Progressives’ elitist college-debt plan and other commentary

Economist: Left’s Elitist College-Debt Plan

“Progressive calls for President-elect Joe Biden to forgive student debt in his first 100 days of office should be ignored in lieu of a more moderate proposal: forgiveness capped at $5,000 of debt,” argues Beth Akers at The Wall Street Journal. The reality is that most college grads with big debt are fine: “Borrowers with the largest balances are the least likely to default . . . because they’ve often invested in professional or graduate degrees that lead to careers with high earning potential.” It’s those with small debts but no degree who are truly stuck. Since “universal student-loan cancellation” would “bleed the working class to alleviate debt for those with more-lucrative career options,” we should call it “what it is: elitist.”

From the right: Anti-racism Icon’s Pay Hypocrisy

The University of Wisconsin featured two keynote speakers at its annual Diversity Forum this year, but “prominent diversity consultant Robin DiAngelo raked in $12,750,” nearly 70 percent more than black female author Austin Channing Brown, reports The Washington Free Beacon’s Charles Fain Lehman. It’s a disparity that “a devoted reader of her work would likely identify as racist.” DiAngelo herself has “called such inequitable treatment the racist heart of capitalism.” The excessive fees for this speaking engagement “are just the latest example of the exorbitant rates DiAngelo charges for public lectures on ‘anti-racism’ and ‘white fragility,’ pop sociological concepts that have taken on new power amid America’s current racial upheaval.” She and other prominent “woke” figures will “continue to reap healthy payouts for years to come.”

Centrist: No Representation for Trumpers?

Progressives this month launched a campaign to demonize and harass lawyers and law firms who would dare represent Team Trump in its various election-related cases — and “New Jersey Democratic Rep. Bill Pascrell expanded that campaign this week with a malicious and frivolous demand for New York and other states to disbar roughly two dozen lawyers for representing Trump,” fumes legal scholar Jonathan Turley at his blog. Yes, many of Team Trump’s claims may not pass muster. But courts have greeted others more warmly, and either way, none of the claims deserves to leave the lawyers disbarred or suspended. “What Pascrell is doing is undermining our legal system by using his office to advance a campaign targeting lawyers and legislators who raise objections to his party prevailing in the presidential election.”

Libertarian: Sidney Powell’s Absurd Claims

Lawyer Sidney Powell says President Trump “is the victim of a vast conspiracy to steal the 2020 election,” notes Reason’s Robby Soave, and has now “accused Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, a Republican and key Trump ally, of accepting bribes from Dominion, the voting-software company baselessly accused of switching millions of votes from Trump” to Joe Biden, and ­asserted Hillary Clinton used the same software to defeat Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic primary. But she has “provided no evidence for any of her claims,” and though she has appeared at press conferences alongside Rudy Giuliani, the Trump campaign distanced itself from her. The “vast conspiracy” she is alleging — which even involves “deceased dictator Hugo Chavez” — “would be the most serious and unprecedented assault on American democracy in living memory.” So to “say that she’s straining credulity would be the understatement of the year.”

Religion beat: Battling for the Mass

At First Things, San Francisco Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone ­recounts that “like most bishops, my first response” to the coronavirus was to cooperate with lockdowns. He suspended public Masses but left churches open for private worship. Meanwhile, he put into place rigorous safety protocols and “pleaded with public officials behind the scenes.” Yet when the reopening order finally came down, it only permitted outdoor worship for 12 people. Meanwhile, a parishioner could “spend three hours in a Nordstrom’s shopping for shoes.” At that point, the bishop ­realized he would have to go to war, launching his “Free the Mass” campaign — and he won: “The city raised the limit on public worship indoors to 100 people.”

— Compiled by The Post Editorial Board

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