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Inside the Beltway: Lasting collateral damage from Biden student-debt program

Political, cultural and financial sages are nonetheless wanting askance at President Biden’s costly plan to forgive some pupil debt. Some name it an unfair burden on taxpayers, others say it can drive up inflation.

But there may be one other vital however undesirable by-product which might additionally floor.

“The move is bad on so many other levels. To begin with, it sets a precedent. Forgive student debts? Why not credit card debts? Household mortgages? Heck, let’s have that national debt jubilee the democratic socialists always talk about, and just stop paying on the $30 trillion and change we owe around the world. Why not?” asks an Issues & Insights editorial.

“The fact is, an elemental part of our economy is debt. Debt is a pledge to repay what you owe. It is a responsibility. It’s why people can buy cars and homes. Biden dents this system of trust with his decision to favor one group of debtors over all others and allowing them to abrogate their responsibility to repay their debts,” the editorial continued.

“Then there’s the sheer cost: $311 billion, or roughly three times the annual budget for the Department of Education. Biden has already cancelled $32 billion in debt for some 1.6 million people. Now he’s increasing that cost 10-fold, at a time when the current deficit is expected to exceed $1 trillion for the third year in a row,” it mentioned.

“It’s a terrible move by Biden, supported by the extreme-leftist Democrats who now control Congress. So why do it? Their real aim is to win seats for Democrats from gullible voters in the midterm elections, now just three months away. It’s a shameful display of fiscal irresponsibility and faux-egalitarianism, and yet another big reason why voters should throw the bums out,” the editorial later continued.

NOW THERE’S A THOUGHT

Here’s a couple of extra ideas relating to President Biden’s aforementioned answer to pupil debt, which he made public after spending some down time in Delaware and South Carolina. Mr. Biden additionally managed to look at a Democratic National Committee fundraiser on Thursday as properly.

“By my count, this is Biden’s 49th visit to Delaware as president. Brings the number of days there to 150,” tweeted Mark Knoller, a former White House correspondent for CBS News who has meticulously tracked the journey patterns of Mr. Biden, plus the three presidents who’ve preceded him.

The trip, the fundraiser — that is simply regular for the White House, say some.

“In typical Biden fashion, instead of fixing the multiple crises he created, he comes back from weeks of vacation only to hobnob with liberal elites. If only Biden was as focused on serving hardworking Americans and families as he was on planning his vacations,” mentioned Republican National Committee spokesperson Emma Vaughn in a press release shared with Inside the Beltway.

THE PERSISTENT SHIFT

Eli Yokley, a Morning Consult analyst, is monitoring a few of the nuances amongst the voting public which could immediate political strategists to pay extra consideration to shifting developments.

“The share of the electorate identifying as ‘very liberal,’ ‘liberal’ or ‘somewhat liberal’ on a seven-point scale has dropped over the past five years, from 34% to 27%. The decline in liberal self-identification has not led to a major increase in conservative alignment, the most prominent ideology in U.S. politics,” Mr. Yokley wrote in his report, primarily based on a number of political polls

“When it comes to the two major parties, the data paints a crisp picture of asymmetrical polarization. Even as Democratic voters drift toward the middle, the data shows that the Republican Party’s adherents are shifting further to the right — and it’s happening quickly,” he mentioned.

“The left is losing the battle for the minds of the American electorate, Morning Consult research shows, with voters decreasingly identifying as liberal in recent years. But that doesn’t mean the country is lurching to the right. Instead, an increase in the share of Americans who identify as moderate, or who are uncertain about where exactly they stand on the ideological spectrum, reveals a growing and electorally decisive center that is discontented with either side’s extremes,” Mr. Yokley famous.

DAYS OF YORE

So it’s been 5 a long time since Watergate? Yes, and the Society of Professional Journalists is marking the second at MediaFest 22, the group’s annual conference..

“On the 50th anniversary of the Watergate break-in, join legendary reporters Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein at MediaFest 22 as they discuss the famous investigative story, how they broke it and its lasting impact on journalism,” the group mentioned in a information launch shared with the Beltway.

The society’s annual conference, held in partnership with the Associated Collegiate Press and College Media Association, will happen Oct. 27-30 in the nation’s capital.

The society was based in 1909; discover it at SPJ.org.

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POLL DU JOUR

• 53% of U.S. adults help the U.S. persevering with to help Ukraine till all Russian forces are withdrawn from territory claimed by Ukraine

• 51% help the U.S. offering weapons resembling weapons and anti-tank weapons to the Ukrainian navy.

• 43% help the U.S. sending troops to NATO international locations neighboring Ukraine.

• 26% help sending U.S. troops to Ukraine.

• 50% help U.S. limiting or proscribing imports of oil and gasoline from Russia even when this results in additional value will increase.

• 49% say it’s extra necessary that we’ve gasoline provides for houses and companies in U.S. than attempting to affect Russia’s presence in Ukraine.

21% say sanctions on Russia aren’t price the financial influence they’re having in the U.S. on vitality and meals costs.

SOURCE: A Reuters/Ipsos ballot of 1,005 U.S. adults carried out Aug. 16-17.

• Follow Jennifer Harper on Twitter @HarperBulletin.

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