Note that Biden already declared an end to the covid emergency when he canceled Trump’s Remain in Mexico policy, and his CDC just announced that we’re effectively back to normal.
But Biden won’t formally say the “emergency” is over — so he can continue acting as tyrant when he finds it politically useful to do so.
The Decrepit Tyrant has issued his decree.
The Biden administration is canceling up to $20,000 in student debt for Pell Grant recipients and up to $10,000 for individual borrowers who make under $125,000 per year, and it’s extending the pause on repayments by four months, the White House announced on Wednesday.Why it matters: The decision — which comes days before the Aug. 31 deadline when loan repayments were set to resume after a series of pandemic pauses — is expected to alleviate some of the debt burdens of 43 million Americans while also fulfilling a key campaign promise.
Driving the news: Approximately 20 million Americans could have their debt completely canceled under Biden’s announcement.
The debt forgiveness for Pell recipients is in addition to the cancellation of up to $10,000 in student debt for other borrowers.
Critically, the Biden administration is taking steps to make the student loan system more manageable for future borrowers.
It will cap monthly payments at 5% of a borrower’s monthly income and forgive loan balances after 10 years of payments for borrowers with loan balances of $12,000 or less, among other measures.
Borrow as much as you want, your payments are hard-capped at 5% of your income and end after 10 years, no matter how much of your debt is left outstanding.
The $10,000 in debt relief also applies to households that earn $250,000 a year or less.
Here are some facts: Only 37% of Americans have a 4-yr college degree, only 13% have graduate degrees, and a full 56% of student loan debt is held by people who went to grad school.Biden’s plan to cancel it would be like taking money from a plumber to pay the debt of a lawyer.
@JonathanTurleyThe massive loan forgiveness virtually mocks Manchin and his insistence that he secured a compromise to protect the budget. https://foxnews.com/politics/bidens-anticipated-loan-forgiveness-projected-to-cost-american-taxpayers-300b
After signing the recent law, Biden then unilaterally moved to forgive billions in loans without a congressional vote…
Say yeah — didn’t this Republic used to require Congress to pass laws?
Didn’t NeverTrump used to caution about the “authoritarian” Trump assuming the powers of a tyrant?
And yet… they’re all supportive of this, or silent about it.
How’s he doing it?Biden is employing a post-9/11 law that allows for debt cancelation “in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency.”
Which emergency? “[T]he present COVID-19 pandemic,” per a Dept of Ed memo issued yesterday.
For the past year and a half, the Office of General Counsel (“OGC”), in consultation with our colleagues at the Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel, has conducted a review of the Secretary’s legal authority to cancel student debt on a categorical basis. This review has included assessing the analysis outlined in a publicly disseminated January 2021 memorandum signed by a former Principal Deputy General Counsel. As detailed below, we have determined that the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (“HEROES”) Act of 2003 grants the Secretary authority that could be used to effectuate a program of targeted loan cancellation directed at addressing the financial harms of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Oh well as long as Biden’s handpicked political lawyers said it’s okay…
We have thus determined that the January 2021 memorandum was substantively incorrect in its conclusions.
A previous memorandum found they did not have this power — and now they’re saying, “We checked again, and now we’ve decided we do have this power.”
Given the significant public interest in this issue, and the potential for public confusion caused by the public availability of the January 2021 memorandum, I recommend making this memorandum publicly available and publishing it in the Federal Register, so as to provide the general public with notice of the Department’s interpretation of the HEROES Act, consistent with statutory requirements. See 5 U.S.C. 552(a).I. The Secretary’s HEROES Act Authority
The HEROES Act, first enacted in the wake of the September 11 attacks, provides the Secretary broad authority to grant relief from student loan requirements during specific periods (a war, other military operation, or national emergency, such as the present COVID-19 pandemic) and for specific purposes (including to address the financial harms of such a war, other military operation, or emergency). The Secretary of Education has used this authority, under both this and every prior administration since the Act’s passage, to provide relief to borrowers in connection
with a war, other military operation, or national emergency, including the ongoing moratorium on student loan payments and interest.
Joe Biden has no constitutional authority to unilaterally strike down student loan debt. Congress must act to allow this to occur. The Supreme Court will strike down this move. The Biden administration knows this. Which is why this is simply a craven political move for midterms.
Possibly. The fact that a previous Office of General Counsel memorandum found that this maneuver was illegal, and now, just when Biden needs it politically, discovers they Always Had the Power All Along (like Dorothy always had the power to return to Kansas), will weigh against them.
ABC's @KarenTravers: "Is this unfair to people who paid their student loans or chose not to take out loans?"
Biden: "Is it fair to people who…do not own multibillion dollar businesses? They see why these guys getting all the tax credits? Is that fair? What do you think?" pic.twitter.com/R3WeeLkdI1
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) August 24, 2022
.@pdoocy: "The people that already paid their student loans, they don't get anything out of this deal."
Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona: "Right." pic.twitter.com/PNrs3Z2HCl
— Kevin Tober (@KevinTober94) August 24, 2022
Nancy Pelosi pointed out in April that Joe Biden doesn’t have the constitutional authority to wipe out student loans. This isn’t even a tough call. Courts will all strike it down. Total political ploy. pic.twitter.com/PvZICd0QL1
— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) August 24, 2022
I wonder how NeverTrump feels about their moderate, centrist, non-authoritarian, norms-restoring leftwing Democrat president now?
When Manchin was pretending to have principles, he should have considered the likely probability that he was going to be lied to and then f**ked. Had he, he would not be surprised right about now.
And how many times has Pelosi enacted her “Pay-Go” rule… and then promptly ignored it?
Ah…living in a gynocracy is fun to watch, eh?
I noticed that when asked a question about his foreknowledge of the Mar a Lago raid, idiot Biden flashed a well-known racist hand signal. What I haven’t noticed is the media outrage, as they have expressed in the past when a Republican makes the “OK” sign.
Yep, idiot Biden is a racist. He flashed the secret hand signal to notify the NAACP he doesn’t care about their complaint about “forgiving” student loans. Or, he was thanking his white supremacist buddies in the DOJ for doing his white supremacist bidding.
Push that “white power”, Pedo Pete!
Biden on His Unconstitutional Student Loan Bailout: “It Passed. I Got it Passed by a Vote or Two” – But Congress Never Voted on It (VIDEO)
The only time Ukraine Joe told the truth, “We have put together the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” Joe will look good in an orange jump suit.