A Trump-appointed federal judge in Texas struck down Joe Biden’s plan to forgive $10,000 dollars of student debt for millions of Americans on Thursday. But, that was not enough for the judge who went on to explain the US Constitution to members of the lawless regime. United States District Judge Mark Pittman, scolded Biden in an epic rant, explaining to him that he did not have the right to forgive the debt without action from the House and an affirmative vote by the Senate.
It’s called the balance of power that the Founding Fathers set up to keep any one branch from becoming dictators. All spending must originate in the House of Representatives. Biden announced his plan in August and since then he has been roundly criticized by Republicans who made the same argument Judge Pittman made. Biden announced that he was canceling $10,000 dollars worth of student debt for borrowers and up to $20,000 for recipients of Pell Grants.
Judge Pittman wrote:
“In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone. Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government. The Court is not blind to the current political division in our country. But it is fundamental to the survival of our Republic that the separation of powers as outlined in our Constitution be preserved. And having interpreted the HEROES Act, the Court holds that it does not provide ‘clear congressional authorization’ for the Program proposed by the Secretary.”
Fox News reported:
A federal judge in Texas struck down President Biden’s student loan handout in a Thursday night ruling.
“Whether the Program constitutes good public policy is not the role of this Court to determine. Still, no one can plausibly deny that it is either one of the largest delegations of legislative power to the executive branch, or one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States,” United States District Judge Mark Pittman wrote.
Elaine Parker, President of Job Creators Network Foundation, which brought the lawsuit, reacted to the ruling on Thursday.
“The court has correctly ruled in favor of our motion and deemed the Biden student loan program illegal. The judge criticized the Biden Administration program, calling it ‘one of the largest exercises of legislative power without congressional authority in the history of the United States.’ This ruling protects the rule of law which requires all Americans to have their voices heard by their federal government,” Parker said.
“This attempted illegal student loan bailout would have done nothing to address the root cause of unaffordable tuition: greedy and bloated colleges that raise tuition far more than inflation year after year while sitting on $700 billion in endowments. We hope that the court’s decision today will lay the groundwork for real solutions to the student loan crisis.”
Unless Biden can get the lame-duck Congress to take action before the Republicans take over the House, it is unlikely he will be able to deliver on his promise. The planned forgiveness was unfair on the face of it, not just because so many people took out loans and were responsible for paying off what they owed but also because people who never went to college and do not make the type of wages college graduates make end up paying the bills.