CLC student’s thoughts on Biden’s bill and broken promises

Elliott Deins

President Biden’s $1.85 trillion proposal includes $555 billion to fight climate change and $400 billion to aid in child care but neglects the president’s campaign promise of student debt relief. 

Three CLC students were asked for their opinions of the president’s new proposal. 

“It’s bullshit student debt is an issue a lot of people face,” said Claire Armstrong, who is in her first year at CLC. “It’s ridiculous. My mom works for the school, [so] I don’t have to pay. I’m the exception, and there are a lot of people struggling [to pay for school].” 

Armstrong said that the government should assist with getting higher education for its populace. 

“Education is one of the rights we are promised,” she said. “It would help to get rid of some of the hoops you have to jump through. For example, you shouldn’t have to pay to apply for a college.”


President Biden delivering plans for new bill. Courtesy of REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

Travis Correa is in his third semester at CLC and is upset with the president and his unfulfilled promises. 

“It’s frustrating because that’s one of the things he talked about,” Correa said. “There are a lot of students here who are struggling, not only me but a lot of students.” 

Correa never put too much weight on Biden’s words. 

“His intentions were good but making it happen wasn’t realistic,” Correa said. “It’s like what Trump did with the wall. Biden’s intentions were good, but they weren’t really well executed.” 

Correa believes the government should provide at least an associate’s degree. 

“A high school diploma isn’t cutting it these days,” he said. “Employers aren’t looking for education as much anymore; it’s more experience. [An] associates [degree] would at least get them in the interview seat.”

Taylor Schwamb is not happy with the proposal and blames its faults on the priorities of the oval office. 

“It’s kind of offensive,” she said.  “You shouldn’t say you’re going to do something and not do it. It was not on his top list of priorities, so he didn’t do it. Education is important. There are definitely more important world issues, but education is still important.”


Graph of Student Loan Debt courtesy of https://educationdata.org/

Schwamb agreed with Correa that the government should pay for up to an associate’s degree at least. 

“Considering a lot of the laws push for more education so that we can get jobs,” she said.

The new bill impacts students all across campus. These unfulfilled promises and false hopes drive the wedge further and build the gap between the government and its populace.