(FreedomBeacon.com)- Some progressive members of the Democratic Party continue to call for President Joe Biden to cancel federal student loans.
Millions of people would benefit from such a move by the president or Congress, and, in fact, some of the most outspoken lawmakers calling for this to happen would be some of the biggest beneficiaries.
A reporter from the Daily Caller News Foundation appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show late last week to say that some of the most prominent advocates in Congress of canceling student loan debt actually owe thousands in that federal college debt.
Gabe Kaminsky, who’s an investigative reporter for the Daily Caller News Foundation, told Carlson:
“There’s more than a dozen Democratic members of Congress, according to a Daily Caller News Foundation review of financial disclosures, who not only owe up to $1.5 million in student loan debt or have reported that amount for themselves, or a spouse, or a child, but have supported federal student loan cancellation.
“Regardless, it’s absolutely something that the American people should be aware of, and I think that whether or not they support this policy because of their own student loans … it’s inherently sort of arguably a conflict of interest and it’s something that people should know about.”
One of those people who Kaminsky was referring to is New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. The de facto leader of the progressive “Squad” in the House, AOC has on numerous occasions called for federal student loan debt to be completely cancelled.
It turns out that AOC herself has roughly $50,000 in this debt, according to some of the financial disclosures that she’s made.
Other members of the Squad are in a similar situation. Rashida Tlaib, a Democratic representative from Michigan, owes as much as $100,000 in federal student loans.
It’s not all about the Congress members themselves, though. New York Representative Grace Meng is tied to her husband’s federal student loan debt, which totals almost $250,000, according to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s reporting.
As Kaminsky explained to Carlson:
“I think a very reasonable question is how do they stand to benefit from this? As you pointed out, most Americans do not go to college and, as you pointed out, why should they necessarily foot the bill for elites sitting up in Capitol Hill?”
The topic of cancelling student loan debt has been very controversial from the start. It’s something that many progressive Democrats first took up on their unsuccessful campaigns for president in 2020. But, even the leader of their party, Biden, has called for some form of student loan debt cancellation.
Kaminsky does have a very good point about not everyone in the U.S. having the same massive student loan debt as those who are advocating for it to be cancelled. What’s more, there are plenty of people in America who went to college and paid off the student loan debt they knowingly took on — without any bail-out by the federal government.
So, it’s not an issue that many Americans are getting behind, even if AOC — who owes plenty of the debt herself — and her cronies with the Squad are trying to make you think they are.