By Tommy Acosta
Sedona, AZ — There they go shooting themselves in the foot again. It was bad enough when Republicans took down Roe vs Wade, but now they want to derail Biden’s effort to forgive student loans.
Bad, bad strategy, considering the damage their stand against abortion caused the party in the mid-term elections. They could have had the Senate to boot. The Supreme Court blew the seal.
And who comes out of this smelling like a rose should the student loan forgiveness efforts go the same route as Roe vs Wade? Biden of course.
Whether SCOTUS lets it go or smashes it, everyone that might have been affected by it, is going to vote for Biden and his friends, regardless if they are forgiven or not.
Now, tie that in with the perception that certain Republicans want to take a “second look” at our entitlements and we have a recipe of disaster for the party.
If it takes dishing out $500 billion to get Biden or proxy elected, it’s no big deal compared to the final cost supporting Ukraine will be by the time reconstruction begins.
Dumb. Dumb. Dumb.
Of course, there are perfectly good arguments against forgiving student loan dept and many pundits have eloquently expressed them on FOX News and other Republican media venues.
Just as valid are the arguments expressed by Dems and Liberals for forgiveness, on their media outlets.
But the arguments mean nothing because if the forgiveness is thwarted there will be a massive surge of “revenge-votes” against the Republicans. If it is initiated there will be a massive surge of gratitude votes for the Democrats.
Republicans are basically screwed, win or lose. It will be worse for them if SCOTUS rejects it. That’s for sure.
Those not affected will not be motivated to go out and support Republican candidates on this issue. They will mostly just vote like they always do. But the unforgiven? Oh man, are they going to be pissed if the forgiveness is snatched from them!
And remember, just like with abortions, the issue crosses party lines. There were Republican woman who want to keep their right to abortion and Republican students who are hoping to be loan forgiven.
Most likely SCOTUS will knock it down, unless someone high up in the political food-chain capable of influencing the Court taps a few of them on the shoulder and whispers in their ear not to make the same mistake they did with abortions.
It’s a total win-win for the Dems. No matter how you try to color it, it’s still a red flag for the Republicans.
To those whom the loan forgiveness would have pulled them from lifelong debt, killing it would be like killing their dreams.
The carrot on a stick was put in front of them and might be yanked away by Republicans.
Should SCOTUS rule it out of existence, the unforgiven will not be forgiving and will express their betrayal at the polls.
My son paid his loan off and then during COVID there was a new offer to get his $ back so that it could forgiven if the bill passed. Neither hand knows what the other is doing.
I support Roe vs Wade because the right of woman to make reproductive decisions is a pillar of woman’s equality.
I support the war in Ukraine for a number of obvious reasons as fighting the Russians in Ukraine as opposed to someplace else with our men and woman is the least costly way to check both Russia and China.
I support student debt because such students who took on this debt made a conscious to do so. Why should they get a free ride when so many other students and parents sacrificed so much to pay college tuition out of their own pocket. Forgiving such debt punishes those who handled their finances responsibly.
What am I? A Republican or democrat? Or maybe someone who just has an opinion?
There is a much deeper and wiser strategy implementing itself than what appears on the surface details. It will serve everyone equally in the end. Biden is not in power except what is being claimed, as he was elected (unfairly) into a position in a defunct and illegal “USA Inc” takeover which was never in power to serve the people. He was never allowed into the white house. When we switched back out of Inc. control and back into the Republic, the leadership is currently called Commander–in-Chief. The Republic is solidly in place for ALL people. Announcements may happen, but more likely there will be a slow drip of change to honor the slow pace of the uneducated to avoid damage to fragile belief systems and egos.
I graduated from college twice (BA and MA), both times with student loans. The first time, I received government-subsidized loans at an extremely low rate of interest (less than 2% as I recall). The amount, in today’s dollars, was fairly significant. I paid the loans off in 2-3 years, as I recall. Flash forward 25 years, when returned to school for a graduate degree. I was unemployed and had money in the bank but I decided to take out a student loan in order to keep my bank account intact in the event of an emergency or prolonged period of unemployment. I graduated a year and a-half later and got a new job with my bank account still intact, so I called the lender to get a payoff price in order to close-out the loan. The lender’s representative tried for 20 minutes on the phone to convince me NOT to pay-off my loan but to continue with installments. Why? Because the interest rate was 9-10 percent (can’t remember). They wanted to make more money off of me with a ridiculously high interest rate. I declined.
The Biden loan forgiveness plan is not a blanket forgiveness plan. In particular, it’s designed to help people who got sucked into usurious deals made by for-profit colleges who churned out students with useless degrees. To quote one news outlet: “The Republican Party’s stance on for-profit higher education is similar to the one it has taken on climate change. Despite voluminous evidence that a significant share of for-profit colleges have defrauded students and taxpayers, Republican lawmakers refuse to acknowledge that there have been any problems. The G.O.P. has become, over the past two decades, a party of for-profit-college-abuse deniers.”
Tommy, it won’t be just college loans and health-care rights (it ain’t about abortion, it’s about basic health care for women) that sink the GOP. In all matters — climate, health care, education, social justice, the environment, support programs for the elderly and children — it has become the party of hateful behavior, ugly destructive rhetoric, blatant lying, grift and greed.