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Student Debt Relief Shows Why All Politics Is Now an Inflation Debate

As President Joe Biden prepares to approve student debt relief, 59% of Americans are worried doing so will increase inflation.

August 24, 2022

This episode is sponsored by Nexo.ioChainalysis and FTX US.

According to reports, U.S. President Joe Biden is about to finally take action on student debt relief, wiping away $10,000 in federal debt for those making less than $125,000 a year (or $250,000 as a married couple). While the debate started on the campaign trail in 2020 as one of economic fairness and justice, today it is almost entirely about the potential impacts on inflation.

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