Remaining Vigilant and Avoiding the Mistakes of 2016
We have less than 5 months to go before the presidential election.
Removing Trump from office is finally within reach. I truly believe that Joe Biden is the direction our country needs. Unlike Trump, he has decades of government experience at the highest levels. He doesn’t promote division, violence, or racist rhetoric. He has a center left platform mixed with progressive policies from former candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. He has pledged to make history by selecting a woman as his running mate. He has shown not only appeal but an open mind and compassion.
A Biden administration can begin to salvage our reputation abroad, heal our wounds domestically, and aspire to greater days ahead.
But before we get there, we must be vigilant against complacency. We must not fall into cynicism and resignation. We must vote.
2016 illustrated how painful it can be to underestimate the opposition. We assumed racist and offensive rhetoric was enough to prevent a demagogue from winning office. We assumed 8 years of Barack Obama would set us on a much different chapter as a country. We assumed and we lost. However, if there is anything to be grateful for during the era of Trump it is that we have been forced as a nation to confront our deepest and darkest demons. That there is still plenty of work to be done. But at the very least, the work to be done has been exposed from the shadows and we can now overcome them head on.
In 2021, the Department of Education is going to reduce their 11 services down to 5 student loan servicers. According to Business Insider, the DOE outlined a plan to reduce their service in order to “better customer service.” Only 3 servicers of the original 11 will continue in 2021: Edfinancial, MOHELA, and Maximus.
Back in 2018 nine teachers filed a lawsuit against Navient, one of the government’s student loan servicers for misleading borrowers or blocking them from accessing a public service loan forgiveness program. According to the New York Times, out of the 146,000 applicants to the program at the time, only 3,200 saw their student loans forgiven.