Senator Elizabeth Warren appeared on MSNBC’s “Hardball” last night to discuss her plan for rebuilding the middle class through investments in jobs and infrastructure. After watching the video, I couldn’t help but think she had really polished her delivery and message, to the point where more than ever before, I really want Senator Warren to be the next President of the United States.
Sure, I know there’s been talk about the inevitability of Hillary Clinton should she decide to run, but I’m just not interested in creating another political family dynasty. That’s not to say I would refuse to vote for Clinton should she be the choice on the ballot in November 2016, but I would prefer Senator Warren or Senator Bernie Sanders out of what appears to be an otherwise lackluster collection of potential candidates.
While other, less visible politicians may be talking about the issues of jobs and the overwhelming debt college graduates are finding themselves burdened with, only Senator Warren is really making a stink about it. Here’s what she had to say about student debt and affordable education on “Hardball” last night:
“I went to a commuter college that cost fifty dollars a semester. It opened a million doors for me. How could I go to a school that cost fifty dollars a semester? Because I grew up in a America that said, we collectively, all of us, are going to make those investments in education so that any kid, who works hard, who plays the rules, who tries to get out there and make something of herself, is going to have a fighting chance to make that happen.”
My story is similar. Over a decade ago, I graduated from a community college in Virginia where I paid a whopping $40 per credit hour and even when including the cost of books, it never cost me more than maybe $900-$1,000 per semester for a quality education. If you haven’t experienced Virginia’s community college system, it is a bargain and a great way to avoid crippling debt, at least for the first 2 years of school. I was one of the lucky ones, managing to escape my college years with only about $8,000 in remaining debt to show for it. Others have been far less lucky and even with a bachelor’s degree or a master’s degree, the job prospects often aren’t there. Yet, very few politicians are addressing this issue, let alone making it their crusade like Senator Warren has. Not only has she raised the alarm about debt and inequality in the new, post-recession economy, she knows exactly where to place the blame:
“It changed in the 1980′s when the Republicans came up with a different vision. They said, ‘Eh, that’s not how you build an economy. The way you build an economy is you let those at the very top, the richest and the most powerful, keep more of their money and more of their power, and somehow it’s going to trickle down for everybody else.”
While much of the rest of the Democratic Party gives token attention to income inequality and student debt, only Senator Warren continues to bring these issues to the forefront on a regular basis. This is why I continue to hold out hope that she will change her mind and run in 2016.
Watch the full video via MSNBC.com below:
Senator Warren can’t do this alone so please make sure to vote this coming November, because here’s what’s at stake:
—All 435 seats of the U.S. House of Representatives
—33 seats in the U.S. Senate
—46 State Legislatures
—38 State and Territorial Governorships.
If you’re tired of politicians who continue to pretend that trickle-down economics will actually work someday and those who stand in the way of creating affordable higher education, then register to vote and do something to make a change.
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