A House Democrat took a flamethrower to “radical left elitists” after he was attacked for his vote against President Joe Biden’s controversial student loan debt forgiveness plan.
The lawmaker, Rep. Jared Golden (D-Maine) who co-chairs the conservative House Democrat Blue Dog Coalition was the subject of a hit piece published by a local left-wing newspaper suggesting that his stance against Biden’s scheme to cancel $430 billion in federal student loan debt was influenced by donations from student lender Sallie Mae.
The Friday article from the Maine Beacon, which bills itself as a project of the Maine People’s Alliance, a group that advocates for left-wing policies, smeared Rep. Golden and the Blue Dog Coalition for backing “corporate-friendly economic policies” and shamed him for not lining up like a good little Democrat behind Biden’s transparent vote-buying scheme that the paper states could benefit 92,000 of his constituents.
The congressman reacted to the hit job with a scathing statement slamming the “Twitterati” and defending his principled stance over not forcing taxpayers and those who honored their commitment to pay back their student loans to subsidize irresponsible deadbeats whose votes are being bought off by Biden and his jackleg administration.
“I’ve always held the opinion that working class Mainers shouldn’t foot the bill for someone else’s choices. Once again, radical leftist elites prove they don’t understand Maine,” wrote Golden in a post to Twitter/X, sharing his statement and a link to the Maine Beacon story.
I’ve always held the opinion that working class Mainers shouldn’t foot the bill for someone else’s choices. Once again, radical leftist elites prove they don’t understand Maine. https://t.co/yufUYEEXnu #mepolitics pic.twitter.com/bzL3lPDHEn
— Congressman Jared Golden (@RepGolden) August 18, 2023
“Sadly, this is what radical leftist elites are learning about ‘democracy’ these days — silence and destroy anyone who disagrees with your views or goals. I stand by my vote and my opposition to forking out $10,000 to people who freely chose to attend college,” he said. “They were privileged to have the opportunity, and many left college well-situated to make six figure salaries for life.”
“The Twitterati can keep bemoaning their privileged status and demanding handouts all they want, but as far as I’m concerned, if they want free money for college, they can join the Marines and serve the country like I, and so many others, have in the past, and many more will in the future,” Golden wrote.
“If they want a career and hard skills without college debt, they should join a union and enter an apprenticeship. But if they choose to attend college, they can pay back their loans just like working class people pay back home mortgages, car loans, and many other expenses that people choose to take out loans for,” the congressman concluded.
He did not address the central basis of the Maine Beacon’s story regarding the Sallie Mae donations.
Golden, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, represents Maine’s 2nd congressional district which comprises a majority of the Northeastern state and is the largest district east of the Mississippi River, according to Wikipedia.
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