Biden isn’t serious about forgiving student debt. ‘Means-testing’ is a con

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      JonLP
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      David Sirota and Andrew Perez

      During the 2020 Democratic primary, Pete Buttigieg’s personal ambition led him to poison the conversation about education in America. Desperate for a contrast point with his rivals, the son of a private university professor aired ads blasting the idea of tuition-free college because he said it would make higher education “free even for the kids of millionaires.”

      The attack line, borrowed from former secretary of state Hillary Clinton, was cynicism masquerading as populism. It was an attempt to limit the financial and political benefits of a proposal to make college free. Worse, it was disguised as a brave stand against the oligarchs bankrolling Buttigieg’s campaign, even though it actually wasn’t – almost no rich scions would benefit from free college.

      Buttigieg and copycats like Amy Klobuchar were pushing a larger lie. Call it the means-testing con – the idea that social programs should not be universal, and should instead only be available to those who fall below a certain income level. It is a concept eroding national unity and being carried forward by wealthy pundits and a Democratic party that has discarded the lessons of its own universalist triumphs like social security, Medicare and the GI Bill.

      This week the Biden administration tore a page from Buttigieg’s book. The White House leaked that it is considering finally following through on Joe Biden’s promise to cancel some student debt – but not the $50,000 pushed by congressional Democrats, and only for those below an income threshold.

      https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2022/may/06/joe-biden-student-loan-debt-means-testing?utm_term=Autofeed&CMP=twt_gu&utm_medium&utm_source=Twitter#Echobox=1651833790

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    • #485733
      closeupready
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      bills from Congress, bipartisanship …. yadda yadda yadda. It’s not happening, or it will happen to 0.0000001% of student loan debtors, which will mean it didn’t happen.

      The opinions and personal views expressed herein are solely those of the author, and should never be taken seriously.

    • #485734
      Hobbit709
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      for this and everything else he lied about during the campaign.

      Just another reason to not vote D. Or R either.

      I don't waste my time teaching pigs to sing.

    • #485740
      retired liberal
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      Either deny us the good life or make sure we go deeply in debt trying for it.

      We are an arrogant species, believing our fantasy based "facts" are better than the other person's fake facts.
      If Row vs. Wade is overturned, women could lose the right to not get pregnant in 26 states.
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      jbnw
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      It’s been shown through his entire history, carefully ignored through the Presidential campaign by the media.

      I will give him credit for one item, though – the Violence Against Women Act, VAWA, through which women who were brought into the US under false pretenses receive the status of permanent resident. I have two friends who were able to stay in the US because of that law.

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      MizzGrizz
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      The yuppie bourgeoisie is scared to death of anything that will level the playing field.

      Means testing creates resentment among those who do not qualify,especially since so many people in America never grow up and have unresolved sibling issues.

      Any social program should be available to all,just because humans deserve their rights.

       

       

    • #485827
      David the Gnome
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      If they *really* want to make it not benefit rich people, they could try something unique like… I don’t know… Taxing them

    • #485926
      Earthartist
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      Until the oligarchs are sent to the gallows or to Guantanamo  nothing nice will ever happen to the little people!

      Earthartist

    • #485931
      Gryneos
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      Because the common definitions of “all” and “everyone” don’t mean what they used to mean, or they have been removed from the dictionary all together. No Medicare for All, no free college for everyone. The only time something is all-inclusive is WfA or “War for All”, except the wealthy or well-connected. So, again, nothing is ever “for all” or “for everyone”. There are always exceptions and we ain’t in them.

      The people-to-cake ratio is too high.

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