(Mark Pellin, Headline USA) As recently as last week, President Joe Biden was firm in his decision to allow a temporary pause on student loan repayments to expire, with White House mouthpiece Jen Psaki ensuring “a smooth transition back into repayment.”
“We will engage directly with federal student loan borrowers to ensure they have the resources they need and are in the appropriate repayment plan,” Psaki vowed.
The smooth transition was immediately rocked by a barrage of cannon fire from leftist radicals who were enraged with Biden for retreating on his vow to abolish student loan debt entirely, much less restart loan payments.
Huffed the heritage-stealing Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., “Restarting federal student loan payments is going to be a hard blow to people who’ve struggled throughout the pandemic.
“Now,” she tweeted, “is the time to #CancelStudentDebt so we can lift this anchor from our economy.”
“The student debt crisis disproportionately impacts Black and Brown folks,” she tweeted, “by preventing them from building generational wealth.”
The freeze on student loan repayments has been in place since the early days of the coronavirus invasion. The Trump administration initiated the freeze in March 2020 as part of a pandemic relief package and had extended it to January 2021. One of Biden’s first moves upon taking office was to extend the allegedly temporary pause, twice, until it was slated to expire at the end of next month.
Biden said he wouldn’t extend the freeze and he then he flip-flopped, because of course he did, and again extended the loan repayment pause, which will remain in place through May 1. At which point, Squad-washed leftists will demand another extension of the freeze, likely accompanied by renewed squalls to abolish student debt entirely – a cool $1.7 trillion.
“Let’s stop advancing this narrative that student loan debt is for the privileged,” said Squad member Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., who rakes in an annual $174,000 salary as a member of Congress.
“Do we really think a billionaire’s child is taking out student loans?” she tweeted. “First-generation college students are twice as likely to report they are behind in making student loan payments.”
She testified to that with an irony-laced oration from the House floor.
“I’m 32 years old now,” the poverty-stricken lawmaker said. “I have over $17,000 in student loan debt, and I didn’t go to graduate school because I knew that getting another degree would drown me in debt that I would never be able to surpass. This is unacceptable.”
So now AOC wants taxpayers to get her off the hook, and she’s not alone.
“I worked full time, Monday through Friday, and took weekend classes to get my law degree,” said Tlaib, who wrongly looted close to $20,000 from her campaign fund and also pockets the cushy $174,000 Congressional salary.
“And still, close to $200,000 in debt,” she groused. “And I still owe over $70,000 and most of it was interest.”
It’s a safe bet that come the end of May, Tlaib and the cancel-debt cabal will be demanding, at the very least, another extension of that alleged temporary pause on student loan repayment.
Or in the bipartisan wisdom of Congressional Progressive Caucus Chair Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., “You know what doesn’t need 50 votes in the Senate?
“Canceling at least $50,000 of student debt per borrower,” Jayapal tweeted in a jab at Biden. “All it takes is a signature.”
Biden’s, to be exact.