How much is Joe Biden at the will of the radical left?
It seems like the House Progressives crook their little fingers and they can get him to move.
They announced in a formal statement that they would soon have a detailed plan of things that they wanted him to address through executive action that they haven’t been able to get because they failed to pass the Build Back Better bill.
But there’s another big item they’ve been pushing for some time, apart from Build Back Better — that is canceling student debt. Payments on federal student debt were supposed to start again on February 1, and people on the left were screaming about it.
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But Joe Biden made a decision today to put restarting payments off to May 1, another 90 days.
So, is that making folks on the left happy? Is it getting folks on the left back on the train for Joe Biden?
Well, no. Because no matter how much you pander to the left, there’s a basic principle. They’re unhappy people, and they’re never satisfied — they always want more. To be fair, he did do “a Biden” — promise it to get elected and then not deliver, so they do have something of a right to feel he played them, because he did.
In response to a question from a young person concerned about student loan debt and a lack of economic opportunity, Biden responded, “You get all these degrees and you get all this debt, and you get in a position where you can’t get a job because no one is hiring, or they’re hiring at very low wages… I’m going to eliminate your student debt if you come from a family [making less] than $125,000 and went to a public university.” Biden also said, “I’m going to make sure everyone gets $10,000 knocked off of their student debt” in response to economic hardships caused by the pandemic.
Biden further proposed giving young people a $15,000 credit towards a downpayment on their first home. “This is how people accumulate wealth,” he said. “This is how people get started. We have to recognize you and advance you. You are the future.”
Of course, he never should have promised it to begin with. Why should we cancel student debt? It gives an advantage to the college students that the kids who didn’t go to college don’t get.
But that didn’t stop folks like Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), the head of the progressive caucus, who called on Biden to go all the way. “The work cannot stop here,” Jayapal said. “The administration must now deliver on the President’s promise to cancel student debt, lowering costs for families at a critical time of tremendous health and economic uncertainty.”
So even though we’re talking about debt that people entered into voluntarily, they don’t want to pay it and they think it’s wrong that people think they should pay it. This sends the wrong message and gives no incentive for the schools to reduce costs, and disproportionately helps those with higher debt who are likely to have more degrees.
But now they know they moved him to get what they wanted by yelling at him, so come 90 days from now, they intend to do the same thing again. They’re already promising to “bully” him again. Biden being Biden, he will likely cave again.
This says something about how weak he is and how easily manipulated. The signal that sends out to the world and our enemies is not a good one.
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