Partisan policy to keep the population dumb

Crikey readers have their say on higher education debt, conflict in Iraq and other issues of the day.

Why higher student debt is a bad idea

Richard Middleton writes: Re. “Skewed workforce and a tepid economy: lessons from the US on higher ed debt” (yesterday). How hard can it be? If people with degrees earn so much more per year, then they will pay more tax. This extra tax give a nice fat return, enough to satisfy even the likes of the Poodle. But here’s a thought — as training is a work related expense, as it is in most trades and professions, then should not the debt be carried forward to be deducted from any tax due?  What would be the implications of all this? All because of a nasty partisan policy which seeks to keep the proles in their place — either with no higher education, or as indentured debt slaves.

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