Forgive the Student Loan Debt by Taxing Those Who Don’t Go to College
Reports BRIGHT editors: Charles Stallworth, a union railroad worker, writes in Newsweek:
Unlike progressives, we don’t see student debt cancelation as an avenue out of poverty. We see it as a tax on those of us who chose not to go to college, who now have to pay for those who already got a big advantage in the labor market by way of their degree…
But far from making the case to working class Americans like me, progressives act aggrieved if you ask them to defend this proposal.
What is the reasoning against student debt cancelation “that isn’t rooted in cruelty”? What’s behind the position that a waitress or carpenter or nurse’s aid or lineman—should pay for the student loans of lawyers and doctors and film studies majors?
How much of an elitist do you have to be not to give a damn about the cruelty of demanding that blue collar workers who didn’t go to college chip in and pay off student loans that they didn’t take out?”
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