“Tlaib makes $174,000 a year as a member of Congress.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) wants taxpayers to pay off all existing student loan debt, including her own outstanding law school debt.
As a member of Congress, Tlaib earns $174,000 a year. That’s $14,500 per month, yet somehow she just can’t get her student loans paid.
Alec Schemmel of KOMO News notes that Tlaib just emboldened critics:
Rashida Tlaib mistakenly makes case against federal student loan forgiveness, critics say
Critics are slamming comments made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., arguing her complaints about her student loan debt proves federal bailouts would benefit the rich.
“I worked full time, Monday through Friday, and took weekend classes to get my law degree. And still, close to $200,000 in debt. And I still owe over $70,000 and most of it was interest,” Tlaib said during oral arguments on the House floor. “And guess what? I didn’t go to the for-profit entities, I went to legal aid, I worked at the nonprofit organization fighting for the right to breathe clean air, to fight for the worker that was getting their wage taken and stolen from their employer. I went and worked on immigrant rights and so much more,” she continued.
Tlaib makes $174,000 a year as a member of Congress.
Here’s the clip of Tlaib:
Rep. @RashidaTlaib: "I worked full time, Monday through Friday, and took weekend classes to get my law degree. And still, close to $200,000 in debt. And I still owe over $70,000 and most of it was interest." pic.twitter.com/STGxo70JlS
— The Hill (@thehill) December 5, 2021
Jazz Shaw of Hot Air vaporizes Tlaib’s argument:
All of this whining about her outstanding debt falls apart quickly under the least bit of scrutiny. Tlaib’s salary is squarely in the middle of the top 8% of American households in terms of annual income. Yes, that’s correct. She’s part of the dreaded “top ten percent” that Democrats love to squawk about when arguing in favor of taxing the rich. If anyone should be able to keep up with their loan payments, she’s certainly a prime candidate.
Further, Tlaib sought to glorify herself for having gone to work in lower-paying jobs for non-profit organizations after graduating. But when a person who is that far in debt chooses such a career path, that’s their own individual choice. She had a law degree from a well-regarded university and law school. She should have easily been able to find better-paying work in the private sector so she could take care of her obligations and then move on to more altruistic fields once she was financially stable.
Tlaib has also gotten roasted on Twitter:
For almost four years, Rep. Tlaib has been making an annual salary of $174,000 as a House member. But she wants the rest of us to chip in to pay off her law degree.
Coincidentally she made one of the best cases against using taxpayer dollars to pay off student loans. https://t.co/AMSkoifdQm
— Michele Perez Exner (@michelepexner) December 6, 2021
She's a perfect example of why we shouldn't forgive student loans. She makes 175,000 a year and wants the tax payer to assume her debts? No, pay your bills you deadbeat. Student loan forgiveness is upper class welfare. https://t.co/mdOgX5ylkN
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) December 5, 2021
"I went $200,000 in debt and all I got for it was this cushy government job!" https://t.co/UTuhW9ygwo
— Aldous Huxley's Ghost™ (@AF632) December 6, 2021
My position on this issue has not changed. Half of America is not even welcome on college campuses. Until that changes, I don’t even want to hear about this.
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