President Joe Biden’s pricey student-loan-forgiveness scheme is fresh proof of how little Democrats care about the rule of law and the Constitution, for all their noise to the contrary. Dems are against the rule of law.
Last year, the Education Department admitted it lacks “the statutory authority” to forgive student loans on a “mass basis.” Speaker Nancy Pelosi, too, stressed that the president lacks “the power for debt forgiveness”; per the Constitution, it requires “an act of Congress.” But now, after years of the left claiming they are the party of “norms,” Biden’s announced he’ll simply write off $300-plus billion owed Uncle Sam anyway. Team Biden pretends the HEROES Act, passed in the wake of 9/11 primarily for military personnel, gives it the power to. Ridiculous. Especially since the “national emergency” that supposedly justifies using that act — the pandemic — is the same one the White House said has ended to justify scrapping the Title 42 order that allows illegal-immigrant deportations for public-health reasons.
It’s beyond cynical: Biden’s basically daring the courts to strike it down. If they flinch, he gets his way; if they don’t he still gets credit for “trying,” plus Dems get to scream about the “activist” courts. It’s a win-win for the Democratic Party — but a lose-lose for the rule of law. And this has become a habit for Democratic presidents. A decade ago, President Barack Obama told the left he lacked the power to unilaterally make immigration reforms: “I am not king. . .. We have a system of government that requires the Congress to work with the executive branch to make it happen.” Yet a few years later he did it anyway, rolling out clearly illegal programs like his Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative (which is still being litigated). Team Obama similarly imposed a raft of environmental “rules,” such as the “Clean Power Plan,” later nixed by the courts.