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Biden’s Illegal Boondoggle Giveaway

Posted on | August 25, 2022 | Comments Off on Biden’s Illegal Boondoggle Giveaway

It’s not just that Joe Biden’s stroke-of-the-pen student loan giveaway will cost U.S. taxpayers something like $400 billion or more. Nor is it just that this presidential mandate will drive inflation higher. And we haven’t even considered that Biden’s debt-cancellation scheme is regressive — everybody else forced to pay for this gift to a relatively affluent cohort — or that it is transparently an attempt to buy votes for Democrats in the November midterms. Leave all that criticism aside as mere details, because the far more important point is that THE WHOLE DAMNED THING IS ILLEGAL BECAUSE THE CONSTITUTION DOESN’T GRANT THE PRESIDENT ANY SUCH AUTHORITY.

Not only did Nancy Pelosi publicly deny that the president has this authority, but Biden himself also denied it: “I don’t think I have the authority to do it by signing the pen.” Well, you may ask, if nobody — not even Joe Biden — believed the president could just cancel debt by executive order, then under what flimsy pretext do they justify this plainly illegal action? Believe it or not, they claim that what makes this legal is the 2003 HEROES (Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students) Act, which Congress passed during the Iraq War to help military members (including National Guard troops) who had been attending college before being deployed overseas. The HEROES Act authorizes the Secretary of Education to issue “waivers or modifications” to student loan terms that he “deems necessary in connection with a war or other military operation or national emergency.” No one can deny that deploying half-a-million troops to the other side of the world was a “national emergency,” but where is the justification now?

Oh, say the Biden officials, it’s the COVID-19 pandemic!

To which we calmly answer: WHAT THE ACTUAL FUCK?

The pandemic is over, but “addressing the financial harms caused by the COVID-19 pandemic” is how the Biden regime justifies this “emergency” power. Is there any evidence — any at all — that college graduates suffered more “financial harms” than other people because of COVID-19? Or, is it possible to show that those who owed student loans suffered more harm than college graduates who didn’t owe student loans? In other words, the Biden administration is stretching the definition of “national emergency” to make the HEROES Act the authority for this otherwise illegal action, without even demonstrating that the beneficiaries of this policy were disproportionately harmed by the “national emergency.”

Everything about this is wrong, and only dishonest and immoral people — i.e., Democrats and the media — would dare to defend it.



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