America is lost...

Discussion in 'West Mall' started by Sheldon Cooper, Nov 7, 2020.

  1. lkainer

    lkainer 250+ Posts

    When I went to school the campus was pretty spartan. Gregory gym smelled and was hot. I learned to live cheap.

    Now it looks like a country club. I think the colleges are competing for students so they are making everything as nice as possible.
     
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  2. lkainer

    lkainer 250+ Posts

    Our economy or China's?
     
  3. Seattle Husker

    Seattle Husker 10,000+ Posts

    4 years ago my eldest son started his college tours. In WA, ID, OR and CA we did >15 college tours through their admissions office. Every school had a new student union or was building a new one that showcased amenities like climbing walls, hot tubs shaped like the state or school mascot, new instructional buildings, new athletic buildings and most importantly new dorms/cafeterias. The food in some of these schools was literally pushed as a selling point. It was mid-tier restaurant quality food. Clearly, the competition for students is so great that all but a few schools had invested heavily in infrastructure. Those couple of schools that look dated? My youngest visited both recently and they too have now added all the amenities above. Take an example Eastern Washington is now considering cutting their Top -10 FCS football team because the school is in such financial distress.

    The building boom at colleges has certainly added to the expense. Whether that's due to the volume of financial aid now at their disposal, the willingness of kids/parents to pay the higher fees and/or take on debt or another reason is up to others to analyze. A "Spartan" college experience rarely exists now. With that said, the caliber of technology and quality of the facilities certainly removes any roadblocks for students.
     
  4. bystander

    bystander 5,000+ Posts

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  5. Chop

    Chop 5,000+ Posts

    With all this massive influx of $$$$$, I’m sure liberal colleges are paying their TAs a living wage plus benefits, and encouraging their unionization...
     
  6. lkainer

    lkainer 250+ Posts


    Paying off student loan debt benefits the top income earners the most as well. Why not stimulate the economy by making up the lost income to the people put out of work due to the Covid shutdown? I don't understand why we gave everyone $1400 when the money needs to be targeted. I can't imagine what the people who were really damaged must be thinking. The government is spending trillions and almost none of the money is getting to the right people.
     
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  7. theiioftx

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    My best friend is a retired multi millionaire. He received a $1,400 check. He went to his local beach bar and started handing out $100 tips to bartenders and waitresses.
     
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  8. nashhorn

    nashhorn 5,000+ Posts

    Ah heck guys all rules are gone when China goes with its own digital currency.
     
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  9. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    Same for all government social spending. They spend 100% to get cover the 20% that truly need it.
     
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    EDT 1,000+ Posts

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  11. Vol Horn 4 Life

    Vol Horn 4 Life 5,000+ Posts

    Two days ago my daughter got a deposit to her checking account from her school for $504. I told her to call the bursar's office to see what it is. They couldn't answer and had no idea. Then she found out everyone she knows got the same depost. One of her teammates said it's "college debt relief" from the stimulus bill.

    Really? $504 with no explanation nor use stipulations? Not one red cent is going to pay for school and everyone of those kids are going to party that money away. All they just learned is "woo hoo, free money from the government". Liberalism will be the death of this country.
     
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  12. EDT

    EDT 1,000+ Posts

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  13. iatrogenic

    iatrogenic 2,500+ Posts

    Is that a fact?

    Go ahead and show us the math.
     
  14. lkainer

    lkainer 250+ Posts

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  15. OUBubba

    OUBubba Reluctant and Bullied Sponsor

    I agree with that. I could see something like assuring zero interest on student loans that are being paid timely. While I got my loans when the interest rate was way higher part of my challenge was the 8% interest. My wife and I paid ours off right before our kids started college. :)
     
  16. lkainer

    lkainer 250+ Posts

    I had to deal with the high interest rates as well. I could agree with zero interest in todays environment.

    This quote was from the Forbes article.
    "What about borrowers who aren’t doing well, financially? The federal student loan program already has a safety net for them. Using income-based repayment plans, borrowers can tie their loan payments to their earnings. Very low-income borrowers have zero payments. Income-based repayment can make life easier for distressed borrowers, but many are not aware of its existence. According to government surveys, only 43% of undergraduates know about the plans."
     
  17. iatrogenic

    iatrogenic 2,500+ Posts

    I see. They have taken a universe of all income earners, not just the income earners with student debt. Yes, college grads make more on average than non-graduates, so that makes sense.
     
  18. iatrogenic

    iatrogenic 2,500+ Posts

    Somebody never learned about the time value of money, or personal accountability while they were getting all their fancy degrees.
     
  19. iatrogenic

    iatrogenic 2,500+ Posts

    So you would loan your money at zero interest?
     
  20. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    Both sides are right on this. The bottom 50% don’t pay taxes, so it’s not correct to say the working poor will pay for upper income debt forgiveness. It is true the middle class who do pay some taxes will be paying loans from slightly higher income classes for college. But the middle class has access to these loans as well and the middle class likely has access to more grant money than upper middle class. That is why the working poor don’t have loans. For the few of them who are in college, their bills are low due to grants.
     
  21. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    My easy peasy solution to education and healthcare debt: pay the loan as intended or garnish paycheck up to 10% for each debt until principal is paid off.
     
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  22. lkainer

    lkainer 250+ Posts

    No, but the Fed Funds Rate is .25% so the government essentially is
     
  23. iatrogenic

    iatrogenic 2,500+ Posts

    So you are equating banks that borrow at the Fed Funds rate to individuals that borrow for college?
     
  24. lkainer

    lkainer 250+ Posts

    Yes, I believe student loans are running near 1.5% or very close to zero. I'm not saying this should be done. Just that if incentive is needed to get people to pay I'd rather take interest to zero versus paying off the debt.

    Personally I think all this stimulus has been a waste. The slow down was caused intentionally by the government shut downs and only hurt certain individuals. To make things better the government is building bridges, installing electrical vehicle charging stations, paying off blue state debt, upgrading HVAC in schools, and sending $1400 checks to everyone. $1400 is nothing to someone who had to shut down their business for a year. People who have been working are using the money to buy Chinese televisions.
     
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  25. iatrogenic

    iatrogenic 2,500+ Posts

    Average student loan rates for the period 2006-2020 were 4.74% for undergrads, and 6.03 for grad students.

    You don't need "incentive" to get people to pay. You just need access to the legal system, and a modicum of personal responsibility, which, obviously, some people lack.
     
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  26. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    It has the benefit of the debtor not having to worry about the debt ballooning, which can take a serious mental toll (which I am sympathetic to). Yes, the pay is docked but over time he will get used to it.
     
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  27. Horn6721

    Horn6721 10,000+ Posts

    mc
    Good point
    people willingly signed for this with the supposed promise of paying it back. What is wrong with folding it into automatic deductions?
     
  28. mchammer

    mchammer 10,000+ Posts

    Actually, they do it today but it’s not automatic. Not sure what triggers docked pay. The reason for the delay is that the bank or whomever has to write off the loan loss when the transition occurs.
     
  29. EDT

    EDT 1,000+ Posts

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  30. Seattle Husker

    Seattle Husker 10,000+ Posts

    Garnishments are a ***** for employers to maintain. In smaller companies I suspect they might have an effect on the employability of the person being garnished.
     
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