Loan forgiveness doesn’t fit narrative of fairness

Friday, April 16, 2021
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Chris Woodward (OneNewsNow.com)

student loan applicationA new poll finds most students don't think it's fair for taxpayers to pay for student loan debt.

Though a lot of students do support eliminating student debt, Young America's Foundation (YAF) spokesperson Kara Zupkus tells One News Now, "What we find interesting is that when you phrase the question around … 'should people who didn't go to college have to pay for these student loan debts on behalf of their taxpayer money,' the students do shift."

With that consideration, support for student loan forgiveness drops 20 percent.

"It's not really fair for them," says Zupkus about people with no college education paying off loans through their tax dollars. "A lot of times progressive policies are touted by the left as being fair and full of quality for everyone. But in reality, asking non-college grads to pay student loan debt from college grades really doesn't fit around this narrative of fairness." 

Zupkus recommends conservatives and other opponents of student loan forgiveness share this information with their peers on the other side of the issue.

Zupkus

"We can't expect everyone to just kind of shell out money for any kind of student that doesn't feel like paying back on a loan that they took out well-knowing all of the different repercussions and the different guidelines of having to pay back that loan," says Zupkus. "That really doesn't fit into this idea of the American dream -- working hard for yourself, building up your own name -- and I think that that could be a really good talking point for young conservatives to shift the narrative."

Zupkus adds that the mainstream media paints conservatives as being anti-poor people or the party of the rich.

"That's not really at all what conservatives are about," she stresses. "We're just here to make sure that everyone has an equal opportunity, and a big part of it is individual responsibility; you have to understand what you're doing when you're taking out these loans. They're not just going to be written away by the government because you cannot afford or you did not realize what you were getting into."

YAF did the polling in partnership with Townhall.

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