Student loan forgiveness could be the best thing for everyone

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There’s a trendy political debate in the US lately about college students being forgiven for the debt they’ve accrued over the course of their higher education. Some say the overwhelming debt must be wiped away for those that need it most. Others aren’t so hot on the idea.

I understand why it sounds like a good idea. Not having the burden hanging over your head for what could be decades might free a person up to get ahead in life. I also understand why free education is so attractive. Heck, anything free sounds good.

I once spent an entire freezing cold night in a mall parking lot for a $50 gift card. I also have about 10 zipper wristband thingy’s because Publix was handing them out for free. Do I need them? Maybe. Must I have them? Yes.



But my dad told me something decades ago that I didn’t understand at the time. He said, “Son, nothing is free.” Now that I’m older, I get it. Even if I get a fanny pack for my arm from Publix, or 10, and they are free, they aren’t really free. Publix fronted the cost to make these convenient little zipper packs. And I gotta say… thank you Publix, these are awesome! 🙂

So with that said, I want to declare my stance on student loan debt forgiveness. I approve, support, I rally for, and I applaud a blanket, all-inclusive cancellation of all current student debt for anyone and everyone… under one super-easy-economy-boosting condition.

Based on the idea of forgiveness to help free people up to pursue things they love and enjoy, to spend money which boosts our economy, I would like my home loan to be forgiven as well. I still have over half owed to Regions Bank, but if it was wiped clean, just imagine the things I could buy!

What’s good for the goose is good for the gander, right? Who’s coming with me?


-Out of the Wilderness

Brad Paisley and LL Cool J “Accidental Racist”

The song recently released is called “Accidental Racist,” and it features LL Cool J rapping on a Brad Paisley song. The best way I can think to describe it is imagine a junior high kid in the basement recording songs off the radio with his dual cassette deck stereo he got for Christmas. On a rainy day when he had nothing better to do, he thought, “I wonder what it would sound like to combine two songs?” So he found an old tape of a rapper from the early 90s and the most opposite song he could find on another tape. Working through the night, he spliced the rap into a slow country song and this will be the moment he’ll look back on years from now and know he’s better at selling insurance than making music. He’ll go on to have a successful career, he’ll marry a girl he met in college, have a couple of kids, and take them to soccer games on Saturday morning. No house in the neighborhood holds a candle to the Christmas decorations he sets up every year. Not only that, he’s a monster when it comes to fine washables, which his wife appreciates. Every now and then he wonders what could have been if he’d spent more time in the basement that summer. “Who knows,” he thinks, “I could’ve been like the white version of Eminem.” Then one Saturday after his oldest daughter lost 3-1 to the soccer team from one county over, the Taney Tornadoes, he stopped by Publix to pick up some tea.