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  1. Great long-form discussion. D1P members likely won't hear anything they haven't heard Bernie say before, but it's refreshing to hear a real, civil conversation. Looks like this is the #1 trending video on Youtube. I hope other candidates come on Joe's show, and other shows like it. (Gabbard was a guest previously, as well).
  2. That needs to be a Democratic campaign ad running every day until next November.
  3. Good lord, we're back to busing. Fuck CNN.
  4. These debates are so worthless.
  5. "Go easy on me, kid" Pretty endearing moment from Joe.
  6. Steve Bullock is such a selfish piece of shit for running for President rather than challenging a Senate seat in Montana. Could turn a Senate seat blue... or go down as the 25th Presidential also-ran who later wrote a book that no one read.
  7. He won't be impeached. Are Dems hoping it will help them in next year's election if they take yet another big swing at Trump and whiff?
  8. 1) You literally said, "I'm pretty sure he doesn't know how student loan debt works." My response was to indicate that I'm very familiar with student loan debt. Nowhere did I say I understand everyone else's position. Yet another false construct from you. 2) You also said, "Yes, it's the taxpayers job to help a group of people out of a bad situation. I'm not sure what the problem is with that vs. putting even more into defense spending or ICE or a stupid hate monument." Those sentences imply that our options for government spending are either A) loan forgiveness B) defense C) ICE or D) hate monuments. I responded saying that this was a false choice, because obviously the money could be spent on something that isn't any of those options. And I love that I'm an asshole for not wanting to pay off other people's loans. Am I an asshole if I'd rather see my taxes go toward something like green tech or cancer research? Is that acceptable? And caring isn't political... until you demand some people give up a bunch of their money to pay for the things YOU care about. When that happens, it's political.
  9. One of my favorite quotes is from a friend and former classmate of mine: "I wouldn't let an 18 year old choose my drink for me at a bar - why did I let one pick my entire future?" I still don't think you need a Mike Tyson shot to the mouth to realize that an English degree might have a hard time paying back $50k+ worth of loans, but I suppose the point is moot. Regardless of everything, life is tough enough without asking young people to navigate the treacherous waters of inflated tuition and predatory government lending. Makes one wonder where the guidance counselors and parents are. I'm guessing it'll take a generation or two before we catch up with the reality of higher ed in America these days. I still have family friends who shrug off the reality of their children's tuition - "ehh, they'll pay it off. Everyone does." I have a friend whose daughter is applying to dental school. I explained the difference in cost between in-state and out-of-state tuition (literally hundreds of thousands of dollars), and implored her to explain the situation to her daughter. Even after immediately hearing about how handcuffed her daughter could be, her response was, "well, all that money stuff is up to her. We're not paying it." A lot of folks are still waiting for that punch to the mouth.
  10. As you well understand, the popular "basket weaving" trope describes the many students who took out huge loans to pursue careers that had no foreseeable chance of leading to repayment. Maybe basket weaving wasn't the major, but it may as well have been. Take out a loan if you've made a plan to pay it back. edit: with regard to the rest of what you wrote, it's a fuck-up across the board. Predatory lending coupled with reckless borrowing. I'm all for reforming the system (see CV's post), rather than investing in people with proven track records of bad investments.
  11. In theory, yes, I'm fine with making all forms of debt inescapable. In practice, I'd have to see some models and tests run. However, with a corporation, at least you have a collection of individuals that is striving to produce or do something of value to society at large. As a taxpayer, I'd much rather take a bet on that collective than on some random 18 year old who made a bad choice of majors. But generally speaking, I'm opposed to bailouts of all kinds. Let me ask you the inverse - would you be okay with all loans of any kind being "forgiven" by the taxpaying base of citizens? If I somehow get a loan for a $2 million house, and I make $20k a year, and eventually fess up that there's no way I can pay for that house... should you have to pay for my fuck up? (Also, this scenario isn't really that inconceivable, when you compare it to tuition for some of these schools, and the paths that many students are on). As someone who just finished paying off $250,000 of school loan debt, I certainly do understand how it works, fuckyouverymuch. I didn't need a bailout to get it done, either. You've constructed a false choice - it's not "help out these poor, sweet college kids who've been crushed by The Man" or "erect hate monuments." You're projecting your own emotional politics onto the situation. And insofar as you believe it's "the taxpayers job to help a group of people out of a bad situation," I'm fine with tax dollars going toward hurricane victims or 911 first responders. Not so much for kids who figured that majoring in basket weaving at USC for 5 years was going to lead to a big payday. A loan forgiveness program *with strings attached* isn't a handout, so I'd be much more on board with it. The situation you described in your first paragraph is something I'd support. In my own field, graduates can qualify for limited loan forgiveness in exchange for working for the government for a given amount of time. Again, that's not a handout. That's help, and an incentive. As far as it being against my own economic interest... how much would we stimulate the economy if we instantly forgave all mortgage debt in this country? Bet everyone would have a lot more disposable income for stimulatin'. Free stuff is great, when you're not the person paying for the free stuff.
  12. Yes, I'm cool cool cool with students/anyone having to pay back money they borrowed. I know this doesn't play well in Liberal Utopia, but I'm fine with the economy suffering whatever stimulation is lost from Joe Sociology Degree being out of the game for a while. Is this the best way to structure a society - wantonly borrow money and if if turns out you made a mistake just expect your fellow taxpayers to bail you out? Also, this is the wrong way to approach the problem. Forgiving the debt doesn't fix the tuition hikes and morally questionable federal loans that are being given out in the first place. God forbid we reform the system and encourage people to borrow responsibly.
  13. I’m fine with no one having their loans forgiven. You took out the loan. You pay it back. Seems pretty complicated.
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