Certain Republicans in Congress obviously believe that We the People are stupid. The hue and cry over President Biden’s plan to forgive a portion of student loan debt for qualifying individuals is not only ludicrous, but insulting to the average Joe. Take, for example, Congressman Mike Kelly of Pennsylvania who made this statement:
“Asking plumbers and carpenters to pay off the loans of Wall Street advisors and lawyers isn’t just unfair. It’s also bad policy.”
Apparently, either Mike Kelly hasn’t been paying attention, or he’s pretty sure his constituents aren’t bright enough to have been paying attention, for the student loan forgiveness is only available to people making less than $125,000 per year and both wall street advisors and lawyers earn well over that mark, so they wouldn’t be eligible. Period.
Then there was ol’ Vern Buchanan, a member of the House of Representatives from Florida who said …
“As a blue-collar kid who worked his way through college, I know firsthand the sacrifices people make to receive an education. Biden’s reckless, unilateral student loan giveaway is unfair to the 87 percent of Americans without student loan debt and those who played by the rules.”
Two problems with this statement. First, of that 87% who have no student loan debt, some 62% have none because they never attended college, so of course they have no student loan debt. The other problem with Vern’s statement is that he himself had a Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan forgiven to the tune of $2.8 million! And yet, he would begrudge the average college graduate, struggling to get a start in his/her career, a write off of between $10,000 – $20,000? What a guy, eh?
Oh yeah … turns out the aforementioned Mike Kelly also received PPP loan forgiveness to the tune of nearly $1 million! Take a look at the people who received PPP loan write-offs and are now complaining about giving a break to hard-working college graduates …
Their criticism is one of many hypocrisies promoted by Republicans in Congress today. They also claim it isn’t fair to people who have already paid off their student loans, but Clay Jones killed that argument earlier this week …
If you buy into the notion that it isn’t fair to those who didn’t have the luxury of assistance with their loans, then where do you draw the line? Can we never progress in any area because it wouldn’t be fair to those who went before? In that case, we shouldn’t have such luxuries as automobiles and air-conditioning, for it isn’t fair to those who lived their entire lives without them. Or perhaps it isn’t fair for the wealthy to have yachts and vacation homes, for it isn’t fair to those of us who cannot afford such things. Where do you draw the line?
The bottom line is this is just one more excuse the Republicans are using to rile the masses, to convince voters to vote for them. It assumes that We the People are too stupid to have read the truth about the plan to forgive a portion of some student debt. It is a slap in the face to our intelligence, our understanding, our very beings. See … this whole thing highlights the real difference between the Republican and Democratic policies … one helps people while the other is all about the wealth of a few. I am an Independent voter who has voted for candidates of both parties in the past, but no more. My conscience would not let me vote for any of the Republicans on the ballot today. I worked three jobs to support my family and pay my tuition while going to grad school, but I nonetheless applaud President Biden’s plan and am glad people who need it will be getting some assistance. Too bad others don’t feel the same.