Biden defiantly 'not backing down' on efforts to cancel student loan debts that critics equate to him 'buying votes'

 March 26, 2024

Critics have accused President Joe Biden of "buying votes" to secure his re-election with his multiple efforts to "cancel" billions of dollars of outstanding student loan debt for borrowers, despite opposition from Republicans in Congress and the outright rejection of his initial plans by the Supreme Court.

Biden has nevertheless pushed ahead with his bailouts for certain Americans saddled with student loan debt and just defiantly told his critics, "I'm not backing down," according to Fox News.

While Biden's efforts to cancel student loan debts have been heralded by the recipients of his generosity at taxpayers' expense, he has sparked fury among those who previously repaid their student loan obligations, those who never took on any such debt in the first place, and those who are concerned about the national debt and lack of funds to cover the president's apparent vote-buying scheme.

Biden says he's "not backing down" on student loan debt relief efforts

In an X post on Sunday, President Biden wrote, "From day one, I promised to fix broken student loan programs and make sure higher education is a ticket to the middle class, not a barrier to opportunity."

"I’m not backing down," he added.

That message echoed a statement from the president just a few days earlier in which he bragged about the "cancellation" of nearly $6 billion in outstanding student loan debt held by around 78,000 public service workers -- one of the multiple avenues by which the Biden administration has sought to extend financial relief to and secure political support from voters who have not fully repaid their college and university loans.

"From day one of my Administration, I promised to fix broken student loan programs and make sure higher education is a ticket to the middle class, not a barrier to opportunity," the Thursday statement concluded. "I won’t back down from using every tool at my disposal to deliver student debt relief to more Americans, and build an economy from the middle out and bottom up."

"He's buying votes"

It was just about a month earlier in February that Republican South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem, during an appearance on "Fox & Friends," summed up the general feelings of many Americans about President Biden's efforts at student loan debt relief when she asserted that he was essentially "buying votes" with the debt cancellations.

Noem's critical remarks followed a White House announcement about the cancellation of another $1.2 billion in student loan debt for approximately 150,000 borrowers through his Saving on a Valuable Education (SAVE) repayment plan.

"He's buying votes. That's exactly what he's doing," Noem said of Biden. "The timing of this, to follow through on what he has threatened to do for so long, is incredibly hypocritical of him to say that he cares about this country and continue to accumulate debt and hand out money to get himself re-elected."

"I just hope everybody in America realizes that we're still spending more money than what we bring in in this country," she continued. "So when he does stuff like this, he's literally borrowing this money from China and then giving it to people so that they will support him and put him back in the White House, so he can continue his reign of control."

"So, it's really the worst of the worst and Americans are waking up to it with all these crises we have going on at the border, our national security, people's gas and groceries being unaffordable," the governor added. "People are struggling right now, and this president just is not even aware of what the reality is on the ground."

Biden forging ahead despite Supreme Court's rejection of his unconstitutional plan

Readers may recall that in June 2023, the Supreme Court ruled 6-3 against President Biden's initial plan to cancel more than $400 billion in student loan debt for more than 40 million borrowers because, the majority found, the administration lacked the claimed authority to do so.

Biden has since then largely ignored that rejection from the nation's highest court and instead has forged ahead with several other marginally different and smaller-in-scale efforts that all aim to achieve the same overarching goal -- cancel student loan debt for millions of borrowers and buy their support for his re-election at taxpayers' expense.

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