Autocrat-in-Chief

 

Apparently, Joe Biden has no problem ripping off the American people as he is trying to recruit new voters, by trying once again to revive the student loan forgiveness program. It hasn’t occurred to him that the American people will be paying the bill, or he just doesn’t care. More than that outcome, citizens may finally realize that they are being charged for a bill that they never incurred, and may decide not to vote for Biden in November for this unfairness.

Why do I say that? Couple this travesty with all the other lies and misrepresentations of Biden that the people have tolerated. Also, it will be hard to hide the fact that several states are fighting this use of taxpayers’ money:

Kansas is leading a coalition of states that include Alabama, Alaska, Idaho, Iowa, Louisiana, Montana, Nebraska, South Carolina, Texas and Utah. They name Biden, education secretary Miguel Cardona and the U.S. Department of Education as defendants.

Kansas Attorney General Kris Kobach is leading the fight, suing Biden and the administration for over $156 billion in federal loan debt forgiveness for those enrolled in the SAVE Act (Saving on a Valuable Education Plan):

Almost 8 million people are enrolled in the SAVE Plan, which calculates payments based on income and family size rather than the balance on their loan. Monthly payments are calculated by discretionary income, which is defined as the difference between gross income and 225% of the federally defined poverty level — for an individual that would equal $33,885.

About 4.5 million borrowers have qualified for a total elimination of monthly payments under the plan, which is limited to people making less than $16 an hour. Those earning above those thresholds will still benefit from the halving of payments from 10% to 5% of their discretionary income and a reduced timeframe before loans are forgiven.

Do you believe that all these calculations are legitimate? Do they even make sense? Will borrowers understand the requirements and try to follow them honestly? Do Biden and his cronies believe that this time, due to the government’s “generosity,” people will make payments on the balance due if their debt is not fully forgiven? Does the government believe that it will get reliable data from students that confirms that people are making less than $16/hour?

The lawsuit includes the following:

The lawsuit’s four counts allege the Biden administration violated the U.S. Constitution’s separation of powers, that the agency exceeded its statutory authority, that the agency action is ‘arbitrary and capricious’ and the agency violated law on administrative procedures.

It asks the court to declare the SAVE Plan unlawful and block it from being implemented.

Biden’s arrogance and disdain for SCOTUS in trying to get this Act passed, after already being denied once by the Court, is hard to comprehend. As one commentator on Fox News said, he may have changed some details of the plan, but the basic principles have remained the same.

And taxpayers will be outraged when they realize how they will be charged for the debt:

‘I think it would be difficult for anyone to answer why it is fair to transfer money from those who have less to those who have more,’ Kobach said. ‘It forces taxpayers, including people who did not go to college because they couldn’t afford it, and people who work their way through to college and people who saved money and then went to college, it forces them to pay for the student loans of those who ran up exorbitant student debt. That’s simply unfair.’

He doesn’t even include those who took loans and have already paid them off!

We’ve seen Biden’s disdain for the Supreme Court before. See here, here , and here. And Obama showed him how to do it.

It will be very frustrating for the autocrat-in-chief if he doesn’t get his way.

Afterthought: And they call Donald Trump a dictator.

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  1. MWD B612 "Dawg" Inactive
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    @danok1

    I got confused for a second when you referred to it as the “SAVE Act.” I thought it was passed by Congress. A quick Google search showed that’s not the case.

    A cursory review of some of the documents the Administration posted shows that none of them (well, the ones I skimmed) state any statutory authority for this. I know, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist, but one would think that after getting slapped down by SCOTUS, Biden, et. al., would make some effort to cite such authority.

    This will again be slapped down by SCOTUS. If only we had a Legislative branch as jealous of its enumerated powers as the Executive!

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  2. DrewInWisconsin, Œuf 🚫 Banned
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    @DrewInWisconsin

    In a way, I’m thankful that the Biden puppetmasters are being this transparent about how they’re abusing the American taxpayer. The American taxpayer is treated as a bottomless ATM in more ways than I can count, but this scam is pretty easy for everyone to understand.

    So I hope it opens up people’s eyes to all the other ways the government steals our wealth and gives it to their chosen favorites. Because we are not just ATMs to the Democrats’ favorite groups, but ATMs to the entire world.

    Reducing our debt not only means getting rid of entitlements domestically, but getting rid of the billions that go all around the globe. Just how much foreign aid really aids foreign nations? Or does it just line the pockets of the people who run various NGOs? It’s largely the latter.

    So yes, keep being brazenly obvious about your money-grabs, politicians! The taxpayer uprising is gaining speed!

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  3. Susan Quinn Member
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    MWD B612 "Dawg" (View Comment):
    This will again be slapped down by SCOTUS. If only we had a Legislative branch as jealous of its enumerated powers as the Executive!

    What legislative branch?? [sarcasm off]

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  4. Susan Quinn Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Œuf (View Comment):
    So yes, keep being brazenly obvious about your money-grabs, politicians! The taxpayer uprising is gaining speed!

    I hope so. These actions along with inflation must be so difficult for some people.

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  5. Percival Thatcher
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    It doesn’t matter that this is a slightly re-jiggered version of the debt relief plan that the Supreme Court shot down last year. Biden has to hold the con long enough to get those Gen Zzzzz votes this fall.

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  6. DrewInWisconsin, Œuf 🚫 Banned
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    Percival (View Comment):

    It doesn’t matter that this is a slightly re-jiggered version of the debt relief plan that the Supreme Court shot down last year. Biden has to hold the con long enough to get those Gen Zzzzz votes this fall.

    It’s hard to believe that he can get away with “Yeah, SCOTUS will likely slap this down, because we know it’s not constitutional at all, but until then, we’ll push forward with it.” But as you say, they pulled that same thing last year. 

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  7. Susan Quinn Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Œuf (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    It doesn’t matter that this is a slightly re-jiggered version of the debt relief plan that the Supreme Court shot down last year. Biden has to hold the con long enough to get those Gen Zzzzz votes this fall.

    It’s hard to believe that he can get away with “Yeah, SCOTUS will likely slap this down, because we know it’s not constitutional at all, but until then, we’ll push forward with it.” But as you say, they pulled that same thing last year.

    My hope is that it gets enacted and the Supremes take it in an emergency session. This must be shot down before November.

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  8. DrewInWisconsin, Œuf 🚫 Banned
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Œuf (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    It doesn’t matter that this is a slightly re-jiggered version of the debt relief plan that the Supreme Court shot down last year. Biden has to hold the con long enough to get those Gen Zzzzz votes this fall.

    It’s hard to believe that he can get away with “Yeah, SCOTUS will likely slap this down, because we know it’s not constitutional at all, but until then, we’ll push forward with it.” But as you say, they pulled that same thing last year.

    My hope is that it gets enacted and the Supremes take it in an emergency session. This must be shot down before November.

    It’s a weird game. One almost wonders if they want to see it shot down so they can say “We want to forgive your student loans but the mean ol’ Republicans and the nasty Supreme Court aren’t letting us! Help us defeat them!”

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  9. EODmom Coolidge
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    If you start any explanation with “He doesn’t care but he intends to….” you will be 90% clear to your explanation. 

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  10. MarciN Member
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    Percival (View Comment):

    It doesn’t matter that this is a slightly re-jiggered version of the debt relief plan that the Supreme Court shot down last year. Biden has to hold the con long enough to get those Gen Zzzzz votes this fall.

    It works for him both ways. If he goes through with it, he will be the kindly benevolent president. He will get votes. If he is stopped, he will blame the miserly Republicans. He will get votes in that case too.  

     

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  11. Rodin Member
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    Someone needs to write a short story about a man experiencing a wonderful life until we discover that he is totally engrossed in his virtual reality experience as his girlfriend moves out,  people enter his apartment, rip off his stuff, and empty his bank account. The only reason he comes out of his VR life is that eventually the electricity is cut off.

    Just sitting here waiting for the denouement and wondering whether it will be for the progressives or us.

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  12. DrewInWisconsin, Œuf 🚫 Banned
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    Democrats Don’t Want You To Know How Moderate Trump’s Abortion Stance Is

    Abortion on demand, for any reason, until birth, funded by taxpayers.

    That’s the modern left’s position on the issue. Democrats are so dug into their extremism that they can’t even support bills that compel “doctors” to keep babies who survive a homicide attempt alive.

    Perhaps most American voters don’t care enough. Maybe most voters aren’t even aware of the modern left’s radicalism. The political media might be plagued by partisan mediocrity, but when it comes to abortion, they have demonstrated an unmatched competency in misleading the public.

    This week, Donald Trump released a statement contending that the abortion issue should be left to the states and refused to endorse any federal law. Because his position is inconveniently restrained, the Joe Biden campaign was compelled to focus on the former president’s flip-flops on the issue.

    And virtually every outlet followed the president’s lead, zeroing in on Trump’s inconsistency. The Washington Post laid out “How Trump’s abortion stance has shifted over the years.” NBC News wrote up a “A timeline of Trump’s many, many positions on abortion.” “Why Trump Will Keep Flip-Flopping on Abortion in 2024,” explains a Time magazine headline. “13 times Trump’s abortion position shifted over the last 25 years,” appeared on CNN. And so on.

    Fair enough. Trump is obviously taking a politically expedient position meant to diffuse the issue among independents and moderates.

    . . .

    What no major media outlet, as far as I can tell, even bothered to point out was that Biden has also radically changed his position on abortion, from supporting virtually every restriction in the ’70s and ’80s — including overturning Roe v. Wade and handing the issue back to states — to taking a “middle-of-the-road” approach as vice president to Barack “above my paygrade” Obama, to now supporting abortion without any limits until birth.

    Even during the 2020 campaign, Biden was still pro-Hyde Amendment — a law that bans direct government funding for abortion. This position, if we trust polls, is still popular. But it only took two days of criticism from progressives on social media to convince this feckless, weak man to capitulate to the far left and “denounce” the amendment.

    “On Abortion, Trump Chose Politics Over Principles,” says The New York Times this week. When Biden had his abrupt reversal on Hyde in 2020, the Times assured readers the candidate had “grappled for decades with his views on abortion rights.”

    We all know politicians are only permitted to “evolve” toward a pro-abortion position. It is odd, though, that every time Biden “grapples” with an issue — and he’s wrestled with virtually every one of them — he somehow always ends up precisely in the most politically convenient place. Weird how that works out.

    In any event, as a pro-lifer, I find Trump’s milquetoast triangulation on the issue cowardly and completely expected — presidential candidates always moderate their positions for the general election. As a compromise, however, it is well within the norms of American governance. States should be making most of the decisions about how they conduct business.

    Yet, Democrats like Bill Kristol claimed Trump’s waffling was “classic authoritarianism,” because they have completely lost the ability, it seems, to say anything else.

    By the way, I love that Harsanyi wrote “Democrats like Bill Kristol.” It’s about time we stopped letting that freak identify himself as being anywhere on the right side of the aisle.

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  13. kedavis Coolidge
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    Rodin (View Comment):

    Someone needs to write a short story about a man experiencing a wonderful life until we discover that he is totally engrossed in his virtual reality experience as his girlfriend moves out, people enter his apartment, rip off his stuff, and empty his bank account. The only reason he comes out of his VR life is that eventually the electricity is cut off.

    Just sitting here waiting for the denouement and wondering whether it will be for the progressives or us.

    Interesting idea.  Reminds me a bit of the start of Ringworld.

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  14. Bishop Wash Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Œuf (View Comment):
    By the way, I love that Harsanyi wrote “Democrats like Bill Kristol.” It’s about time we stopped letting that freak identify himself as being anywhere on the right side of the aisle.

    David is interesting. He sometimes comes off squishy on his podcast with Mollie but writes a lot of good articles. That’s a good line from him.

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  15. DrewInWisconsin, Œuf 🚫 Banned
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    Bishop Wash (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Œuf (View Comment):
    By the way, I love that Harsanyi wrote “Democrats like Bill Kristol.” It’s about time we stopped letting that freak identify himself as being anywhere on the right side of the aisle.

    David is interesting. He sometimes comes off squishy on his podcast with Mollie but writes a lot of good articles. That’s a good line from him.

    He also added: “if waffling on abortion is authoritarian, Bill Kristol is Benito Mussolini.”

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  16. DrewInWisconsin, Œuf 🚫 Banned
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    @DrewInWisconsin

    Sorry, I posted this article from Harsanyi in the wrong thread. I didn’t realize where I was at the time. (Common with me.) Sorry, Susan. At this point I won’t delete, it, though unless you want me to.

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  17. Susan Quinn Member
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    DrewInWisconsin, Œuf (View Comment):

    Sorry, I posted this article from Harsanyi in the wrong thread. I didn’t realize where I was at the time. (Common with me.) Sorry, Susan. At this point I won’t delete, it, though unless you want me to.

    I was a little perplexed to see it, but I love David Harsanyi, so no problem. Let others enjoy it!

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  18. GlennAmurgis Coolidge
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    another example of saving democracy – asking those who voted for Biden, I know you dislike Trump but what are the reasons for voting for this man.  

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  19. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    I dont understand how Joe Biden thinks this issue is a winner. The median household student loan debt is $0.00 less than 1/3 of households have any significant household debt. So this is literally a 70/30 issue with the democrats taking the short side.

    Why isnt there an educational version of a Lemon Law? I think Trump should propose this… IF you paid top dollar for an education that entitles you to a bottom dollar career, the institution should be penalized. They should either offer classes priced in line with the career they provide or alter the coarse material to give students a wider array of career option when they graduate.

    All debt is paid. Preferably by the borrower, if not the lender or the vendor. Since the lender is the taxpayers, lets put this mess onto the vendors. The schools who provided a near useless education should be stuck with the tab.

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  20. Susan Quinn Member
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Why isnt there an educational version of a Lemon Law? I think Trump should propose this… IF you paid top dollar for an education that entitles you to a bottom dollar career, the institution should be penalized. They should either offer classes priced in line with the career they provide or alter the coarse material to give students a wider array of career option when they graduate.

    All debt is paid. Preferably by the borrower, if not the lender or the vendor. Since the lender is the taxpayers, lets put this mess onto the vendors. The schools who provided a near useless education should be stuck with the tab.

    Excellent suggestions and resolutions. Too bad there seems no way to institute them. Sigh.

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  21. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Why isnt there an educational version of a Lemon Law? I think Trump should propose this… IF you paid top dollar for an education that entitles you to a bottom dollar career, the institution should be penalized. They should either offer classes priced in line with the career they provide or alter the coarse material to give students a wider array of career option when they graduate.

    All debt is paid. Preferably by the borrower, if not the lender or the vendor. Since the lender is the taxpayers, lets put this mess onto the vendors. The schools who provided a near useless education should be stuck with the tab.

    Excellent suggestions and resolutions. Too bad there seems no way to institute them. Sigh.

    Really? Why isnt there? Student loans are not currently discharged by bankruptcy. Allow them to be discharged, and schools who have debts discharged have their disbursements clawed back.

    This suggestion would take the issue away from the democrats. (even if they’re on the short side of it) Students who have been screwed have a recourse that doesnt cost the tax payers. Its seems to be Justice to me. Schools who provided a scam education get their funding taken away. Win Win.

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  22. Susan Quinn Member
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    This suggestion would take the issue away from the democrats. (even if they’re on the short side of it) Students who have been screwed have a recourse that doesnt cost the tax payers. Its seems to be Justice to me. Schools who provided a scam education get their funding taken away. Win Win.

    So you think the schools aren’t going to influence the government to keep things as they are? Call me highly skeptical. I’m not saying that somehow the schools should be held accountable, but I’m not holding my breath.

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  23. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    This suggestion would take the issue away from the democrats. (even if they’re on the short side of it) Students who have been screwed have a recourse that doesnt cost the tax payers. Its seems to be Justice to me. Schools who provided a scam education get their funding taken away. Win Win.

    So you think the schools aren’t going to influence the government to keep things as they are? Call me highly skeptical. I’m not saying that somehow the schools should be held accountable, but I’m not holding my breath.

    Sure the schools have influence on Democrats. This is a side benefit, take a sledgehammer to the democrat donor base.

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  24. Susan Quinn Member
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    take a sledgehammer to the democrat donor base.

    And how would that be done?

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  25. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    take a sledgehammer to the democrat donor base.

    And how would that be done?

    You dont think all of these people whining about their student loan debt would immediately file to discharge it, as soon as they can?

    So their would be a wave of debt discharges. The smaller diploma mill places go bankrupt, colleges and universities take a huge hit to their incomes… Like any business they’d have to trim their expenses when their revenue takes a hit…So professors, university DEI officers, etc etc all start getting lay offs…

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  26. Susan Quinn Member
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    You dont think all of these people whining about their student loan debt would immediately file to discharge it, as soon as they can?

    I see. So your saying the government would have to change their bankruptcy policy on student loans: they’d have to allow it. So help me understand why the government would change its policy.

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  27. kedavis Coolidge
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    OccupantCDN (View Comment):

    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    take a sledgehammer to the democrat donor base.

    And how would that be done?

    You dont think all of these people whining about their student loan debt would immediately file to discharge it, as soon as they can?

    So their would be a wave of debt discharges. The smaller diploma mill places go bankrupt, colleges and universities take a huge hit to their incomes… Like any business they’d have to trim their expenses when their revenue takes a hit…So professors, university DEI officers, etc etc all start getting lay offs…

    I wouldn’t be surprised if the “diploma mills” and other such places have nothing to “claw back.”

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  28. OccupantCDN Coolidge
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    Susan Quinn (View Comment):

    OccupantCDN (View Comment):
    You dont think all of these people whining about their student loan debt would immediately file to discharge it, as soon as they can?

    I see. So your saying the government would have to change their bankruptcy policy on student loans: they’d have to allow it. So help me understand why the government would change its policy.

    Well yes, they’d have to change it back to what it was. Student Loans were just loans that you could default on like any other kind of loan. There are dozen forms of debt that can not be discharged by personal bankruptcy, like Child Support, Taxes and student loans…

    What is a debt that can not be discharged by bankruptcy? Peonage? Shouldnt that be a violation of the 13th Amendment?

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  29. The Scarecrow Thatcher
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    DrewInWisconsin, Œuf (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    It doesn’t matter that this is a slightly re-jiggered version of the debt relief plan that the Supreme Court shot down last year. Biden has to hold the con long enough to get those Gen Zzzzz votes this fall.

    It’s hard to believe that he can get away with “Yeah, SCOTUS will likely slap this down, because we know it’s not constitutional, but until then, we’ll push forward with it.” But as you say, they pulled that same thing last year.

    Isn’t this one of the clear definitions of a “high crime and misdemeanor”?

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  30. Susan Quinn Member
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    The Scarecrow (View Comment):

    DrewInWisconsin, Œuf (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):

    It doesn’t matter that this is a slightly re-jiggered version of the debt relief plan that the Supreme Court shot down last year. Biden has to hold the con long enough to get those Gen Zzzzz votes this fall.

    It’s hard to believe that he can get away with “Yeah, SCOTUS will likely slap this down, because we know it’s not constitutional, but until then, we’ll push forward with it.” But as you say, they pulled that same thing last year.

    Isn’t this one of the clear definitions of a “high crime and misdemeanor”?

    Maybe the misdemeanor part?

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