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What kind of society is our student-loan mess producing?

"College graduates who borrowed for bachelorís degrees granted in 2012 have an average student loan debt of $29,400, the highest average student loan debt on record."
-- finding of the Institute for College Access and
Success, quoted by Allison Kilkenny
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The graduates of 2012 left school and entered repayment at a time of high unemployment. In many ways, these graduates were hit from both sides. They went to college during a recession when their familyís ability to pay for college was likely reduced. Now they are graduating from college and may be experiencing substantial challenges getting a job to repay the loans. - See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/#sthash.wtprnBLp.dpuf

Even if you are able to get a good job, it means that if you're graduating with $30,000 or more in debt, that means it's going to be a long time before you get rid of that debt. It makes it harder for you to buy a house harder to start a business. - See more at: http://downwithtyranny.blogspot.com/#sthash.wtprnBLp.dpuf

More ominously, at every point when you have to make a life choice like how you actually make a living, can you ever afford to make a choice in favor of anything but the highest cash return? If we had overwhelming numbers of our talented young people making career or job decisions this way, why kind of society would we have? Or should I say, what kind of society do we have? And, says Allison, the student-debt situation seems much likelier to get worse than better.

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Meanwhile, back at the ranch...

The Beginning Of The End Of Prohibition

Predictions are hard to get right, and Iím not particularly good at them. But I think today is the beginning of the end of the drug war as we know and loathe it. Once legal marijuana gets established in Colorado, other states will probably follow their example very quickly. I imagine it will legal almost everywhere in the US in 10 years, and that other countries in the Americas will legalize production to help fill the demand.

Itís hard to think about any really big changes in society without coming back to marriage rights. Those changes have happened so quickly, and itís been so profound, that it seems like you have to compare or contrast everything else to it. I believe that the collapse of prohibition will be swift, as the expansion of marriage rights has been, for the same sort of reason. The opposition is irrational, and once the thing is tested in the real world, the argument will be over.

The drug war is an obscenity. It ruins lives, decimates communities, and functions as the main practical foundation of racial inequality in our country. The drug war is the main engine behind the creation of a criminal class in the US. Itís a profoundly destructive and immoral set of policies. The drug war is one of the worst things about America. And today, the drug war has been dealt a death blow.

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Nice Shirt Ya Got There. Care To Find Out A Little About Who Made It?

While Americans fight over the latest deals at retailers, these kids are the ones doing the actual work on some of the clothing that is sold to us by big-box stores.


GOP: In with the old, out with the new

Nick Anderson
In with the Old


Woody Guthrie's New Year's resolutions from 1942/43 are just great.

Woody Guthrie's New Year's resolutions from 1942/43 are just great. I came for the doodles, stayed for the heartfelt sentiment, humanity and wisdom.

Bigger here:

When we fight, we win. Iím dedicating 2014 to fighting. And winning.

WHAT Goblue72 says:
January 1, 2014 at 4:47 am

Happy New Year!!! Let us all commit that 2014 is the year we fight back! That means if all you do right now is comment on blogs, then you need to show up & phone bank this year. If all you do is blog, then you need to canvass this year. If all you do is canvass or phone bank, then you need to precinct captain this year. If all you do is precinct captain, then you need set a fundraising target this year. If all you do is fundraise, then you need to double it this year. Or show up at a phonebank.

You get the picture. No one is excused, and no one gets to rest on their laurels. I donít care what you did last year, or the year before, or 10, 20, 30 years ago. This year Ė you do more.

Because the plutocrats, their mercenaries, and their rube army donít quit. And our side is playing for bigger stakes.

When we fight, we win. Iím dedicating 2014 to fighting. And winning.

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