Jason Kander is an army veteran from Kansas City, Missouri and the first millennial elected to statewide office in the United States. He's traveling the country to help the 54% of us who didn't vote for Donald Trump talk to those of us who did about the most divisive issues in our country.
Remember two years ago when we still talked about the college debt crisis? Remember when what to do about it was one of the defining topics of the Democratic primary for president? I’m nostalgic for those days, and I lament the fact that it barely qualifies as one of the most divisive issues anymore – solely because the people in power refuse to care about it.
I’m interested in reviving the conversation. After today’s interview, I’ll address the talking points you hear from the other side about this:
- this is about the extravagant lifestyles of students
- this generation is too lazy and entitled
- people shouldn’t take out debt if they can’t afford to pay it back
But before we do, I want to make sure we have a conversation to make the issue real. Curry Oglesby and I sat down in a Maryland diner to talk about the gauntlet she’s traveled thanks to college loans.
She entered Howard University on a full scholarship and – when it comes to setting herself up for a growing field – she chose one of the savviest majors she could.
A bad piece of advice from a student advisor and a snowstorm later, she was nearly underwater in debt.