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Newhouse’s View on Canceling Student Loans Is Bullshit

To the Editor – An unfortunate consequence of my civic duty in occasionally voicing my opinion to my elected representatives is that I have to endure an almost daily barrage of propaganda from Rep. Dan Newhouse’s office. A recent screed was his intonation against canceling student loans, and it struck me as incitement to class warfare to score political points.

The problem is, it was a bunch of nonsense. He attempted to characterize the program as a “reverse Robin Hood”, suggesting that the working poor were subsidizing the education of the wealthy elite.

Anyone who understands how income tax (which funds the program) works knows that’s not true. And I suspect Dan knows how income taxes work.

Income taxes are paid primarily by the wealthy (although too many find loopholes to abdicate responsibility) and loan forgiveness will no doubt be a big boon to many struggling working families trying to reach some independence – including many whose debts come from trade schools, community colleges, etc. It also includes many people that Mr Newhouse is supposed to represent.

One thing Dan seems to know is that if you can’t score points with the truth, then lie.

KEN JONES

Yakima

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