Biden’s student debt plan will likely be defeated in court. Good.

Published September 29, 2022

The Washington Post

Conservatives opposed to President Biden’s student debt relief proposal finally have some good news: It will likely be defeated in court.

The nonprofit Pacific Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on Tuesday that has a good chance of winning. That’s because the suit will likely be able to overcome the primary obstacle to challenging Biden’s plan: standing. Courts can only hear cases that involve a real dispute between parties who have a real stake in the case’s outcome. The doctrine ensures that purely political matters are decided by the political branches. That is often not a serious barrier to bringing contentious matters before the courts because a government’s act usually disadvantages at least one person who has motive to sue.

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Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.

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