Armstrong Economics Blog/Politics Re-Posted Sep 30, 2022 by Martin Armstrong
The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) is a nonpartisan agency that simply calculates the numbers. The Biden Administration is constantly at odds with the CBO as they repeatedly point out why handouts are never free. Biden’s pre-midterm bribe to cancel student debt will come with a huge price tag — $400 billion.
Borrowers earning under $125,000 annually will receive a $10,000 debt cancelation, while Pell Grant recipients will see a $20,000 reduction. Everyone else will receive a bill in the form of taxes, and even those with loans forgiven will suffer. The CBO calculated the cost of the plan, which will cost $20 billion from September to December 2022 alone. The Biden Administration initially said that the plan would cost $240 billion over the next ten years. Yet, the CBO estimates that the cost of loan cancellation will continue for the next three decades for a total of $400 billion.
Yes, this will cause America’s deficit to rise. Instead of working to lower tuition costs or predatory student lending practices, Biden simply passed along the bill to the taxpayers and pretended the money owed simply vanished. Colleges can simply raise their fees with no repercussions. Glass Stegall has not been reinstated, and those facing bankruptcy cannot erase their student debt.
Glass Stegall was repealed under the Clintons, and even the Clintons’ top financial advisor, Larry Summers, is against Biden’s student loan forgiveness program. “It consumes resources that could be better used helping those who did not, for whatever reason, have the chance to attend college. It will also tend to be inflationary by raising tuitions,” Summers wrote on his Twitter in August. This is simply a gimmick to buy voters who do not understand the repercussions.