Scott Erickson

Compounding the difficulties for young Americans struggling with the Obama economy is the high amount of debt many have incurred through student loans. Common sense would dictate that the best remedy for paying down one's outstanding debt would be through steady employment, but jobs are in short supply.

Of course, since job creation has eluded the Obama administration, the president has had to resort to his common refrain of pledges and executive actions of questionable legality.

Last week, President Obama announced his intention to expand an already existing program for student loan debt relief. The president's desire to expand the number of individuals able to apply for the program, which caps debt loan payments to 10 percent of a borrower's disposable income and forgives any outstanding balance after ten or twenty years, depending on whether the individual works in the public or private sector, could see a substantial increase in enrollees.

But like seemingly every idea promoted by the Obama White House, this one comes with a potentially heavy price tag and many have questioned whether the president even has the authority to unilaterally follow through with his stated plan.

In response to White House Domestic Policy Director Cecilia Munoz's claim that the expanded student loan relief program would not cost a dime, and would in fact would likely save the American taxpayer money, Tennessee Senator Lamar Alexander was incredulous.

"There most likely is a cost and the president shouldn’t propose it without telling us a cost," stated Alexander.

Alexander further commented on the president's dubious authority to impose his expansion of the program without congressional authority given that congressional approval had previously been sought but denied. "I still haven’t found the authority for the president to do this," said Alexander.

Superseding congressional authority to unilaterally expand an existing student debt relief program may generate kudos from the Left but it is not the panacea for high unemployment and fruitless job searches that has affected millions of young Americans. Millennials need jobs, not political stunts.


Scott Erickson

Scott Erickson’s writing has been featured in The Washington Times, The Daily Caller, The Hill, Defense News, and other publications.