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Elizabeth Warren Once Declared, All ‘Debts Must Be Repaid’ — Now, Not So Much

Elizabeth Warren

Oh, how the past can come back to bite them.

On the campaign trail this year, Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been embracing and sharing a far-Left agenda on a wide range of issues that include almost complete student loan debt forgiveness.

Yet the 2020 Democratic primary candidate said something quite different for years — and even as recently as 2015.

Today, Warren has been calling for most student debt to be erased and paid for through increased taxes on the wealthy.

The student debt crisis is real [1] and it’s crushing millions of people — especially people of color,” she declared several months ago while campaigning.

“It’s time to decide: Are we going to be a country that only helps the rich and powerful get richer and more powerful, or are we going to be a country that invests in its future?”

Upon releasing her plan — along with Sen. James Clyburn (D-S.C.) — to cancel debt for more than 95 percent of Americans with student loans earlier this year, Warren said that student loans never should have been been issued in the first place.

Related: Warren, Ahead of 2020, Would Forgive Up to $50,000 in Debt Per College Student [1]

However, this is in stark contrast to what she touted in a now-deleted blog post in 2006 [2], in which Warren presented her “Service Pays” proposal.

Under that plan, students could take out loans from the government to fund their education regardless of their parents’ income — but only on one condition: All of their debts “must be repaid.”

Just one year after that blog post, Warren wrote an academic article [3] in which she explained how students could repay their debts through her program.

She said in 2007 that her proposal would allow “any student who is willing to work” the opportunity to pay off the debt by performing public service at home, in the military or abroad.

“College students can shoulder educational costs if they know they will have opportunities to repay loans,” Warren wrote.

“A program that features four years of loans, followed by four years of public service to forgive those loans, would be such an opportunity. It would significantly diminish the burden of educational debt and keep open the option of public service and other lower-paying, but potentially more rewarding, jobs for graduates. Service Pays is one such program,” she also said.

Warren even boasted about the “powerful” message her program sent to college students in that it encouraged them to take responsibility for themselves and pay off their own debts, as The Daily Caller [4] also noted in a piece about it.

“To say to young people that YOU can pay for your college education in four years and be student debt-free would change the thinking of a lot of young people and their families,” she said.

She added that her proposal makes it “so that one of the first adult decisions young people make is how to take care of themselves and pay for their own educations through service.”

“The value to young people of the option to work for themselves is immense,” Warren continued.

Wow. That’s quite different from what she’s been telling millions of Americans today while out on the campaign trail.

And Warren was promoting her “Service Pays” proposal as recently as 2015, when she talked about its benefits during a speech she delivered to the American Federation of Teachers [5].

The proposal’s message of encouraging young people to work hard and take responsibility for themselves is admirable — which is why it’s so unfortunate that Warren has completely thrown it out the window in the interest of touting “free stuff” to the progressive liberals and other Democrats she speaks to these days.

These days, hard work and personal responsibility are the last things that Warren wants young Americans to be thinking about.

Instead, she appears to want them to feel like they have no choice but to depend on the government.

She’s pushing the idea that hard work is a pointless effort that will get young people nowhere — and that the only chance they have to get through life is for the government to bail them out of debt at the expense of the rich.

“The first step in addressing this crisis is to deal head-on with the outstanding debt that is weighing down millions of families and should never have been required in the first place,” Warren wrote recently on Medium [6] when she announced her plan in April.

“That’s why I’m calling for something truly transformational — the cancellation of up to $50,000 in student loan debt for 42 million Americans.”

Under Warren’s plan, the student debt for over 95 percent of Americans would be wiped away through a 2 percent wealth tax on families with assets over $50 million.

So much for empowering students to bail themselves out of debt.

Warren’s past blog posts are a reminder of what could have been — and of how she’s flip-flopped dramatically on this issue.

Seems she’s sold out to today’s Democratic Party, which pushes handouts from the government — which the rest of us wind up paying for — instead of hard work, independence, pride in one’s efforts, and self-worth.

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