I love the idea. It’d be a life changing event for my family. My wife and I are both from low-income families and we both have graduate degrees with the debt that often comes with it. My wife’s family couldn’t afford to pay for college because her father had a massive stroke and later committed suicide, which left them deeply in debt. My family was simply too poor to pay for my education, so I joined the Army Reserves and for a variety of reasons (these benefits were spotty prior to the Post-9/11 GI Bill) I incurred debt too.
It’s not like I didn’t try doing something about it. I worked during college and lobbied the legislature to not cut funding to higher ed as a student body president. I started college in 2002 and finished in 2011 (thanks to deployments during the GWOT), and I saw tuition more than double during that time. It was a disaster.
My wife and I both have decent jobs now, but with the high cost of living, rent, child care costs, and student debt repayment, we’re living paycheck to paycheck.
My question is if cost of living would be taken into account if a Warren-style approach was adopted.
I’m in support of student debt abolition—this crisis is a systematic failure created by the federal and state governments, for-profit schools, and university administrators. Nothing short of a universal debt jubilee can be called truly just.