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Leftists Ready To Blame Republicans When SCOTUS Strikes Down Biden’s Unconstitutional Student Loan Forgiveness

Leftists Ready To Blame Republicans When SCOTUS Strikes Down Biden’s Unconstitutional Student Loan Forgiveness

“Though there is an off chance that Justice Brett Kavanaugh or Amy Coney Barrett might break from their fellow Republican appointees, all six of the GOP-appointed justices appeared inclined to kill the program.”

Joe Biden’s plan to forgive student loans is headed to the U.S. Supreme Court and most people are expecting the initiative to be shot down as unconstitutional.

The left has wanted this policy for a long time and they are already forming a completely predicatable narrative about its failure. It’s the fault of all those evil Republicans.

First, the basics from CNBC:

Supreme Court questions if Biden plan for student loan relief is legal

The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Tuesday on two cases challenging the Biden administration’s plan to forgive without congressional action an estimated $400 billion or more in federal student loan debt for tens of millions of Americans.

President Joe Biden unveiled the plan, which would wipe out up to $20,000 in loans for certain borrowers, last year, citing the Covid-19 pandemic emergency as justification.

But the plan has been blocked from taking effect since the fall due to a federal appeals court injunction after arguments about whether plaintiffs in both cases even had met the legal threshold, known as standing, of showing they would be harmed by the program.

And now the liberal narrative.

Ian Millhiser of VOX:

You probably won’t get any student loan relief, thanks to a GOP-controlled Supreme Court

If you were hoping that your student loans would be forgiven under a program that President Joe Biden announced last summer, you should, unfortunately, make other plans.

On Tuesday, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in two cases, Biden v. Nebraska and Department of Education v. Brown, that ask the Court to strike down the student loan relief program. That program would provide $10,000 in relief to most borrowers who earned less than $125,000 a year during the pandemic, and $20,000 in relief to borrowers who received Pell Grants.

The Brown case is laughably weak, and no justice appeared to believe that federal courts have jurisdiction to hear this case. But the Supreme Court only to needs to assert jurisdiction over one of these two cases to kill the loan relief program, and the Court appeared likely to split along party lines in the Nebraska case. Though there is an off chance that Justice Brett Kavanaugh or Amy Coney Barrett might break from their fellow Republican appointees, all six of the GOP-appointed justices appeared inclined to kill the program.

And even if the Biden administration did convince Kavanaugh or Barrett to vote in their favor, that would not be enough. The administration would need both of their votes to prevail.

CNN’s take is just as awful:

College debt relief program rests in the hands of nine wealthy and elite people

The fate of President Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness program that would impact scores of borrowers from a wide array of colleges and socioeconomic backgrounds lies in the hands of nine relatively wealthy people who graduated from a short list of elite private schools…

The justices’ salaries alone set them apart from most of the country: Chief Justice John Roberts will make $298,500 in 2023, while each of the associate justices will bring in $274,200 this year for their service. That doesn’t include any revenue from outside sources, like book deals.

The left is also throwing out random facts that have nothing to do with this:


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The desert is dry and water is wet and Republicans are to blame. Good.

Morning Sunshine | March 1, 2023 at 9:09 am

good. The Republicans could totally own it – and should. There are MORE people without student loans than with.
Some of those never went to college. They have no skin in this game.
Some worked their butts off with two jobs and full course load and 3 summer jobs to pay for college. They have already paid for the college they used.
Some took out loans and then went hard to work to pay them off as soon as they could. Again, they have already paid for the college that they used.
Some saved for their kids college educations instead of taking fancy expensive vacations when the kids were young, basically choosing to invest in their child’s future instead of “play now”. They have already paid for college.

Republicans should own this. They should *pounce* on the opportunity to claim the high ground for the rest of America.

    Which Republicans are you talking about? The old school Republicans which you couldn’t tell apart from their Democrat friends? Or the new school Republicans the old school is fighting tooth and nail to keep out of office?

I worked the second shift and paid my way through college – there was no other way to do it! My parents made too much money for me to get any “grants” but too little money to pay my tuition so what to do, what to do?? GET A FULL TIME JOB and have NO LIFE for four and a half years! Was it easy? NO! Was it fun? NO! Was it worth it? YES, eventually when I got a chance at a decent job and not passed over by an AA!! Do I support loan forgiveness for those illiterate idiots who had no business going to college and racking up massive debts while partying and learning NOTHING?? NO!
I posted when “The One” took over the Student Loan program that it would be nothing more than another write off for VOTE BUYING! I do hope I’m only HALF right!!

    Ironclaw in reply to BLSinSC. | March 1, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    I did it by working a year and then attending two semesters. Took a while but I got out without any significant debt load on me.

Sure they will. That’s what these totalitarians with a toddlers mindset always do when told no.

This isn’t the big political lever the d/prog believe it to be. Inside left circles there are plenty of college grads for whom debt forgiveness has great appeal. They also have folks in their coalition who didn’t go to college, paid their own way through college or funded their kids/grandkids college.

Nearly every person who paid their own way by accepting responsibility is looking sideways at this insanity wondering if they are about to made into chumps for doing the right thing. Doubly so for Veterans who literally put their life and safety at risk to earn their GI Bill benefit. Add in those who didn’t go to college at all.

This whole thing is payola scheme. Every serious person understands this. If the student debt burden is too high the question is why? One answer is admin bloat and insane levels of spending on the ‘college experience’ in amenities. Another is lowered acceptance criteria with high levels of drop out by students who weren’t academically prepared by public schools run by ED unions.

    Morning Sunshine in reply to CommoChief. | March 1, 2023 at 11:03 am

    Oh! I forgot about the GI bill in my earlier comment. Of course those folks have already “paid” for their college also.


Lucifer Morningstar | March 1, 2023 at 9:38 am

And the way I see it those that have outstanding student loans voluntarily and with full knowledge of what they were doing signed the federal student loan papers and took the money. That they managed to get an expensive but utterly worthless [fill in the blank] studies degree is not anyone’s fault but their own. So they need to pay their loans like everyone else has in the past. I did. My brothers did. So these losers should pay their loans. Giving them “loan forgiveness” is just slap in the face to all those that paid off their loans.

The headline and lede are slightly misleading. There is no constitutional question in this case. Everyone agrees that Congress can authorize the president to do this. The only argument is whether it has.

Biden’s position from the start has been that Congress passed a statute which gives him this authority, so he has it unless and until a new statute takes it away. The plaintiffs argue that he is misreading the statute, which never gave him this authority. The only way the constitution is involved is the undisputed background principle that if the president acts without authority his actions are void.

    alaskabob in reply to Milhouse. | March 1, 2023 at 10:56 am

    Yes… FJ B will find his authority in another penumbra.

    4rdm2 in reply to Milhouse. | March 1, 2023 at 11:27 am

    It isn’t At question. Quite explicitly it does not authorize what Biden is doing.

    Juris Doctor in reply to Milhouse. | March 1, 2023 at 2:32 pm

    The District Court disagrees with you. From the memorandu Opinion and Order:

    The Constitution vests “all legislative powers” in Congress. This power, however, can be delegated to the executive branch. But if the executive branch seeks to use that delegated power to create a law of vast economic and political significance, it must have clear congressional authorization. If not, the executive branch unconstitutionally exercises “legislative powers” vested in Congress. In this case, the HEROES Act—a law to provide loan assistance to military personnel defending our nation—does not provide the executive branch clear congressional authorization to create a $400 billion student loan forgiveness program. The Program is thus an unconstitutional exercise of Congress’s legislative power and must be vacated.


      Milhouse in reply to Juris Doctor. | March 1, 2023 at 10:52 pm

      The district court didn’t say Biden’s case is implausible, it just said it disagrees with it. That’s why it’s now on appeal. Plausible doesn’t mean correct.

henrybowman | March 1, 2023 at 9:51 am

“It’s the fault of all those evil Republicans.”
Yeah, good luck with that argument.
We already have the Queen Bee Democrat on video admitting we’re right.

So he is going to give the Republicans credit for striking a bad law that only wealthy kids liked. Sounds like a good thing?

I suppose it hasn’t occurred to the delicate lefty geniuses that if Biden is given the authority to spend money without Congressional say-so, then President DeSantis will have the authority to make all kinds of spending cuts–Democrats be damned.

    Milhouse in reply to MarkJ. | March 1, 2023 at 11:34 am

    Nobody, including Biden, claims that he has the authority to spend money without Congressional say-so. He is not asking to be “given” that authority, even if the court could do so. His case, from the beginning, is that Congress has said so. The language in the statute can be read that way; the courts will decide whether it should be. This is precisely what courts are for.

2smartforlibs | March 1, 2023 at 10:46 am

These are the same Nerks that complained that Trump couldn’t use defense money to defend the southern border with a wall. Now they are more than happy to let their demented dictator use none existent funding to cancel loans they made.

    henrybowman in reply to 2smartforlibs. | March 1, 2023 at 11:22 am

    The difference is that Trump was spending money that existed, while Brandon is giving away money that doesn’t exist.

I’m surprised Ukraine isn’t a plaintiff.

While in law school, I worked two jobs in the summer–at a state’s attorney’s office during the day, and at a restaurant, where the real money was, at night–I graduated with very little debt–instead of blaming Republicans, they should be blaming the students who took out huge loans, got degrees for which there is little or no market, and the colleges, who sold them a bill of goods

Oh, it’s the fault of the Republicans because the pedophile decided he needed to exceed his powers in order to buy votes?

    The_Mew_Cat in reply to Ironclaw. | March 1, 2023 at 2:41 pm

    He did buy those votes, though. So did the backlash to Dobbs. There has been an 8 point swing toward the Democrats in special elections since early 2022. Unless the political landscape changes radically between now and then, Nov 2024 is likely to be very bad for the Republicans.

Nobody whining about their student loans not being magically forgiven was ever going to even consider voting Republican anyway.

    The_Mew_Cat in reply to Olinser. | March 1, 2023 at 2:42 pm

    No, but they might have stayed home. They are going to show up now over Abortion anyway, and the prospect of loan discharge additionally motivates them.

It has been too cushy a deal for colleges and universities. No cost competition. As noted, degrees obtained may not have any marketable value. With no value, then the Left’s point of increased tax revenue from the “investment” goes out the window. Higher education was to be a personal path but made $$$ by the drive that employment in general needed the degree. For many, the trades would be a better path and then one can go with self -improvement as a “hobby”.

E Howard Hunt | March 1, 2023 at 3:43 pm

While the loans might be forgiven, their is no forgiving the execrable education.

BierceAmbrose | March 1, 2023 at 3:52 pm

it’s a shame The Screaming D’s didn’t authorize this program in those omnibus spending bills back when they had the House, and effectively Senate, too — those poor kids would have their debt relief already.

    Perhaps the Democrats in Congress didn’t think taking over $1,000 from each person in the country to give to mostly rich kids was a good idea (for their future electability).

    Biden doesn’t have to worry much about electability – the Democrat kingmakers are already looking for ways to dump both him and Harris. They have come to understand that by the next Presidential debates, there will be no drugs powerful enough for him to to speak with0ut cue cards and not totally embarrass himself as well as anyone who endorsed him.

      BierceAmbrose in reply to markm. | March 2, 2023 at 5:32 pm

      Like many things, they’d rather have the issue than a solution. They get away with that ploy because they own the propaganda operation.

      The Soviets had to work to establish Pravda, and everybody knew it was crap. The US propaganda mills are self-funding, and then some. And lots of people buy their bad fiction as straight news.

      Who says we’ve not learned anything much since last century?

The fact the worthless Trump picks Kavanaugh or Barrett are considered possible defections merely reminds everyone just how bad his picks were, a fact obscured because they overturned Roe. (Which may turn out to be a Pyrrhic victory in the long run as the fascist Democrats have turned baby murder into a sure-fire winner in many supposedly red states like Kansas.)

Kavanaugh was always going to be Karl Rove in a robe (h/t Steve Deace), but because of the scurrilous smear campaign against him, the GOP was forced to go all-in to defend what turned out to be Chief Coward Roberts’ Mini-Me.

Barrett has been an appallingly disappointing pick, following Kavanaugh’s lead that the best reaction to being smeared by fascist Democrats as a religious zealot – “The dogma lives loudly within you.” – Communist spy employer Diane Feinstein – requires caving in on defending religious liberties to prove them wrong. She hasn’t gone full Souter – yet – but give her time.

Which leads to the Trump apologists favorite, But But Gorsuch! Yes, the guy who we’re supposed to consider the tallest pygmy in Borneo of Trump’s SCOTUS picks who wrote sexual mental-illness into the Civil Rights Act so now that any sane person who fails to go along with some sad sack’s “identity” is now subject to being crushed by the full force of government because that dude disrobing in your daughter’s locker room with his man junk hanging out is a WOMAN and your bigoted daughters who are watching men steal their athletic scholarships (and worse) need to shut up about it.

But Roe was overturned, so all the other civilization-breaking decisions from these Federalist Society picks were so worth it, right? RIGHT?