AOC Says Reversing Trump Tax Cuts Could Fund Cancelation of All Student Debt

In the wake of the White House’s announcement that the Biden administration Cancelling upto $20,000Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York), reminded students that Congress could fund a plan for cancelling all student debt by simply undoing it unpopularRepublicans approved 2017 tax cuts for corporations, and wealthy that were very costly.

In an Instagram postOcasio-Cortez encouraged her followers to continue fighting for student debt relief. She pointed out that politicians often give large subsidies to the 1 % and corporate tax dodgers without hesitation.

“We can keep pushing. Remember that the Biden administration didn’t want to do this *at all.* It was YOUR pushing, YOUR pressure, YOUR organizing that got them to this point,” she wrote. “They have forgiven far, far more debt for business owners in the form of PPP who didn’t need to meet ANY sort of income requirements or means testing for almost $1 TRILLION in forgiveness.”

She also stated that the price tag for Trump’s 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was more than the amount of student loans owed by all U.S. borrowers, according to the Federal Reserve.

“Mind you, forgiving ALL student debt in the US is about $1.7 trillion — you could undo the 2017 tax cuts for the 1 percent and forgive all student loans plus have money left over to contribute to universal childcare, tuition free college, homelessness, etc.,” the lawmaker said.

Indeed, statutory costThe Trump tax cuts were worth $1.9 trillion. figure balloonedAfter the cuts, it was well over $2 trillion. The massive tax reform bill reduced the corporate tax rate from 35% to 21% and gave tax credits. colossal tax breaksTo the ultra-wealthy, it allows them to avoid paying tens or billions of dollars in tax.

Progressive lawmakers like Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) You have tried to restore the pre-Trump corporate tax rate — which is already quite low compared to historic U.S. corporate tax policies — but have faced resistance from conservative Democrats like Sen. Kyrsten Sinema (D-Arizona)These individuals have close ties with right-wing and corporate lobbyists.

Progressives and debt activists have It is also recommendedFor the cancellation of all student loans. Such a move would not only be a major investment in the middle and lower classes, they say — it would also be a step toward shrinking the racial wealth gap, and would give justice to borrowers who advocates argue were given predatory loans by the federal government.

Ocasio-Cortez further explained that the benefits of President Joe Biden’s student debt cancellation plan don’t extend just to borrowers, but to society at large.

“Maybe student loan forgiveness doesn’t impact you. That doesn’t make it bad,” she said, pointing out that many people pay for programs like first time homeowner benefits and Medicare without directly benefiting from them. “We can do good things and reject the scarcity mindset that says doing something good for someone else comes at the cost of something for ourselves.”

She went on to say that if American society isn’t prepared to support student debt cancellation, it’s unlikely that it will be able to face other systemic problems like the climate crisis.

“In light of the ecological, economic, and social challenges we face, our society’s ability to triumph and prevail actually depends on our capacity for SELFLESSNESS over SELFISHNESS,” she wrote. “Because when crisis finds us (and it always does), it requires us to rely on others, and that will be difficult to nonexistent if you spent your life fighting against our capacity to help one another in many other different ways even if we don’t immediately benefit in the short run.”