“Don’t tell me what you value.* Show me your budget, and I’ll tell you what you value.*” – Joe Biden

*Note: The GOP does not value the same things we do.

The GOP does not value public education and is actively trying to “drown it in a bathtub.” Same for Medicaid, Social Security, affordable health care, consumer, workplace and environmental protections, civil rights, voting access and anything else that inconveniences corporations or helps people they consider unworthy. If we want this, we need to be loud.

  • Action #1: – Call and email your legislators. It’s time that students got some relief.
  • Action #2: – Tell Joe the same damn thing.
  • Action #3: – Stop a future debt nightmare at its source. Pass H.R. 2730/S.1288 – College for All Act of 2021
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How much do we value our country’s future?

It was entirely possible in the 1980s to pay your way through a typical public university with a part-time minimum-wage job. But trends in both tuition and wages have put that strategy out of reach for most today. The average in-state cost for tuition, fees, room and board at a public four-year university last year was $21,370, according to the College Board. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. To pay for college on that wage, a student would have to work 56 hours a week, every week of the year. No wonder about 2 in 3 graduates of public and private nonprofit colleges borrow, a proportion that’s held steady for a decade.

Minimal script: I’m calling from [zip code] and I want Rep. [___] to co-sponsor Rep: H.Res.100, which calls on President Joe Biden to eliminate up to $50,000 in student loan debt per borrower.

I also want [him/her] to support H.R. 2498 – the Private Loan Disability Discharge Act, which requires private student loan lenders to discharge loan balances for both the student loan borrower and any co-signer if the borrower becomes totally and permanently disabled, matching the federal Total and Permanent Disability(TPD) discharge program.

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