American Consequences - August 2020

Joe promises that all public colleges and universities will be tuition-free for families with incomes under $125,000. Historically Black colleges, tribal colleges, and “minority serving institutions” will be tuition-free too, and all federal student debt incurred at them will be forgiven. Two years of community college “or other high-quality training” will be free for everyone. Student loan payments under the Public Service Loan Forgiveness and “income- based repayment” programs will be cut in half. Student debt will be dischargeable by bankruptcy. And “students will be able to use their Pell grants, state aid, and other aid to help them cover expenses beyond tuition and fees.” Cue Prince’s Little Red Corvette. .. For second, third, and fourth responders and other such, Joe promises to “spur the construction of 1.5 million sustainable homes and housing units.” Of course, you can’t go to college until you’ve gone to primary school – as soon as you can walk. Joe promises universal pre-K for three- and four-year-olds. And he promises “double the number of psychologists, guidance counselors, nurses, social workers, and other health professionals in our schools.” Although whether this is a promise or a threat, I’m not sure. Johnny, if you don’t sit down and behave, I’ll send you to the “other” health professional .

Participation and Equality for People with Disabilities,” Joe cites “emotional disturbance” as a disability, which will pretty much require one full-time government-funded shrink for every teenager in the nation. None of these people, however, will have to worry about where they live. Joe promises to “expand housing benefits for first-responders, public school educators, and other public and national service workers.” Although, Joe also promises “the mobilization of health care workers nationwide.” (Your draft notice is in the mail. And I hope you like your new barracks.) For second, third, and fourth responders and other such, Joe promises to “spur the construction of 1.5 million sustainable homes and housing units.” Although you may not get to live in them because Joe promises to “increase the number of refugees we welcome into the country” and “welcome immigrants in our communities”... while also making sure “that employers are not taking advantage of immigrant workers” (by, you know, hiring them for jobs that can be done by unskilled people who can’t speak English, or something). But don’t worry about having a roof over your head. Joe promises to make “housing a right for all” with “a new Homeowner and Renter Bill of Rights” which will “protect tenants from eviction” and “eliminate exclusionary zoning” (in case you want to start a trailer park in your driveway). Where you’ll be housed is another matter. Joe promises to “ensure growth is shared by

The school psychologists, anyway, will be busy. In “The Biden Plan for Full

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