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Maine Democrat attacks ‘radical leftist elites’ over student loan handout

 August 19, 2023

Democratic Rep. Jared Golden (ME-02), has taken a public stance against what he termed as "radical left elitists" while defending his vote against President Joe Biden's proposal for student loan forgiveness.

As a prominent figure in the moderate House Democratic Blue Dog Coalition, Golden's leadership saw the group receive a donation from student loan provider giant Sallie Mae, as Fox News reported

The Maine Beacon reported that this donation came just two weeks after Golden voted against the plan.

Golden's Opposition to Loan Forgiveness

Golden was one of only two Democrats in the House of Representatives to oppose the measure.

The lawmaker stated, "Sadly, this is what radical leftist elites are learning about 'democracy' these days — silence and destroy anyone who disagrees with your views or goals."

He added, "I stand by my vote and my opposition to forking out $10,000 to people who freely chose to attend college," without directly addressing the donation issue.

Golden brushed off the critical attention, attributing it to nothing more than an uproar on social media.

He said, "The Twitterati can keep bemoaning their privileged status and demanding handouts all they want, but as far as I'm concerned, if they want free money for college, they can join the Marines and serve the country like I, and so many others, have in the past, and many more will in the future,"

Golden's Stance on Personal Responsibility and Other Options

Golden also emphasized that individuals desiring a career and practical skills without taking on college debt should consider joining a union and entering an apprenticeship.

He further mentioned that, however, if they choose the route of higher education, they should be prepared to repay their loans, just as working-class people manage the repayment of home mortgages, car loans, and various other expenses for which loans might be taken out.

Repeal Efforts, Donation Disclosure, and Alternative Pathways

A bill led by House Republicans to repeal Biden's student loan proposal, which was later struck down by the Supreme Court, passed the House almost entirely along party lines in May.

Golden and his fellow Blue Dog co-chair, Rep. Marie Gluesenkamp-Perez (WA-03), were the only Democrats voting in favor.

At the time, Gluesenkamp-Perez stated, "Expansions of student debt forgiveness need to be matched dollar-for-dollar with investments in career & technical education. I can't support the first without the other."

She added, "The severe shortage of trades workers needs to be seen & treated as a national priority. It's about respect," as reported by Business Insider.

The measure secured passage in the Senate with backing from some Democrats but was ultimately vetoed by the president.

On June 14, the Blue Dog Coalition received a $5,000 donation from Sallie Mae, the maximum amount permissible under current law, as shown in public financial disclosures.

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, President Biden has pledged that his administration will explore alternative methods to tackle the issue of student debt forgiveness.