Elizabeth Warren has stated that she will cancel student debt her first day in office and doesn’t need Congress to do it. Warren says the United States is facing a student debt crisis and since the Department of Education isn’t doing anything about it, she’ll do it herself.
“So I will start to use existing laws on day one of my presidency to implement my student loan debt cancellation plan that offers relief to 42 million Americans — in addition to using all available tools to address racial disparities in higher education, crack down on for-profit institutions, and eliminate predatory lending,” she said in a statement on her web site.
While that promise has some people cheering, others aren’t quite so happy that they’ve had to shell out thousands of dollars on education that they won’t get back. One father confronted her on the campaign trail, saying she was screwing over the people that followed the rules.
“My daughter is in school. I saved all my money. Am I gonna get my money back?” the dad asked. “Of course not,” she replied. “So you’re gonna pay for people who didn’t save any money, but those of us who did the right thing get screwed?” he added.
IT ME (I worked 40-60 hours a week to put myself through a state school and very much not my first choice.) https://t.co/5dcELok0Ic
— Bethany S. Mandel (@bethanyshondark) January 23, 2020
Warren seemed to shrug him off, which further antagonized the dad who said she was mocking his hard work and life story after he told her he worked double shifts to put his daughter through college.