President Joe Biden’s popularity continues to tank, with a poll put out this week by Civiqs putting his approval rating at 34%.
In response, Biden has attempted to shore up his support with a policy that some critics say amounts to legalized bribery.
Progressive Democrats say forgiving $10,000 worth of student loans isn’t enough
That was how conservative author Bernard Goldberg recently characterized the president’s student loan forgiveness plan in a piece published by The Hill.
He cited a CNN report from late last month as saying that the White House has drafted an executive order which would forgive $10,000 worth of student loans.
However, it also noted that the president is receiving push-back from progressive members of his own party who complain that the figure isn’t high enough.
Yet regardless of whatever dollar amount is eventually agreed upon, Goldberg said the plan amounts to little more than a vote-buying effort that will exacerbate America’s problem with inflation.
He pointed out how “if a voter bribes a politician, the guy passing money under the table to get special treatment from the pol could wind up in prison for a long time.”
“But,” Goldberg added, “if a politician makes a deal, not with one voter but with millions of them, by offering goodies in exchange for their votes, it’s not called ‘bribery’ and it’s not even a crime. It’s called ‘politics as usual.'”
Goldberg suggests the move could backfire
Although the author acknowledged that “both parties are guilty of doing this” he stressed that “Democrats have a more accomplished record.”
“Give out ‘free’ money to voters and they’ll thank you with their support, is how the thinking goes,” he wrote. “But let’s not be too harsh on Democrats; enticing voters with “free” stuff is part of their playbook, their political DNA.”
Yet Goldberg went on to predict that the move will backfire as voters who either paid off their student loans or didn’t take them on in the first place are left wondering why they should be saddled with financial responsibility for others.
“Good luck in November, Mr. President,” the columnist wrote, adding, “You and your party are going to need it.”