Letter to the editor: Supreme Court pulls plug on Biden’s student debt pandering

Published 9:25 am Tuesday, July 25, 2023

Goodness – there are so many take-aways from one decision by the Supreme Court. The highest court in the land has ruled that the executive branch has no power to forgive student debt. Forget the arguments as to why student loan forgiveness is a bad idea, Joe Biden never had the power to do that. Even Nancy Pelosi, of all people, admits the president did not have the authority. Biden, himself, knows he doesn’t have the power – and he did it anyway.

If you are a student, and you fell for Biden’s shameful, cynical pandering, blame your educators.

The schools need to do a better job of teaching civics, American history and the basics of the Constitution so students will better understand how our great nation works. We, like all nations, are governed by a Constitution. Without it, we don’t have a nation. The U.S. Constitution grants that we have three co-equal branches of government, executive, legislative and judicial. Each branch has its own distinct and specific roles and powers. The right to spend the people’s money is given to our elected representatives in the legislative branch.

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Creating a new half-trillion dollar federal spending program such as the debt forgiveness program, can only be done by the legislative branch of government. The wisdom of our founding fathers provided for checks and balances with defined roles for the three branches of government. In a democracy, rule cannot come from unconstitutional fiat, but by negotiation.

That Biden would nonetheless attempt to govern by fiat is no surprise. Biden supports violation of contract law by disallowing evictions from law-breaking tenants. He also supports violation of U.S. immigration law by allowing at least 2.5 million illegal immigrants a year to enter. Why would he not attempt to violate the law again?

When a president oversteps his authority, it is the role of the judicial branch to hold him to what is allowed by the constitution. If the majority of Americans think that plumbers and hairstylists should be forced to pay the education debt of executives and white collar professionals, then they must do it through Congress.

— Eben D. Henson, Danville