I Don’t Have A Degree. I Still Support Student Debt Forgiveness Because I’m Not An A**hole

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Of candles going it’s raining i’m gonna order a monstrous amount of takeout tonight and i’m ready to complain my favorite thing to do and today it’s not so much complaining as it is about something that i feel like needs to be much more of a settled conversation than it is and that is a student loan forgiveness now basically i would assume all of us at this point

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Are aware that student loan forgiveness has been really a big part of the zeitgeist in the past month joe biden campaigned with a lot of illusions and sometimes approaching actual promises to eliminating a lot of student debt for people and for like a two and a half year period during all of the covid pauses when so much of people’s financial lives were kind of up

In the air regardless it was very unclear as to what the next steps were actually going to be with regards to not just delaying or suspending payments on student loans but actually forgiving them for people but it has turned out that though it was not nearly to the extent that was promised on the campaign trail based brandon did in fact come through and forgive a

Good amount of student loans and we’ll get into the details of that and what you need to know a little bit later but as predicted the student loan debate has become a bit of a political football in a time where who controls congress come november is kind of anyone’s game at this point there are obvious reasons why doing things like forgiving student loans this close

To midterm elections would be a really good thing for the democrats but it’s also very easy for people who might oppose these things to make very caricaturist statements about who’s actually benefiting from this forgiveness in order to make democrats look as terrible as possible which has raised a perennial debate around who deserves certain things usually when it

Comes to personal finance the concept of deserving often just boils down to your social class i.e it’s shameful and even unnecessary for people below the poverty line to enjoy themselves or watch movies or own any kind of technology or occasionally eat food that isn’t rice and beans they bought in bulk but when it comes to who deserves things like debt forgiveness

We’re in a pretty interesting time to be having that debate and it’s not a perfect divide but generally speaking those more on the right of the aisle have rallied around the concept that blue-haired baristas with gender degrees shouldn’t have hard-working coal miners and plumbers pay for their choice to go to an elite private school in new england even though when

You look at the data this is by and large not an accurate representation of who goes to college or for what but on this very specific issue in this very specific post-pandemic relief moment provided to be a bit of an own goal for republicans because given that many of the outspoken politicians railing against student loan forgiveness were themselves recipients of

The ppp loan and had said loans forgiven and why members of congress were even able to do this for their private businesses is an entirely separate issue that we can get into later but it did lead to one of the rare recent instances of the biden administration actually seeming based as hell with one white house communications staffer going on an absolute rampage

Of quote tweeting republican politicians railing against said student loan forgiveness by showing exactly how much they’d had forgiven in ppp loans which is publicly available information as forbes put it back in late august a tweet calling out marjorie taylor greene had attracted nearly 1.1 million interactions including more than 275 000 retweets and almost 800

000 likes the white house’s post quote tweeted a video in which green called student loan forgiveness unfair adding a message that simply read congresswoman marjorie taylor green had 183 504 dollars in ppp loans forgiven now i should say here that the message that some may have taken that people shouldn’t have been taking ppp loans or getting them forgiven is not

What i’m trying to say tfd received six figures worth of ppp loans we got them dispersed to us twice and we got both of them totally forgiven we also used them for exactly what they were intended for to maintain our payroll and avoid layoffs during a time when covid had decimated our revenue but in general the ppp loans were a perfect example of government actually

Doing good things and providing direct relief to its constituents so the point here is not that certain people are inherently bad for having taken ppp loans and gotten them forgiven but rather that it underscores the very specific idea we tend to have in this country of who deserves to get help and who deserves to have things forgiven which usually translates

To either the wealthy huge corporations corporate lobbyists or small business owners many of whom unfortunately were committing fraud with the ppp loans often the same people who are the first to rail against government handouts when they think of like for example a single mom receiving food stamps are happy to turn a blind eye when it’s things like for example

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Corporate agriculture making everyone eat 80 pounds of corn every day but i am someone who in this right wing caricature of who doesn’t doesn’t deserve help should be most against the idea of student loan forgiveness i came from a lower and then middle middle class background i went to a community college i dropped out and built a fairly lucrative and successful

Small business on my own now of course it would be ridiculous to say it was entirely on my own i have a co-founder i have partners i have employees like all of this was a collective effort but let’s just say in the very simplistic binary narrative of the american dream i clearly typify it and i did it while not accruing student loans because i don’t have a degree

So i should be a prime candidate for telling everyone about them making their own choices and how they should bootstrap their way to success and feel embittered by the fact that their frivolous choice to go to bard or oberlin and major in theater is being reimbursed while my sacrifice official decision to go to community college resulted in no such handout but

I am actually actually extremely supportive of the idea of student loan forgiveness and why is that even though i don’t benefit from it at all and could easily be filled with resentment at the idea well it’s because i live in a society and student loan debt on the whole is actually extremely harmful for our overall economy and therefore even if i weren’t morally

Supportive of debt forgiveness which i am i would support it for purely economic reasons but before we dive into my opinions on why this relief is actually a good thing and should go even further let’s just quickly go over what this forgiveness actually entails the average student loan debt in the u.s is currently 32 731 which has risen over 300 percent since

2004. now on the forgiveness front applications will be available starting in october for those who do not receive relief automatically and this will be the case at the department of education does not have your current income information if your application is accepted you can expect to receive relief in four to six weeks and apply before november 15th so your

Application can be processed before the payment pause period is up at the end of the year those who received pell grants generally people applying to college with exceptional financial need i actually received a pell grant fun fact may be eligible for up to twenty thousand dollars of debt forgiveness while other borrowers may be eligible for up to ten thousand

Dollars of forgiveness the income thresholds for this are 125 000 for individuals or two hundred and fifty thousand dollars for households this forgiveness is for public loans only if you took out private loans or had a public loan that you refinance to a private loan unfortunately that is not eligible for forgiveness and relief is capped at the amount you owe

For instance if your outstanding loan balance is fifteen thousand but you are eligible for 20k forgiveness you will still only receive 15k in relief you may be eligible to have the relief applied automatically based on the data the doe has on its borrowers and this would be reflected in your account balance and there are also temporary changes to the public service

Loan forgiveness program so if you work for a non-profit or government agency you can actually apply to have some of your past payments credited back to you even if you haven’t completed the program yet and even those who aren’t eligible for forgiveness the student loan repayment pause has been extended through the end of december 2022 and again reminder that this

Is not even what biden campaigned on which was full student loan forgiveness this is literally the least he can do but it is something now as i mentioned i went to a community college and don’t have a degree but as someone who does live in said society and who has to deal with all of the macroeconomic conditions happening around me i am very clearly aware of why

Having so many people hobbled by student loan debt is a bad thing generally so you may have heard a lot of talk about industries that millennials are killing and the myriad ways in which they’re not adulting at the levels their parents were and this is not on the whole because they’re buying too much avocado toast it’s because they’re entering into a completely

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Different economy than their parents did where wages have almost completely stagnated things cost much more especially big things like houses and because they are strapped with a level of debt that was unheard of to previous generations because the cost of college has ballooned way past inflation if out of touch boomers are mad at millennials because they were not

Able to support themselves while going to college by working at a fast food restaurant full-time it makes a lot more sense when you realize that depending on when they went to college based on the actual tuition levels in times like the 60s 70s and early 80s that actually may genuinely have been possible to do but listen uncle steve one simple google search will

Tell you why that’s no longer possible but whether or not you personally would benefit from student loan forgiveness as a member of that same shared society you are negatively impacted by having a massive generation of adults who cannot afford to have a healthy and prosperous financial life aside from not being able to do things like buy homes which people selling

Homes need someone to do they also increasingly can’t afford to do things like have children you may not have heard but our birth rate has been pretty steadily declining over the years and not having enough children to replace our population is actually a terrible thing for societies societies need children to function you’re going to get old and someone is gonna

Have to wipe your ass and i don’t know if robots are going to be that dexterous by then essentially having an entire generation of young adults who cannot afford to make normal consumer or life choices is of no benefit to me and beyond that there is often this really strange moral argument which we saw come up plenty over the past few weeks which is you decided

To take this money out you’re responsible for paying it back now i think in some cases okay i can maybe see where that’s true but when it comes to student loans specifically i actually think the system is much closer to something like loan sharking than it is to like say getting a line of credit with your bank aside from the fact that universities have been able

To use the ubiquity of student debt to balloon their tuition past what any average american should be able to be expected to pay most of the 18 year olds and yes those are effectively children who are signing on to these loans are not only signing on to them at a time where they’re frankly too young to even understand the consequences of this financial decision

But they’re also signing on them in a context where they’ve likely been told their entire life that the most important thing they can do is get into the absolute best college possible and then pay for that college by any means because otherwise they’ll never have a chance at doing things like getting a good job or buying a home all of the things that said student

Loan debt will also often prevent them from doing the terms of these loans especially private ones are often extremely exploitative and many specific programs have even been sued by alumni over incredibly misleading advertising on things like post-grad job prospects or starting salaries it is not a coincidence that most people signing on to student loans think that

On the long term it is a solid investment with a high likely return it’s because this is what we’re being sold and in many cases what these universities are explicitly advertising even when it’s not true at the end of the day as someone who has truly no dog in this fight i fully support not just this current wave of student loan forgiveness but as much student

Loan forgiveness as we can possibly squeeze out of all of the bloodless boomers who are currently filling our federal government i support supported i say yes and honestly if you went to bard and you got a degree in gender dance and you got three hundred thousand dollars worth of student loan debt and it all gets wiped away honestly congratulations you game the

System and i’m proud of you and i hope you didn’t do too many psychedelic drugs to permanently ruin your brain anyway guys as always thank you for watching and don’t forget to hit the subscribe button and to come back every monday tuesday and thursday for new and awesome videos bye

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