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Mike Rowe decries the Biden admin’s federal student loan debt cancellation policy, calling it ‘the biggest pre-Labor Day slap in the face to working people I’ve ever seen’

Mike Rowe of “Dirty Jobs” fame issued a scathing rebuke of the Biden administration’s plan to cancel massive amounts of federal student loan debt.

The move would offer $10,000 of federal student loan debt cancellation to individuals earning under $125,000 per year, while people who received Pell Grants could get $20,000 of debt wiped out — married couples would be eligible for the debt cancellation if they earn less than $250,000 yearly.

The policy provides no benefit to individuals who have already paid off their federal student loans and no benefit for people who never took out any student loans.

u201cIn keeping with my campaign promise, my Administration is announcing a plan to give working and middle class families breathing room as they prepare to resume federal student loan payments in January 2023.nnI’ll have more details this afternoon.u201d

— President Biden (@President Biden)

Rowe expressed his “disdain” for the policy.

“This decision is without question, the biggest pre-Labor Day slap in the face to working people I’ve ever seen,” he declared in a Facebook post.

“I work hard on this page, (not as hard as I could, perhaps, but pretty hard), to avoid the politics of the moment, and comment only on topics that impact the foundation I’m proud to run – a foundation that awards work-ethic scholarships to individuals who choose to forego an expensive, four-year education in favor of a skilled trade. When I do weigh in, I try to acknowledge both sides of the argument, and make my points with as much respect as I can muster. Today, however, I can see only one side. Today, I can find nothing to respect in the President’s decision to transfer billions of dollars in outstanding student loans onto the backs of those people my foundation tries to assist – the same people I’ve spent the last twenty years profiling on Dirty Jobs,” he wrote.

Rowe posted the text of a piece written by National Review’s Charles C. W. Cooke, noting that Cooke “writes better than I do, and shares my disdain for what just happened.”

In the piece titled “Biden’s Student-Debt Bonfire Is a Classist Message to the Uncredentialed: Screw ‘Em,” Cooke contended that Democrats view those who attend college as superior to those who do not.

“Why does Biden not want to do the same thing for loans on trucks owned by plumbers? Why not for mortgages … Why not for credit cards or auto payments or mom-and-pop credit lines?” Cooke wrote, according to Rowe’s post. “The answer, I’m afraid to say, is disgustingly classist: Because Joe Biden and his party believe that college students are better than everyone else. Because Joe Biden and his party believe that college students are of a finer cut. Because Joe Biden and his party prefer college students to you, and they think that those students ought to be rewarded for that by being handed enormous gobs of your money.”