News

Politics & Policy

Man Who Saved for Daughter’s Education Admonishes Warren Over Loan-Forgiveness Plan: ‘Those of Us Who Did the Right Thing Get Screwed?’

A man confronts Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) about her plan to subsidize higher education, saying that it “screws” people like him, who saved money for their children’s education. (Twitter)

Senator Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) was confronted on the campaign trail earlier this week by a man who was angry about her plan to forgive all U.S. student debt because he feels it punishes people like himself who had saved up to pay for their child’s education so as not to burden them with loans.

“My daughter is in school, I saved all my money just to pay student loans. Can I have my money back?” the man asked Warren at a campaign event.

“Of course not,” Warren responded.

“So you’re going to pay the people who didn’t save [their] money, and those of us who did the right thing get screwed?” the man said.

Warren and fellow progressive Senator Bernie Sanders (D., Va.) have both pledged to forgive broad swaths of college student debt. Warren’s plan proposes to forgive up to $50,000 in debt for those making less than $100,000 a year, affecting around 42 million people, while Sanders would cancel all student debt in the country, affecting 45 million people.

“Student loan debt…is crushing an entire generation and holding back our economy,” Warren wrote on Twitter on January 17. “That’s why I will act on day one of my presidency to start canceling student debt and getting relief to families.”

Warren’s campaign has been flagging in recent weeks, with some polls showing Sanders and Joe Biden far ahead of her in the race. A January 22 CNN poll showed Sanders winning 27 percent of the Democratic primary vote nationally, while Biden grabbed 24 percent and Warren received only 14 percent.

The New York Times editorial board on Sunday split its candidate endorsement between Warren and Senator Amy Klobuchar of Minnesota.

Zachary Evans is a news writer for National Review Online. He is a veteran of the Israeli Defense Forces and a trained violist.

Most Popular

Elections

Bernie’s Huge Victory

Bernie had a massive night in Nevada, with a diverse nomination-winning-type coalition. According to the entrance poll, he won whites and Hispanics and did well among blacks. He won men and women. He won college graduates and did particularly well with non-college graduates. He won Democrats and independents. ... Read More
Elections

Bernie’s Huge Victory

Bernie had a massive night in Nevada, with a diverse nomination-winning-type coalition. According to the entrance poll, he won whites and Hispanics and did well among blacks. He won men and women. He won college graduates and did particularly well with non-college graduates. He won Democrats and independents. ... Read More
Elections

Bernie Sanders Is a Moral Monster

Bernie Sanders complains that some criticism of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is “unfair.” The Castro government lined up political dissidents and shot them. It tortured them. It weaponized the medical profession to torture and deform its critics. Its campaign of murder was extraordinary, its ... Read More
Elections

Bernie Sanders Is a Moral Monster

Bernie Sanders complains that some criticism of the late Cuban dictator Fidel Castro is “unfair.” The Castro government lined up political dissidents and shot them. It tortured them. It weaponized the medical profession to torture and deform its critics. Its campaign of murder was extraordinary, its ... Read More
U.S.

Women’s Sports Should Be Women’s Sports

Transgender sports policies make a mockery of women’s competition. Just look at the state of Connecticut. At the 2018 state open for women’s track and field, two young men identifying as transgender took first and second place in the 100m race. Their participation not only deprived young women of their ... Read More
U.S.

Women’s Sports Should Be Women’s Sports

Transgender sports policies make a mockery of women’s competition. Just look at the state of Connecticut. At the 2018 state open for women’s track and field, two young men identifying as transgender took first and second place in the 100m race. Their participation not only deprived young women of their ... Read More

Escape from Wuhan

The onset of the crisis in Wuhan startled me like a jump scare in a horror movie. You’ve seen the kind I mean. The audience is led to believe that the monster, psycho killer—or what have you—pursuing the intended victim is still distant. Then whatever it is stands up from behind, leaps out in front, bursts ... Read More

Escape from Wuhan

The onset of the crisis in Wuhan startled me like a jump scare in a horror movie. You’ve seen the kind I mean. The audience is led to believe that the monster, psycho killer—or what have you—pursuing the intended victim is still distant. Then whatever it is stands up from behind, leaps out in front, bursts ... Read More

Elon Musk’s Plan to Settle Mars

He who follows Freedom, let him leave his homeland, and risk his life. — Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet, 1832 Last week my wife Hope and I traveled to Boca Chica, Texas, to meet with Elon Musk. While we talked inside the SpaceX onsite headquarters, a mariachi band played outside, providing entertainment for ... Read More

Elon Musk’s Plan to Settle Mars

He who follows Freedom, let him leave his homeland, and risk his life. — Adam Mickiewicz, Polish poet, 1832 Last week my wife Hope and I traveled to Boca Chica, Texas, to meet with Elon Musk. While we talked inside the SpaceX onsite headquarters, a mariachi band played outside, providing entertainment for ... Read More