Here’s a snapshot of personal debt in America leading up to the 2016 election.
Ever since Bill Clinton’s come-from-nowhere presidential victory in 1992, all candidates – Democratic and Republican – have adopted the mantra, “It’s the economy, stupid.”
With credit card and student loan balances at all-time highs, we believe the 2016 campaign motto should’ve been, “It’s the debt, dummy.” And we’re not talking the national debt, which is also at record levels. No, we’re talking about personal debt. If voters once cast ballots according to their pocketbooks, next time they might vote based on their loan balances.
That’s why we report on where the candidates and their political parties stand on personal debt issues, and when the president does something to affect your wallet. We’ll ask them questions, investigate their own personal debt, and give voters a little more information before they cast their votes.
America’s Voice on Debt is sponsored by Debt.com, which offers Americans expert advice and services for achieving financial freedom.
Trump Supporters Say These Financial Traits Make Him Great
August 17, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Ethics and concern for the poor are not among them.Read More
3 Financial Ideas Democrats Hope Will Win Back Congress
July 27, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Democrats want to offer “A Better Deal,” but they’ll have to win a lot of seats first.Read More
Why Do Trump Voters Have Worse Credit Than Democrats?
June 29, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
States that voted for Trump have fewer credit cards, lower balances, and a worse understanding of money.Read More
This Week’s Grim Debt Facts: Mostly Broke, Sometimes Stupid
June 29, 2017 | Michael Koretzky
If another recession is looming, this is your warning.Read More
Neil Gorsuch Sides with Debt Collectors in His First Ruling
June 15, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
That sucks in the short-term, but it’s good for consumers in the long-term.Read More
Student Loans: Too Big to Fail? Or Too Much to Succeed?
June 1, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The “student loan crisis” is so massive, we can’t even comprehend it anymore.Read More
Trump Is Good For America Now – And Even Better Later
May 18, 2017 | Michael Koretzky
I didn’t vote for him, but I also don’t complain about him.Read More
Want to Collect Debts for the IRS? The Bar Is Pretty Low
April 21, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
The IRS will use private debt collectors who have failed before, including one the federal government is already suing for ripping consumers off.Read More
Could Donald Trump Snatch Away Student Loan Forgiveness?
April 13, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Everybody wants their debt forgiven, but the people actually promised it could be screwed.Read More
Interest Rates Are Going Up. Should You Be Worried?
March 30, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
It depends on whether you have debt, and what kind. If you’re rich, it’s strictly good news.Read More
Can Trump Keep His Promise To Leave Social Security Alone?
March 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
He campaigned on not cutting entitlements, but conservatives think he has to.Read More
Financial Issues Real Americans Want Trump to Solve
February 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
These desperate White House petitions aren’t getting much attention. Some of them deserve it.Read More
25 Things I Learned About Betsy DeVos By Reading Her Own Words
February 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Secretary of Education responded (sort of) to more than 140 Congressional questions beyond her confirmation hearing. But nobody talked about it.Read More
What Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Mean for Your Finances
February 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger
Neil M. Gorsuch is a lot like Justice Antonin Scalia — except for one big thing.Read More
President Obama Created President Trump. But Not Like Liberals Think.
January 18, 2017 | Michael Koretzky
Here’s a theory with something for everyone — to hate.Read More
All these election polls show a clear loser — Americans
November 8, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger
They’re not about who becomes president, they’re about everything else.Read More
Presidential Politics Might Scare People Into Buying More Insurance
November 7, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger
Political decisions impact most businesses, but here’s a surprising one getting a boost: life insurance.Read More
Older, Less Educated, And Coupon-Loving Americans Favor Trump
October 19, 2016 | Dori Zinn
While educated, younger crowd flocks to ClintonRead More
What About the Financial Issues the Candidates Aren’t Debating?
October 19, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger
Americans, like always, care most about the economy and how it helps or hurts them. Why aren’t we hearing more about it?Read More
What If You Could Vote with Your Gut Instead of Your Brain?
August 31, 2016 | Dori Zinn
Voting is hard. Eating and drinking are easy. Maybe that’s why 7-Eleven sells politics-themed coffee — and we think other chains could do the same…Read More
How The Presidential Candidates Plan To Take On Student Loan Debt
August 24, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence
Find out how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would handle your student loans, whether you’re a current student, struggling graduate, or someone who hasn’t taken classes yetRead More
Trump’s supporters have better credit than Clinton’s
May 6, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger
Give credit where it’s due. Two surveys show people voting for Trump aren’t stupid — at least when it comes to money.Read More
The Republican Party’s worst-case scenario? A close Trump loss
March 14, 2016 | Michael Koretzky
Here’s why it’s important that Donald Trump doesn’t lose the 2016 election by a hair.Read More
How will the first 100 days of the next presidency affect you?
March 5, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger
Using things the candidates have actually said or promised, we can peer into the future of domestic policy and how it could affect your wallet.Read More
Which candidate will improve your finances the most?
January 29, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger
Which presidential candidate has the best policy ideas for your bottom line? Here’s who Americans think will benefit their personal economy in 2016.Read More
Congress will help with your student loans — if you work for them
September 19, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger
A little-known student loan program for staffers could knock up to $60,000 off your debt.Read More
Rating Congress’ new debt bill: 14 things (good and bad) you gotta know
September 11, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger
A California congresswoman has a dozen ideas for easing your debt stress. But will they work?Read More
This week’s Debt Report: The partisan politics of student loans
July 18, 2014 | Michael Koretzky
College students may be notoriously poor voters, but their student loans are becoming a hot political issue.Read More