November 11, 2022

A federal judge in Texas (natch) yesterday struck down President Biden’s student loan forgiveness program in the latest legal attack by right wing groups. Via the Washington Post:

The Job Creators Network Foundation filed a lawsuit in October on behalf of a borrower who does not qualify for the full $20,000 in debt relief and one who is ineligible altogether. The suit alleges the administration violated federal procedures by denying borrowers the opportunity to provide public comment before unveiling the program.

U.S. District Judge Mark T. Pittman, who was appointed by Donald Trump, declared the policy unlawful in the Thursday order.

“In this country, we are not ruled by an all-powerful executive with a pen and a phone,” Pittman wrote in his order. “Instead, we are ruled by a Constitution that provides for three distinct and independent branches of government.”

Isn't it ironic? Don't you think?

Because you just know old Mark Pittman would be a lot more... flexible with that principle if a Republican was in the White House! Federalist Society legal types just love themselves some unitary executive theory -- in which we have an "all powerful executive with a pen and a phone."

Marky Mark knows that. He was a founding member of the Fort Worth chapter!

So f*ck off with that stuff, you hypocritical hack. This will most likely be overturned on appeal, just like the last nuisance lawsuit.

As to the parties in the lawsuit:

The plaintiff in a lawsuit seeking to overturn President Joe Biden’s student debt forgiveness program has herself been a beneficiary of debt cancellation, in the form of a Paycheck Protection Program business loan worth over twice the maximum amount covered under Biden’s program.

Myra Brown, one of two plaintiffs in the Texas lawsuit, owns Desert Star Enterprises Inc. Desert Star, which appears to be a sign-making business, was granted a $48,000 loan, of which $47,996 was forgiven on April 27, 2022. By comparison, Biden’s student debt forgiveness program provides a maximum of $20,000 in forgiveness if the person seeking relief received a federal Pell Grant and $10,000 if it wasn’t a Pell Grant. Brown argues in her case that she is being harmed by Biden’s debt relief order because she is not eligible for it; her student loans were originally funded by private companies.

"WAHHH!! WAHHH!!! Someone got something I didn't!"

Typical conservative.

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