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Fri May 1, 2015, 08:27 AM

Why O'Malley?

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Here's why I support him:

Martin O'Malley:

1. Ended death penalty in Maryland
2. Prevented fracking in Maryland and put regulations in the way to prevent next GOP Gov Hogan fom easily allowing fracking.
3. Provided health insurance for 380,000
4. Reduced infant mortality to an all time low.
5. Provided meals to thousands of hungry children and moved toward a goal for eradicating childhood hunger.
6. Enacted a $10.10 living wage and a $11. minimum wage for State workers.
7. Supporter the Dream Act
8. Cut income taxes for 86% of Marylanders (raised taxes on the rich).
9. Reformed Maryland’s tax code to make it more progressive.
10. Enacted some of the nation’s most comprehensive reforms to protect homeowners from foreclosure.

There is a lot more, but I'll only add that Mother Jones magazine called him the best candidate on environmental issues.
Article here:

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FSogol May 2015 OP
JustAnotherGen May 2015 #1
FSogol May 2015 #2
Raine1967 May 2015 #3
lovemydog Jun 2015 #4
rpannier Jul 2015 #5
FSogol Jul 2015 #6
FSogol Jul 2015 #7

Response to FSogol (Original post)

Fri May 1, 2015, 10:10 AM

1. I love his approach to cutting student debt!

Now that's not me - haven't had a student loan in years. But even only making 25K plus quarterly bonuses/commission in 1996 -

$12K in Student Loan debt was manageable.

Our neighbors across the street (young couple - mid 20's) have close to $80K between the two of them.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #1)

Fri May 1, 2015, 10:18 AM

2. There was a twenty-something in my office who owed $200k in student loans.

Just today, I made my last payment on my youngest son's freshman year. So far we've been able to avoid loans.

O'Malley on student debt:

Federal Solutions To Our Student Loan Problems

Op-ed in the Washington Post on April 24, 2015

My dad grew up in a country that understood that the more its people learned, the more its people earned. So after deploying to fly a B-24 Liberator over Japan, he went to college on the GI Bill and learned enough to take up his own law practice. And he earned enough to start a family, raising my siblings and me to understand that if we worked hard and gave back, there was a strong and bright future ahead.

Today, our kids aren’t getting the same bargain that my dad did. The vast majority of students – 70 percent – are now graduating with debt. On average, they’re carrying loans big enough to buy a nice car or cover the bulk of a down payment on a new house. But instead of making those investments, or starting a family or a business, they’re struggling to keep up with student loan payments or risking default.

The result: total student loan debt in our country is $1.3 trillion and growing. First-time buyers are purchasing a smaller share of houses, and people under 30 a smaller share of businesses, than at any time since the late 1980s. And the problem will only get worse. Although the average tuition at a public four-year college has more than tripled over the past 30 years, the typical family’s income has barely budged.

One might ask how this nation fell from first in the world to fourteenth in producing college graduates.

We did it one onerous student loan at a time.

In Maryland, we saw these trends and refused to give up. We froze tuition at public four-year institutions, while making investments in universities, community colleges, and financial aid to help make up the difference. We took steps to make sure our high school students were graduating with a degree that’s worth something, and with some college credit or technical training already under their belt.

But like any state, we couldn’t solve the problem on our own. To really make a dent in student debt, the federal government will have to act.

Fortunately, the solutions are simple and straightforward.

First, Congress must allow students to refinance the debt they already have. Because unlike homeowners or businesses, student borrowers can’t refinance their loans.

This is outrageous. If we were able to bail out big banks, we can figure out a way to refinance college loans.

It’s also a big problem. Although Congress lowered student loan interest rates in 2013, they only extended the fix to new borrowers. That leaves millions of existing borrowers piling up debt at interest rates at or above 7 percent. Because Congress set the high rates, Congress has the power to fix them.

Second, we should cap the monthly payments on students’ loans, so that students whose passion is teaching or policing or national service can pursue their dreams without worrying about debt or default.

The good news is that we already have programs in place to do this. Numerous “income-based repayment” programs are available, and the Obama Administration recently expanded students’ access to them.

But enrollment in the programs is low. A better policy would be to make income-based repayment automatic, then let kids opt out if they want to.

In addition, all low- and middle-income students enrolled in the programs should have their minimum monthly loan payments capped at 10 percent of their take-home pay. In many cases, this would save students hundreds of dollars on their payments every month. And all borrowers who take advantage of these programs would eventually have the balance on their loan forgiven.

Alone, these two proposals – letting students refinance their loans, and capping their loan payments – will go a long way toward relieving student debt. They are smart, common sense policies that would make millions of students better off.

To be sure, to end the student debt crisis for good we have to make college affordable for everyone. We can’t afford to make loans easier to pay off, only to have colleges keep raising tuition costs. And we must hold colleges that receive federal aid dollars accountable for directing aid toward the students who need it most — by tying the receipt of aid to schools’ performance on that score, or rewarding schools that excel at making college affordable.

Our ultimate goal must be for every student, most especially low-income and middle-class students, to be able to go to college debt-free. But making sure our students get a far better deal on their loans is a crucial first step.

Part of O'Malley website, not bound by copyright.

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Wed May 20, 2015, 04:35 PM

3. KICK!

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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Mon Jun 29, 2015, 03:49 AM

4. Very good.


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Response to FSogol (Original post)

Thu Jul 2, 2015, 06:48 AM

5. K&R

Good information

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Response to rpannier (Reply #5)

Thu Jul 2, 2015, 07:23 AM

6. You are welcome. n/t

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