Economic Debate #1- Student Loan Forgiveness
For this economic debate, we are going to look at consumer spending, but through a different lens—student loan forgiveness. 
We measure economic growth using GDP, a big portion of that metric is consumer spending.  Many argue today that students are burdened with increasing costs of education and that those increasing costs are making it difficult for graduates to spend money in the economy.  Essentially, if students are paying $500, $600, or even $700 a month in student loans, that is a lot of money that is not being used toward economic growth.
Naturally, the conversation has moved toward the idea of student loan forgiveness in whole or at least in part (based on income level, amount borrowed, or a combination of the two).  But what is “fair”?  What is “appropriate”?
Advocates for student loan forgiveness believe it would achieve several objectives.  First, many borrowers who have defaulted (many through no fault of their own—that is, because of a troubled economy and job loss) would no longer be in default, their credit could recovery, and they could get on with their lives.  Second, it would free up large sums of money (in monthly payments) that graduates could use elsewhere.  For example, instead of paying $500/month on student loans, graduates could spend more at the movies, shopping for clothes, going out to eat, and committing to backyard enhancement projects—all of which would grow the economy, create jobs, and increase the standard of living (growth in GDP).  Third, student loan forgiveness would also (likely) create a national conversation on the cost(s) of higher education, potentially leading to a way in which education can become more affordable and less burdensome.
Opponents to student loan forgiveness, however, are not so optimistic about this plan.  First, regardless of the rationale, if taxpayer money pays for student loan forgiveness, that, by necessity, means that some individuals who did not go to college will pay for the loan forgiveness of those that did go to college.  Adding to this, because more affluent communities attend college in greater numbers than less-wealthy communities, opponents argue that this proposal would achieve the exact opposite of its intended effect—namely, that lower income students would not be served, but rather would pay for the education of those that could already pay for their loans.  Second, if a considerable amount of debt is arbitrarily forgiven, the big consideration will be inflation.  If, suddenly, huge swaths of the population begin spending more money in the economy, prices could rise dramatically.  What then happens to those who do not receive loan forgiveness, and perhaps no increase in income, but are still dealing with higher costs of goods and services?  Third, there is just the issue of fairness.  Is it fair that someone who went to college and took out student loans gets them paid off simply because of a vote in Congress?  Wouldn’t that mean we could vote to forgive anything?
I’ve attached a few resources to give you deeper insight to the debate on student loan forgiveness.  Some of the material is heavily in favor and some is heavily opposed.
Using your understanding of economics, answer the question:
Do you think the federal government should forgive student loans for borrowers?  Should there be an income limit? Or a limit to the amount that can be forgiven? If you answer yes, are you worried about inflation and the fact that poorer communities would be paying most of the forgiveness for the wealthy?  If you say no, are you content with thousands of Americans remaining in the cycle of spending huge sums of money on loan repayments instead of generating growth for the economy and for their own lives?
Remember, if we are thinking like economists, the word “greed” should not factor into our discussion.  “Self-Interest” exists, which means that we expect each person to make the most rationale decision that will benefit them. 
So, given this discussion and the attached material, in about 150 words, tell which approach you would implement if you were the sole decision maker.  Be sure to include the BEST arguments from both sides in your discussion, but ultimately, you should choose one side. (You may offer a third solution if interested, but it should be very clear where you stand on the issue). 
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