Iowa Dad to Elizabeth Warren: “those of us who did the right thing get screwed” under your student debt foregiveness plan
“So you’re going to pay for people who didn’t save any money and those of us who did the right thing get screwed?”
An Iowa dad expressed a view shared by many, that Elizabeth Warren’s plan to forgive student loan debt is unfair. It would let some people off the hook for unpaid debt while ignoring the people who acted responsibly and did the right thing by paying their debts.
“My daughter is in school. I saved all my money just to pay student loans. Can I have my money back?”@ewarren: “Of course not”
“So you’re going to pay for people who didn’t save any money and those of us who did the right thing get screwed?”pic.twitter.com/EXoU2ci2Wt
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) January 23, 2020
Warren did an interview with CBS This Morning on Friday and was asked about that moment.
Julia Manchester reports at The Hill:
Warren: I’m not telling parents ‘tough luck’ if they already paid off student debts
Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) denied saying she is telling parents who have already paid their tuition “tough luck,” continuing to tout her promise to forgive student loan debt.
Warren made the comments on “CBS This Morning” on Friday, less than a day after video surfaced of a man confronting Warren at an Iowa town hall to vent his frustration over how her plan to wipe out student loan debt would not reimburse him for the tuition that he’d already paid.
“We build a future going forward by making it better,” Warren told CBS. “By that same logic, what would we have done? Not started Social Security because we didn’t start it last week for you, or last month for you?”
“Think of it this way, when I was growing up, I wanted to be a public school teacher, my family had no money,” she continued.
“Are you saying tough love to these people, senator?” host Tony Dokoupil interjected.
“No, what I’m saying is there was a $50 a semester option for me. I was able to go to college and become a public school teacher because America had invested in a $50 a semester option for me,” she responded.
Here’s the clip. Warren answers by comparing her plan to the launch of Social Security, but the analogy doesn’t work. Part of the population wasn’t excluded from Social Security to the benefit of others.
Last night, a father who saved for his daughter’s college education approached @SenWarren and challenged her proposed student loan forgiveness plan.@TonyDokoupil asks the senator for her response: pic.twitter.com/jLUXPqChC6
— CBS This Morning (@CBSThisMorning) January 24, 2020
I’m posting the full video below, because it is worth watching. Before they even get to the student loan debt issue, Warren is pressed with questions about her sagging poll numbers and her now famous exchange with Bernie Sanders in the last debate. This was not an easy interview for her.
The problem for Warren is that the minute anyone hears the questions from the father in Iowa, his argument makes sense. Why should some people be bailed out of their student loans while others are penalized for paying them?
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