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Coronavirus Epidemic

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Petition to Donald J. Trump, Betsy DeVos

Covid-19 Economic Response: 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.   President Trump needs new ways to stimulate the economy.  He has no great options left. The Fed Funds Rate is essentially zero. Tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy- including the $1.6 million stimulus recently given to 43,000 millionaires- won’t help those who need it.   Additional direct payments to the citizens will be expensive.  Suspending interest and deferring payments on student does very little.  Every conceivable spending/stimulus plan will undoubtedly require either more tax money, or will increase the national debt. ...EXCEPT CANCELLING STUDENT LOANS BY EXECUTIVE ORDER. The President could issue an executive order cancelling all of the student loans that the federal government holds- 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. Even before the Covid-19 crisis, this was a FAILED lending system:  55 million borrowers and cosigners are struggling under $1.8 Trillion in debt (up from only $175 billion in 2000).  Over $100 Billion in interest alone is being sucked out of the economy every year.  The default rate for 2004 borrowers is 40%, and borrowing has tripled since that time.  According to the recently resigned Chief Operating Officer of the lending program, 80% of all borrowers will never be able to repay their loans.   Unlike all other loans in this country, student loans have been stripped of fundamental consumer protections like bankruptcy rights, statutes of limitations, and others.  Without these protections, student loans have been weaponized against the very citizens they were supposed to help.   The Result: Lives and livelihoods are being wrecked en masse.  Young people aren’t getting married, starting families, businesses or buying homes.  Older people are being forced to cash in their retirements. Families are being torn apart.  People are fleeing the country.  Some are even committing suicide. This is not right.  This was never right.   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!   The President should seize this opportunity, and push the reset button on this FAILED, BIG-GOVERNMENT lending system!   Rest assured, the taxpayers will be fine.  The federal government has been profiting wildly on this lending system for ten years running. Many years of White House Budget data confirm that the Department of Education is- astonishingly- even making a profit on defaulted loans!  While no one can say with accuracy how much of the $1.5 Trillion in outstanding federal loans is interest vs. principal, it is likely that the former is significantly larger than the latter.  So on balance, the taxpayer should more-than break even on such a move.  Bureaucrats, lobbyists, and other defenders of the lending system in and around the Department of Education will surely protest such a move, but 40 million citizens who are being crushed under the weight of these predatory loans will cheer, and the economy will flourish. When President Lyndon Johnson signed the Higher Education Act in 1965, he declared that student loans would be “free of interest”.  President Trump decried the fact that the government was making so much profit on the loans.  The President should create a far more efficient higher education financing system that doesn’t wreck the citizens, hyper-inflate the price of college, and enable a national threat such as what the Department of Education has become.  This is an historic opportunity for the President to cure a recession, drain the swamp, create a better higher education financing system, and strongly endear himself to tens of millions of voters who would otherwise have, by and large, opposed him this coming November.    This is your problem, your petition.  Please take these actions to help it grow:  1.   Boost it.  2.  Get this video to the President  3.   Post this link  in many places where it will be seen.  4.   Retweet this  to influencers who might help.     WE WILL WIN OUR FREEDOM FROM THIS DEBT WHEN YOU HELP WITH THIS.   Alan Collinge is founder of StudentLoanJustice.Org and author of The Student Loan Scam (Beacon Press)       Facebook

student loan justice.org
247,073 supporters
Update posted 3 hours ago

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

90 Day Mortgage & Rent Relief - (Commercial and Residential) - Tenant/Landlord Forgiveness

We, the People, call on our elected leaders to enact a three-month (90 Day) STOP on all payments for office leases, business leases, home rental units, business rental units, home and business mortgages, and auto loans in the form of AUTOMATIC RELIEF (no paperwork). Employers need immediate relief from commercial leases. Landlords and homeowners need immediate assistance from mortgages. Basically, tenants need relief from paying rent, and landlords need relief from paying mortgages. This Petition is providing temporary relief of all payments, through a three-month moratorium, or any other means that can provide immediate assistance to business owners, employers, homeowners, landlords, and tenants that is not a repayment loan.  We are asking that all mortgages, on all commercial and residential property, be credited with three-months (3) of monthly payments, with an effective date of April 1, 2020, as a means to immediate relief without causing irreparable harm to both the landlord and the tenant. Any monies already paid will be credited towards the mortgage. We want the AUTOMATIC relief to be paid directly to the loan services companies, without any action required by the landlord and homeowner. The professionals at loan servicing companies and private lenders collect the funds by filing the forms with the government in bulk.  Create a relief fund for landlords and lenders to cover the lost rental income and mortgage payments they would have received. In Spanish - En español Nosotros, el Pueblo, pedimos a nuestros líderes electos que promulguen una PARADA de tres meses (90 días) en todos los pagos de arrendamientos de oficinas, arrendamientos comerciales, unidades de alquiler de viviendas, unidades de alquiler de negocios, hipotecas de viviendas y negocios, y préstamos para automóviles en la forma de ALIVIO AUTOMÁTICO (sin papeleo). Los empleadores necesitan un alivio inmediato de los arrendamientos comerciales. Los propietarios y propietarios de viviendas necesitan asistencia inmediata de las hipotecas. Básicamente, los inquilinos necesitan ayuda para pagar el alquiler y los propietarios necesitan ayuda para pagar las hipotecas. Esta petición proporciona alivio temporal de todos los pagos, a través de una moratoria de tres meses, o cualquier otro medio que pueda proporcionar asistencia inmediata a los propietarios de negocios, empleadores, propietarios de viviendas, propietarios e inquilinos que no sea un préstamo de reembolso. Solicitamos que todas las hipotecas, en todas las propiedades comerciales y residenciales, se acrediten con tres meses (3) de pagos mensuales, con una fecha efectiva del 1 de abril de 2020, como un medio de alivio inmediato sin causar daños irreparables a ambos arrendador y el inquilino. Cualquier dinero ya pagado se acreditará a la hipoteca. Queremos que el alivio AUTOMÁTICO se pague directamente a las compañías de servicios de préstamo, sin ninguna acción requerida por el propietario y el propietario. Los profesionales de las empresas de servicios de préstamos y los prestamistas privados recaudan fondos mediante la presentación de formularios al gobierno a granel. Cree un fondo de ayuda para los propietarios y prestamistas para cubrir los ingresos de alquiler perdidos y los pagos de hipoteca que habrían recibido.

Sean Weber
541,252 supporters
Update posted 4 hours ago

Petition to US Government (Governors, Senators & President Trump), President Donald J. Trump

MAKE GYMS ESSENTIAL

I’m birthing this petition for the greater good of Human health (both physical and mental), Human well-being and all that the aforementioned encompasses.  With the most recent and current epidemic and calamity of the COVID-19 virus, all Gyms across the nation were ordered to close, as it was stated that Gym environments were an, “inessential business.”  This, by all measures is factually untrue.  It was also stated that Gym environments were unsafe, due to the potential spread of this virus.  These issued statements are not factual and are based off uneducated misconceptions. Numerous environments / platforms which are wildly more toxic, still remain open and functioning thru this time.  Gym environments are much, much cleaner than many frequently visited locations such as: subways, transportation hubs, crowded restaurants, Busses, Supermarkets, construction sites with Hundreds of workers, “Home improvement,” stores, crowded Coffee shops, etc.  Gym environments are thoroughly cleaned, sterilized and sanitized much more frequently than many, “other,” and the aforementioned businesses that remain open today, and/or that function on a daily basis. I GUARANTEE the majority of gyms are cleaner than most people’s homes in this country. “Misconceptions,” stem from uneducated individuals; The very individuals spewing these comments have little to no intellect on the subject.  Have any of these individuals ever tested gyms? The Air quality, surface cleanliness, materials used and the anti-bacterial nature of them, the chemicals used to clean?  I myself have, for Decades.  Gyms are NOT the worst place to be, not even close. Again, they’re cleaned, sterilized, disinfected and sanitized to extreme degrees and MUCH more than restaurants, transportation hubs, malls, stores, etc., etc., etc.  As well, Gyms already partake in, “distancing.”  Everyone working out separates themselves accordingly because you don’t want someone on top of you while you’re training and if anyone feels that worried about it, you can ALWAYS and at any time, wear a mask to self-protect yourself and not just during this calamity.  Moreover, Gyms and Fitness facilities provide unequivocal and incontrovertible health (Physical & Mental) benefits to all those who utilize them.  They provide relief from many health complications, mental deficiencies, addiction, stress, PTSD, Opioid use, anxiety, panic disorder, insomnia, daily stresses of life, etc. They profoundly aide in the rehabilitation and/or continued health progression of people of all ages, people with disabilities, athletes and persons who are recovering from injury, accident and/or surgery. As well, many individuals and athletes, both amateur and professional, will suffer greatly in career and future performance, should this order remain. The ability and right to exercise within said facilities has and continues to benefit Humankind in more positive ways than one could possibly list.  It is a proven fact that when you physically exercise, your physiology changes, which changes your Brain in positive ways and always for the better.  Gyms and Health Clubs improve lives, improve health and greatly improves our body’s ability to fight off sickness.  It has been proven time and time again and is recommended by every Doctor and health professional on this planet.  There are Millioms of citizens suffering right now. Denying ones ability to enter arenas of physical fitness can and will create further sickness and instability. We faithfully submit this petition to reopen Gyms nationwide. ****AMENDMENT**** **This is an amendment to my petition written above, requesting that all Gyms nationwide, be labeled, “essential businesses.” *March 13, 2020 Approximately Two Months ago, I wrote a petition both in appeal of the Government’s decision to label Gyms, “non-essential,” and in request to be heard as a community.  Stating facts encompassing: Science, well-being, health, fitness, rehabilitations, etc., I have not yet been responded to, “officially,” and even tho I have followed the appropriate channels. Today, our community and industry stands sickened. Not only in opinion and belief, but physically and mentally as well. This nation has become ill without the proper channels of adequate exercise. Persons who didn’t suffer any prior anxiety or panic attacks, now do. Individuals who utilized fitness as their, “medication,” for PTSD, suicidal thoughts, bipolar disorder, addiction recovery, Autism, neurocognitive disorders, physical rehabilitation, anxiety and panic disorder, etc., have been literally cut off from their healing remedies.  Athletes of all ages have had their progress halted and futures severely hindered.  And please do not, shrug off,” our great industry and community by saying, “workout at home.”  That’s like telling a Union Construction Laborer he can work from home because he owns a Hammer and a Drill; It’s a Night and Day difference.  The closure and continued lockout of our nation’s Gyms and Fitness facilities is worsening and weakening Human health, Immune systems, well-being and cognitive function. Moreover, these prolonged closures are disabling the very entrepreneurial backbone of communities nationwide and have caused countless job losses. They have also forced business owners to continue paying rent and Mtg.’s on properties they cannot operate, creating financial calamity. Allowance of this continue will only decimate health, well-being, community and small businesses, further into ruins. We as a community and nation, implore you to re-open Gym and Fitness facilities nationwide. Faithfully submitted, Kevin J. Speicher

KEVIN SPEICHER
7,479 supporters
Update posted 7 hours ago

Petition to NYS Department of Corrections Executive Clemency Bureau, Andrew M. Cuomo

Approve Commutation Request

Juan Rivas, 11A3744 was only 19 when he was charged in 2010 of Criminal Sale Firearm and Criminal Sale Control Substance in 2010.  He came from a very respectful family, attended private school and had an excellent upbringing.  However, Mr. Rivas fell into the wrong crowd and fast life of living in NYS.  He was received in the NYS Department of Corrections and Community Supervision on 8/23/2011.  Mr. Rivas received a Aggregate Minimum sentence of 0 years and a Maximum sentence of 16 years.  Mr. Rivas has completed more than 50% of his sentence in NYS prisons.   During his time in prison he underwent surgery and has developed respiratory ailments and severe allergies and asthma that cause him to take several medications to sleep and function throughout the day.  Mr. Rivas is now 30 years old.  He is classified as a mental health inmate receiving services for depression and anxiety.   Although Mr. Rivas is not innocent on his actions, Mr. Rivas was a child, acting in accordance to what he was told by his peers.  He acted on no recognizance and was forced to take the full sentence, while others received 1 year of probation for their participation in the crime; unjustly to charge the youngest participant in the case because he was vulnerable, threatened to receive 30+ years if he did not accept the plea amongst other things. Mr. Rivas is now married and receives support from his family and friends.  His wife and family have developed a resume based on skills he has obtained in prisons to enable him to find employment when he is released in addition, are assisting and encouraging Mr. Rivas to complete his GED.  Mr. Rivas has been transferred several times that he has been unable to complete the GED exam, a flaw that the system is not trying to reintegrate these inmates back into society as law abiding systems, but expecting them to return to these prisons as failures when they were not provided with the adequate tools, resources and training to live productive lives outside of the systems walls.  His wife is employed as a Business Manager as well as owns her own party planning business and has been a strong support system for Mr. Rivas in the last 4 years. This petition is to assist Mr. Rivas family and supporters move the commutation application along for immediate consideration and release of Mr. Rivas.

MARIE RIVAS
1,019 supporters