President Joe Biden made headlines last week when he announced that those making less than $125,000 per year will be able to offload $10,000 worth of student loans onto taxpayers.
The move was controversial, with critics calling it an expensive attempt at buying votes that will exacerbate inflation. What’s more, the controversy apparently extends into Biden’s marriage.
Biden picks sides
According to a report from The New York Times, the plan was opposed by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen as well as first lady Jill Biden, who allegedly felt “uncomfortable” with it.
Yet, the president is said to have rejected their complaints and instead sided with Vice President Kamala Harris in going ahead.
Members of Harris’ team reportedly pushed back on concerns that debt relief would benefit those who went to “private elite schools” by stating that “only 0.3 percent of federal loan borrowers attended Ivy League schools.”
However, the outlet also cited a White House spokesperson as saying that both the first lady and Yellen were on board with Biden’s debt cancellation promise.
“As the president’s own public comments from 2020 show, he didn’t just support debt cancellation from the start, he ran on it,” the spokesperson was quoted as saying.
Unnamed aides told the Times that Biden was focused on “making sure debt relief would target much of the money to lower-income and minority students” as he wishes to “be seen as an advocate of the middle class.”
Meanwhile, Biden’s reliance on others to help him make decisions goes beyond major policy initiatives as on Friday footage emerged showing the president deferring to staff members on whether to take questions from the press.
“I took control. I shouldn’t do that. I’m not allowed to do that,” Biden says before his handlers kick out the press. pic.twitter.com/kfiha6HN3G
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) August 26, 2022
After motioning to a reporter, Biden quickly apologized to a staff member off screen who said that “the rest of the conversation” would take place later.
“I took control. I shouldn’t do that. I’m not allowed to do that,” the president stammered before staring blankly as other questions were shouted out.