I don't doubt he's received death threats. A lot of people hate him and I'm sure some of them would threaten him. But does he actually fear for his life? Maybe, but I won't take his word for it.
And the article is ridiculous. I won't hold that against Pai because he didn't write it, but it's sure not doing him any favors.
*Just noticed it was on the opinion page, thankfully. But still.
The person!=policy. We may dislike Pai, but he's merely a pawn in a bigger game of chess. Frankly, I don't think he has the option of not playing
- Ajit Pai
- Betsy DeVos
- Scott Pruitt
As far as the first two go, these are not simply people with whom those who make death threats disagree. These are individuals with the unchallenged power to ruin people's lives. People with student loans who have been working for years in low-paying nonprofit or government service jobs under the assumption that their loans may be forgiven are suddenly being told by Betsy DeVos that, nah, we're not going to honor our end of the deal anymore. That can be financially crippling, for life.
The internet is a way of life and a necessity for many people in the US. The thought that Pai might cripple the average American's access to it is also an assault on that way of life, if not their livelihood itself.
That's why death threats happen. I don't condone them, but you should understand what motivates them. No one likes Rick Perry either, but as far as I know he's not getting death threats or requires a 24-hour security detail, because he's not making decisions that actively threaten people's financial future or livelihoods.
A House bill proposed getting rid of it. I'm not sure tbh how that implicates DeVos or what the current status is.
The idea is to incentivize work that isn't always profitable but needs to get done- teaching and social work, for example.
>they don't get discharged through personal bankruptcy
My understanding as to why this happened is that some people basically did the following:
1) Get expensive, hard-to-earn degree in lucrative field (e.g. MD, PhD)
2) Declare bankruptcy prior to working
3) Immediately start work and cash out
should be followed by
"and gifts it to his corporate overlords"
Don't take that as my agreeing with it, though.