Bernie Sanders Introduces Legislation To Make Public Colleges Tuition-Free – The Ring Of Fire

Bernie Sanders Introduces Legislation To Make Public Colleges Tuition-Free – The Ring Of Fire

August 21, 2019 78 By Stanley Isaacs


Earlier this week, Independent Senator from
Vermont, Bernie Sanders, introduced legislation that would provide tuition-free college for
US residents whose families make less than $125,000 a year at all public universities
and community colleges. Your family makes less than $125,000 a year,
you can go to a public university or a community college and pay zero dollars in tuition, according
to this new legislation proposed by Senator Bernie Sanders. This is a huge deal, and this is a story that
really got zero coverage this week. Yeah, a lot of other things were happening,
but we also need to talk about the fact that we still have a couple of people, usually
Senator Bernie Sanders, in Washington DC, fighting to solve the real problems facing
Americans in the United States. Think about this. Do you have any idea, really, how bad the
student loan debt situation has gotten in the United States, the very crisis that this
piece of legislation is trying to reduce? We have more than one trillion dollars worth
of student loan debt in the United States. The average debt is $33,000 per person with
debt. 68% of people who go to colleges in the United
States are forced to take out student loans in order to pay for their education, and as
a result, we have 44 million people in this country living with an average of $33,000
in student loan debt. Those are numbers that most members of Congress
don’t even know. They don’t talk about them. We didn’t hear those numbers on the campaign
trail, but Senator Bernie Sanders understands those numbers, and he understands what that
does to the United States economy. When we have students 22 years old leaving
college with $33,000 in debt or $40,000 in debt, $50,000 and more, that’s a very real
problem, especially when we have such a crappy job market here in the United States. Yeah, there’s plenty of jobs, but they’re
not going to pay you enough to make those astronomical student loan debt payments. Bernie Sanders is working to fix that. This is not debt forgiveness or debt relief,
but it’s about preventing the next generation from being saddled and burdened with the same
student loan debt that we are. Trying to make things better for the future,
for people who may not even be able to vote yet, may not even be able to vote for another
10 years. You know, we have to take care of everybody,
and I think that’s something that most politicians in Washington have lost sight of. If it doesn’t directly affect the people who
will or will not vote for you, then screw it. Let’s not do it. Bernie Sanders doesn’t think that way. That’s why so many people have been drawn
to him. He’s doing things, not because he wants to
gain votes, but because he legitimately, genuinely wants to make this country a better place
for the generations that are coming up behind us. That’s a very rare thing to see from a politician
these days.