Leftist-statist fascism is in the news daily and there is no more non-tolerant place than American college campuses. These left leaning institutions have always supported state control of the economy and redistribution policy however, since the 2016 election, the statists have moved to a proscription against speech and freedom of association.
This contagion has spread beyond the traditional east and west coast statist bastions to small lower tier educational institutions in the Midwest.
spoke of a situation that could have been reported in 1930s Nazi Germany. This story is upsetting to any freedom loving American but it gets worse. There is a strong move among these same statists to create an economic crisis by not paying their obligations and then, get taxpayers to foot the bill for their obligated student loan debt.
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At 108 US Colleges, More Than Half Of Students Haven’t Paid Even $1 On Their Student Loans
The Student Loan Write-offs Have Begun: 78,000 Students File For Debt Discharge After Corinthian Closures
24% Of Millennials “Expect” Student Loan Forgiveness
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To correct this we must remove the state from any and all influence in higher education and enforce the rights expressed in the US Constitution. Failure to do so will result in a loss of freedom and a very large tax bill to bailout students by paying off their debt.
Students are increasingly taking on greater levels of debt in order to attend college. College tuition and fees have inflated significantly in the past several decades due to the states involvement, forcing the majority of students attending post secondary educational institutions to take out ever larger federal student loans. This situation is pronounced at state supported schools but even more so at private institutions who also can feed their bloated institutions on students’ federal loans.
According to the College Board, inflation in college costs are significant and continuing to rise at rates well about the Consumer Price Index (CPI):
Between 2006-07 and 2016-17, published in-state tuition and fees at public four-year institutions increased at an average rate of 3.5% per year beyond inflation, compared to average annual increases of 3.9% and 4.2% over the two prior decades.
According to the Federal Student Aid Portfolio Summary from 2016, the US Department of Education states there is $1.1298 T of outstanding student loan debt.
If the current situation continues, the state will continue to grow their already very large class of indentured individuals who are at their beckoned call. However, the situation goes beyond individuals.
The problem of having over a trillion dollars in student loan debt is significant beyond the burden it places on individuals. Many economists see this large overhang of debt negatively impacting GDP growth. Headlines like Student-Loan Debt Slows Recovery are common within the MSM and even on alternative news sites. The theory about the impact of student debt is based upon a rational assumption; payments to service student loan debt cannot not be used to: start a business, form a household, purchase a home or car, or even go out to eat; basically less money from younger Americans is flowing to our nation’s GDP and instead going to the student loan cartel.
Here are some market based proposals to slow the growth of student loan debt please let me know what you think of them.
- Stop sending the message that everyone should go to a four-year college. Obama advocated many times about college but he was wrong, there many professions and job opportunities for those without a four-year degree. Less demand for four-year college degrees means prices will fall for those who do obtain one.
- Local officials should revamp their high school curriculum and programs to meet the reality mentioned above. They can by offering a very rigorous and real college preparatory track as well as offer a serious vocational track which includes on the job training and apprenticeships. Beyond the educational value this offers to more students, this model will reduce demand at four-year colleges thus lowering costs.
- Stop federally guaranteed student loans – do not make the taxpayer the backstop for student loans as they eventually will be called on to do in the current system. Going back to free market principles which will force lenders to properly assess a student’s real ability to payback loans. For example, a student who did not fare well in high school will likely not do well at a four-year college and thus is a poor loan risk. For redemption, this student can go to a two-year program and prove they can handle a more rigorous course load before taking on significant levels of debt they will be unlikely to payback. This reduces the cost of bad loans to lenders those making loans more affordable.
- Raise admission standards at four-year institutions, this will force students to compete (scholarships) and it will also drive many marginal colleges and universities out of business. This action will likely assure those who take out students loans will pay them back. Here lenders see the best return on their investments feeding their desire to continue to offer high performing students (those who really graduate) loans.