CNBC exploited African-American students as political leverage to argue that President Joe Biden’s scheme to cancel $10,000 in student debt isn’t enough, and that taxpayers should cover more.
The outlet claimed that “$10,000 isn’t enough specifically for Black borrowers” in an Aug. 29 article on Biden’s irresponsible student debt relief scheme. But CNBC didn’t mention that most beneficiaries from Biden’s debt forgiveness policy will be “rich white people,” as highlighted by radio host Larry Elder. “I call this reparations for rich white people,” said Elder. [Emphasis added].
The National Taxpayers Union Foundation’s (NTUF) updated estimate clocks the average cost of Biden’s student debt cancellation policy at $2,500 per taxpayer. Specifically, the average cost would be $866.87 per taxpayer making between $50,000 and $75,000, indicating that many minority taxpayers would be hurt by the Biden administration’s student debt scheme.
CNBC didn’t mention any NTUF findings until the 29th paragraph. Instead, CNBC played the race card and distracted from the core issue of how student loan cancellation would affect taxpayers.
“Black students and graduates take out more student loans than the average white borrower, and it’s harder for them to pay their loans back. Four years after graduation, the average Black borrower owes $53,000, while the average white borrower owes $28,000,” CNBC said, citing the liberal Brookings Institute. Then came the kicker: “Statistics like that lead some experts to say that Black borrowers specifically need more than $10,000 in loan forgiveness.”
But Elder exposed how Biden’s student debt forgiveness scheme would, in fact, force the U.S. working class to subsidize the most prosperous Americans.
“The bulk of the beneficiaries of this student loan forgiveness will be upper class people, many of whom went to expensive colleges, got advanced degrees like masters and like Ph.D.’s,” Elder said.
Leftist Harvard Law School Professor Emeritus Laurence Tribe inadvertently supported Elder’s point when he celebrated Biden’s student loan forgiveness policy: “Good news for thousands of my former students. I’m grateful on their behalf, Mr. President.”
Graduates of Tribe’s law school are some of the most successful in the country, making a median salary of $143,000 with “little or no experience” after graduation, according to Forbes.
Specifically,Goldwein explained that forgiving student debt “actually widens the racial wealth gap overall, because disproportionately, people that hold student debt that went to college are white.”
Eighty-seven percent of people who didn’t go to college are “people of color,” he said.
Goldwein added that sending “everybody another round of checks to pay for their inflation costs” will actually hurt all Americans because handouts on student debt would actually “make inflation worse.”
Conservatives are under attack. Contact CNBC at firstname.lastname@example.org and demand it report on how student debt “forgiveness” unfairly benefits the wealthiest Americans and worsen inflation.