Former Obama administration economist Jason Furman took to Twitter Wednesday afternoon to criticize President Joe Biden’s plan for student loan forgiveness.
The White House released an announcement Wednesday declaring that individual borrowers who earned less than $125,000 per year (or $250,000 for married couples) could expect $20,000 dollars of debt relief if they were Pell Grant recipients, or $10,000 if they were not. Furman, former Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Obama, argued in a Twitter thread that the policy would lead to a small increase in inflation, but also criticized the plan for encouraging further increases in the cost of education, further borrowing and for future students to expect debt forgiveness. (RELATED: Americans Think Student Loan Forgiveness Will Make Inflation Worse: POLL)
“Pouring roughly half trillion dollars of gasoline on the inflationary fire that is already burning is reckless. Doing it while going well beyond one campaign promise ($10K of student loan relief) and breaking another (all proposals paid for) is even worse,” said Furman, “The White House fact sheet has sympathetic examples about a construction worker making $38K and a married nurse making $77,000 a year. But then why design a policy that would provide up to