Americans with piles of student loan debt have less money to spend on anything from consumer products to homes.
And as The Washington Post points out, first-time home buyers, usually college graduates, are, or at least used to be, "the bedrock of the housing market."
But, since millions of college graduates are drowning in debt, they can't afford to buy a home, which is killing America's housing recovery.
Meanwhile, according to a report from the One Wisconsin Institute, the devastating effects of student loan debt also translate into more than $6 billion in lost car sales each year.
And, the chief economist for General Motors has even said that student loan debt is one of, if not THE major reason why millennials aren't buying cars.
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