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During this campaign, I’ve been talking a lot about what I see as the central economic challenge of our time: raising incomes so hardworking families can afford a middle-class life.
I believe one of the single biggest ways we can raise incomes is by making college affordable and available to every American. So today, I’m laying out a plan to do just that.
For millions of Americans, a college degree has been the ticket to a better life. My grandfather worked his entire life in a lace mill, but my dad made it to college. He was able to start his own small business, and that made a huge difference in our lives. Then my parents saved for years so they could send me to a school across the country. They knew that they were setting me on the path to a better future.
College still holds that promise. A lot has changed in this country — but that hasn’t.
Parents who never had the chance to go to college themselves dream of seeing their kids get that degree, from the moment they’re born. High-schoolers — even middle-schoolers — are taking college prep courses and studying for the SAT. Full-time workers are taking courses online, even if that means heading straight from an eight-hour shift to a pile of homework. If that’s what it takes to get a better job — to give their kids better than they had — then they’ll do it.
But here’s the problem. States are slashing education budgets. Colleges keep raising prices. In-state tuition and fees for public colleges increased by 42 percent between 2004 and 2014. But incomes didn’t rise by that much. So families are left facing a painful choice. Either they say, “We just can’t afford it,” and pass up on all the opportunities that a degree offers — or they do whatever it takes to pay for it, even if that means going deeply into debt.
Now, for most people, the return on investment of a college degree is still worth it. On average, people with four-year degrees earn over half a million dollars more over their careers than people with high school degrees.
But student debt is increasingly holding people back. Forty million Americans have student loans. Together, they owe more than a trillion dollars. And millions of Americans are delinquent or in default. Even if they do everything they can to pay their loans, they just can’t keep up.
The cost of this debt is real — not just on balance sheets, but in people’s lives and futures. I’ve talked to people who have so much student debt, they’ve put off buying a house, changing jobs, starting a business — even getting married. I’ve met parents and grandparents who’ve co-signed loans and end up draining their savings or ruining their credit — all because they did what parents and grandparents are supposed to do: help out the next generation.
There are students who take out loans to pay for an expensive degree from a for-profit institution — only to find little support once they actually enroll, or they graduate and discover that, when it comes to finding a job, their degree isn’t worth what they thought.
Then there are the students who start college but never finish. They’re left with debt and no degree to show for it — the worst of both worlds. Over 40 percent of college students still haven’t graduated after six years — and many never do. It’s time to show some tough love to colleges and universities that let significant numbers of students fall behind and drop out, year after year.
Here’s the bottom line: College is supposed to help people achieve their dreams. But more and more, paying for college is actually pushing people’s dreams further out of reach. And that’s just wrong. It’s a betrayal of everything college is supposed to represent — and everything families have worked so hard to achieve.
This is also about America creating the greatest workforce in the world in this century — just like we did in the last. The rest of the world is working as hard as they can to out-do us. China plans to double the number of students enrolled in college by 2030, which means they’ll have nearly 200 million college graduates. That’s more than our entire workforce. American workers can out-work and out-innovate anyone in the world. They deserve training and education that will help them do it.
So we need to make some big changes. We need to transform how much higher education costs — and how those costs get paid. For too long, families have been left to bear the burden of crushing costs, underinvestment, and too little accountability.
It’s time for a new college compact, where everyone does their part. We need to make a quality education affordable and available to everyone willing to work for it — without saddling them with decades of debt.
I’ve been traveling the country for months, talking to students and families, educators, legislators, and experts of every stripe — including young progressive activists who’ve put the issue of debt-free college and affordability at the top of the national agenda.
And today, I’m announcing my plan to put college within reach for everyone. We’re calling it the New College Compact. Here are the basics:
- Under the New College Compact, no student should have to borrow to pay tuition at a public college.
- Schools will have to control their costs and show more accountability to their students.
- States will have to meet their obligation to invest in higher education.
- The federal government will increase its investment in education, and won’t profit off student loans.
- And millions with student debt will be able to refinance it at lower rates.
That’s my plan. It’s ambitious — and we should be ambitious. But it’s also achievable. And it would make a big difference in people’s lives.
The New College Compact comes down to two big goals.
First, we’ll make sure that cost won’t be a barrier.
Under my plan, tuition will be affordable for every family. Students should never have to take out a loan to pay for tuition at their state’s public university. We’ll make sure the federal government and the states step up to help pay the cost, so the burden doesn’t fall on families alone.
Of course, these days, tuition isn’t enough. The cost of living at college has also been creeping up. So under my plan, students who qualify for Pell Grants will be able to use them for living expenses — and middle-class students will get more help to cover their living expenses, too.
We’re also going to make community college free. That’s President Obama’s plan and we’re making it ours. If students start at a community college and transfer to a four-year school, we’ll make sure their credits count and their transition is seamless. And we want more community colleges to offer two-year degrees and certificate programs that are valued by employers — so students know that, if they do the work, they’re in good shape to get a good job.
We’re going to work closely with Historically Black Colleges and Universities and Hispanic-Serving Institutions, because they serve some of America’s brightest students, who need the most support and too often have gotten the least of it.
We’ll offer special help to college students who are parents, because when you help parents get an education, you’re helping their kids, too.
And we’ll make a promise to students who perform national service. If you’re willing to spend years tutoring America’s kids or cleaning up our parks or helping communities hit by disasters, we’ll guarantee that you can attend your public university or college debt-free.
So that’s the first big goal. Here’s the second: We’ll make sure that debt won’t hold anyone back.
For the millions of Americans who already have student debt, my plan will give you the chance to refinance at lower interest rates. If you can refinance your mortgage or your car loan, you should be able to refinance your student loan. It’s just wrong that people are locked into college loans at 8, 9, even 10 percent.
If you do end up taking out a loan — for example, to go to a private college — we’ll cut your interest rates, so the government never makes a profit off your loan.
We’ll make it easier to enroll in income-based repayment programs, so you’ll never have to pay more than 10 percent of what you make — and your debt will only last for a fixed period of time. It won’t hang over your head forever.
We’re going to help borrowers who are in default get back on their feet.
We’re going to make sure colleges and universities have more skin in the game. If they load students up with debt for programs that don’t lead to good-paying jobs, it shouldn’t just be the students and taxpayers left holding the bag. Colleges deserve some of the responsibility, too.
And we’ll crack down on predatory schools, lenders and bill collectors. If you defraud students, overcharge veterans, or mislead borrowers, we’re going to do everything we can to stop you.
There’s a lot more in my New College Compact — from strengthening the G.I. Bill, so more veterans can get their degree, to making sure that colleges spend federal dollars on things that benefit students, like teaching and research — not marketing campaigns or big salaries for administrators.
And we’re going to do a lot to encourage innovation. Here’s one example. Workers are increasingly rebooting their careers through online programs — yet many students can’t use federal student aid to pay for them. If earning online badges, specializations, or nano-degrees helps people improve their job prospects, we should be making that option easier and more affordable. Under my plan, more students will be allowed to use student aid to pay for high-quality programs. And we’ll make sure that rules about accreditation don’t keep out promising online education companies. We want to keep quality high — without stifling innovation.
Now, the reason I call this a College Compact is because it goes both ways. Everyone’s going to have to step up to the plate. We can’t fix the problem of rising costs and rising debt just by throwing more money at the problem. We can’t expect the federal government to just pay the bill for free. That’s not how America works. States will have to start investing in education again. Colleges will have to do better by their students. And Americans will have to work hard to put themselves through school, and to out-learn and out-hustle our competitors — just like we always have.
An education shouldn’t be something just for those at the top. And it shouldn’t be a burden. An education should be affordable — and available — to everyone.
I remember how proud my parents were when I graduated college. I remember how proud Bill and I were to see Chelsea graduate — I’ll never forget how grown-up she looked that day. And even though my new granddaughter is already growing up faster than I’d like, I can’t wait to see her walk across a stage someday and receive her diploma. And I know that mothers and fathers and grandparents across the country feel the exact same way.
I want every young person in America to have their shot at that moment. I want every hard-working parent out there to get the chance to see his or her child cross a stage — or to cross it themselves. America should be a place where those achievements are possible for anyone who’s willing to work hard to do their part. That’s the country I want to help build — for this generation and all the generations to come.
Wife, mom, grandma, women+kids advocate, FLOTUS, Senator, SecState, hair icon, pantsuit aficionado, 2016 presidential candidate.
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In a major policy announcement, Hillary Clinton outlined her plan for college affordability at a Town Hall in Exeter NH today. See her presentation of the New College Compact at the link below.
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If a Republican has the mike in this election cycle and immigration arises as a topic, we are going to hear about a wall or a fence. Donald Trump intends to build a wall that, in his world, Mexico will finance. On State of the Union with Jake Tapper, Governor John Kasich (OH) referred to a fence. At the Thursday night debate, Kasich called it a wall, “Mr. Trump is touching a nerve because people want the wall to be built…” Meanwhile, Marco Rubio changed it to a fence, “I also believe we need a fence. The problem is if El Chapo builds a tunnel under the fence….” All conveniently forgot or ignored that the 9/11 hijackers and the and potential “shoe-bomber” arrived by air, and recent terrorist activity has come from domestic residents and citizens.
New Englander, and Poet Laureate of Vermont (although his farm stands in Derry, NH) , Robert Frost had some hardscrabble experience with both walls and fences, referred to interchangeably here.
Yes, maybe, and the only ones tunneling under Frost’s walls, presumably, were moles. The Great Wall in China has served two purposes, as a defense, and now as a tourist attraction. Then there was this wall.
Frost was honored to craft and read a poem at the inauguration of a young president in 1961. Some of us remember how he struggled against the wind and bright sunlight in his presentation. (I was in tears for him).
This is the poem he intended to read.
Summoning artists to participate
In the august occasions of the state
Seems something artists ought to celebrate.
Today is for my cause a day of days.
And his be poetry’s old-fashioned praise
Who was the first to think of such a thing.
This verse that in acknowledgement I bring
Goes back to the beginning of the end
Of what had been for centuries the trend;
A turning point in modern history.
Colonial had been the thing to be
As long as the great issue was to see
What country’d be the one to dominate
By character, by tongue, by native trait,
The new world Christopher Columbus found.
The French, the Spanish, and the Dutch were downed
And counted out. Heroic deeds were done.
Elizabeth the First and England won.
Now came on a new order of the ages
That in the Latin of our founding sages
(Is it not written on the dollar bill
We carry in our purse and pocket still?)
God nodded his approval of as good.
So much those heroes knew and understood,
I mean the great four, Washington,
John Adams, Jefferson, and Madison
So much they saw as consecrated seers
They must have seen ahead what not appears,
They would bring empires down about our ears
And by the example of our Declaration
Make everybody want to be a nation.
And this is no aristocratic joke
At the expense of negligible folk.
We see how seriously the races swarm
In their attempts at sovereignty and form.
They are our wards we think to some extent
For the time being and with their consent,
To teach them how Democracy is meant.
“New order of the ages” did they say?
If it looks none too orderly today,
‘Tis a confusion it was ours to start
So in it have to take courageous part.
No one of honest feeling would approve
A ruler who pretended not to love
A turbulence he had the better of.
Everyone knows the glory of the twain
Who gave America the aeroplane
To ride the whirlwind and the hurricane.
Some poor fool has been saying in his heart
Glory is out of date in life and art.
Our venture in revolution and outlawry
Has justified itself in freedom’s story
Right down to now in glory upon glory.
Come fresh from an election like the last,
The greatest vote a people ever cast,
So close yet sure to be abided by,
It is no miracle our mood is high.
Courage is in the air in bracing whiffs
Better than all the stalemate an’s and ifs.
There was the book of profile tales declaring
For the emboldened politicians daring
To break with followers when in the wrong,
A healthy independence of the throng,
A democratic form of right devine
To rule first answerable to high design.
There is a call to life a little sterner,
And braver for the earner, learner, yearner.
Less criticism of the field and court
And more preoccupation with the sport.
It makes the prophet in us all presage
The glory of a next Augustan age
Of a power leading from its strength and pride,
Of young amibition eager to be tried,
Firm in our free beliefs without dismay,
In any game the nations want to play.
A golden age of poetry and power
Of which this noonday’s the beginning hour.
This is the poem he recited from memory that day.
“The Gift Outright”
Poem recited at John F. Kennedy’s Inauguration
by Robert Frost
The land was ours before we were the land’s
She was our land more than a hundred years
Before we were her people. She was ours
In Massachusetts, in Virginia,
But we were England’s, still colonials,
Possessing what we still were unpossessed by,
Possessed by what we now no more possessed.
Something we were withholding made us weak
Until we found out that it was ourselves
We were withholding from our land of living,
And forthwith found salvation in surrender.
Such as we were we gave ourselves outright
(The deed of gift was many deeds of war)
To the land vaguely realizing westward,
But still unstoried, artless, unenhanced,
Such as she was, such as she will become.
That young president visited that infamous wall and had these words to offer.
I am proud to come to this city as the guest of your distinguished Mayor, who has symbolized throughout the world the fighting spirit of West Berlin. And I am proud — And I am proud to visit the Federal Republic with your distinguished Chancellor who for so many years has committed Germany to democracy and freedom and progress, and to come here in the company of my fellow American, General Clay, who — <
— who has been in this city during its great moments of crisis and will come again if ever needed.
Two thousand years ago — Two thousand years ago, the proudest boast was “civis Romanus sum.”¹ Today, in the world of freedom, the proudest boast is “Ich bin ein Berliner.”
(I appreciate my interpreter translating my German.)
There are many people in the world who really don’t understand, or say they don’t, what is the great issue between the free world and the Communist world.
Let them come to Berlin.
There are some who say — There are some who say that communism is the wave of the future.
Let them come to Berlin.
And there are some who say, in Europe and elsewhere, we can work with the Communists.
Let them come to Berlin.
And there are even a few who say that it is true that communism is an evil system, but it permits us to make economic progress.
Lass’ sie nach Berlin kommen.
Let them come to Berlin.
Freedom has many difficulties and democracy is not perfect. But we have never had to put a wall up to keep our people in — to prevent them from leaving us. I want to say on behalf of my countrymen who live many miles away on the other side of the Atlantic, who are far distant from you, that they take the greatest pride, that they have been able to share with you, even from a distance, the story of the last 18 years. I know of no town, no city, that has been besieged for 18 years that still lives with the vitality and the force, and the hope, and the determination of the city of West Berlin.
While the wall is the most obvious and vivid demonstration of the failures of the Communist system — for all the world to see — we take no satisfaction in it; for it is, as your Mayor has said, an offense not only against history but an offense against humanity, separating families, dividing husbands and wives and brothers and sisters, and dividing a people who wish to be joined together.
What is — What is true of this city is true of Germany: Real, lasting peace in Europe can never be assured as long as one German out of four is denied the elementary right of free men, and that is to make a free choice. In 18 years of peace and good faith, this generation of Germans has earned the right to be free, including the right to unite their families and their nation in lasting peace, with good will to all people.
You live in a defended island of freedom, but your life is part of the main. So let me ask you, as I close, to lift your eyes beyond the dangers of today, to the hopes of tomorrow, beyond the freedom merely of this city of Berlin, or your country of Germany, to the advance of freedom everywhere, beyond the wall to the day of peace with justice, beyond yourselves and ourselves to all mankind.
Freedom is indivisible, and when one man is enslaved, all are not free. When all are free, then we look — can look forward to that day when this city will be joined as one and this country and this great Continent of Europe in a peaceful and hopeful globe. When that day finally comes, as it will, the people of West Berlin can take sober satisfaction in the fact that they were in the front lines for almost two decades.
All — All free men, wherever they may live, are citizens of Berlin.
And, therefore, as a free man, I take pride in the words “Ich bin ein Berliner.”
Many remember Ronald Reagan asking Mikhail Gorbachev to tear down that wall. Some believe it fell because he said that. Some believe it fell because of prayers we said at the end of Mass for many years as instructed by the Virgin at Fatima. The most likely reason was the fault in Communism, the system so failed that it had to build a wall in the first place to keep its people in.
Hillary Clinton led the U.S. delegation to the 20th anniversary of the fall of that wall that some of us remember being built upon blood – literally – on the blood of the people who tried to escape.
My favorite account of how that wall came down, is this one by Andreas Ramos. Very worth the read.
Hillary Clinton is not and never has been about building walls. She has always been about tearing them down.
When it comes to our neighbor to the south, she holds Mexico in such high regard that after her first, quite extensive tour as secretary of state through Asia, her next official visit was to Mexico.
On her second day there, she surprised the rector at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe with an early morning visit. The Basilica is the heart of Mexican religious life. Hillary wanted to see and to understand, and she understood the power of the gesture.
So while the GOP continually speaks of walls and fences, Hillary has shown herself to be a builder of bridges and relationships, One of her final acts as secretary of state was to welcome Patricia Espinosa’s successor to the State Department.
It is up to Americans to decide what they prefer: candidates who want to wall us off and isolate us from the world and the world from us physically, militarily, and economically with unilateral sanctions already proven not to work, or a candidate who builds and nourishes healthy relationships around the globe with friends and partners and who knows how to negotiate with those who disagree with us.
It is our choice. It is your vote! Be informed. Use it wisely.
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In the wake of Hillary Clinton’s touching roundtable yesterday with one of the most under-appreciated and neglected segments of America’s workforce, home caregivers, the GOP luxury liner plowed through a number of channels last night following its little dinghy that served as a sort of ice-breaker earlier. One sea lane, however, was conspicuously avoided as Hillary’s The Briefing was quick to point out.
The GOP has no interest in addressing issues involving equity or in removing their blinders to see the broader aspects of services Planned Parenthood offers.
Christina Reynolds took them soundly to task on Rapid Response.
One of the most memorable moments in recent debate history was when Mitt Romney famously pointed out his “binders full of women” in staffing his Massachusetts government. It was the gaffe that launched 1,000 memes — a moment that most clearly illustrated the Republicans’ problem with women, during a cycle with a number of them. Last night’s debate may not launch any Halloween costumes, but it offered some pretty scary views for women.
It’s all fine. We know who fearlessly navigates the waters Republicans fear. Time to double down behind Hillary!
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The name of the union is Service Employees International Union. The service they provide is homecare for those with disabilities and health conditions that require assistance. The participants were all women, and their stories, every one, were at once both heart-wrenching and heartwarming.
These women work hard. Their work is physically taxing. It requires training, not just to qualify for the certification, but also along the way as client needs require special forms of care. They work cheerfully and love what they do. They must, because considering their working conditions and pay, love is the only explanation for how and why they do this work
One woman, Lizzabeth Bonilla, has been doing this work for 42 years for $10 an hour. She has never had a penny raise in all of those years. Yet this work is her passion.
Many of these women began this work because of a family situation that demanded it: a sick father or husband, a disabled child. In helping at home they found a vocation they loved and went out to get the training and licenses. Then they extended their services out to the community. They receive no sick pay, no paid leave, no pay raises, no carfare between client residences. They work a 40 hour week, sometimes more. Some work for free for someone because that person needs the help and does not qualify for the assistance. One woman works 56 hours so that she can cover her bills and still had to seek charity to buy her eight-year-old shoes when hers were too small.
More than one woman wept, not because she works so hard, but because she had to accept food stamps despite her long hours and years of work. No one in this country who provides these needed services should be so poorly treated!
They spoke of love for their clients and for their work. They take great pride in their work and pointed out that they save Medicaid payouts by keeping people happy in their homes where they want to be.
Hillary listened attentively to all of their stories She promised to look into the Medicare qualifications since some people who need this assistance do not qualify for it under Medicare. She told them to continue telling their stories, and she will make sure these stories are heard.
These are proud people. They are professionals. They should be treated as such and receive fair pay and benefits.
This was one of the best events of the campaign that I have been privileged to see so far. It was touching and beautiful in a gritty way. These women have grit. So does Hillary. It was a perfect fit.
If you missed it, don’t take my word for it. Watch!
And then let’s get Hillary Clinton nominated and elected! She’s the one! She has heard, and now she will devise fair and equitable plans for Americans like these lovely ladies and their clients.
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