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Petition to Joseph R. Biden, Donald J. Trump, Donald trump

Donald Trump, Joe Biden: Erase Student Loans!

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt.   The U.S. federal student loan system has become a threat to the country.  Just before the Covid-19 virus emerged in this country, 1 in 5 adults in the U.S. had student loans, and over 80% of them were either unable to pay on their loans, or were paying but their balances were going up.  The default rate for 2004 students is 40%, and these people were taking out less than a third of what today's students are compelled to borrow for college. It is reasonable to expect that the default rate for current borrowers will easily exceed 60%, if not far higher.  This is more than triple the default rate of sub-prime home mortgages, and this was all true before the pandemic. By every reasonable metric, this is now a catastrophically failed lending system. This is not a partisan problem.  More than half of all student loan borrowers identify as being politically independent, or republican. More than half never graduated.  All are trapped by a uniquely predatory lending system from which nearly every consumer protection has been stripped- including statutes of limitations, Truth in Lending laws, and most importantly: bankruptcy rights that the Founders called for ahead of the power to raise an army and even ahead of the power to declare war in the U.S. Constitution.  The predatory, hyper-inflationary lending system that has resulted is precisely what the Founders wished to avoid. The nation currently needs significant new fiscal stimulus.  After having spent trillions- including more than $500 billion in business loans that don't need to be repaid-  Wall Street has bounced back stronger than ever, but tens of millions of jobs have disappeared, and will not be coming back.  There are very few stimulus options left, and those which are currently being discussed will require more tax money, or will increase the national debt... Except cancelling student loans by executive order. The President and Secretary of Education have all the authority needed issue an executive order cancelling all federally owned student loans- about 85% of all student debt. Nothing would be added to the national debt, and no tax appropriation would be needed.  This is, by far, the least expensive, and most expedient way to inject trillions into the economy.  Analysts have predicted that cancelling student loans will increase GDP by about $100 billion for the next ten years, but they do not take into account the borrowing capacity (and thus spending) that such a move would free up. This would be another $1 Trillion injected into the economy in the near and medium term.  Some experts even believe that debt cancellation is the only way to avoid a depression! Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine.  The federal government has been profiting wildly on these loans for many years, and decades of White House Budget data show that the Department of Education has even been making a profit on defaulted loans!  On balance, the taxpayer will have very little- perhaps no- net loss when these loans are cancelled. This is an historic opportunity for the President- whether this one or the next- to cure a recession and create a better higher education financing system for the country. This is YOUR PETITION.  Word of mouth is the best way we have to make it grow!  Please get a few people you know to sign, and paste the link to it wherever student loan borrowers are likely to see it (Twitter, Facebook, etc.)  Also, contact your local media, and tell them to cover it! Alan Collinge is founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press).  

student loan
834,902 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to U.S. House of Representatives, U.S. Senate

$2000/month to every American #moneyforthepeople #covid19

**UPDATE: As we near the end of 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic rages on. And so do the economic consequences. My small business is suffering and my family is afraid – and I know I’m not alone. With newly elected officials taking office at all levels of government, we have a new opportunity to push for more relief checks. The pandemic is at the top of the agenda. Sign to send a message that people need multiple checks to get through this crisis. My name is Stephanie, and I am one of millions of Americans who fear for my financial future because of this coronavirus crisis. With businesses and schools closing across the country to control the spread of this virus, many people have already lost their jobs. Others are being forced to stay home. This is catastrophic for working families like mine.  I’m calling on Congress to support families with a $2,000 payment for adults and a $1,000 payment for kids immediately, and continuing regular checks for the duration of the crisis. Otherwise, laid-off workers, furloughed workers, the self-employed, and workers dealing with reduced hours will struggle to pay their rent or put food on the table. My husband and I own a restaurant in Denver and these past two weeks have been a blur. Our restaurant community is wrestling with seeing everything we all have worked so hard for irrevocably changed. Our hearts were breaking as we watched our staff divide the ingredients in our kitchen to bring to their homes: a dismal token for employees who worked tirelessly every day. Our talented and cherished team, some of whom have been with us since we opened our doors 15 years ago, are now without an income. Like our team, my family has lost all of the income from our restaurant, and business owners and the self-employed can't claim unemployment. This is the story of America right now. For our team and other Americans who can claim unemployment, even the maximum payments will not be enough for most people to continue paying their bills – and avoid slipping into poverty. The facts are, even successful small businesses can’t go months with their doors closed.  But supplying Americans with monthly support until they can get back on their feet can save our communities from financial ruin. We need immediate checks and recurring payments so that we can keep our heads above water.  Congress needs to make sure that we won’t be left financially ruined for doing our part to keep the country healthy.

Stephanie Bonin
1,828,714 supporters
Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Donald J. Trump, U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives

Covid-19 Federal Aid Package for the Live Events Industry

Federal Aid Package for Events Industry **Note we are not in need of you "chipping" in to support this petition. does prompt you to do so, but know that any money goes to them to host and promote (in some way) this petition above other petitions. **We need you to join us as a member so we can show the country how strong we are and how we are a driving force in this economy and that we need assistance in order to survive. Join here: ***Important action information at bottom of petition, also send email/tweet directly to elected official here The 1st domino is falling… The past month has seen an unprecedented number of event cancelations in the US and worldwide. The Covid-19 virus is nothing like anything we have faced in our modern economic times.  The purpose of this petition is to sound the alarm on a massive economic catastrophe that is transpiring in our nation.  Many times, friends and family are surprised to learn the vast encompassing nature of the live events and business meetings industry and all it entails, so it is no surprise that the media has given little coverage to the economic devastation that has already begun to transpire.  Many people don’t realize the vast number of roles and jobs in our industry including meeting planners, account executives, sales, warehouse managers, producers, project managers, drivers, operations managers, executives, administrative staff, technicians, stage hands, general labor and service workers along with many more that work behind scenes to bring people and businesses together everyday of the year never ceasing 24/7, until now... Currently, the live events and business meetings industry is in free fall and headed toward a complete collapse with no end in sight.  There are already strong ripples of this impact to the transportation and hospitality industry (hotels, conference centers, restaurants etc.) that rely on our industry which have received media and governmental attention, but no mention of the larger losses that are reaching into the billions and billions of dollars, and continuing to climb by the minute, in the live events and business meetings industry. While many of our industry wide advocacy organizations representing the events industry have proposed compelling reasons why the events must go on the time has come that our industries livelihood must be completely sacrificed to save lives.  Limiting the spread of the virus is the only way to slow and mitigate its massive health and financial impact on our nation. Many tears of fear, anger and dread have been shed today, and in the previous month, by all our families knowing the monumental cost of our sacrifice to help save our nation from the spread of the virus.  Those outside our industry, they are not aware that our industry is comprised significantly of hundreds of thousands of small business and millions of workers and contractors who have already lost most income over the last month and will not have any income for the next 6 months or more to spare the spread of the virus.  These are financial losses that will never be recovered. Our families are already facing a long list of economic catastrophes: losing our homes, retirements, being able to pay bills, extreme debt/bankruptcy, providing food for our children and paying for much needed health insurance.  Most of our families either pay for our insurance ourselves as independent contractors or will be laid off due a complete lack of work in our industry.  Small businesses are facing bankruptcy and have already been forced to layoff staff.  Proposed government aid of low interest loans can only help a business slow bankruptcy, but not fund a workforce where no revenue can be generated during this period of time. While the fear is dire for our industry, the economic fallout from our collapse can potentially dwarf that of the 2008 recession and mortgage market collapse.  We are an industry almost 2.5 times the size of GM with total yearly revenues of in excess of $337 Billion in 2016 compared to $125 Billion for GM in 2019.  All of our families, due to lost income, are now no longer consumers, but survivors.  If not addressed quickly and forcefully, the financial ramifications will spread to other sectors of our economy as tens of millions of consumers will focus on survival spending habits. However, beyond the hard numbers of our industries losses is two-fold scenario of economic collapse that will create collateral losses across all businesses and entities in the United States.  Over the last 50 years, our economy has relied heavily on professional collaboration, information exchange and communication on a national and international level.  Everyday millions of business leaders, professionals and experts from every field meet together to learn and collaborate. By 2020, we surely have dwarfed the 2016 annual figure of 1.9 million meetings with 251 million participants/attendees.   For the next 6-12 months, we are looking at monumental setbacks for all business across the board in professional collaboration and business development.  These setbacks are due to not being able to attend business meetings be it large conventions, tradeshows, trainings product launches and the list goes on.  If the live events and business meetings industry which is the invisible fabric that ties our US business culture together is not able to recover quickly, then all industries will be delayed in there recovery efforts as well.  The potential economic losses are almost incalculable at this point. This is a minimal synopsis of the crisis at hand, but clearly shows a daily expanding imbalance in the economy in such a large sector that is now about to be the first domino to topple the rest of the chain.  We are calling for immediate federal action to protect the Live Events and Business Meetings Industry from total collapse and save the rest of our economy for the collateral damage.  We need congress and the executive branch to take immediate action.   REQUEST FOR FEDERAL AID FOR LIVE EVENTS INDUSTRY The business of live events has collapsed amid the Covid-19 pandemic.  While small businesses and event workers will benefit to some degree from the stimulus packages approved thus far, the live events industry as a whole is in a dire situation.  With expected industry revenue loss between 60% to 80%, many businesses are facing permanent closure and we’ve furloughed on average 85% of our workforce.  Across the Live Events industry, we are coming to terms with the fact that revenues generated by events will likely not begin to flow until August or September of this year.  Some segments of the industry will likely not return until Q4 of 2020 or Q1 of 2021.  We anticipate 12 months or longer until we begin to see revenue levels normalize.  The ripple effects of the shut-down of live events cannot be understated.   Our industry, when every sector of events is accounted for, employs over 10 million people and includes hundreds of thousands of businesses.   Live events is the second largest industry in total for the US economy and the fastest growing industry prior to this pandemic, with yearly increases above 5% GDP. In response to the dire economic impact to the Live Events Industry as stated above we request the following actions be taken by the United States Federal Government to stabilize and prosper our industry to a strong recovery that will fuel the entire economy as a whole. FAMILY STABILIZATION: Legislation and policy directives to immediately stabilize all Live Events workers and families at 90% of their expected household income for 2020 through subsidies and other generalized benefits for Live Events workers, including 1099 Freelancers and contractors. HEALTH INSURANCE: Legislation and policy directives to address Live Events workers and families who lost health coverage through layoffs and furloughs; or are being extended employer funded coverage during furlough but have an inability to pay employee share.  Further, upon reemployment, we ask that insurance coverage be reinstated immediately, with no waiting periods or limitations to preexisting conditions. Finally, we call for any and all bridge remedies, including but not limited to expanded emergency Medicaid for Live Events workers.  INSURANCE RECOVERY FUND: Federal and State Government collaboration with Insurance companies to immediately address business insurance coverage with Federal backing to address lost revenue as a result of event cancellations and complete disruption of our Industry.  At present, most insurance companies are not providing coverage of lost revenue due to the Covid-19 pandemic while our premiums remain the same despite a shut-down of all live events. ECONOMIC STABILIZATION & DEVELOPMENT: Provide $800 Billion for a “Live Events Industry Stabilization & Development Fund” to be allocated over 8 months directly for businesses whose primary revenue source is derived from the business of live events.  We propose this fund administer grants to businesses for workforce retention to spawn innovation and organizational advancement through technology and workforce development. These Innovation and Stabilization Grants ensure that businesses of all sizes can recover from catastrophic revenue loss due to imposed shut down of live events industry, ensuring actualization of 80% for expected net income over the effected months. INCLUSION IN NORTH AMERICAN INDUSTRY CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM: Currently there is nocategory in the NAICS for the Live Events Industry. We request inclusion of our profession in theNAICS in future updates so that our industry can be formally counted. We the undersigned plead with our elected officials to hear our warnings and cries for help as we not only see our own plight, but also the plight of the entire economy we will bring down with us.  Respectfully Submitted, Isaac Rothwell, Randy Pruitt, Trevor Zulinke, Adam Gogan – Digerati ProductionsOmar Colom - AV Educate (Original Signatories) Newly Formed Live Events Industry Coalition resulting from Petition Organizing Activities Adam Gogan, National Sales Manager, Digerati Productions Trevor Zulinke, National Director of Accounts & Production, Digerati Productions Omar Colom, AV Educate, AFPC Julie Law, President of 360 Event Productions Jessica Dalka, Owner, Chicago Planner Magazine Carole Galle, CEO, Special D Events Alexandra Rembac, Principal and Creative Director of Sterling Engagements Stephanie Nix, Owner, On Site Management LLC Chris Sinclair, President, The Anthem Group Eileen Valois, Senior Vice President Sports and Fan Entertainment, PRG/VER Alex Fedrizzi, Touring Systems Engineer Marci McCarthy, CEO & President, T.E.N. Sara Champagne, Director – Business Development, My Events the Shannon Cook, CFO, TourTech Lyn Stout, Principal, Bond Events and the following undersigned   Contact for Media and Political Requests - Nancy Shaffer Isaac Rothwell To get important updates from us on the major developments happening within the Live Events Coalition.  We are gaining a lot of attention and now have an action being put in place to move us all forward in a national advocacy campaign.  Go and check out the website for some quick updates were you can sign up as a supporter and get info on volunteers opportunities after signing up   What you can do right now this weekend on Social Media which is where this all started.   Add the Live Events Coalition Facebook profile picture frame using the following steps (then download it and use it as your profile picture on LinkedIn, Twitter and Instagram   here’s a step by step on how to help us get the word out about the Live Events Coalition on LinkedIn, Instagram and Twitter. It’s as simple as SHARING our first post to your own Instagram story. Make sure you use the hashtags #LiveEventsCo #EventsAid #WeAreEvents and follow and tag us @LiveEventsCo   Helpful reminder: tell people WHY you are apart of the Coalition and WHY it’s important to you. We are a huge community of such great people. We just need to continue to spread the word.   Live Events Coalition Links to engage - list of press coverage - list of resources to find help       FaceBook - coalition page - group of supporters   *also see longer list of local Live Events Coalition Chapters' groups below   Twitter @LiveEventsCo   Instagram @LiveEventsCo   Location/Chapter NameLinkAthens, GA Atlanta Augusta, GA Austin Chicago Columbus, GA Detroit Jacksonville, FLA Las Vegas Los Angeles / Orange County, Ca Macon, GA Minneapolis, Mn Nashville Orlando San Diego Savannah, GA Seattle, WA South Florida Tallahassee, FLA Tampa Bay Sources “Economic Significance of Meetings to the US Economy” - Events Industry Council <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>   “General Motors” - Wikipedia <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>   “Orange County takes $154 million economic hit after conferences cancel due to coronavirus fears, officials say” – Fox32 Orlando <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>   “With E3 and SXSW canceled, the direct losses from major tech events soars beyond $1 billion” – Vox <a href="" rel="nofollow"></a>

Isaac Rothwell
477,077 supporters