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Why the poor pay more for toilet paper – and just about everything else
Suburban living is more expensive than you may think
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Within the vast net of financial scams and debt-based swindles that compose much of the source code underlying modern American life is an education-related indenture of $1.3 trillion. This generational thrashing is the stuff of revolutions, surely. Is there not a single history degree out there in the hands of the direly mortgaged young Americans? Education was supposed to be one of the things motorizing the new economy.
Stop paying your student loans and debt collectors can send US Marshalls to arrest you
The Internet is pretty much now a necessity, especially when it comes to looking for a job or studying. ACORN Canada calls for a national affordable Internet policy in a new report so that low income Canadians won’t be left out of the advantages of connectivity.
Anti-poverty advocates call for affordable Internet. The high cost of home Internet services is taking a bite out of food budgets for low-income Canadians, new survey shows
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At what point does a society consciously decide to move off of a real estate bubble? Can we even think of doing so? Recent data from a University of British Columbia professor reveals the standpoint of Canada’s youth in regard to the “benefits” of home ownership. A sample: it would take 23 years for a young person in Vancouver to save the downpayment on a typical mortgage from a typical wage.
Young people have it tougher than parents: UBC prof
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Debt, poverty’s nasty sibling, is the topic of an ongoing series in US magazine ProPublica. In part four, linked below, the effect of debt and debt collection on African Americans is examined. A particular suburban field-of-dreams is mentioned.
Less-than-the-best housing is an up front tactical issue for students. A deferred, strategic issue, and probably the more socially worrisome of the two, is the enormous debt they can wind up carrying. Not a pretty trillion-dollar picture in America.