By Nathaniel Tubbs
“No act of kidness, no matter how small, is wasted.” –Aseop’s Fables
Our party, our nation is divided. And as this crisis looms yet another grows, the crisis of our age – the crisis of our youth. Dashed futures, rainy dreams and dreary eyes clasp out for a brighter future. A future lifted by messages of hope. Hope which must now birth possibility.
A nation’s economy does not lie within its machines, not within its technology nor its great works – all of these marvels depend upon one crucial element. People. As Democrats, nature herself has all but guaranteed we will seek to help others – it is almost beyond our control to do so, something innate within our hearts. And it is this drawing that brings us to the plight of our students. Of their parents, of their guardians. It is the plight, of their education – that visceral dream bearing the fruit of the future. Both theirs, and the world’s by them.
How many among us can honestly ignore the figures? Or how much more, their quiet tears?
Over $1 Trillion in debt may just be a number. But to many it will mean lost chances, less freedom to support good industries, less future, more burdens. Longer nights and harder days. Loss of sleep, and perhaps the loss of their very dreams.
237%, 157%, 194% – the increases in the cost of college since the days of this generation’s parents. 200 percent.
It is not only the rising costs, the rising debt as an attempt to meet it, the social costs – parents tears, delayed retirements, muted dreams – but the future costs. You see, advanced education whether in college (in all its forms), or via union apprenticeships, is one of the surest means to not only increase wages and equalize inequality of opportunity – it also is one of the main means that the entire nation’s economy rises.
Often we forget in our age of machines, of evolving social contact, that a nation is merely the sum of its people. And without others, without these children, without opportunities at equality, not only does the social contract between each of us wear down but with it so too does the economy’s future.
I am not so proud as to stand and state that I have the answers. I can see plight and like so many of us, my heart breaks for it. Perhaps now is the day to rally and find answers. Together, to be open to new views and ideas. To listen, to understand, and together – to help these kids.