In a last-ditch effort to avoid defeat, the Biden administration came out with a plan that forgives $10,000 in student loan debt for earners below $100,000. Folks who fall into this bracket, yet used Pell Grants to get higher education are eligible for $20,000 in student loan forgiveness.
There are many issues with this. For one thing, the White House is passing the debt onto everyday Americans. This means a plumber would be paying the student loans of an attorney.
Another huge issue is that Biden didn’t get congressional approval for his student loan forgiveness plan. He forced it through at the executive level, citing an emergency law. This comes despite Biden also claiming the “emergency” of the COVID-19 pandemic is over.
As a result of all this, several GOP states sued Biden, leading Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan to be stayed by a federal appeals court. Yet, new developments show the White House intends to move forward with this plan, despite a court order prohibiting it.
Setting a Dangerous Precedent
Over the weekend, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona said the Biden administration won’t let a court order stop the student loan forgiveness plan.
Cardona likewise lashed out against Republicans without acknowledging the many drawbacks that GOP members have brought up regarding Biden’s initiative.
Amid some Republicans trying to block our student debt relief program, we are moving full speed ahead, preparing for implementation so we can deliver relief to borrowers who need it most. pic.twitter.com/g3SMEhbSQz
— Secretary Miguel Cardona (@SecCardona) October 22, 2022
Remarks about the controversial student loan forgiveness plan were also delivered by White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre. She argued the federal government is within its rights to look over various applicants who seek to have their loans redistributed to others.
This past weekend likewise saw Biden tell an outright lie about his student loan forgiveness program. The president alleged that his initiative “passed” by a handful of votes. Yet, as previously stated, Biden never received congressional approval of the plan.
This follows a series of gaffes the president made recently during public speeches and interviews.
What’s Motivating This?
On social media, the Biden administration is facing heavy criticism for lying and trying to skirt a court order it doesn’t like.
Yet, the motivating factor of all this is the midterm elections. Days ago, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) admitted that as early voting begins, he’s worried about young people not turning out for Democrats.
BIDEN on his student loan debt bailout: "It's passed. I got it passed by a vote or two."
What is he talking about? Congress never voted on it. pic.twitter.com/62Ov7znOfZ
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 23, 2022
Now, the current administration is pushing for free handouts in the hopes of getting votes from younger Americans. Though the Biden administration openly flouting a court order in this manner raises questions about what other court orders it may disregard in the future.