November 20, 2017
By Robert Kuttner | Dec 11, 2017
The Republicans plan to spend about $1.5 trillion over ten years to finance their tax cuts, mostly for corporations and the rich. How else might we use $1.5 trillion?
Here are three ways: First, provide debt forgiveness for most college loans after ten years of repayment, and less for people who are working in a variety of public and human service jobs. That builds a coalition of tens of millions of adults and their aging parents who co-signed loans, some of whom are having their Social Security checks garnished.
Second, make all public higher education free going forward so that we never again trash the life prospects of a whole generation.
Third, let’s get serious about a real public infrastructure program, aimed at a green transition. This would also provide a lot of good, made-in-America jobs, a lot more efficiently than waiting for corporate tax cuts to trickle down.
Which use of that money do you think most Americans would support? If Democrats hope to oust Trump and the Republican Congress, they need to be for a few big, clear ideas that would provide vivid and tangible help. Otherwise, it’s all boring detail and gobbledygook.