Commentary: A Market-Driven Solution to the Student-Loan Debt Spiral

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It’s calculated that somewhere north of 45 million Americans have run up $1.73 trillion worth of college debt. The numbers may surprise a lot or a little, which is really not the point.

The main thing is that debt now measured in the trillions is in a sense a logical midpoint to the federal government’s unfortunate involvement in the financing of college education. “No one spends the money of others very carefully” is a truth as old as humanity (or money) is, and the trillions worth of federal student loan debt vivify this truth. We know this because the hangovers (literal and figurative) from time spent on campus continue to grow.

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Biden Administration Plans to Cancel $5.8 Billion More in Student Loan Debt

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The Department of Education announced Thursday that it will cancel student loan debt for over 300,000 borrowers with severe disabilities.

The program, set to erase over $5.8 billion in total debt, will begin in September and apply to over 323,000 borrowers classified as having a “total and permanent disability” by the Social Security Administration (SSA), the Education Department announced. Borrowers will now receive automatic discharges of their debt, whereas previously needed to fill out applications.

“Today’s action removes a major barrier that prevented far too many borrowers with disabilities from receiving the total and permanent disability discharges they are entitled to under the law,” Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said in the announcement.

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Ilhan Omar Goes on Student Debt Rant After Biden Says He Won’t Cancel Loans

After a Tuesday evening town hall, president Joe Biden said he will not cancel up to $50,000 of student loans, prompting backlash from the progressive wing of his own party. 

“I will not make that happen,” Biden said when asked what he will do to cancel up to $50,000 in student loans. 

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Rep. Ilhan Omar Urges Biden to Cancel $50,000 of Student Debt Per Person

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) has introduced a “bold resolution” asking President-elect Joe Biden to federally remove $50,000 of student loan debt per person.

The congress member introduced the resolution alongside Reps. Ayanna Pressley, Maxine Waters, and Alma Adams. The resolution outlines a path for Biden to use “excessive authority” to remove student loan debt while simultaneously ensuring there are no tax liabilities for federal student loan borrowers.

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Commentary: Loan Reform Requires Colleges With Skin in the Game

President Trump’s recent budget proposal calls for reforms to the federal student loan program, so that colleges that “accept taxpayer funds have skin in the game through a student loan risk-sharing program.” Certainly, a change in the student loan program is long overdue.

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Omar Joins Bernie Sanders to Introduce Bill Cancelling All $1.6 Trillion in Student Loan Debt

  Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN-05) joined Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) Monday to introduce a bill that would cancel all $1.6 trillion in student loan debt for 45 million Americans. Omar, who’s sponsoring the legislation in the House, joined Sanders and several of her House colleagues at a press conference outside…

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Commentary: Forgiving Student Debt Isn’t the Solution to Anything

by Preston Cooper   The time-honored American tradition of outlandish political promises continues apace. Now, the spotlight is on student debt. Democratic presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren added to the debate recently when she put forward a proposal to cancel $640 billion worth of federal and private student loans. Warren touts…

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Federal Report Says Millennials Are Poorer Than Other Generations

by Ryan McMaken   One of the challenges in looking at income and wealth data is getting a sense of how different demographic groups are affected. It’s relatively easy to find median income and wealth data over time for the entire population, for example. But then problems of interpretation immediately…

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