Gov. DeSantis joins GOP Governors in joint letter to Joe Biden blasting student loan relief

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Republican Governors are uniting against the student debt bailout plan.

Gov. Ron DeSantis is joining with 21 other Republican Governors in a letter to President Joe Biden condemning federal student loan forgiveness plans.

The joint letter, led by Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds, took issue with the anticipated cost burden of the loan forgiveness. The letter estimated that cost at $2,000 per capita, which the Governors called a “regressive” burden.

“What’s more, the top 20% of earning households hold $3 in student debt for every $1 held by the bottom quintile, generating a lopsided reality where the wealthy benefit at the expense of the working. Simply put, your plan rewards the rich and punishes the poor,” the Governors contended.

The letter also notes that borrowers willingly undertook their obligations.

“College may not be the right decision for every American, but for the students who took out loans, it was their decision: able adults and willing borrowers who knowingly agreed to the terms of the loan and consented to taking on debt in exchange for taking classes,” the letter maintained.

The Governors also argued that President Biden is overstepping his executive authority in issuing the relief.

“As President, you lack the authority to wield unilateral action to usher in a sweeping student loan cancelation plan, a position shared by leaders of your party,” the letter contended, citing a statement from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi that the President can only “postpone” payments, while forgiveness writ large depends on congressional action.

The letter, sent by GOP Governors two months from Election Day, incorporated many of the complaints that they, including DeSantis, have made on an individual level. In a national radio interview in August, DeSantis denounced the “political disaster” of debt write-off.

“Oh, I thought it was terrible. One, it’s unconstitutional, which is obviously something important. I don’t think that that’s something Biden cares about, but he doesn’t have the authority to do this. Two, you’re going to be having farmers, people that have their own small businesses, waitresses, they’re going to be on the hook to pay the student loan of somebody who got a Ph.D. in gender studies? I mean, give me a break,” DeSantis told interviewer Hugh Hewitt on Aug. 25.

“They’ll plow it in, expand the (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) office or something like that,” DeSantis said at a press conference the same day, suggesting universities would further bloat from increased access to capital.

Biden said his administration would wipe out $10,000 of debt for federal loan borrowers, with $20,000 of forgiveness available for Pell Grant recipients. Republicans have been teeing off on the idea since before it was rolled out, and clearly will weaponize messaging on it through at least November.

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for FloridaPolitics.com since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


24 comments

  • Charlie Crist

    September 12, 2022 at 12:41 pm

    Republicans hate when the government does anything for anyone who isn’t already rich. Vote for me. I’ll sht can orange Hitler and mini Hitler…Ron De-Satan. His supporters are Ron’s De-DumbDumbs… especially those who aren’t rich.

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    • Mike Cee

      September 12, 2022 at 5:28 pm

      Democrat’s hate it when people actually do something on their own and aren’t dependent upon government. It’s a way for Biden to buy votes from irresponsible people.
      Perhaps the people that took out the insane college loans should learn the value of a dollar by paying back what they owe, and what they agreed to.

      • Charlie Crist

        September 12, 2022 at 10:11 pm

        👆 Social darwinist for do nothing, impotent government. Republicans are saboteurs of government as we see with obstruction in Congress and events like J6. Just empty suits basically. Anything to say about DeSantis vote buying via first responder bonuses??

      • marylou

        September 13, 2022 at 8:26 pm

        Did you get this upset when taxpayers gave Musk $Billions? What about the years that Bozo received tax credit checks for his kids? Somebody paid a whole lot to buy those two’s votes!!!

      • Mr. Haney

        September 16, 2022 at 3:04 pm

        Republicans hate Americans who aren’t white Christian bigots yet Republicans love when business’s are given government loans that are forgiven. Why do Republicans hate Americans?

    • Marvin Peterson

      September 13, 2022 at 9:51 am

      Charlie, You are ridiculous using Satan and Hitler. You are the hater with your rhetoric. Name calling shows your weakness a candidate. Read the news and tell the facts about government and union workers, with jobs getting up to $450,000 dollars so far for one teacher. https://www.thecollegefix.com/union-member-received-450000-student-loan-bailout-aft-boasts/
      Who are the elites? We independents are not looking to the Democrat party for leadership during a buy the vote campaign due to leadership disasters that have followed since their government takeover. The new fight for independent Americans is independence from government and controlling free speech.

  • Hope

    September 12, 2022 at 12:54 pm

    Biden’s abysmal record and his botched administration is so bad that they don’t even try to fix it. Their strategy is to point fingers at their opponents and ostracize their opponents. Biden is so desperate the student loan forgiveness is nothing more than “vote buying” for a desperate administration that will cause even more negative effects against the economy for decades.

    Bye-done will single-handedly cause the demise of the Democratic Party and if they recover it will take decades.

    • Elliott Offen

      September 12, 2022 at 3:12 pm

      Much better than the do nothing Trump regime. He sat on his fat azz and insulted people for four years. Inherited Obama economy… still managed a meltdown at the end with phoney “Stop the Steal” fraud… still fighting Trumpflation.

    • Tjb

      September 13, 2022 at 10:08 am

      Teachers, nurses, doctors, and other individuals with student debt who are contributing to a better society are benefiting from this action along with millions of Floridians.
      I paid my way for college and I paid for my children’s college education. I am happy for those who are benefiting from this loan forgiveness program.
      Why isn’t DeSantis standing up and supporting a program that helps Floridians

  • PeterH

    September 12, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    Biden promised student loan debt relief and more than eight million more Americans voted for Biden’s promises in 2020.

    Republicans have division, voter suppression and cultural wars to hang onto. If they had policies to advance and improve the American experience we would have seen them in their Party’s platform in 2020.

    UNFORTUNATELY REPUBLICANS HAD NO PARTY PLATFORM IN 2020.

    For decades, Republicans have controlled half of American states like Alabama, Mississippi North and South Carolina and North and South Dakota. Yet, Republicans can’t point to a single red state as a successful fiscal and societal model for the rest of America to follow.

    REPUBLICANS ARE AMERICA’S PROBLEM.

    VOTE ALL REPUBLICANS OUT OF OFFICE.

    • Impeach Biden

      September 12, 2022 at 2:38 pm

      Florida is fiscally sound. How about Texas? Lots of production in South Carolina. Let’s see BMW is building SUV’s there. Boeing is building airplanes in Charleston. Lockheed-Martin is building F-16’s there. I believe Mercedes-Benz has a Sprinter van production line in South Carolina. Finally both Continental and Michelin have tire production there. Let’s have a conversation about AOC and her chasing Amazon out of town. I can talk about some of those other “RED” states but I think you get it now. We can also talk about the companies fleeing Kalifornia for Texas. Maybe next time.

      • PeterH

        September 12, 2022 at 4:28 pm

        South Carolina is the top receiver of Federal nanny state aid. Florida is number three recipient of government subsidy money. For every dollar South Carolina send to the USA treasury the State receives $7.50 in return. Florida receives $4.50 for every dollar sent to Washington. Google; ‘giver and taker’ states.

        Texas was ranked second in the USA for the most undesirable place to live for housing, access to health care, access to quality k-12 schools. Arizona ranked worst.

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  • tom bisulco

    September 12, 2022 at 2:30 pm

    In my opinion, Floridians should be embarrassed by the Republicrites they elect. The governor is absolutely DeSenseless, and so are some other Trumpflunkies.

    • George

      September 12, 2022 at 2:58 pm

      Put some facts to convince people. Otherwise it is a senseless comment.

      • PeterH

        September 12, 2022 at 4:35 pm

        50% of Florida third graders cannot read.

        33% of Floridians live below the poverty level. Most are not seniors.

        25% of Floridians survive of Federal Aid.

        Like Arizona, Florida’s K-12 schools are forced to hire college dropouts because schools are 9000 teacher’s short.

      • Ocean Joe

        September 12, 2022 at 6:05 pm

        Rick Scott.
        HCA largest medicare fraud ever committed.
        Still gets elected 3 times.
        Case closed.
        Tom B. is correct.

  • David In Shoreline

    September 12, 2022 at 2:45 pm

    Thank you Governor DeSantis!

    • Joe Corsin

      September 12, 2022 at 3:15 pm

      ^ North Korean parade attendee…

  • marylou

    September 12, 2022 at 4:18 pm

    “A basic fact that many critics of Biden’s program do not appear to understand: The federal government forgives student loans all the time. Multiple statutes give the Department of Education sweeping authority to cancel loans for a broad range of reasons.

    … the administration had already approved $32 billion in student loan relief for more than 1.6 million borrowers.* These actions did not provoke substantial controversy or litigation. Nobody raised a legal challenge when Biden canceled $5.8 billion in student loans for more than 323,000 disabled borrowers. Nobody raised a legal challenge when Biden announced rolling loan forgiveness for borrowers who entered public service—a plan that has already granted $10 billion in debt relief to more than 175,000 borrowers”
    —-slate

  • john lutzo

    September 13, 2022 at 2:15 pm

    The problem is the person looking for a delete on their college loan SHOULD be able to identify what the loan was for, a letter indicating HOW LONG the student was registered and a report on attendance of the person using the loan money. It seems to me individuals took student loans, used the money for other things, and NEVER attended the college the loan was supposed to be used for.

  • marylou

    September 13, 2022 at 8:10 pm

    a transcript?

    • marylou

      September 13, 2022 at 8:12 pm

      * to john lutzo

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