Do you have some spare time to help me out?

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Hey all, at my college (Western Michigan University) next Wednesday, November 18th, students are going to be protesting for free college coercing taxpayers to fund tuition. More details below. I’ll be there to cover the event just out of curiosity. I disagree with all of their proposed solutions but I am still interested in asking them deeper philosophical questions than they may be used to. I’d love some input if you have any questions you’d want to ask, or any points that I should bring up. Hopefully I’ll film it and post it here on The Dismal Review for ya’ll to see. Thanks!

[Below is the description on the event’s Facebook page, titled Million Student March Kalamazoo]

Congratulations, If you graduated from college this past spring, you’re part of the most indebted graduating class ever! According to a government data analysis by financial aid experts at Edvisors, the class of 2014 graduated with an average student loan debt of $33,000.

The United States is one of the richest countries in the world, yet students have to take on crippling debt in order to get a college education. We need change, and change starts in the streets when the people demand it.

Over 40 million Americans share a total of $1.2 trillion in student debt and over half of that is held by the poorest 25 percent of Americans. While top administrators take home six
and seven figure salaries, campus workers are paid poverty wages.

We will no longer sit idly by. With students, college graduates, and workers united we can build a movement capable of winning debt-free college for all and a $15/hr minimum wage for all campus workers!

Join the movement for:
1 – Tuition-free public college
2 – Cancellation of all student debt
3 – $15/hr campus-wide minimum wage at every college in the country

Email KalamazooMillionStudentMarch@gmail.com for more info!

#MillionStudentMarch #MSM #ScrapTheDebt #TuitionFree#CancelTheDebt #15Now #fightfor15 #studentmovement

An initiative of students across the country and various organizations including but not limited to: College Students for Bernie, Occupy Wall St., Socialist Alternative, 15 Now, The People For Bernie Sanders 2016, and more!

[This originally appeared on the Facebook Page titled Million Student March Kalamazoo]

Scandinavians Pay For Their Free Stuff

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Bernie Sanders is winning people’s hearts and minds largely because he justifies his outlandish policies on the assumption that Scandinavia “proves” they’re viable. But just how much do his followers know about Sweden and Denmark? Based on research from the Tax Foundation, it’s definitely not the soak-the-rich nirvana they’re imagining.

Check it out here: “How Scandinavian Countries Pay for Their Government Spending”

What you need to know:

  1. The Scandinavian model is less progressive than our own. Despite all of the anti-rich rhetoric from Sanders’ campaign, Sweden and Denmark tax the middle class at much higher rates than the American government. In fact, implementing Denmark’s tax system would mean all income above $60,000 would be taxed at 60.4 percent! There is no such thing as a free lunch.
  2. Denmark and Sweden collect more revenue from consumption taxes than the United States. Each has a 25 percent Value Added Tax (VAT), which is an indirect sales tax which falls heaviest on those who spend a greater proportion of their incomes on consumption (lower and middle income earners). The United States, which has no national sales tax, collects less revenue from state sales taxes, which aggregate for an average of about 7 percent.
  3. Our tax rate on corporate income (39.1 percent) dwarfs that of Sweden (22 percent) and that of Denmark (24.5 percent). Sanders spills plenty of vitriol for income inequality, so the image of him advocating to decrease the corporate income tax rate (because, you know, it’s the Scandinavian model, after all) is absolutely hysterical.

Suffice it to say that most of Sanders’ followers don’t really understand the Scandinavian model. These are just some useful debating points to bring up when one of your friends defends Bernie’s policies on the basis that they work in Sweden and Denmark.

For the Files: The Truth About Scandinavia