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Biden Administration Flirts With Student-Loan Debtors: Throw Me A Moon Pie, Mister!

Mardis Gras parades are an ancient tradition in New Orleans, going back to the eighteenth century. Social clubs called krewes sponsor these parades, and krewe members throw trinkets called throws at parade-goers.

Typically, a throw is a necklace of plastic beads, but krew members also throw toys, small stuffed animals, and plastic souvenir cups.

Every year, Louisianians flock to New Orleans to attend Mardis Gras parades and gather up the trinkets flung from the parade floats. “Throw me something, mister,” is the cry of the day as parade-goers compete for the attention of a krew member preparing to toss a good throw.

Most of the stuff thrown out a Mardis Gras parades is crap. Unadorned necklaces of plastic beads are so worthless that no one even bothers to pick them up. Occasionally, however, a krewe member throws something interesting like a football or a Moon Pie, which is a chocolate-dipped marshmallow sandwich.

College-loan debtors are much like Mardis Gras parade-goers. The Biden administration dangles various student-loan-forgiveness plans before the electorate while student debtors shout, “Throw me something, mister!”

We already know that some of President Biden’s proposals are almost as worthless as a string of plastic Mardis Gras beads. Ten thousand dollars in loan forgiveness will satisfy no one when annual tuition at a private college runs $60,000 per year, and the average student debt is about 37 grand.

Mr. Biden will almost certainly extend the pause on student-loan payments one more time, probably until after the midterm elections. But that is just another string of plastic beads. Not making loan payments for two and a half years is nice, but these loan-payment pauses do nothing to eliminate the mountains of crushing debt.

When the midterm election season is over in November, I feel sure that 45 million student debtors will feel much like those Mardis Gras parade-goers who plod back to their cars at the end of the day with sacks of worthless beads and a hangover from drinking too much beer.

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Nevertheless, everyone should cheer up. Next year there will be more Mardis Gras parades and more proposals for canceling student debt. Who knows? Maybe the Biden administration will throw you a Moon Pie!

Richard Fossey is a professor at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette, Louisiana. He received his law degree from the University of Texas and his doctorate from Harvard Graduate School of Education. He is editor of Catholic Southwest, A Journal of History and Culture.

2 thoughts on “Biden Administration Flirts With Student-Loan Debtors: Throw Me A Moon Pie, Mister!”

  1. Thanks for sharing. I hope your efforts to help elderly student-loan defaulters on Social Security are successful. I can’t understand why Congress has not passed a law to stop the garnishment of Social Security checks from collecting on student loans.
    Senator Elizabeth Warren introduced a bill to stop that practice, but the bill went nowhere.

    Thanks for writing!

    Richard

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  2. There may be some light at the end of the tunnel- at least for lower-income seniors. HELPS Nonprofit Law Firm is the representative plaintiff in a class action lawsuit that resulted in a stay on setoffs of 15% of SS. Yes, that stay may be extended. However, the good news is that it looks like there will be a change in the amount of SS that is automatically protected from setoff for a past due student loans. We are not at liberty do discuss a number. Before the stay $750 was protected from setoff.

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