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  •  Wish you luck, but can't imagine that a debt (1+ / 0-)
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    jubilee would be possible in the good ol' USA.  Any nation that is getting ready to slash the retirement benefits of folks in their nineties, including the poorest of the poor (or just above them at a little more than a $10,000 annual income) without so much as a wimper, would never enact that.

    But, you might have a real chance at working toward partially or fully subsidized tuition at state colleges and universities.

    Some commenters are confusing benefits broadly shared by the Greatest Generation, to be those enjoyed by the Boomer Generation.  I hope that they'll check into this a little closer.

    Which brings me to another point.  The folks that received such fabulous benefits, largely received them due to their 'military service.'

    For instance, my Father was older than the war hero former Kansas Senator Bob Dole, but didn't get "jack"--no free college education (he worked as a longshoreman to put himself through college), no VA home loans, etc.

    Almost sixteen million individuals served in the Army and Air Force during World War II.  But my Father never served because he was literally too young for WWI, and too old for WWII.

    So, rightfully, I suppose, he never received the  benefits that Bob Dole and his military cohorts received.

    The point being that there was a 'price to pay' for the excellent advantages or 'perks' that some members of the Greatest Generation enjoyed.

    BTW, the much vaunted 'GI Bill' was more or less a little savings account by time many folks my age [Boomer] went into the service.  [And I know that first hand, since Mr. Mollie was Air Force, many years ago.]  Even by the seventies, it had dwindled to almost nothing.  

    I believe that it has been bolstered again, since the Iraq and Afghanistan wars (or that's what I've been led to believe from watching C-Span and congressional hearings).  But much like during WWII, if one wants to benefit from it, one would have to be willing to join one of the services.  And I certainly can see why many people take a pass on that.  ;-)

    Anyway, good luck with the cause of getting student loan relief.  Whereas I truly think that subsidized higher education would be easier to obtain, there's nothing to say one can't advocate for a student loan jubilee.

    Only the most conservative individuals could possibly be against subsidizing higher education, at this point.  

    Namaste.

    Mollie

    "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson

    hiddennplainsight

    by musiccitymollie on Sun Mar 17, 2013 at 07:46:50 PM PDT

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