Simonius_Titius wrote:happybaboon wrote: ... STFU and fuck off until such time as he also calls for an increase to taxation on him and his wealthy buddies.
Do you know how the tax rates have changed over the period when higher fees were introduced?
Back when education was pretty much free the top tax rate was 66%. $1 for the worker, $2 to the government, and it didn't stop after you had paid some fixed amount.
Tax rates are pretty flat now but back then they were much more progressive, so adding to your earning power via education meant you would pay a higher rate of tax. At a wild guess it would have been normal for graduates to pay tax at a marginal rate of 50%.
Sure there was an anomaly for a few years for people who got a free education shortly before the tax cuts and didn't get to pay for it through higher taxes.
That sort of thing is normal when violent changes are made in or occur to an economy - some get unfairly shafted, some get unearned riches. Neither constitutes an excuse for others to reneg on their freely entered contract and steal from taxpayers.
There were plenty of losers from the economic changes of which student loans were a small part, so why not compare yourself to them?
I find it hard to believe that most of the loan defaulters have enough understanding of the big picture to even start making an assessment of fairness, and in any case it is unwise to try - we always see good reasons for beliefs which will benefit us personally.
Pay your electricity bill, pay your education bill.
He's not targeting defaulters. For the most part he's targeting people who are already meeting their obligation. And oh great, the people who got a free education then went on to substantially reduce tax rates on themselves. Well, in that case, carry on then