Ilhan Omar Asked Twitter How Forgiving Student Loan Debt Would Change Their Lives ― It Backfired

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Congresswoman Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tried to tout her student loan plan by asking Twitter users how it would improve their lives and it didn’t go as planned.

As IJR previously reported, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Omar are all backing legislation that would forgive the student loans of 45 million people currently in debt. In total, the plan would cost a staggering $1.6 trillion and does not include a plan for controlling the rising costs at universities.

During the legislative announcement, Omar said that student debt was not the result of poor financial decisions.

“Well, we’re here today to say that student debt is not the result of bad choices or behavior,” Omar said. “It is the result of a system that tells students to get an education and go to college in order to have a stable life but then does not provide the resources to afford that education.”

After the press conference, Omar took to Twitter to ask her followers how the cancellation of their student debt could improve their lives.

It didn’t take long before Omar was bombarded with replies criticizing her proposed legislation for rewarding those who haven’t paid back their loans. Several people replied with stories of how they had sacrificed to pay back their loans without a handout from the government.

Others noted that this legislation could set a bad precedent for young Americans. This proposal would forgive student borrowers, but there are many Americans in debt for other ventures, including credit card debt, mortgages, and car payments.

Several people questioned how fair it would be to bail out college-educated Americans who earn, on average, $1 million more over their lifetime than non-college-educated Americans.

As IJR previously reported, there are several problems with mass cancellations of student debt. The bill proposed by Omar and Sanders expands on Senator Elizabeth Warren’s (D-Mass.) plan which would only repay up to $50,000 in student debt by covering the total debt, no matter how high.

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BWMAGA
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I think Omar is too stupid to even realize just how dumb her idea is. Probably because people from Somalia have never been taught responsibility, morals or accountability. She’s never had a productive, society enhancing moment in her life.

Sammy
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Sammy

If you write off the loans that have not been paid back before, then the next logical thing to do would be to reimburse all the people who HAVE already paid back their students loans, right?

Dave S
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Dave S

These debts wouldn’t be nearly as high if parents didn’t let their poor little darlings party and screw off for 5, 6 or 7 years to get a degree in marine biology (like George Costanza) knowing in advance there are know job openings. But it isn’t totally there fault, way back in the 80’s the corrupt college recruiters and counselors were pushing the 5, 6 or 7 years myth…. and it’s alive and thriving in this victimhood society we now live in……thanks, Hilliary!

Otis
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Since we won’t arrest Omar, the least we could do is ignore the rotten brother-marrying slut.

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