3 million Americans hold a total of $1.6 trillion in federal student debt —one of them is squad member Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN). The congresswoman recently appeared on SiruisXM’s Dean Obeidallah Show to ask for student loan forgiveness, including her own.
Omar makes $174K a year.
And even if Ms. Omar can’t foot the bill on her own, surely her wealthy husband can help her out before the taxpayers are forced to shoulder the burden. Omar’s husband, Tim Mynett, owns a stake in a California winery —you know, like all folks just trying to make ends meet.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, “ Mynett received between $15,001 and $50,000 from the winery business, according to Omar’s disclosures. The winery, which says it makes several ‘boundary-breaking’ wines, operates vineyards in Sonoma County, Calif., and Oregon.”
That’s just Mynett’s side hustle.
Mynett is co-owner of E Street Group, which received millions from Omar’s campaign. “The Minnesota progressive’s campaign dished out nearly $3 million to [husband Tim] Mynett’s firm, E Street Group, before criticism had forced her to terminate the contract in November 2020. Mynett and his business partner then appeared to veer away from their political operation to consult wine and beverage companies,” Fox News reports.
Not surprisingly, prominent GOP members aren’t that keen on giving folks like Omar a bailout.
‘Taxpayers and working families should not be responsible for continuing to bear the costs associated with this suspension of repayment,’ Sen. John Thune (R-SD) told Fox in a statement.
‘Why should a trucker who didn’t go to college have to pay off a lawyer’s student loan debt? Because that is what Biden is proposing when he says he will “forgive” student loan debt,’ Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR.) said.
‘If President Biden cancels student loan debt, inflation will explode,’ Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) wrote on Twitter.
“Forgiving the entire sum would cost more than the government has spent on unemployment insurance, food stamps and supplemental social security income, respectively, over the last 20 years,” the Daily Mail reports.
Omar’s communications director seems to think people should be on board with paying off the congresswoman’s debts because she’s a “literal refugee.”
“She’s a literal refugee who came to this country with almost nothing and worked multiple jobs to get through college and feed her family before being elected to Congress. Get the f–k outta here,” tweeted Jeremy Slevin.
That will convince us.