Twitter smacks down Mitt 'corporations are people' Romney for calling student loan forgiveness a 'bribe'
United States Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) took to Twitter on Wednesday to whine about President Joe Biden's forthcoming forgiveness of federal student loans.
"Desperate polls call for desperate measures: Dems consider forgiving trillions in student loans. Other bribe suggestions: Forgive auto loans? Forgive credit card debt? Forgive mortgages? And put a wealth tax on the super-rich to pay for it all. What could possibly go wrong?" Romney wrote.
Desperate polls call for desperate measures: Dems consider forgiving trillions in student loans. Other bribe suggestions: Forgive auto loans? Forgive credit card debt? Forgive mortgages? And put a wealth tax on the super-rich to pay for it all. What could possibly go wrong?— Mitt Romney (@Mitt Romney) 1651079411
Romney also mentioned other items that Democrats aim to achieve, especially if they hope to keep their razor-thin congressional majorities in the November midterm elections.
Unfortunately for Romney, himself a millionaire many times over, his tweet inadvertently inspired a flood of defense of the Democratic Party's progressive agenda.
idk if this tweet is doing what you wanted it to do lol— Rep. Anna V. Eskamani \ud83d\udd28 (@Rep. Anna V. Eskamani \ud83d\udd28) 1651087574
Mitt I gotta say I think you\u2019re really onto something here— Vaush \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Vaush \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651090782
So trillions in national debt for a GOP tax give away is fine but.. \nI think Bernie has a point.https://twitter.com/SenSanders/status/1519346342614736897\u00a0\u2026— Ron Naumann (@Ron Naumann) 1651080674
Bribery is what companies and politicians engage in behind closed doors. You know exactly what it is so don't twist the definition here. The polls reflect how we feel and if that causes a positive increase in then the poll is reflecting the citizens approval. That's how it works.— Kat (@Kat) 1651093458
The Senator was politely reminded about the predatory nature of student loans and how borrowers become ensnared in an endless cycle of usury.
I dunno man maybe there's something about Student Loans in particular that makes them especially burdensome and predatory, but I can't quite put my finger on it...pic.twitter.com/cBCATi5Ne4— \ud83c\udfb6If That's Your Best, Your Best Won't Do\ud83c\udfb6 (@\ud83c\udfb6If That's Your Best, Your Best Won't Do\ud83c\udfb6) 1651081132
Reduce student loan interest rates to zero, and let borrowers pay them off? Why is the government making a profit on student loans?pic.twitter.com/2nLzBWHJuf— You can call me Rick (@You can call me Rick) 1651079786
Canceling student debt sounds a lot better than the GOP\u2019s plan to dismantle Social Security and Medicare. Btw, how many of your kids/grandkids had to work their way through school and still have to take out a loan? How many of them were food insecure?— Kate \ud83d\udc69\ud83c\udffc\u200d\u2695\ufe0f (@Kate \ud83d\udc69\ud83c\udffc\u200d\u2695\ufe0f) 1651084916
Students today cannot do the same no matter how hard they work. Some live in their cars b/c they can\u2019t afford housing. My daughter was no less industrious than myself, but she couldn\u2019t have done it. My graduation gift to her was a debt-free education, but unlike MOST Americans 2/— Chris-Cat \u2026I\u2665\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\u2026\ud83d\udd4a (@Chris-Cat \u2026I\u2665\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\u2026\ud83d\udd4a) 1651090014
Sick of this kind of thinking about fellow citizens. We are a wealthy nation that should be investing more in our youth & less in corporations & venture capitalism. Color me: disgusted. 4/end— Chris-Cat \u2026I\u2665\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\u2026\ud83d\udd4a (@Chris-Cat \u2026I\u2665\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6\u2026\ud83d\udd4a) 1651090213
The problem that no one wants to address is why has the cost of college has risen 1000% faster then the cost of living since 1978?\n\nThe gov\u2019t profits off of student loans. They should lower the interest rate on their loans.\n\nKids shouldn\u2019t have to graduate with over $250K in debtpic.twitter.com/SXItXq64L0— Kal - Fear a party that fears your vote. (@Kal - Fear a party that fears your vote.) 1651083960
The only reason for it is to exploit their labor for the rest of their lives. Investing in the education of our young is the best investment we can make. Public universities should be free. And the more student debt you forgive the more prosperous we will be. 2/— lepton939 (@lepton939) 1651091995
All other types of debt besides student loans have basic consumer protections to protect the borrower from predatory lending abuses and to provide relief from the burden of crushing debt when needed! HALF of all fed SL\u2019s are considered PREDATORY by the fed govt\u2019s own standards!pic.twitter.com/IOOziKznNM— Student Debt Is Predatory (@Student Debt Is Predatory) 1651082091
Makes no sense. Satanic deals are a choice. Part of making that choice is paying satan back as it was intended. Nobody forgave my soul debt. I worked to pay them off while in & then out of the coven. Life is full of choices. If you make one, right or wrong, you deal with it.— Dallon Penney (@Dallon Penney) 1651091684
Romney's post underscored the hypocrisy that serves as the foundation of the Republican Party's priorities.
Bribery is when your party added trillions to the debt to give tax cuts to the ultra-rich including wealthy GOP donors.\n\nForgiving student loans is about helping the working class stay afloat.— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen) 1651081034
Hundreds of billions in PPP loans have been forgiven, including for big corporations. Republicans had NO issue.\n\nBut the moment it seems like President Biden might forgive some student loans to help younger Americans and our economy, Republicans are screaming about \u201chandouts.\u201d— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen) 1651081959
Billionaire Elon Musk paid no taxes in some years. Billionaire Trump paid no taxes in some years. \n\nOrdinary Americans are carrying the weight. \n\nYou think that's fair?— Michael J. Stern (@Michael J. Stern) 1651083368
So it\u2019s not bribery when GOP cuts $1.7T in taxes for 700 billionaires but it is bribery when Dems cut $1.7T in predatory loans for 45M Americans.— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@Qasim Rashid, Esq.) 1651084129
Awww, does helping struggling Americans give you the sads?\n\nWhere was this outrage when millionaires were buying yachts with PPP loans?— Cyndi Borowski\ud83d\udc99\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2 (@Cyndi Borowski\ud83d\udc99\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\uddf2) 1651080642
Senator Romney graduated from BYU in 1971, when tuition was $250 a semester for LDS students, or $1852 in 2022 dollars.\n\nOf course, that's pretty moot anyway because by then, his father George Romney was a former auto exec. and Secretary of HUD.\n\nHe's all about those bootstraps.— Charlotte Clymer \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Charlotte Clymer \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\u26a7\ufe0f\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651084349
You literally have an elevator for your cars. Just say you don\u2019t care about young people being unable to start their lives because you could never fathom what it\u2019s like to have crippling student debt you were told was necessary to take on to be successful.— The Humanist Report (@The Humanist Report) 1651083016
Hey, look, a guy born into wealth who is currently worth about a quarter *billion* dollars, and who has well over $100 million hidden away from taxation in a trust for his kids, begrudges regular people relief from debt.\n\nYou are the oligarchy, Mitt. Resign.— Steve Cox (@Steve Cox) 1651092595
Mitt Romney\u2019s net worth: 450 million \nMitt Romney\u2019s monthly income: 6 million \n\nTrump/GOP tax scam: 1.9 trillion dollars that benefited the wealthy & corporations.\n\nBut please go on & tell us how helping everyday Americans with their financial debt is an act of desperation.— FEISTY\ud83d\ude08 (@FEISTY\ud83d\ude08) 1651087735
Romney – who infamously stated in 2011 that "corporations are people" and incorrectly declared during his failed 2012 presidential run that 47 percent of Americans pay no taxes – was also smacked down because literally, nobody is suggesting what he falsely accused Democrats of proposing.
I don't think anyone is suggesting forgiving auto loans, credit card debt, or mortgages. \n\nSeriously though, when the richest man in the world paid no taxes and just bought Twitter, you have to admit there's room to offset the wealth gap.— Leslieoo7 \uea00\ud83c\udf3b\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Leslieoo7 \uea00\ud83c\udf3b\ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651085703
Mitt Romney calls student loan forgiveness a bribe, compares it to forgiving auto loans or credit card debt.\n\nStudent loans are investments in our future. Rich elites like Romney can only see student loans as profit centers.\n\nIt's the worst kind of "I got mine, screw you" GOPism.pic.twitter.com/1BqkU0YjVa— Peter Lorber \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Peter Lorber \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651084631
@MittRomney, your 47% silver spoon attitude is showing. \n\nBy time many students pay off their loans, the interest alone is more than the original loan amt and it can take many years to pay it off.\n\nThere're better consumer protections for those who take out auto loans or a cc...pic.twitter.com/FzDDcnvRkP— Gronda Morin (@Gronda Morin) 1651083441
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