This story was originally published by the WND News Center.
A few weeks back Joe Biden announced his unilateral executive action to transfer hundreds of billions of dollars, maybe even a trillion, in student debt from those who borrowed the money and spent it to taxpayers.
It’s in court in a number of cases challenging his authority for that.
But he’s now announced in a video interview that it’s all right – he has “signed a law” to cancel student loan debt after he “got it passed by a vote or two.”
Only he hasn’t signed a law or gotten it passed because there was no congressional action. There was no law. The only action on the issue was his executive order.
A commentary at PJ Media on Biden’s wild claim drew this response: “Presidentish Joe Biden’s latest lie is so big that he’d have to be desperate or senile to tell it. Maybe together we can figure out which one Biden is – this time.”
I’m sure your memory goes as far back as late August of this year, when our nation’s alleged chief executive announced that, without consulting Congress, he would use “executive action” to spend about $400 billion providing “debt relief” on student loans of up to $20,000 “for the most vulnerable borrowers.”
It was pretty straightforward. Autocratic, even. All those tax monies are being spent without a word from Congress, despite that niggling little constitutional detail about all spending originating there.
“It’s flagrantly illegal for the executive branch to create a … program by press release,” according to the Pacific Legal Foundation, which has filed suit against the White House’s one-man largess.
Biden is a big backer of debt relief, having campaigned on it in 2020 and then delivering it — or at least trying to — just in time for the midterms.
So why would he lie about it? Or has he forgotten? Or is it something worse?
In a commentary at Fox News by law professor and constitutional expert Jonathan Turley, he said, of Biden’s bragging about signing a law after it was passed “by a vote or two.”
“That boast is particularly embarrassing because the administration is in court claiming that he did not need to get congressional approval for the plan. It is likely to be raised by challengers in the next stage of litigation. It also may reflect a moment of actual clarity in his subconscious mind, a faint recognition of the constitutional principles that he once defended as a United States senator,” Turley wrote.
“There are significant constitutional questions raised by Biden’s half trillion dollar loan giveaway – an acknowledgment made by one of the courts ruling against challengers on standing grounds. The problem is finding someone with standing to allow courts to reach the merits of this unilateral executive action.”
He noted the Constitution gives the “power of the purse” to Congress.
“The Biden administration is relying on a dubious argument that Congress allowed for such a massive loan forgiveness in passing the Higher Education Relief Opportunities for Students (HEROES) Act of 2003. As the acronym indicates, this short bill was designed for military personnel who often found themselves in arrears while serving abroad. It allows the Education Secretary to grant student loan relief during a war, military operation, or national emergency. But nothing in the barely five-page act supports a sweeping and unprecedented waiver of billions of dollars in loans owed to the government.”
Further, WND previously reported that that HEROES law was written to be used only in times of emergency.
And Biden himself, confirmed that the COVID-19 national emergency is over.
“The pandemic is over,” Biden said. “We’re still doing a lot of work on it … but the pandemic is over.”
The Daily Caller News Foundation said, “The act was designed to allow the executive branch “to act quickly should a situation arise that has not been considered,” according to the memo. Biden decided to forgive student loans roughly two-and-a-half years after the pandemic began in March 2020.
Analysts have confirmed that the ones most likely to gain a big benefit from Biden’s actions are the wealth, those lawyers and doctors with significant levels of student debt. Further, Biden’s plan stiffs those who already have paid their loans, creating a system of unequal treatment for Americans.