It’s completely unfair,” said Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene. “Taxpayers that never took out a student loan, taxpayers that pay their bills and maybe never went to college and are just hard-working people, they shouldn’t have to pay off the great big student loan debt for some college student.”
But is it fair that Marjorie Taylor Greene had $183,504 in Paycheck Protection Program loans forgiven, which were given out by the U.S. Small Business Administration during the COVID-19 pandemic? I’m not good at math, but I’m pretty sure $10,000, and even $20,000, is less than $183,504.
Rep. Mike Kelly said, “Asking plumbers and carpenters to pay off the loans of Wall Street advisors and lawyers isn’t just unfair. It’s also bad policy.” Yeah, that guy got $987,237 in PPP loans forgiven. By the way, if the plumber or carpenter got a government loan to go to trade school, he probably qualifies to have it forgiven.
The Center for American Progress provided a long list of other Republican House members who received PPP loan forgiveness which includes:
Marjorie Taylor Greene: $183,504
Matt Gaetz: $482,321
Greg Pence: $79.441
Vern Buchanan: $2.8 million
Kevin Hern: $1,070.000
Brett Guthrie: $4.3 million
Ralph Norman: $306,520
Ralph Abraham: $38,000
Mike Kelly: $974,100
Vicki Hartzler: $451,200
Markwayne Mullin: $988,700
Carol Miller: $3.1 million
Asking about the White House’s tweet revealing that some GOP House members received PPP loans, Sebastian Gorka, a goon who formerly worked in the Trump White House, tweeted the question: How is this not a Hatch Act violation?
The Hatch Act prohibits most White House and cabinet officials from using federal resources, including official appearances or social media pages, to campaign for a candidate or party, or to bash an opponent. For example, using the White House to host the 2020 Republican National Convention is a Hatch Act violation.
Some have defended the PPP forgiveness stating that the loans were used as intended in each case. Well, so were the college loans. But no matter how you justify one over the other, they’re both coming from taxpayers. These GOP goons got free taxpayer money.
Mullin replied to the White House’s revelation of who received PPP loans, tweeting, “Another ignorant attack from a career politician who has never created a single job. 74 days before midterms, Joe Biden is targeting business owners for protecting their employees from government lockdowns. President Trump always supported American workers and job creators.”
Actually, during the Biden presidency, so far, over nine million jobs have been created. When Donald Trump left the White House, there were three million fewer jobs than when he entered in January 2017, the day he gave the “American Carnage” speech.
Biden didn’t state he was against the PPP loan forgiveness, but Republicans can’t comprehend and they’re liars. Biden’s White House was just stating the obvious. We could say, “Hey, good for you on getting your PPP loan forgiven…now shaddup, goons”
Republicans act like those who are having some of their loans forgiven are snail-eating elitists. You can smell the condescension in MTG’s statement that “hard-working” people shouldn’t pay off a “great big student loan debt for some college student.”
She was a college student too and most of those receiving these loans are no longer students, but are in fact…wait for it…hard-working people.
Do you see where they are drawing the battle lines? They’re drawing them between the educated and the uneducated because the uneducated vote for Republicans. Of course, all those elected Republicans are educated people too, but they apparently went to schools that don’t teach irony.
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