Since the announcement on Tuesday that Joe Biden was going to be unilaterally “forgiving” billions in student loan debts, Biden and his administration have insulted the intelligence of the American people with one lie after another, one bogus comparison after another in their attempts at justifying his dictatorial end-run around Congress.
Questions have also been raised about the timing of Biden’s decision. After all, he campaigned on a $10,000 student loan forgiveness pledge as a candidate for president. So why choose now to do it and not sooner, or after the election?
While Politico lovingly framed it as a carefully “deliberative” process for Biden, the Washington Post got straight to the point in an in-depth report which confirmed that political and electoral considerations were at the heart of Biden’s move, noting that Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Raphael Warnock (D-Ga.) were instrumental in the discussions, with Warnock leaning in on Biden on how this could motivate younger voters to go to the polls (bolded emphasis added by me):
He opted for something significantly more expansive, backing a private White House memo prepared for him in July and breaking with some allies from his centrist Senate career who were quick to distance themselves from the policy. The choice reflects in part Biden’s role as a coalitional politician: He became convinced that aggressive student debt relief would give Democrats a better chance of holding Congress in the fall through a badly needed boost from young voters and people of color. White House aides also privately marshaled evidence to show that the more targeted plan wouldn’t do much to erase racial disparities.
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Political experts also presented senior White House officials with polling showing both that a majority of Americans support limited debt forgiveness and that such a move could help Democrats with young voters in November. Sen. Raphael G. Warnock (D-Ga.), facing a tough reelection bid this fall, also pressed the political upside of an expansive effort.
“This is a motivator for young people, which is important in terms of the election, though that’s not why he did it,” said John Anzalone, Biden’s pollster. “It’s a huge issue for young people — the support levels for them are in the high 60s.”
“Though that’s not why he did it.” Uh huh. And I’m Hillary Clinton.
Unfortunately for Joe Biden and those around him who pushed hardest behind the scenes to make this happen, the backlash has already started — and it’s not just coming from Republicans but also from Democrats and even some in the mainstream media, all of who have pointed out that Biden “erasing” (cough) the debt is for the most part not going to help who he says it is aimed at helping. Not to mention there’s the little problem of him not running this by Congress first.
As I said before, whatever if any supposed “momentum” Biden and Democrats got from the SCOTUS’ decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in June has effectively been blunted by this decision, which has pissed off millions of Americans who have been struggling to make ends meet in this economy and to pay off their own debts who are now going to be on the hook for someone else’s, too.
And once they find out Biden made this illegal move with midterm election considerations in mind, in essence, buying off voters? Hooo boy. It will be backlash city, and Biden will have no one to blame but himself and the wokesters who continue to pull his puppet strings.