Conveniently, some 70 days out from a major midterm election, President Joe Biden magically wiped away billions in federally-backed student loan debt. The windfall for those with student loan debt primarily benefits a demographic with which the president is currently struggling, poll-wise.
According to Fox News, the criticism surrounding the announcement ramped up this week, with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) slamming the move as “unconstitutional.”
DeSantis argued that universities should bear the burden of any student loan debt issues, and not the average U.S. taxpayer, who will now be on the hook for countless “gender studies” degrees from overly expensive universities.
He also slammed universities for increasing tuition year after year without improving the quality of education, and instead, pumping the profits into expanding administrative services.
“It’s very unfair”
The popular Florida governor held nothing back at a press conference this week, where he torched the Biden administration for announcing the program.
“It’s very unfair to have a truck driver have to pay back a loan from somebody who got a Ph.D. in gender studies. That’s not fair, that’s not right,” DeSantis told reporters.
He then placed blame on the university system.
“The people that should pay for it (are) not the American taxpayers, it should be the universities (that) should be responsible for that. If they’re producing people that go deep into debt and their degree is not worth anything, and they’re not able to make enough money to pay it back, then that’s on them,” he continued.
The governor added: “They’ve had an incentive to get more and more loans taken out and then put it in their pocket.”
Biden’s student loan “forgiveness” program means those making under $125,000 as a single individual or $250,000 for a family can have a Department of Education-backed loan forgiven up to $10,000, and up to $20,000 for Pell Grants.
DeSantis joined other high-profile Republicans in claiming that the program is unconstitutional at its core.
“He does not have the constitutional authority to do this,” DeSantis said. “He is relying on emergency powers because of COVID.”