Tag: Student debt

The Long Fight to Cancel Student Loans

Those who object to canceling student debt usually point to income quintiles: People with large quantities of debt—i.e., people who went to graduate school—are more likely to earn high incomes. Some critics even argue that cancellation would be “regressive,” that it would give the biggest boost to high earners and those privileged enough to go […]

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President Biden’s Refusal to Eliminate Student Debt Is Out of Touch With Black Voters Who Helped Get Him Elected

Photo: Eric Broder Van Dyke (Shutterstock) Last month, President Biden declared that he would not support student debt forgiveness and took a huge step backwards in fulfilling the pledges he made to Black voters and Black women during his campaign. When asked about Senator Schumer, Senator Warren and other lawmakers’ proposal to wipe out $50,000 […]

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WITS University Protest: South African Student Debt Demonstration Turns Deadly

NewsOne Featured Video Source: MICHELE SPATARI / Getty At least one person was reportedly killed Wednesday as police responded with deadly force during ongoing protests against mounting student debt in South Africa. Photos and video circulating across social media showed violent scenes in the Braamfontein central business district of Johannesburg that included police dressed in […]

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‘I Will Not Make That Happen’: Biden Says No to $50,000 Student Debt Forgiveness

Photo: Saul Loeb (Getty Images) Get ready to lower your expectations if you’d been hoping that President Biden would heed the call of some Democrats to cancel student debt up to $50,000 per borrower. The president outright rejected that idea during a town hall hosted by CNN in Milwaukee on Tuesday. Advertisement After a member […]

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Cancel Our Debts, Then Cancel Debt

These are all necessary, inspiring actions. But these interventions in a cruel debtors’ society are temporary salves. For anything to get better, the state has to step up. In a September interview with The New Republic, Tara Raghuveer, a housing organizer and head of the K.C. Tenants, said stopping one or a million evictions isn’t […]

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The Agenda Is Still Survival

We haven’t actually seen what happens when the Democratic Party fully embraces policies that make life more livable and decent for millions of people. But as my colleague Alex Pareene wrote recently, if the messaging isn’t working, then the governing will have to start speaking for itself. In the places where Democrats can make immediate […]

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How to Save the Pandemic Generation

There’s a looming student debt cliff awaiting us in 2021. With America in the teeth of the Covid-19–enabled economic downturn, lawmakers suspended federal student loan payments for 80 percent of federal student loan borrowers. This measure, which President Donald Trump extended a few weeks ago, is set to expire on New Year’s Eve, which means […]

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The End of the University

Since coming down south to be closer to family, I’ve taken many walks around the University of North Carolina’s Greensboro campus, where my father works as a professor of chemistry. I arrived not long before spring classes were moved online and the vast majority of students decamped for home. The spacious campus turned desolate, bicycles […]

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Rich Republican Nihilists Don’t Care If You Can’t Pay Rent

In most cases, of course, members of Congress’ attention to the rich simply means looking after their own. As the Center for Responsive Politics noted in April, over half of all Congress members who filed earnings disclosures through 2018 were millionaires, with the richest among them a bipartisan bunch. At the time of filing, Republican […]

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