

    did, and paid the banks all off with increased taxes, what then, would there suddenly be “jobs” for all those millions of liberal arts graduates? No.

     

    The GI Bill came at the end of WWII – The whole rest of the industrialized world had been destroyed and also that was before we had 25 cent computer chips that could make more than a billion decisions a second for thirty years without stopping for a breath. Now we do. See the problem? What man could keep up with that? Nobody could. We need a new way of doing things that takes this rapid change into account, but we havent figured it out yet. So in just a few years jobs as we know them will be rare and most people will have to figure out a way to live off of their inherited wealth *sigh* or not.

    Jobs are going away, fast. If we want a society that is going to employ people of any kind or profession, we’re going to have to CREATE it. Fast.

    How?

    "Out of many, one"
    • eridani (1427 posts)
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      2. Education isa about much more than jobs

      We will eventually have to confront the reality that with fewer and fewer people making more and more stuff, it just isn’t sustainable to tell all the people displaced from making stuff to tell them that they can’t have any stuff.  Probably the easiest way to do this would be to mandate overtime pay for more than 25 hours of work a week.

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      • Akallabeth (2163 posts)
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        3. I suspect that would only buy us a short amt.time – its accelerating SO quickly

        More lying will just make it worse, they should level with people.

        "Out of many, one"
      • Akallabeth (2163 posts)
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        4. They want to give a lot of current jobs to firms from developing countries, soon

        like, really soon.

        Did you know that?

        "Out of many, one"