Let’s try to be clear and be careful to not use nor reinforce inaccurate republican talking points. Mkay?
Liz Goodwin @lizcgoodwin
“My party’s not known for worrying about the deficit or the debt too much but it’s time for us to start getting into that,” Mayor Pete says in NH town hall in response to voter anxious about debt. Says everything his campaign has proposed is paid for. 11:34 AM · Dec 5, 2019
A decade since the Great Recession hit, state spending on public colleges and universities remains well below historical levels. Overall state funding for public two- and four-year colleges in the school year ending in 2018 was more than $7 billion below its 2008 level, after adjusting for inflation. (See Figure 1.) In the most difficult years after the recession, colleges responded to significant funding cuts by increasing tuition, reducing faculty, limiting course offerings, and in some cases closing campuses.
The promise to past generations of students in America has been that if you work hard and strive, public colleges and universities will serve as an avenue to greater economic opportunity and upward mobility. For today’s students — a cohort more racially and economically diverse than any before it — that promise is fading.
Rising tuition threatens affordability and access leaving students and their families –– including those whose annual wages have stagnated or fallen over recent decades — either saddled with onerous debt or unable to afford college altogether. This is especially true for students of color (who have historically faced large barriers to attending college), low-income students, and students from non-traditional backgrounds. Higher costs jeopardize not only the prospects of those individual students but also the outlook for whole communities and states, which are increasingly reliant on highly educated workforces to grow and thrive.
To build a prosperous economy — one in which the benefits of higher education are broadly shared and felt by every community regardless of race or class — lawmakers will need to invest in high-quality, affordable, and accessible public higher education by increasing funding for public two- and four-year colleges and by pursuing policies that allow more students to pursue affordable postsecondary education. By doing so, they can help build a stronger middle class and develop the entrepreneurs and skilled workers a strong state economy needs.
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) [2019 file photo].
On Twitter yesterday, directed at Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D):
Chris Geidner @chrisgeidner
Today is revealing who Pete is as clearly as anything else he’s done during this campaign, and it’s remarkably disappointing. This disingenuous BS is turning the Democratic vision of governing on its head. And both Pete and Lis know that, which makes it all the worse.
Lis Smith @Lis_Smith
If you think that a worker who didn’t go to college should pay for college for a CEO’s kid, then @PeteButtigieg isn’t your candidate. [….]
If you put Pete and Lis in the middle of any great moment of the expansion of the Democratic vision for America, today’s argument would have been not to do more and make America better, but too do less, and expect less, and be less.
All I keep doing is transporting Pete and Lis into the era of the New Deal and the Great Society and becoming more and more disappointed in this disingenuous line of attack.
A vision of providing for all—whether it be education, health care, retirement, social security, infrastructure, transit, libraries—means all. This vision of exclusion being pushed by Pete & Lis undermines the entire Dem governing argument for WHY government should provide these.
Dems arguing that those who want to provide a service to all are “paying for billionaires” is so dispiriting to see. Pete & Lis arguing for the merits of Pete’s proposal as more workable or realistic is one thing, but arguing that doing more is BAD is an awful Dem position.
It’s their argument that is turning, in my words, the Democratic vision of governing on its head — not Pete’s proposal in and of itself. That’s why I didn’t say anything about it until they decided to argue that doing more, covering all, was actually bad policy.
From Mayor Pete Buttigieg’s (D) campaign web site:
Freedom means access to affordable higher education.
While higher education remains a clear pathway for much of the middle class, for too many–particularly for students of color and low-income students–those paths are littered with hurdles. We must make public college truly debt-free for lower-income families. We will do this through a state-federal partnership that makes public tuition affordable for all and completely free at lower incomes–combined with a large increase in Pell Grants that provides for basic living expenses and keeps up with inflation. Middle-income families at public colleges will pay zero tuition.
We will cancel the debts of borrowers in low-quality, overwhelmingly for-profit programs and invest $50 billion in Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Minority-Serving institutions (MSIs), which are critically important institutions that deserve more dedicated support.
Other Critical Policy Areas
Confront student loan debt
Provide more support for students entering public service
Ensure the highest degree of transparency and accountability for higher education institutions
Apply strict standards to for-profit higher education institutions
Pete Buttigieg (D) – Des Moines, Iowa – October 12, 2019.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) continued his presidential campaign in Iowa with an outdoor town hall on the grounds of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines on Saturday night. After his opening remarks he addressed written questions from the audience which were randomly selected from a large glass jar.
A question and answer on climate change:
Question: First plan of attack for climate change.
Pete Buttigieg (D): Woo. Great question. I’m guessing that’s on the mind of a few people who are here. Look, we are coming up on the point of no return. Scientists tell us tell us we’ve got until 2030 before we hit the horizon of catastrophe. The real deadline isn’t 2030, it’s 2020, because if we don’t have the right kind of president now we’ll never be ready by 2030 to take those steps we’ve got to take.
So, there’s a whole bunch of things that we’ve got to do quick. We’ve got to quadruple Federal investment in renewable energy, energy storage, carbon storage. We’ve got to have a carbon price and dividend. Now, they way I would do it is, we assess a price on the cost of carbon, then we rebate it right back out to the American people with a progressive formula so most of us are more than made whole. ‘Cause it’s not about taking money out of the economy. It’s about making sure that the economy reflects the true cost of carbon. [voice: “Yeah!] Now, uh, big fan of carbon tax and dividend. I like that. [laughter] There we go.
But, look, I’m going to be honest with you, I think every one of us running for president ha a plan, as I do, to get our economy to be carbon neutral by 2050. We all do, and, of course, I think mine is the best one. But, [laughter] they all have the technical dimensions that are gonna be needed. The real question is, is any of it gonna get done. Otherwise all of our clever, elegant scientific proposals get multiplied by zero in terms of the impact they actually have. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important that we see to it that climate is a national project that everybody is part of the solution to.
That’s why we gotta tell people, some of whom have felt like they’re being clubbed over the head and told they’re the problem, and invite them to be the solution. For example, we cannot solve this problem without recruiting the energy, the support, and the creativity of America’s farmers. [….] We gotta send a message that we want climate solutions to come from America’s farm, farms in a way that we would be as proud of the quest for the carbon neutral farm as we are of solar panels and electric vehicles. And we can do it. But we’ve got to invest in it.
We can’t just tell farmers we want them to farm sustainably. If we want to unlock the potential of carbon capture in soil and covered crops and other things that we can do on America’s farms, we’ve got to invest in them. If we can find billions of dollars to pays farmers to not be able to sell their goods to China, you’re damn well sure we ought to be able to find billions of dollars in order to support farmers in leading the way to find a solution to the problem. [applause][cheers]
Pete Buttigieg (D) – Des Moines, Iowa – October 12, 2019.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) continued his presidential campaign in Iowa with an outdoor town hall on the grounds of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines last night. After his opening remarks he addressed written questions from the audience which were randomly selected from a large glass jar.
A question and answer on the Electoral College:
Question: …the talk of eliminating the Electoral College seems shortsighted and fails to recognize the Great Compromise which our country was founded upon.
Pete Buttigieg (D): [….] So, look, call me simple-minded, I just think in a Democracy the best way to elect our leaders is to count up all the votes and give it to the person who got the most. [cheers]
Now, I know there’s the Great Compromise, but let’s admit that was a compromise with slavery.
And to the extent that there is a defense of the Electoral College it used to be that it helped small states. Right? Only today it doesn’t help small states. It just helps some states. Think about it. A small state like Rhode Island doesn’t count ’cause it’s too liberal. A mall state like Wyoming doesn’t count ’cause it’s too conservative. A medium state like Indiana doesn’t count because we’re too conservative. But a big state like California ’cause it’s too liberal.
And here’s the other thing, the other argument that I used to find convincing, to be honest, was that candidates wouldn’t visit certain areas if it weren’t for the Electoral College. Although, again, look at all the areas that are being cut our right now.
But here’s the other thing, when you’re electing the Governor of Iowa, right, you don’t have counties vote. People vote. And then the person who gets the most votes gets to be the governor. And I’m pretty sure that anybody who’s ever run for Governor of Iowa has gone to the big cities and they’ve gone to the small towns. Because it’s the right thing to do and it’s how you reach them.
So, I believe that’s, it, after all, it’s how we run every other election we do in this country.
And the other thing I would mention is, if you really want to think about it, this is what I’m getting at when I talk about how politics is personal. Think about how your life is different because of the Electoral College. How would your life personally change because the Electoral College exists instead of a national popular vote. And there are two big ways that your life is different.
Your life is different because we have President Bush instead of President Gore, which means among other things, that the Iraq War affected you in any way. Uh, then your life changed because of the Electoral College. And your life is different, if you think that your life is different in any way because Donald Trump is President of the United States. Those are the biggest things that happened in your life because of the Electoral College.
And I just think that overruling the American people isn’t Democratic. I think we can honor the concerns of people in rural areas, in urban, big states and small, different kinds of counties and communities. But do it in a way where everybody’s vote counts exactly the same.
I just think that’s the fairest way to run an election. [cheers][applause]
“…I have never been more convinced than I am now that our country is running out of time, but that it’s not too late. That is what this campaign I about. And we’re going to have to act fast in order to make sure that the future is better than the past…”
Pete Buttigieg (D) – Des Moines, Iowa – October 12, 2019.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) continued his presidential campaign in Iowa with an outdoor town hall on the grounds of Roosevelt High School in Des Moines last night. The open event, with temperatures dropping into the low forties toward the end, had an audience of several hundred. Pete Buttigieg’s campaign forwarded an estimated attendance of 700. In addition to the seasonally cold temperature there was a steady wind throughout the event.
Pete Buttigieg’s opening remarks:
…The core falsehood of the phrase ‘make America great again’ is that there is no such thing as ‘again’ in the real world. It falls to us to make sure that the future is better than the past. And I’m asking you to join me making sure [cheers][applasue]…
…I know what happens when decisions are made without caring about us in the middle of the country. And it’s the story of not just my community, but of my life. People in my life have been saved by Obamacare, people in my life have been lost to the opioid crisis. I’m standing in front of you as somebody who’s life was changed by the orders of an American president that sent me overseas to a war zone. And somebody who’s marriage exists by the grace of a single vote on the United State Supreme Court…
…what kind of president is America going to need after the Trump presidency comes to an end? Remember, one way or another, or the other, the Trump presidency is going to come to an end. [cheers] It’s an encouraging thought. [laughter] It’s early, but I’m asking you to stop and really think what it’s gonna be like. That first day, when dawn comes to a country after Donald Trump ha been president. Sure, it’s a relief to think about the fact that this particular kind of chaos and corruption will come to an end. But then what? Our country will be even more torn apart by politics than we are right now…
…We’re going to need a president to pick up the pieces, to turn the page, and to lead America into a future where we deal with these big challenges in front of us and are unified. We’re gonna be so exhausted from fighting and yet, we can’t give up. And we also can’t turn on each other. Think about what that will require of the American president…
…I’m asking you to spread something that I know went out of style a little bit in American politics, and it’s hope. ‘Cause running for office is an act of hope. Organizing for somebody running for office is an act of hope. Voting is an act of hope…
“…I promise you that I will stand with folks at every level of the ticket because we know that things go better when we demonstrate that we realize the presidency is not the only office that matters…”
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) spoke at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed in Cedar Rapids, Iowa on Sunday afternoon.
South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D) at the Progress Iowa Corn Feed – Cedar Rapid, Iowa – July 14, 2019.
Mayor Buttigieg (D):
“…We are lucky and unlucky enough to be living in one of those moments that only comes around once or twice in a lifetime. But, these moments come along. And they decide how Democrat and Republicans are going to act for the next thirty, forty, fifty years. We’re in one of those moments right now. That’s why even now we may well be under reacting..to the seriousness of the moment we live in…”
“…If the New Deal ended with Reagan, the Reagan Era ends with us today. That’s why this isn’t just about winning an election this is about winning an era. And if we want to end the era we gotta be true to our deepest values…”
“…Normal hasn’t worked the entire time I’ve been alive. And so we cannot promise a return to the 90s to the two thousands any more than the President can keep his promise to return us to the 1950s. And we shouldn’t try. There is only the future, and we can make the future better than the past…”