Yesterday during Bernie's C-Span rally,
a Clinton supporter called in to say he disagreed with free public college education. His reasoning was that he had to pay his student loans so everyone should.
This caller reminded me of a typical Republican argument. They got theirs and don't want anyone else to get a better break. If you look at Hillary's position on healthcare, it is nearly identical. She refuses to fight for a better system because she's got her own already. She fought for CHIP but unwilling to work to get the remaining uninsured help or fight to reduce our bloated prescription costs.
I just can't support that thinking.
exist when you were a kid.
Debt restructuring and in some cases debt forgiveness for student loans should be part of the change.
... but to ALSO adjust for the problems faced by those who've been screwed by college debt in the past too.
I've personally tried to make this point here in Oregon too, where we are making a great move to make Community college free starting in 2017. It's a big challenge with our state budget being limited, with our state corporate taxation being near the bottom of the country, which is something we want to fix now, and also other areas where we need to raise money. Revenue from freeing people through amnesty for past post crimes (that I personally helped push here) should also help us fund this too.
But I noted that not only from a sense of fairness, but even pragmatically for our party we should also be looking at helping some of those students graduating now or recent graduates that are completely saddled with debt here from having to pay so much for their college educations here now. Even if we try to just make the moves to start looking at practical legislation that we might not be able to afford in the near term or get passed in the short term, it will be a sign to those new young voters that will be voting shortly that are the biggest victims of existing college debt that we are working for them, so that they won't feel isolated and "left out" and we can count on their votes in this critical coming election too.
and are getting Social Security garnished. Those debts should be forgiven, IMO
it's the same way they attack union workers and civil servants...
"if i don't get that why should they?" how much thinking does it take to turn that into "if they can get that why can't I?"
used to be, can be again
Some also complained because they don't pay for their health insurance and don't want single payer because they won't benefit.
Somebody was saying he'd worked a long time to get ahead and it didn't seem right that people could just jump to $15 an hour. He was really saying he wasn't far enough ahead of everyone else kind of a fucked up definition of getting ahead. I tried to explain that his happiness wasn't dependent on seeing his neighbors suffering, or shouldn't be.
He doesn't understand that a higher minimum forces a higher median and directly benefits him too.
"I make $16 an hour and I have all these skills, why should someone who flips burgers make almost as much as me?"
Um, you'll end up making more too Mr. "Skills".
To the Clinton supporter in the OP I would say "Cool, so you're looking forward to your kids graduating $50k in debt or were YOU gonna pay for that?"
It's stunning how selfish and short sighted it is.