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Ilhan Omar Dances To Celebrate Trying To Force Even More Burden on Taxpayers

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Nothing in life is free, unless, of course, you’re one of those economically ignorant folks who believes the absurd notion that the government can “give away” anything.

It cannot.

Let me repeat that. The government cannot give away anything for free.

However, the lie that it can is one of the biggest deceptions the left has ever told the American people.

I honestly think leftist lawmakers are starting to believe their own false advertising.

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So when the American public hears this talk about canceling school debt, they do not need to think about it in terms of a benevolent and generous free handout.

Rather, they need to see it for what it is — forcing group A to pay for group B’s financial decisions.

Group A in this non-hypothetical is the American taxpaying public. These are the people who looked at the bottom line of their 1040 form, wrote a check and sent it in.

Group B believes someone can wave a magic wand and unicorns will fly in and take their debt away. Or something like that.

Do you think canceling all student debt is an unrealistic progressive pipe dream?

Right about now, you must be asking if anyone who doesn’t live in a fantasy world actually believes such nonsense.

Let me introduce you to Ilhan Omar.

She’s a peddler of fanciful nonsense and anti-Semitic ignorance. She also happens to be a U.S. congresswoman representing Minnesota’s 5th Congressional District.

Omar is trying to sell the public on the wonders of giving away free stuff, er, I mean, she’s a vocal advocate for canceling school debt.

Right about now, you must be thinking: “How does that work? Surely, she doesn’t want to just pay off people’s loans with other peoples’ tax dollars? That would be stupid as heck, so please tell me, Ilhan, is it more than that?”

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Nope.

“Rep. Omar’s Student Debt Cancellation Act, would cancel all outstanding student debt,” the progressive website Common Dreams reported Monday.

I wanted to cite a lefty source so you can see the truth about the act in full-stupid mode.

“That’s a $1.6 trillion burden affecting more than 45 million people,” Common Dreams added.

“This bill will benefit people in all demographic groups, communities, and walks of life.”

Except, of course, for the millions of taxpayers who get robbed to pay for it. This legislation doesn’t exactly benefit them.

But don’t go away — there is more smoke in that genie’s lamp.

“The reform package also includes [Vermont independent] Sen. [Bernie] Sanders’ College for All Act, which provides tuition-free higher education to every qualified American without any additional work requirements, restrictions, or tests for family financial eligibility,” Common Dreams told its readers.

Free college! Magic debt removal!

Why haven’t we thought of this before?! It’s so simple!!!

Omar, for her part, was so pleased with her plan that she decided to do a happy dance:

But the ignorance of Omar’s plan — and a similar proposal by Massachusetts Democrat Sen. Elizabeth Warren — is that it denies economic realities we already know to be true.

According to personal finance expert Robert Farrington, writing in Forbes, “Even Elizabeth Warren admits her plans would cost $1.2 trillion over ten years — a tab taxpayers are expected to handle on top of everything else.”

Warren’s plan would also place a 2 percent annual tax on the 75,000 families in the U.S. who are worth $50 million or more.

But the burden, as immoral as it is, isn’t limited to only the wealthy taxpayers.

“Those who have been paying attention already know how that’s going to work out,” Farrington wrote.

“The original plan is to tax other people for giant entitlement programs and new initiatives, but everything costs more than people think, and those costs trickle down to hit everyone if you give them enough time.”

(Farrington has also listed five moral and economic problems with school debt cancellation programs, and I encourage you to check his piece out if you want a deeper dive into the topic.)

But arguments like “it won’t work,” “it’s immoral” or “it robs the American taxpayer” aren’t persuasive to the entitlement-obsessed left.

So Rep. Omar will dance in the hallway, play a tune on her pipe and hope the American voters follow her out of a place of reasonableness and wisdom, and into a fictional land of free stuff for all.

I pray she is unsuccessful.

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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