Cabot Phillips on student loan debt forgiveness: This is what 'entitlement generation' 'looks like'

  • Democrat presidential candidates Thursday night advocated for "free" college and student loan debt forgiveness.
  • Both of these policies are supported by the overwhelming majority of college students.
  • Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips said this attitude is indicative of the "entitlement generation."

Democrat presidential debates sparred Thursday night over who they believe has the best approach when it comes to dealing with the student loan debt crisis. From making college "free" to forgiving trillions of dollars in student loan debt, candidates took a variety of positions on the issue. 

The continued push for "free" college and student loan debt forgiveness came just days after Campus Reform's Cabot Phillips took to the campus of George Washington University in Washington, D.C. to ask students if student loan debt should be canceled. Phillips also asked students who believed that student loan debt should be wiped out if they also believe the government should wipe out credit card debt. 

"this is what it looks like tangibly when policy starts to come into play"   

While the majority of students agreed that the government should, as Democrat presidential candidates are advocating, should wipe out trillions in student loan debt, they took issue with the government also forgiving credit card debt. Phillips said that overwhelming student support for student loan debt forgiveness is representative of the desires of the "entitlement generation."

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"One reason that we see this growing even more is because, for people asking, what's going to happen when we raise this whole generation to be entitled. You know, this entitlement generation, people say...Millennials, Generation Z....this is what it looks like tangibly when policy starts to come into play," Phillips said. 

"People feel like they are entitled to the government giving them whatever they want and making all their problems disappear and so when you ask young people who, by the way, aren't going to be the ones paying taxes to foot the bill for this, when you ask them, are you entitled to a debt-free life even if you're the one who signed your name on that loan, of course, they're going to say yes because they were raised to think they're entitled to whatever makes their lives easier," Phillips added. 

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Jon Street is a news editor for Campus Reform. Six years ago, Jon cut his reporting teeth fresh out of college as an intern at Media Research Center's, where he interviewed multiple members of Congress and former presidential candidates. From there, he went on to complete a stint at, where his exclusive, investigative work was picked up or cited by the New York Times, Washington Post, Fox News, National Review, and the Drudge Report, among others. More recently, Jon spent three years as an assistant editor at In his free time, Jon enjoys trying new coffeehouses around the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area and traveling back to his home state of Missouri to spend time with his family.

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