This thought just popped into my head as I was responding to an email, and I thought that I’d share it further. Because I’m just a helpful guy that way. Anyway, here was my suggestion:
Let’s combine a new CCC program with a student loan forgiveness deal: twice minimum wage, but every dime above minimum gets deducted automatically and goes to pay off your student loan principal. I’m sure that we’ve got some potholes that need patching, and getting to watch a twenty-four year old semiotics major visibly realize that it’s all come to this will justify the cost right there.
Discuss. I can see a couple of potential problems, myself, but understand: this is only one-third, at best, about any sort of economic ‘stimulus*.’ The actual goal here is to take as many members the 23-45 year old ‘over-educated idiot’ demographic of the population as possible and violently rip them out of their insulating – and smothering – cocoon from the real world.
Think of it as… shock therapy.
*Although frankly if we’re going to throw money away anyway we might as well throw it away at student loans, which need drastic reforms.