Thanks for taking the first step towards economic recovery from the bottom up by joining this site. It's now time to take the next step. We need to demonstrate to President Obama, Vice President Biden, the Senate and Members of Congress that this is a serious idea with a groundswell of support. Below are some links to for you to get in touch with the President, Vice President Biden's new Middle Class Task Force, the new White House Office of Public Liason, and links to help you get in touch with your Senators and Representatives. I've also included a sample letter at the bottom of this post - feel free to cut and paste it or personalize it to make it your own.
For those sites that have a 500 character limit, I've included a shortened version of the letter for your convenience.
Thanks again for all your help. Let's keep the momentum going!
White House General "Contact Us" Page:
President Obama's Facebook Page:
President Obama's Myspace Page:
VP Biden's Middle Class Task Force:
White House Office of Public Liason:
Find and Contact Your Senators:
Find and Contact Your Member of Congress:
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Full Sample letter:
Dear [President Obama]
[Vice President Biden]
I am writing to express my support for a unique proposal for stimulating the economy, one that empowers educated, hard-working, middle-class Americans to jumpstart the economy, rather than rewarding the very institutions of greed responsible for the current economic crisis we find ourselves in today.
Millions of taxpaying Americans who sought to better themselves and to contribute to society through obtaining higher educations and advanced degrees now find themselves saddled with unconscionable student loan debt which prevents them from realizing the American dreams of home ownership, starting a business or raising a family. Burdened by such debt, these hardworking, educated Americans see those dreams slipping away before their very eyes as their earning power diminishes, jobs are lost and the price of everything but their homes go up. This was not the promise of a higher education when they initially sought to obtain one and it is simply not the way things should be in America, the land of opportunity.
With the global economy worsening every day, new and unique approaches to solving this economic crisis must be considered, as the old ways of doing business no longer seem to work in our 21st Century economy.
As Congress and the President gear up to spend unprecedented amounts of money to try and dig us out of this hole, many of us believe that tax cuts and wasteful spending will do little to nothing to truly stimulate the economy. With the historic election of President Obama, we believe that this is a time for REAL change in America. As such, I am writing to ask you to give serious consideration to student loan forgiveness as a means by which to empower the hard-working, educated, middle class to rebuild this economy from the bottom up.
History shows that meager tax cuts and one-time tax rebates do nothing to stimulate the economy. Knowing such measures cannot be relied upon month after month results in people using that money to either pay down credit card debt or to save it for a rainy day. A real economic stimulus must involve millions of people spending money on a regular basis immediately, which will, in turn, begin to grow capital and create jobs. Forgiving student loan debt for some of the hardest-working Americans will actually stimulate the economy because it would put hundreds, if not thousands of dollars back in our pockets EVERY MONTH, psychologically freeing us to spend at least part of that money on goods and services that will get this economy back on the right track.
As the following web links demonstrate, this is an idea that is quickly gaining traction and I am writing to ask you to read the proposal and to listen to the stories of hardship by everyday Americans from all over the country:
Instead of throwing good money after bad by rewarding the very Wall Street institutions responsible for this crisis, why not empower the people of this nation to actively work towards rebuilding an economy for the 21st Century? The old Washington ways of taxing and spending, printing and borrowing MUST come to an end. Handing over billions of taxpayer dollars to institutions of greed who then hoard that money for lavish vacations and exhorbitant bonuses is unacceptable at any time, but it's particularly egregious at this moment in history. Give the American people the relief they need to get their heads above water and they will quickly start to reshape our economy in a way that is fair, equitable, responsible and smart.
Thank you for your time. I hope I can count on you to give this unique proposal the serious consideration it deserves.
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500 Character Limit Version:
Millions of taxpaying Americans who sought to better themselves and to contribute to society through obtaining higher educations and advanced degrees now find themselves saddled with unconscionable student loan debt which prevents them from realizing the American dream. As such, I am writing to ask you to give serious consideration to student loan forgiveness as a means by which to empower the hard-working, educated, middle class to rebuild this economy. Please consider REAL change!