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Biden administration to cancel $1 billion in student-loan debt held by scammed borrowers : politics

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I hope so.

What bums me out is that the plan he put forward when he was running was to only cancel student loan debt for people who went to public universities. Not all people had the option to go to public universities. Sometimes there are private universities that are more affordable or easier to get into or, like in my case, offer really specialized programs that you can’t find at public universities. I feel like politics are too performative. People think of private universities as something for wealthier people, so just canceling the debt for students who went to public universities has better optics, even though my loans are the exact same kind of loans and I absolutely do not come from money.

Tangent: I feel the same way about how political ads always feature like steelworkers and shit to to show how much they support unions and the working class. That’s not representative of what the working class is in 2021. The working class is the service industry, retail workers, food service, workers who don’t have the benefit of a union to fight for them. But someone working at McDonalds doesn’t have the same “Bruce Springsteen song” kind of romanticized working class vibe.

I just want real help, not optics.

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