First Lady Jill Biden asked to be called “Doctor” after her husband was elected president. She’s not actually a doctor. She’s also not nearly as smart as one and so she thought the title made her look like she was, at least to stupid people who don’t know better.
The justification for “Doctor” Jill’s request to be called a doctor was she has an EdD. That’s a doctoral degree in education. It’s a little like a PhD but much easier to obtain. No EdD in the entire universe could pass an introductory college chemistry or physics course.
I suppose I could ask to be called a “doctor” too, since my law degree is a J.D., a Juris Doctor, but my friends would laugh at that request, and rightly so.
They don’t teach you anything in EdD programs. After all, they don’t know anything themselves. Their qualification for teaching in an EdD program is their own EdD. They don’t even teach grammar or proofreading. “Doctor” Jill’s written thesis for her EdD contains a typo in the first paragraph.
But the degree helps you land a job in school administration. Think half-million-dollar school superintendent. School administration is the part of the educational-industrial complex where people don’t teach. It’s now the biggest part, at least cost wise.
These bogus doctoral degrees are featherbedding by educators, something like the way they get paid extra if they get a Master’s degree. This is true whether or not they learned anything useful in getting their Master’s. Since there’s no accountability in their job, there’s no way to tell. Pay money to the education establishment for another degree, and the establishment will automatically pay you more taxpayer money.
Everyone wins – except the taxpayers and the students. Then they have the gall to think the rest of us are foolish enough to believe them when they tell us these self-serving scams are “for the children.”
“Doctor” Jill initially saw herself as co-president. That’s understandable, since being around Joe all day probably made her feel at least a qualified as he.
On one of Joe’s first foreign trips, she posed for a photograph of herself behind a desk purportedly going over briefing books. Even Democrats realized this show of her doing foreign policy homework to accompany her questionably cognitive husband overseas didn’t sell.
Since then, she’s been lying low. Most of her public displays of authority are limited to whispering in her husband’s ear to tell him where he is and who he is, and unsuccessfully instructing him not to talk.
But she scored big this week behind the scenes. She whispered in Joe’s ear that he should cancel billions in loans that students voluntarily took on to pay six-figure tuition bills to the education establishment. The published cost of this giveaway is $300 billion, but most objective observers think the real cost is more like triple that.
The people whose debt is being cancelled are, naturally, people with college degrees. A large proportion of them have Master’s degrees. These are not the downtrodden of society; these are the privileged. They are people who either have excellent earnings prospects or used the money loaned to them to voluntarily purchase worthless degrees. Either way, they don’t deserve this freebie.
But I’m sure they’ll take it. Everyone likes stuff when they’re the ones to receive it while someone else pays for it.
The someone who pays for it is you and me, and it’s not a trivial amount. Do the math. With a couple hundred million taxpayers in America, a trillion dollars computes out to several thousand dollars per taxpayer.
Joe is effectively taking thousands of dollars from some of us and paying it to others to purchase their votes in the upcoming midterm elections.
“Doctor” Jill lobbied, whispered and cajoled for this not only because it buys votes in an election that looks bad for the Democrats but because it all redounds to the benefit of her favorite special interest group – the educational-industrial complex that she identifies with and participates in. Colleges can now urge students to take on ever more debt to pay ever higher tuition, with a wink and a nod that the debt will be canceled anyway in the future.
It’s well documented that colleges have spent hundreds of millions (of student tuition and tax-deductible donor endowment) to lobby for precisely this outcome. It’s equally well documented that the Democratic Party was owned by the teachers’ unions even before “Doctor” Jill showed up. But how nice for them to now have one of their own as First Lady, wife, “Doctor” and nurse to a president who is comatose.
You might reasonably ask: How can Joe/Jill simply cancel people’s debt? If they can do that here, couldn’t they also cancel debts owed by favored constituents to the IRS for back taxes? Or to the EPA for fines?
Isn’t debt cancelation the same as free money? What would stop them from instructing the IRS to simply send money to favored constituencies such as unionized public school teachers (but not ununionized charter school teachers)?
Joe himself said some time ago that he had no power to do this. So did high officials in the Obama administration when they considered the idea. So did Nancy Pelosi, the future ex-Speaker of the House, as recently as last year.
They were right then, not now. I expect legal challenges, and I think there’s a fair chance that this mother of all freebies will be shot down in the courts. Good. Then we’ll see “Doctor” Jill self-medicate.