Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Sucking Students Dry - 400 Richest Americans Could Pay Off ALL Student Loans

AND . . . AND . . . still have billions left over. How's that make you feel?!? Great, right?!?

Luckily . . . employment across the country is . . . shit . . . never mind. That's bad, too. Really bad. But the refusal to raise taxes with the debt ceiling fiasco - and what a friggin' victory that was for your average Joe and Jane - has nothing to do with these other crises.  Nah. You're imagining. Move along. Everything is fine here.


Anonymous said...


When are you going to finally see reality?

Throw the towel, go back to Korea or wherever you were, and build a much better future for you there. Unless you are a millionaire, this country has nothing to offer you.

Cryn Johannsen said...

I could go back to Korea. I was offered a great job there to teach. The was incredibly high. I could also go to Dubai in the fall, but I am NOT ready to throw in the towel. This movement, and the people who are struggling - the indentured educated class - mean far too much to me. We're just getting warmed up! I don't care if we're at the height of a neoliberal system, and we've been forced into submission. That is all the more reason to fight for something better. The stakes are incredibly high. No throwing in the towel, pal.

Dustin Slaughter said...

Hey Anonymous, I see why you think things are hopeless. Americans of all stripes are facing an uphill battle to reclaim our freedom from corporate aggression. But we wouldn't be Americans if we decided to flee the country with our tail between our legs, would we?

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H said...

Dear Anonymous,

It is people like Cryn who do not throw in the towel. What if patriots such George Washington and Paul Revere threw in the towel. We would most likely be under British rule. The student debt crisis is huge and is creating an extreme hardship for young people. They have trouble getting jobs, apartments, and normal everyday things because of their student debt. Not to mention, there is a high rate of depression among student loan holders. Most student loans are not dis-chargeable in bankruptcy, unlike credit cards. Essentially students are being penalized for going to school. Many students, myself included, would not have been able to go to school with student loans. I signed my first loan when I was 17, without a co-signer and had no clue what I was doing. Someone has to stand up for the right of student debtors and the few they are willing to are often criticized. It takes a strong person like Cryn to help make a difference. I don't know if you ever went to school or you were lucky enough to have it paid for, but why not put the negative energy of throwing in the towel into something positive such as trying to help with the student loan crisis. Sincerely, Hilary.

gail said...

Throwing in the towel is not an option. I for one will not be forced into leaving the country I was born in along with my parents, my own children and my grandchildren. Yes, I said grandchildren, we are not all 18-21Unfortunately I listened when women were urged to go back to school.

Anonymous said...

There is a Conservative argument that I heard on Conservative Talk Radio, while painting, over the last decade or so that says that if all the wealth of the upper so many percent were to be given away to the public, it would not even help a relatively very small fraction of the rest of the public that are in need.

And that the best solution is to give the people at large the means or tools to improve, rather than to give them quick fix handouts.

I am using very broad language and paraphrasing broadly and inaccurately (spelling) as well.

But I think it was Rush Limbaugh that I was listening to when I heard the sentiment.

Sentiments all sort of against tax and spend welfare and the Left, and Liberal policies in general.

Just a sense, and I could never make a clear and comprehensive argument in response.

One idea I have now is that the Gov't should have never become involved with Higher Ed. in the first place.

Anonymous said...

"One idea I have now is that the Gov't should have never become involved with Higher Ed. in the first place."

You are wise man, JDPainterGuy.

This whole "higher education costs are out of control" crisis has been created by the Federal Government. Providing an unlimited amount of funds without any sort of regulation or price control only raises the price of the service or commodity sought.

Greg Ness said...

Interesting post. I sometimes Google names from the Social Register just to educate myself - it's probably the most valuable textbook on wealth and the history of corporate America. Any given name will produce stories of that member's ancestor founding some company in the 1800s or earlier. Are there lot's of new entrants each year - no way! Do the members want you to believe that you too can be a member - absolutely. Now, do what they say and vote for lower corporate taxes and less entitlements.

Personally, I would get out of here in a heart beat if I had the opportunity - just look for countries that have less income disparity such as Sweden or the Netherlands.

Anonymous said...

To anon who posted on Aug 3, 7:27 pm... it never ceases to amaze me how people who dislike a website can't stop reading it and posting on it. If you don't like what you're reading, then just go away! Dude, why don't you throw in the towel because cryn and the rest of us are not!