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Coronavirus Epidemic

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

Donald Trump, Joe Biden: Cancel Student Loans by Executive Order!

Trillions could be injected into the economy with no tax money needed, and nothing added to the national debt.   Federal student loans have become a national threat.  Before the Covid-19 virus emerged, 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. 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 40% 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 justice.org
836,808 supporters
Update posted 5 days ago

Petition to World Health Organization, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Donald J. Trump, United States Department of Health and Human Services, President of the United States, American Red Cross, United Healthcare, The Department for Health and Social Care, Total Health Care, Health Net, Cardinal Health, massachusetts institute, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, United States Supreme Court, United Nations, United States of America, China, Coronavirus , Covid-19 , DRACO , Antiviral, Medicine, vaccine

Bring back DRACO antiviral against Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

DRACO (double-stranded RNA activated caspase oligomerizer) is a group of experimental antiviral drugs formerly under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In cell culture, DRACO was reported to have broad-spectrum efficacy against many infectious viruses, including dengue flavivirus, Amapari and Tacaribe arenavirus, Guama bunyavirus, H1N1 influenza and rhinovirus, and was additionally found effective against influenza in vivo in weanling mice. It was reported to induce rapid apoptosis selectively in virus-infected mammalian cells, while leaving uninfected cells unharmed. As of January 2014, work had moved to Draper Laboratory for further testing and development; "the team looks forward to larger scale animal trials and clinical human trials within a decade or less". Dr. Todd Rider presented at the SENS Foundation's SENS6 conference. He left the Draper Laboratory in May 2015 and started a crowdfunding campaign at Indiegogo to raise funds to test the drugs against the herpesvirus and retrovirus families. In total it was predicted that $500,000 per year for 4 years would be needed to optimise and demonstrate DRACOs against clinically relevant viruses, however, two crowdfunding campaigns for $90,000 both failed to reach their target in 2016. In 2015, an independent research group reported to have successfully observed antiviral activity against the porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome virus (PRRSV) using DRACOs in vitro. As of December 2015, research related to DRACOs had ground to a halt due to a lack of funding. The Mechanism of DRACO is that it is selective for virus-infected cells. Differentiation between infected and healthy cells is made primarily via the length and type of RNA transcription helices present within the cell. Most viruses produce long dsRNA helices during transcription and replication. In contrast, uninfected mammalian cells generally produce dsRNA helices of fewer than 24 base pairs during transcription. Cell death is effected via one of the last steps in the apoptosis pathway in which complexes containing intracellular apoptosis signalling molecules simultaneously bind multiple procaspases. The procaspases transactivate via cleavage, activate additional caspases in the cascade, and cleave a variety of cellular proteins, thereby killing the cell. I believe that since a vaccine for the Coronavirus is a year and a half away, we should use this opportunity to harness the DRACO antiviral as a weapon against the Coronavirus! 

Jason Winn
4,883 supporters
Update posted 5 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
1,828,828 supporters