Biden’s Student Loan Scandal — the Dumb Leading the Blind

The president is evading the Supreme Court in his latest bailout, this time calculated to bail out 277,000 borrowers.

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President Biden and the education secretary, Miguel Cardona, at the White House. AP/Susan Walsh

There he goes again, again, again. Just this morning, President Biden announced another $7.4 billion in student debt bailouts for 277,000 borrowers.

This comes to $153 billion in proposed student debt cancellations that would cover 4.3 million people.

Last June the Supreme Court ruled that Mr. Biden does not have the authority to cancel student loans, in a 6-3 decision in Biden v. Nebraska.

That specifically struck down use of the so-called 9/11-related Heroes Act for student loan cancellations.

The court ruled against the President’s executive order because it lacked a clear mandate from Congress to be used outside of national emergencies.

This was somewhat similar to the Nine’s decision in West Virginia v. EPA, that ruled against extraordinary executive orders regarding fossil fuel and other climate-related regulations without a specific congressional mandate.

These latest rounds of student loan cancellations were based on the SAVE plan, which purports to regulate income-related loan payments.

This, too, is likely to be struck down by the Supreme Court because the executive lacks a clear congressional mandate to cancel the loan and interest payment altogether.

The interesting thing about all this is that Supreme Court decisions were written in English.

Clear English. It’s our mother tongue. Most people understand it. Even Mr. Biden.

And, yet, as he has said several times, he doesn’t care what the Supreme Court says, and wants to go ahead with it anyway and cancel $153 billion worth of student loans.

If you think this is unconstitutional, or undemocratic — you would be right.

Right now, the Education Department holds a portfolio of $1.7 trillion of student loans. So Mr. Biden would be canceling roughly 9 percent.

Here’s an interesting substory to this student loan drama. It was the Obama administration that socialized student loans and stuck them into the Education Department.

Prior to that, these loans were made by banks and other private lenders.

Well, here’s the thing: there isn’t a person among the 4,400 staffers in the Education Department who knows a thing about banking or credit analysis. So they’ve just been giving away free money.

Which, by the way, resulted in higher and higher tuition costs among colleges who enroll these debt-laden students. 

Now, you might say the private banker who understands credit analysis would be much better at making these loans — and you would be right.

That’s not what President Obama wanted, though. He wanted to put all the loans in the Education Department so that — and get this — the interest payments would go to finance — wait a minute — Obamacare. How about that for a clever banking solution? 

So now, Mr. Biden wants to cancel all these loans and the interest payments, which will of course underfund Obamacare.

No matter, though. He’ll just sell more debt to take care of that little problem. This is some high finance story isn’t it? The dumb leading the blind in dumbness.

Now, the final part of this sad tale is whether Mr. Biden and his genius advisers have figured out that — while they might believe this student loan cancellation to be a very clever way of buying votes for the election — not even that is going to work.

In round numbers, 60 percent of students across the country do not have college or grad school loans, or may have actually had them and paid them off legitimately, like a responsible person.

About 40 percent have these loans, though. So you might say the 60 percent is financing the 40 percent. That’s not a good political ratio.

One of my favorite Democratic pollsters, Doug Schoen, just wrote on Fox News Digital a column entitled: “Biden screwed up life for young voters and it could cost him.”

By the way, as a share of the total population in America, 13 percent have student loans and 87 percent have not. That’s an even worse political calculus for Mr. Biden.

This is certainly the gang that can’t shoot straight. They can’t even figure out how to buy an election. They sure know how to lose one, though.

From Mr. Kudlow’s broadcast on Fox Business Network.

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