Jill Stein, the Presidential candidate from the Green Party, isn’t projected to have a significant impact this November, much less win the election. Many guessed that she understood that fact herself when they heard of her promise to offer free higher education to everyone in the country once she’d taken the oath of office in January of 2013.
She made the pledge during the third-party debate hosted by Russia Today earlier this week. And she didn’t stop at free tuition. She called on the federal government to ”bail out” all outstanding student loans. She said that young people carrying loan balanced after graduation were “indentured servants” barred from fully participating in the economy and the entire country is the worse for that.
“Every generation, the economy needs to be rebooted by fresh imaginations and by the fresh genius of a new generation,” Stein said. “That doesn’t happen when a generation is locked into being indentured servants. That’s what our students are now. We need to bail them out and create free public higher education.”
Justice Party candidate Rocky Anderson said he agreed with Stein, though he stopped short of calling for “free” higher education.
“We cannot afford not to provide a great education and equality of opportunity for all of our young people in this country,” Anderson said. “We need to insist on prosperity, not austerity.”
According to Red Alert Politics, Anderson closely echoed the words of Vice President Joe Biden who said in 2009 that as counter-intuitive as it is, the government should be looking to spend money to get the country and itself out of bankruptcy.
Stein continued using references to forced labor as she expanded on her student bail-out idea. Those who hold the IOUs – the federal government in this case – should use that power to free the students from bondage. She also encouraged those young people feeling let down by the current government to “surge” to the polls this November and vote for free education and, presumably, for Jill Stein.
“There’s a famous saying from Alice Walker: The biggest way people give up their power is by not knowing we have it to start with. In fact, there are 90 million voters who are not coming out to vote in this election,” she said. “I want to focus especially on those 36 million students, and young people, and recent graduates who are effectively indentured servants because of the high unemployment rate, and the draconian, unforgiving loans that have been customized especially for students lacking any consumer protections.