Signatures are being collected for the Student Loan Forgiveness Act of 2012.
Brief Overview: The act would create an option for people with student loans to pay 10% of their discretionary income for 10 years, after which the remaining balance would be forgiven. The reasoning is that this particular population, on average, tends to be working, paying taxes, and educated citizens who are more likely to be active in their community or government. Ten years of repayment would pay back a significant amount of the loan owed (in some cases, it would be paid in its entirety). Furthermore, alleviating the student loan debt or creating a clear limit on the amount of discretionary income that has to be devoted to repayment will also allow this particular group to more readily contribute to the growth of the economy.
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All the red tape getting in the way of starting a new company or taking cutting-edge ideas and making them reality? Wish you could bypass all that regulation? Idea: a place to live/work/play that’s located far enough offshore to be in “International waters” while still close enough for ferry access to Silicon Valley. Really.
Highly recommend watching this before venturing out into Black Friday sales…
TED Talks: “Behavioral economist Dan Ariely, the author of Predictably Irrational, uses classic visual illusions and his own counterintuitive (and sometimes shocking) research findings to show how we’re not as rational as we think when we make decisions.”