President Joe Biden’s decision to try and buy off voters with student loan debt isn’t playing very well in the heartland, including states his party must win in order to keep control of Congress and the White House.
Fox News spoke to several blue-collar workers at a manufacturing hub in Joe ‘Commoner’ Biden’s birth state of Pennsylvania to gauge their reaction to his plan to give $10,000 to Americans with student debt who earn $125,000 or less, as well as $20,000 to those who took out Pell grant loans, a plan that heaps another $500 billion, at least, on taxpayers — most of whom never took out a student loan.
“It’s not going to affect the people that are here, the people that are actually out doing all the work,” said Jim Davis, a supervisor at the Donsco, Inc. iron foundry in south-central Pennsylvania. Biden’s “going to help the people in the bigger cities because that’s what [he] wants.”
Francisco Hernández, who survived colon cancer but was forced to get back into the workforce after retiring due to 40-year-high inflation under Biden, ripped the handout.
“A lot of those families are rich,” he told Fox News. “They have the money to pay it off, so they get a break and they get to sit on their couch and their kids are stuck with a degree they can’t even use.”
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The White House is also extending a pause on student loan payments through the end of the year. Likewise, the Education Department is capping undergraduate loan repayment at 5% of a borrower’s monthly income, adding to the cost to taxpayers of the handout.
“An entire generation is now saddled with unsustainable debt in exchange for an attempt, at least, at a college degree,” Biden said when he announced the handout last month. “That’s what today’s announcement is about. It’s about opportunity. It’s about giving people a fair shot.”
But Tony Bell, who works at the foundry, looked at it another way.
“I think it’s a bad idea,” he said. “Donsco is always hiring people, these college kids can always come here on their time off and work and pay their debt back.”
Others said the handout is teaching younger Americans they can shirk their responsibilities onto others.
“If they signed the contract they should pay for it,” Kevin Wasileski told the outlet. “Why should I pay for somebody else’s college?”
He said he believes that the bailouts will help white-collar workers at the expense of blue-collar taxpayers.
“I don’t think a plumber should be paying for a doctor’s free medical school,” he said.
White House officials claim the bailout is paid for because of a shrinking deficit but because no one is providing any specifics about how, exactly, the expenditure is offset, the administration is really just passing it on as future debt.
It’s also not clear Biden’s handout is constitutional, since just last year House Speaker Nancy Pelosi even said he didn’t have the authority as president to wipe out anyone’s school debt, that Congress would need to pass legislation. As such, it’s likely his handout will be challenged in federal court.
“The sad part is the rich aren’t going to pay for this [handout], we are,” said Hernández. “Everything is a gift, but that goes on the back of our debt, and the taxpayers are the ones who have to cover it.”