If you have paid attention to politics at all in the last couple decades you are probably aware of politicians squabbling over the debt ceiling a few times a year. The debt ceiling was imposed by congress, in theory, to prevent excessive spending and ensure the US government can pay all of its bills. It is no different from a head of household shutting off expenses towards the end of the month or year when outlays become bigger than inlays. The difference is, the US government works in budgets of trillions versus a typical household of hundreds and thousands.
In modern politics, the debt ceiling does little to nothing to curb US government spending. Instead, it is used to hold the government’s ability to pay its bills hostage to some political hot point. For the upcoming debt ceiling that is about to expire in February, that topics is immigration, which clearly has nothing to do with the debt ceiling. However, the minority party (Democrats )are using the debt ceiling as a way to force a discussion and legislation around immigration. Republicans performed similar actions when they were in the minority power a few years ago.
One thing that is lost in all of this discussion is that US government debt continues to balloon at staggering rate to over $20 trillion in 2017 and continues to rise in 2018! All of this arguing about the debt ceiling year-over-year does nothing to curb our continued debt increase, but instead serves to distract from the underlying issue. This stat is very similar to what is currently going on with student loan debt, which not stands at nearly $1.5 trillion! If the government debate on the debt ceiling is any indication of our current politics, there is almost no chance politicians will try to tackle this growing student loan debt epidemic. While normal Americans can do little to effect the US government debt ceiling, individuals can tackle their own debt challenges with some education, diligence, and perseverance.
BYE Student Debt can help individuals tackle their student loan challenges through their educational resources and calculator tools. By creating a budget, setting a strategy and goal, reconsolidating certain loans, and prioritizing a payoff schedule, students can save thousands in interest payments and years of debt free living. Say BYE to debt ceiling politics and hello to a life without student loan debt!
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Student loan debt has become an epidemic that plagues 70% of graduates, with an average burden of $40,000 per student. In the US alone, student debt has ballooned to $1.4 trillion dollars and has doubled since 2008, eclipsing the total outstanding debt of credit cards and car payments. Over the last 30 years, while household income has increased 20%, student loan debt has increased by 250%!
While these statistics on their own are scary, what is more terrifying is the crushing impact this has on the economy and students’ futures. On average, student debt is causing graduates to delay homeownership for 5 years, reduce retirement savings by approximately $500,000, postpone marriage and children, and put-off well deserved vacations and other life events. Perhaps most frightening of all is that 3,000 graduates are defaulting on their student loan payments every day and more than 10% are delinquent 90 days on their payments. As students enter the 2017-2018 year, borrowers will see the interest on their loans jump an additional 0.75%, increasing the cost of carrying debt further for future graduates.
Think this is just a millennial problem? Think again. Over 15% of graduates continue to make student loan payments after 50 and student debt has quadrupled in the last 10 years among soon to be retirees over 60 years old. It is clear that student debt is affecting all of us in a negative way.
Our personal student debt experiences and the problem outlined above provided our motivation to start a company to tackle this epidemic. Our names are Ross Hornish and Dan Mendelson and our company is called BYE Student Debt LLC. Together we have written a book and created an interactive website designed to help graduates eliminate their student loan problems. Our hope is to provide personalized education so graduates can most efficiently payoff their loans and gain financial freedom, no matter what their situation. We look forward to sharing this product and hearing all of your experiences.
Dan & Ross