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Whoopi Goldberg: Student Debt is the Reason People Can’t Pay for Gas or Food

Whoopi Goldberg: Student Debt is the Reason People Can’t Pay for Gas or Food

“You talk about ‘people can’t get gas, they can’t buy food, they can’t put their children through any kind of college’ — that’s because they’re paying off these freaking student debts!”

On Tuesday, The View hosts pushed for student loan forgiveness or getting rid of interest rates. Whoopi Goldberg ranted that people were struggling because of student debt. 

“You talk about ‘people can’t get gas, they can’t buy food, they can’t put their children through any kind of college’ — that’s because they’re paying off these freaking student debts!”

What about those who don’t have student debt but are still struggling with that gas or grocery bill total? What’s the reason for them? 

The Administration is looking for excuses for the economy because polls show it’s the top issue for voters

Goldberg said, “a person should be born with the “gift of higher education” if they want it.”

Sunny Hostin offered, “Biden could cancel another $300-350 billion in student loans and that he had already canceled $25 billion in student loans.”

In late July, Biden suggested pausing interest longer and paying up to 10K in forgiveness. Promises made by the Administration are having an impact on students. According to a survey, nearly 9 in 10 recent student loan borrowers hope Biden bails them out



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Whoopi it is a caricature, a mascot for virulently stupid leftist “thought.”

The clown princess of the degradation of American values.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Dimsdale. | August 3, 2022 at 8:29 am

    She is also one of many walking talking arguments against the wisdom of the 19th Amendment.

      How so? There are plenty of “non-birthing persons” who are equally stupid, or stupider.

        Arminius in reply to Milhouse. | August 4, 2022 at 9:23 pm

        It’s irrefutable that giving women the vote led to the monstrous welfare state that we have today.

        We had three depressions in this country before the Great Depressions.

        The Panic of 1837, The Long Depression of 1873 – 1879, and The “Forgotten” Depression of 1920 – 1921*.

        The reason there’s an asterisk after the “Forgotten Depression is that the 19th Amendment was ratified on 18 August 1920 which was roughly the midpoint of the depression which began in January and ended in July 1921. So women acquired the right to vote about 2.5 months before the 2 November 1920 Presidential election. I don’t have the demographic figures for voters in that election but I doubt women were a significant factor in that election given the short lead time and also given the fact that a lot of women didn’t want to vote. They saw politics as a dirty business that was beneath a lady. They were content to tell their husbands how to vote.

        Transitioning from a wartime economy post-WWI caused a significant but short lived shock.

        The point being that none of those prior depressions that occurred before women had the right to vote (or at least began before that) led to any popular desire for a welfare state.

        Only Great Depression led to that. And it wouldn’t have happened without the woman’s vote. Women support promises of security in far greater numbers than men.

        Look at how LBJ’s “Great Society” program has led to an explosion of single motherhood. Programs like SNAP, WIC, TANF, section 8 housing, etc. mean a lot of women don’t think they need men in their lives. The government does just fine as a provider.

        This is especially true for women who have grown up in generational poverty.

        There is a reason why black women are the Democrat party’s most loyal demographic*: Much more loyal than black men. The poverty rate for black women has always been higher than for white women. Nearly double the rate.

        We wouldn’t be in this financial mess without the 19th Amendment. As you say, “non-birthing people” can be equally stupid. Actually men make up a far larger population of stupid people than women. The Pareto curve for intelligence for men and women peaks at roughly the same height, but it’s more spread out for men than women. It’s why our prison population is overwhelmingly male.

        So if only men voted we might be in a different type of financial crisis than this one. But this crisis, the massive welfare state, wouldn’t have happened without giving women the vote.

        On the other hand, by definition this means there are more men at the other end of the curve who are geniuses. A lot of women and effete academics don’t like to hear this but again by definition if the curve is tighter for women and more spread out for men then it can’t be otherwise.

        *Since black women are the Dems’ most loyal demographic this probably means Kamala Harris is the inevitable candidate in 2024. The reason is if she’s passed over for a white male like Gavin Newsom or Pete Buttigieg they’ll think she’s being dissed. They won’t vote Republican. They just won’t vote, and the Dems need all the votes they can get.

        Yes, they’re so desperate they’ll run the “Cackling Nincompoop” as she’s nicknamed in Australia.

    jmccandles in reply to Dimsdale. | August 4, 2022 at 8:19 am

    Oh Karen,that almost sounds like something his Fraudulencey would say.

The heart of the problem is they won’t teach kids home economics and they make college too easy to get in. The government want these kids to fund colleges. They have no interest in these kid’s well-being nor future employment.

    GWB in reply to Oracle. | August 3, 2022 at 10:39 am

    The government want these kids to fund colleges.
    Should read: The government wants to fund colleges.
    They are currently trying to do it through the back door, by guaranteeing the loans then forgiving them. So gov’t is just giving money to the colleges to “teach” these kids. They would skip the middle-man if they could.

    They (some, anyway) do have these kids future employment in mind, though. They need the proles to do the things that still require labor.

If college education is a “right”, so is the accompanying debt. “Higher” education is not for the stupid who didn’t think ahead far enough to figure out how they would pay for it. People who are college educated who find themselves unable to pay for food and gas probably didn’t learn anything in college. For them, being stuck with the bill is the education. Somebody has to pay and it’s the person in the bathroom mirror. Congratulations! You are now educated!

I was 40 years old when I made my last payment but I knew it would take a while before committing to it. But I paid it off. And I was 28 when I got my masters degree. Do I now a refund for being a responsible adult? Why do I now have to pay for anyone else’s education? What a racket!

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to Pasadena Phil. | August 3, 2022 at 7:41 am

    “Do I now a refund for being a responsible adult? Why do I now have to pay for anyone else’s education?”

    No. You played by the rules, and that pegs you as a sucker. You get nothing but the debts of the stupid; the debt of the ones who took Styrofoam majors.

The Gentle Grizzly | August 3, 2022 at 7:37 am

That woman is insufferable. More insufferable is the thought of the influence she has on her audience.

The ‘ladies’ of the view are completely wrong. Student loan repayment has been deferred since March of 2020. Anyone paying their student loan debt v food on the table or gas in their vehicle or anything else is doing so voluntarily. Moreover, college age adults have the option to enlist in the military to earn a $50K quick ship bonus and the GI Bill.

Parents with their own student loan debt who have college age children? WTF? Obviously the educational and career path chosen was insufficient to make timely repayment which begs the question which majors are unable to produce sufficient discretionary income to payoff the indebtedness required to earn that credential before their own children graduate HS?

    you missed something, how many are members of congress making over six figures in salary, how many others are making well more than the median income of working people.

      CommoChief in reply to ronk. | August 3, 2022 at 8:18 am

      I don’t follow. All members of Congress make well over six figures, I believe the base salary is $174 K. Did you mean the vocal group within Congress who themselves have large student loan debt? The median is the midpoint in a range of numbers. So if the range is 1-11 then the median is 6. 1-5 below and 7-11 above.

        I believe ronk is referencing a certain NY barista in Congress, who can afford a Tesla on her Congressional salary, but can’t pay her college loan.

          CommoChief in reply to GWB. | August 3, 2022 at 12:14 pm

          I dunno, I asked that in my reply because I didn’t want to assume that when a straight forward Q&A would settle it.

          ronk in reply to GWB. | August 3, 2022 at 1:19 pm

          there are others, I believe Omar is another, there are a couple of others. that barista is probably pushing high six figure now. I was also talking about other fields that the students made better choices of job,

          by the way what is the median income for the US????

          GWB in reply to ronk. | August 3, 2022 at 2:05 pm

          I think the last I saw was ~$60,000.

        WindyHill in reply to CommoChief. | August 4, 2022 at 12:46 pm

        GWB – You are shooting a little high. In 2021, it was about $51K.

taurus the judge | August 3, 2022 at 7:55 am

Where is my refund for my GI bill?

I want my years back. (Mine was the older Nam version- not the “Monkey bill” currently in place)

The bigger issue is that the PhD in Underwater Skydiving they got hooked into didn’t net them a lifetime career/job like a STEM one would.

    CommoChief in reply to taurus the judge. | August 3, 2022 at 9:53 am

    Yep. And of course the wear and tear from the physical toll of just being in the military much less the toll of combat injuries. How many divorces due to repeated deployments? How many anniversaries missed? How many firsts in a child’s life foregone; first words, first steps, first bike, first day of school? Teaching a child to ride a bike, to throw a ball, drive a car?

    Let’s put a monetary value on all those sacrifices made to earn a GI Bill or the ability to transfer it to your child. No, the paycheck and standard benefits of service don’t count because the impetus for the service was the GI Bill in these cases and now the sacrifice to qualify has been devalued by folks who advocate forgiveness of student loan debt.

    nordic prince in reply to taurus the judge. | August 3, 2022 at 1:39 pm

    Even STEM is no guarantee. I’ve got two degrees in STEM but it wasn’t a meal ticket. At least I paid off my student loan before going to grad school, and then got a decent teaching assistantship so I could get my master’s without incurring any debt.

    The thing is too many students treat college like a four-year party, instead of working while attending school. Not smart.

    WindyHill in reply to taurus the judge. | August 4, 2022 at 12:48 pm

    Thank you for your service.

Wow, this student debt crisis is so huge it even affects people who never borrowed a dime for college!

Step aside, climate change, there’s a new all-powerful boogeyman!

    henrybowman in reply to McGehee. | August 3, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    Then I’m guessing that Whoopi has no student loans, because she clearly hasn’t missed dessert since the Reagan Administration, and from her daily brain-dead speechifying, she’s suffering no shortage of gas, either.

      Peabody in reply to henrybowman. | August 3, 2022 at 4:10 pm

      Well it’s a good thing she suffers no shortage of gas otherwise it might impact the profitability of her line of Whoopi Cushions.

E Howard Hunt | August 3, 2022 at 8:01 am

How do you people even know what this woman says? This is a show for welfare slags and hairdressers between shifts. You actually watch this stuff? Or, are you getting it from some tabloid celebrity mill? You are turning this site downmarket.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to E Howard Hunt. | August 3, 2022 at 8:33 am

    The advertising they’ve been accepting lately is a big indicator of going down-market.

    It is worth paying attention to what is said there because the show does have some influence on public opinion. Or would you prefer that we stick our fingers in our ears and sing “la la la la”?

Only the left could turn being an idiot into a lucrative profession.

What a profoundly stupid person.

Plenty of people who do not have student debt are being seriously squeezed by the pedophile’s recession. Besides, YOU signed up for your debt. YOU signed that legal document known as a loan agreement and YOU should pay it back. I’ll not work for one minute to pay the debt of a worthless, freeloading piece of shit.

Moon Battery | August 3, 2022 at 8:38 am

So those of us who paid off our student loans are now expected to pay other people’s loans….. Yeah, no thanks.

Remember when Whoopi praised Jill Biden as an “amazing doctor” who therefore should be appointed Surgeon General?
Whoopi’s one talent is for telling lies with an air of supreme confidence. There is nothing else that she is good for.

Then stop paying idiots like Lizzy Warren $400,000 to teach ONE class. They took out the loans. THEY signed for them. THEY owe the money back. Too bad. Get another job or two like my Mom was forced to when I was growing up.

smalltownoklahoman | August 3, 2022 at 9:22 am

Student loan debt is only part of the problem and only really affects those who take it on. Another bigger part of the problem is out of control government spending which affects all of us in one way or another. We seriously need to rein them back from trying to find ways to spend money for everything under the sun. Yet another BIG part of the problem is deliberate government hamstringing of our economy, especially in regards to energy policy with this administration!

The initial problem is that colleges have added useless classes, useless degrees, admin, and jacked up prices. They also tied student loans to the government in the Obama Admin where it was previously tied to banks.

The second problem is people deciding on college should not always decide on college, be many should choose various careers through Trade School training as it is cheaper and less time.

Third people going to college should be looking at what kind of job will their degree get them, the cost of attaining the degree v. the job’s pay, and if there is alternatives to college courses that are cheaper an example is using CLEP to pass general education classes.

In general college people should be looking at college to get a career and costs of college v. what the career gives.

    The Gentle Grizzly in reply to JG. | August 3, 2022 at 10:15 am

    You are talking common sense. Few are listening.

      Plus extended adolescence. Defer entering into the world of adulthood and assuming those responsibilities. That is a big draw. One big party and social life with one hell of a cover charge.

2smartforlibs | August 3, 2022 at 9:50 am

The numbers don’t support your mouth. lower-income people don’t send their kids to over-priced higher indoctrination.

I worked a full time job while going to a community college for my first two years of college. I joined the military and took a few classes in the military and when I got out I used the Montgomery GI bill to finish my college with no debt. When my kids were born I started a college fund for both. My daughter was able to get a BS and MS with her college fund and my son got his BS. We all got degrees that were high demand fields.

Yes yes yes doctors, lawyers, goldman sachs officials etc are the ones struggling to afford food today……….

These doctors who can’t afford to pay for gas or food are they in the room right now?

Antifundamentalist | August 3, 2022 at 10:52 am

Unless you are going for a skilled profession like doctor, nurse, attourney, etc. Trade school and on the job training is all that anyone really needs. If people would stop going into debt for degrees they don’t need, Corporate America would stop demanding degrees for employment.

    SeiteiSouther in reply to Antifundamentalist. | August 3, 2022 at 11:13 am

    Exactly. My son recently started working part-time at a minimum wage job to get experience. His main goal is to work in the train industry. It’s been his goal since he was a child. One rail company in particular is looking for people with bare minimum requirements (one year of work experience, doesn’t have to be in the rail industry). The only thing he didn’t have was the work experience.

    Hell, they WILL pay you during the month training. The trades get short shrift nowadays and it’s absolutely stunning to hear the disconnect of college students complaining that they can’t find work in their degree, either because it’s a niche degree or the market’s over saturated.

    I know my son won’t have to worry about debt, so we plan to support him until he reaches his goal. Even when he does reach it, we’ll still help him if he needs it.

    Maybe loans shouldn’t be granted to students who are pursuing career arcs that won’t permit them to repay them. As they say, it takes money to make money. But money shouldn’t be thrown into a pursuit (education) that won’t provide a suitable return.

      henrybowman in reply to DaveGinOly. | August 3, 2022 at 2:10 pm

      That kinda usedta sorta be an issue when it was the banks writing these loans.
      But the federal government? Who cares? Money printer go brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!

SeiteiSouther | August 3, 2022 at 11:07 am

Student debt, like many other forms of debt, is a CHOICE of that individual. If the government’s going to abrogate the responsibility of poor planning individuals, then pay off my remaining mortgage, please.

I get it. Life happens, financially difficulties occur, but if you did not have the foresight to make sure that you have your ducks in a row to cover a worst case scenario, then I fail to see how it’s the government’s and, by extension, my problem.

Shut up Caryn (her mom couldn’t spell Karen correctly).

The real problem is that many students get degrees that don’t help them get real jobs. Anthropology, Queer theory, and Marine Biology aren’t useful to people seeking employment. So not only are the students not educated for real jobs, but the have huge debts.

The people with enough free time to watch her on tv can make better use of their time by getting second job to pay down their debt and other living expenses. They will most likely be much better off mentally as well.

Why didn’t the burden of student debt prevent people from buying the gas and food they needed during the Trump (and even Obama) administration?
Oh, wait. Food and gas cost less then. Maybe it’s the increase in the cost of daily necessaries that’s the problem? If anything, Whoopi is over-thinking the problem. (I know – “Whoopi” and “thinking” in the same sentence.)

Has an intelligent comment ever come from any of the harpies on The View?

    henrybowman in reply to rochf. | August 3, 2022 at 2:14 pm

    Yes, but the fallout was cataclysmic.
    Whoopi herself said that Jews weren’t a “race,” as “race” was strictly defined. She was right. And therefore, the left (who frankly don’t care that much for Jews in the first place, least of all the ones overseas) pilloried her mercilessly for damaging intersectionalism.

Progressive prices forced and sustained through single/central/monopolistic solutions (e.g. Obamacares), sanctions without borders, Green deals (e.g. blight, renewable/intermittent/unreliable energy), [catastrophic] [anthropogenic] immigration reform, and nonviable degrees are the diverse reasons why people… persons can’t afford essentials.

I suggest that we all attempt to distinguish between intelligence and wisdom in our speaking and writing.

It seems to me that wisdom fails to correlate positively with intelligence, and in fact correlates negatively in many cases.

I don’t know the IQs of the leftist ladies of The View, but it is quite clear that they are fools.

The book of Proverbs says nothing about intelligence, but is full of references to wisdom and folly. It makes good reading in our current times.

I have a real problem with Mz Goldberg’s nonsense.
It seems that the federal government has suspended payments for the last two years, so nobody HAS TO PAY their debt right now. Supposedly, payments must resume in October, so until then … a better argument is required.

    gibbie in reply to Neo. | August 3, 2022 at 1:55 pm

    Not quite correct to say that “nobody HAS TO PAY their debt right now.” The students don’t, but the taxpayers have to make up for the lost interest.

    1. Allow students to discharge their student debt via bankruptcy.

    2. Require schools to pay for the discharged student debt.

      henrybowman in reply to gibbie. | August 3, 2022 at 2:15 pm

      I think his point is, this can’t be why the individuals who actually OWE the loans are missing meals.

Brandon speaks in dog-whistle clips
His lapdogs bark, they yap and they yip
The louder the dumber, but who is the worst?
Why it’s Brandon’s bitch Whoopi, she comes in first.

Guess I will be picking up part of their education for that worthless degree while the Marxist Theological Seminaries live well off tuition

Obviously, for an individual to spend large sums of money with little hope of seeing an economic return is a bad investment. If they aren’t so wealthy they can afford to lose such large sums, that spells financial ruin. All of this should be clear to anybody.

What I don’t understand is the sort of magical thinking that insists that if we all make the same sort of disastrous investment, and we all split the bill for it, it somehow becomes less of a financial disaster.

    henrybowman in reply to Flatworm. | August 3, 2022 at 5:02 pm

    “Democracy is based on the assumption that a million men are wiser than one man. How’s that again? I missed something. Autocracy is based on the assumption that one man is wiser than a million men. Let’s play that over again, too. Who decides?”
    — Robert Heinlein

If we are talking about Student Loan Forgiveness, let’s start with all the Liberal, Leftist Universities and Colleges with their Billions in Endowment Funds who benefited from student loans and allowed students to graduate with degrees that only qualify them for menial labor jobs with low pay. Put the blame on those schools who under the guise of education put handcuffs and chains on students who bought into the leftists liberal world view lie.

    Dakotah in reply to Dakotah. | August 3, 2022 at 7:23 pm

    Should have added. ” Let those Liberal Leftist Schools refund the monies for student loan forgiveness. “

Didn’t Obammy promise them a better job with a college education? Seems like someone should sue someone for a breech of “implied” contract when that gender studies degree didn’t get them a job any better than working at a coffee shop, which they could have done straight out of high school.

So this inflation we’re seeing is a function of Obamacare?

Steven Brizel | August 4, 2022 at 8:28 am

The walking hyenas on The View are the least intelligent sources of news and commentary in the legacy media

Paying off student loans has been waived since about May 2020. No one is paying off their student debt. There was a big deal made about six weeks ago that Biden extended the forbearance for another six months.

Your statement was a flat-out lie. Try again, Whoopie.

Whoopie and the girls are fruit that hangs so low that to report, yet again, the whacky stuff they say as if it were news, smacks of laziness.