You were smart, went to a low or no-cost vocational school, learned a valuable trade, and left with no college debt. Thought you got away from college debt problems scot-free, huh? Now, Joe Biden has found a way to saddle you with college debt you never thought you’d have, he’s giving you other people’s debt. Of course, he’s not making anyone pay it directly, in fact, he’s canceling the payments for many borrowers, but of course, that money has to come from somewhere. Joe’s asking you to either a) pay more taxes, or b) endure further inflation in order to inflate that debt away. The Hill reports on Biden’s plan:
President Biden officially announced on Wednesday that his administration is forgiving up to $10,000 in student loan debt for borrowers making less than $125,000 annually and $20,000 for Pell Grant recipients, marking the largest forgiveness of federal student loans per individual to date.
Biden also again extended a payment freeze on federal student loans and interest accrual, butting right up against an Aug. 31 deadline that would have kicked bills back into effect just before November’s midterm elections.
The payment pause is now in effect until Dec. 31.
The Hill reported on Tuesday that the White House would announce a plan to cancel a chunk of student loan debt and an extension of the existing pause, citing multiple sources. The announcement comes within the smallest window of time borrowers have had to determine when their payments would resume, which has aggravated advocates for leaving borrowers in limbo.
Loan payments were first put on hold in March 2020 under former President Trump, and the freeze has since been extended six times. Trump’s order froze the accrual of interest on federal student loans, effectively putting on hold $1.6 trillion in debt owed by more than 40 million Americans.
Does it sound fair to saddle frugal, productive members of society with the debt load of those who chose an expensive, but ultimately unprofitable education? What about the schools that pushed students into majors with no practical application and charged tens or sometimes hundreds of thousands of dollars for those degrees? Shouldn’t they share in the sacrifice rather than American workers who avoided it all?
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