Progressive pundits appear to be growing woke-weary as evidenced by the Democrat Party’s crusade for ever-expanding handouts, leading one commentator to chide that the left keeps churning out new ideas to “piss off the working class.”
During Friday’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” on HBO, host and comedian Bill Maher was discussing the potential of President Joe Biden taking action on student loan forgiveness in what he called a “loser issue.” Democratic strategist and CNN contributor Paul Begala joined Maher as part of his panel where he agreed with the reality that elitist Democrats had lost touch with middle-income Americans for quite some time.
“We who didn’t go to college and didn’t benefit from that are gonna subsidize you, to get your degree in gender studies and sports marketing and all the other bullsh*t…I think it’s a loser issue,” Maher said of the proposal that has been heavily promoted by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.)
Cancelling student debt would provide millions of Americans with relief, and the more we cancel, the more we narrow the racial wealth gap among borrowers and the bigger the boost to Americans’ economic futures. @POTUS can do it with the stroke of a pen.https://t.co/6Qe4YXMU9A
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) May 6, 2022
“Yeah, well, and this is revealing a big secret, so don’t tell anybody,” Begala began sarcastically. “We Democrats have a lab, two labs actually, secret labs, one in Berkeley and one in Brooklyn where we come up with ideas to completely piss off the working class, and it’s working wonderfully.”
“And they all have PhDs, right, in pissing off the working class. Somehow, in my lifetime,” the commentator continued, “the Democrats have gone from being the party of the factory floor to being the party of the faculty lounge. I went last week, I spent Wednesday last week in Chicago with the machinists union. Hung out with the machinists all day. Great guys. Not a one of them came up to me and said, ‘Gee, I really hope you take my tax dollars to pay off the debt of somebody that went to Stanford.'”
The issue of overeducated coastal yuppies having outsized influence in the Democratic Party is really encapsulated by the student loan issue. Paul Begala nailed it last night on Bill Maher. pic.twitter.com/UeSLuZL9kY https://t.co/qTyiz19uGg
— Cause Look at GAH GAH! (@MrGChristopher) May 7, 2022
Begala went on to echo a position that MSNBC’s Chuck Todd had presented Friday regarding the “political pressure the president’s under,” suggesting that Biden was being spurred on to act on debt forgiveness even though it isn’t something he wanted.
“So Biden’s under enormous pressure,” he argued. “He’s not for it, he didn’t campaign for it. He says he’ll relieve maybe $10,000, which I suppose is good, but what I’d much rather see Democrats do is go back to their roots, which is earn it.”
“We’re the party that created the G.I. Bill,” Begala said of the bipartisan legislation passed in 1944 under President Franklin Roosevelt before it was later expanded in 1956 under President Dwight Eisenhower, “and nobody called that free college because it wasn’t. The guys who got the G.I. Bill earned it.”
“Why don’t we have a system where we say: You want to get out of your college debt, serve your country. Marine Corps. Peace Corps. AmeriCorps. Not everybody can carry a rifle, but you can mentor a kid and you just gave two years of service. Then you will have earned that and expand it. So we have community college, job training; we need more mechanics, not MBAs,” he offered before concluding, “And that’s where the Democrats’ focus ought to be.”
Maher then closed on the matter, offering, “That to me seems to be the underlying issue. I’ve said it on this show before. It’s, the Democrats have this idea that you’re a better person if you sit in class more and more and get more and more degrees. And really, the answer is to make, is not to make college cheaper. It’s to make it more unnecessary because most of it is bullsh-t anyway.”
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