The job market for recent college graduates is an utter joke when one thinks about how much we were promised if we went onto pursue post-secondary education and the actual results the majority of us are getting. We are a huge sector of society with an ever increasing desire to help this country get back on track, and this initiative would most certainly be the beginning of that. — (via the #ForgiveStudentLoanDebt SignOn.org Campaign)
One great comment that was brought to our attention:
The American youth of today will never attack the hand that feed them. You talk about corporate greed, but that extends to the educated youth who are desperately seeking employment at the aforementioned greedy corporations. Why would they jeapordize their potential status as high wage-earning employees.
True. It makes sense for the middle-class youth to seek out the highest-paying and/or most fulfilling job after college. However, they have a separate relationship with their government.
As a democracy, America owes it to citizens to engage them directly rather than pseudo-representative lobbyists who broker power largely on behalf of corporations. Yes, these corporations might be our employers, but it doesn’t mean they need to be corrupt to turn a profit and keep us employed.
Also, there is a growing frustration among our educated youth because they have little access to good-paying jobs thanks to a baby-boomer induced, double-dipping recession. More and more, we are connecting the dots between government, poor representation, lobbyists, corporate greed, and the recession. Someone has to defend the elected population..who also double as real and potential employees at said corporations.
Our goal is to cut out the middle-man and bring people closer to Washington by raising an alternative, third-party compromise agenda founded on populism, common-sense, and decency.
A few people have wondered what this site is all about. Is there a real National Compromise Party? What does Theodore Roosevelt have to do with it? What’s up with the Forgive Student Loan Debt fascination?
In short, the answer to all the above questions is this: We want the youth of America, and the moderates who feel disenfranchised by Washington politicians and lobbyists, to feel like they have a voice once again.
Will there be a National Compromise Party candidate running for office anytime soon? Probably not. But the idea here is to point out some of the serious flaws in Washington; namely the lobbyist industry, radical punditry in the media, and shady campaign fundraising practices.
A people’s bailout -
This groundbreaking idea has received little attention in Congress and the media. Before being dismissed, it should be thoroughly reviewed and debated throughout the nation. It’s time for hard-working, determined citizens to receive a much-deserved financial break that would in turn help America’s economy.
The editorial board for the student daily at the University of Minnesota has endorsed the Forgive Student Loan Debt campaign as a viable economic growth generator. Hopefully more student publications will pick this up as a viable way of protecting students against the 439% increase in tuition, Sallie Mae’s DC lobbyists.
At the very least, this should be an opportunity for Congress to reform the lending community’s practices and reevaluate the cost (real and hidden) of higher education.
As a professor, I routinely encounter earnest and intelligent college graduates who are increasingly desperate to find work that will allow them to begin paying off their student loans or even move out of their childhood homes. But without anything resembling a social movement, they work on formatting résumés and updating networks so they won’t stay among the millions of unemployed. Something more ambitious than that, however, takes organization — Americans are angry. Why aren’t they protesting? - (via The Washington Post
[Lawmakers] weren’t sent there to represent ideology. They were sent to Washington to represent the people of America. —
100 CEOs promise no campaign donations
Well said, Mr. Shultz! Well said indeed!
Andrew Breitbart shows everyone why he's a tool and why political punditry is dead -
Andrew Breitbart makes money off of politics and fear. He’s a fish monger much like the Fox Newses and the MSNBCs of the world. He sells information with a slant. Call him an activist, a pundit, a tool of the right, whatever you want. He’s a mirror image of the ogres slinging mud on the left who also make a career out of destroying positive and thoughtful discourse in American politics.
Consider that when you read this diatribe condemning Fareed Zakaria, a CNN reporter and writer who has a reputation for being a forward-thinker and intellectual genius amongst the on-air cable personalities. He stands out because he doesn’t hold punches. He judges the system and not the politics while everyone else is sniping from their trenches on the left and right.
Breitbart even takes a not-so-subtle swipe at Zakaria’s Indian heritage by claiming Zakaria took shelter in America to seek refuge from India’s own political and economic strife. If you have read Zakaria’s latest book you will know that he is as unbiased as possible. His lens for America’s big problems is spot on and Brietbart only discredits himself by attacking the guy.
Is a parliamentary system a great idea? Sure, for some countries. Can America move forward with its Republic and solve our economic and budgetary problems? Yes, but it is need in radical changes to the political system. Is a moderate party that can force coalition-building and compromise in Congress in much the same way a multi-party parliamentary government forces compromise in other nations an extremely good idea for America’s future? Yes!
The problem with Congress today is that pundits shoot down good ideas before the public can really dive into the details and form their own opinions. Breitbart is a tool, and any self-respecting American should ignore the guy and his cohort on the left and right combined. We need a moderate third party that condemns extremism stirred up by guys like Breitbart. Who is with us?
Read Zakaria’s book, The Post-American World, instead.
America in a pre-revolutionary state? -
Check out this great article detailing the American citizen’s outrage at government. Are we truly pre-revolutionary?
This conclusion follows Caddell’s observation last November that “a sea of anger is churning” amongst Americans who “want to take their country back” and that the nation stood on the brink of a “pre-revolutionary moment”.
Caddell’s conclusion that Americans are on the verge of rising up against a system in which they have lost all trust cannot be easily dismissed as partisan rhetoric. Despite working for numerous Democratic presidential candidates, including Jimmy Carter and Joe Biden, Caddell has been a vociferous critic of both Democrats and Republicans on several issues.
If we are on the verge of an uproar, let’s do it through political discourse and create a new system that works for the people…not fringe activists, lobbyists, or fat cat corporations.
Stay tuned… — @jonhuntsman. The more we watch this guy the more excited we become. He’s not perfect but he just might be the average American’s best chance!