The GOP Tax Plan isn’t good for most Americans, including Graduate Students
Posted on 2017-11-19
86% of my income as a graduate student, goes towards bills.
This percentage does not include gas expenses, cost of groceries, costs of books, or any other items. [I also have two roommates].
The current tax plan as proposed by the GOP, in the form of tax cuts for wealthy Americans, worries me. It worries me and other graduate students because it would mean that we would have to leave our graduate programs– unable to afford them.
As an FIU graduate student, I am not allowed to work outside of the University, otherwise, I could lose my graduate funding. This makes sense, because ideally, I am supposed to be finishing my PhD in as little time as possible. However, because the pay grade does not account for Miami inflation, myself and many other graduate students around the country reside in the “working poor” category.
Seeing as this is the case, it is not hard to imagine how tax cuts for the wealthy– which in turn would tax portions of my stipend to subsidize their tax cuts– would be disastrous. Portions of my stipend that I do not physically see or get, as it goes directly towards funding my education.
Current discussions about the GOP tax plan worry me, because the disaster that it reaps for those students in higher education– over worked due to decreasing tenure ships and increased adjuncting– is hardly being discussed.
Who is fighting for us? At this point, it is unclear. As we have witnessed before, there are some Democrats that would be in favor of, or at least okay with, using the working class to subsidize the super wealthy.