Congress Critter Rashida Tlaib (D - Uranus) accidentally told the truth and provided the best argument against what she was supposed to be arguing for. Legal Insurrection blog carries the story that Tlaib was trying to advocate that taxpayers should pay off the student loans of everyone in America and demonstrated it's going to be a wealth transfer from middle class working people to the richest workers in America.
Ms. Tlaib, a member of The Squad, those young, aggressively socialist women
who seem to actually be running Washington DC, told her own sob story of still
paying off her loans to attend law school and get that job as one our
"betters" in Mordor on the Potomac.
The Hill Tweeted this summary.
The response was instant and epic. First off, Alec Schemmel of
quoted the rest of her sob story and pointed out how she inadvertently showed
the case against the fed.gov taking responsibility for all student loans
(don't buy the widespread lie that this is student loan "forgiveness".
The banks aren't going to forgive anything, they're going to get bailed out on
your tax bill.)
“I worked full time, Monday through Friday, and took weekend classes to get my law degree. And still, close to $200,000 in debt. And I still owe over $70,000 and most of it was interest,” Tlaib said during oral arguments on the House floor. “And guess what? I didn’t go to the for-profit entities, I went to legal aid, I worked at the nonprofit organization fighting for the right to breathe clean air, to fight for the worker that was getting their wage taken and stolen from their employer. I went and worked on immigrant rights and so much more,” she continued.
Notice how she didn't point out that as a member of congress she's now making
$174,000 a year and she's no longer working for those nonprofits organizations
she wants you to think of. A salary of $174k/year puts her well into the
"richest 10%" (someone in the article quotes that as being "in the middle of the top 8%") and
yet she wants people making a third of what she does (or less) to pay off her
I thought she hates the rich and wants them to pay for everything, but she's one of them. I'm sure she doesn't think of herself as rich. She's a working woman, right? Jazz Shaw of Hot Air added some much needed perspective to her sob story.
Further, Tlaib sought to glorify herself for having gone to work in lower-paying jobs for non-profit organizations after graduating. But when a person who is that far in debt chooses such a career path, that’s their own individual choice. She had a law degree from a well-regarded university and law school. She should have easily been able to find better-paying work in the private sector so she could take care of her obligations and then move on to more altruistic fields once she was financially stable.
There's a lot of stupidity in the idea of having taxpayers pay off everyone's student loans, but the most concentrated stupidity is probably exactly what she very clearly shows here. The average student with a four year degree has student loans much less than her debt. The average debt of the entire population with a student loan is $37k. The majority of student loan payoff money is going to go to people with professional and other graduate degrees: doctors, lawyers, dentists, MS and Ph.D. engineers and others who are in the top 10% of salaries.
It's upper class welfare. Perhaps she's trying to appeal to the donor class. If those professionals who will benefit from this have gratitude to her party, perhaps they'll donate more. And perhaps she's just another pig at the trough, looking for more slop like all the other pigs.