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Wisconsin GOP reacts to Biden’s Madison visit: praying terrorists don’t cross open border

By: Steve Schuster, [email protected]//April 9, 2024//

Wisconsin GOP reacts to Biden's Madison visit on Zoom call.

Wisconsin GOP reacts to Biden’s Madison visit: praying terrorists don’t cross open border

By: Steve Schuster, [email protected]//April 9, 2024//

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As President Joe Biden promoted ‘life-changing’ student loan relief in Wisconsin, the Wisconsin GOP met with journalists from across the state discussing concerns they have with the Biden Administration from its open border policy to making hard-working Wisconsinites pay for out-of-state tuition of other students.

U.S. Senator Ron Johnson, Congressman Bryan Steil, Congressman Derrick Van Orden and WisGOP Chairman Brian Schimming were on Monday’s Zoom call.

Schimming opened the call by saying, “Let’s be honest about what’s going on here. Joe Biden is in trouble. There is an eclipse going on today, and it’s Joe Biden’s polling numbers being eclipsed by Republicans. He is in deep, deep trouble in every target state out there.”

It’s unclear which numbers Schimming was referencing. According to the latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll President Biden and former President Donald Trump are statistically tied, with Biden holding a slim 2-point lead, 50%-48%, which is in alignment with a recently published Marquette University poll.

Schimming pointed out that Biden’s visit was to “solidly blue Madison,” which is indicative that “Biden is on a rescue mission,” he said.

Johnson made it clear that the open borders in the United States present a “clear and present danger to America.”

“I just hope and pray that terrorists attacks don’t result from open border,” Johnson said, noting the ultimate results of Democrat’s open border policy may not be seen for decades.

Van Orden said he just returned to Wisconsin from an official business trip to Israel. While there he said he first-hand observed how the Biden administrations failed Israel policy harm Jewish Americans.

“I have to say the Biden Administration has turned their backs on the Jewish people of the country Israel is absolutely shameful,” Van Orden said.

“I want the Biden administration and my collogues in congress, and the folks who work with Senator Johnson to get off their can and understand they are actually supporting the genocide of the Jewish people and its unforgiveable.”

Noting his background with multiple combat tours, Van Orden said, for Democrats order stop sending arms “to our closest ally in the region during a time of war is unconscionable.”

During Biden’s Madison visit Monday, he talked about the burden of higher education.

“Even when they work hard and pay their student loans, their debt increases and not diminishes,” Biden said. “Too many people feel the strain and stress, wondering if they can get married, have their first child, start a family, because even if they get by, they still have this crushing, crushing debt,” he added.

Steil said he believes the courts will find Biden’s student loan policy unconstitutional, noting Biden’s student-loan forgiveness plan fails to see the forest through the trees.

“This (Biden’s) program does not address the underlying issue, which is the high cost of education. What we need to do at the end of the day, address that,” Steil said, noting “the president is simply shifting the burden to those individuals who already paid off their student loans .. or chose to take a career that didn’t require a four-year education.”

It would appear the U.S. Supreme Court agrees with Steil.

Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court last year stopped Biden’s first attempt to forgive billions of dollars in loans. The decision called Biden’s plan a “mistake.”

In the wake of last year’s court decision, the White House has found alternative means for debt relief via targeted initiatives.

According to the White House, more than $144 billion in student loans for almost 4 million Americans have been canceled in what some Republicans call a wealth redistribution scheme.

“The President should explain to someone who is working as a carpenter in Kenosha how this program is fair to them,” Stiel said, noting Biden’s message to forgive student loans in Madison is an unconstitutional attempt to buy votes.

“He is simply using a different authority the Higher Education act, going around congress,” Steil added, noting he thinks the courts will ultimately find this to be unconstitutional as well.

Also critical of Biden’s loan forgiveness, Schimming said, “There is more fiscal reality at a Hunter Biden art show than there is in what the President is doing in Wisconsin today.”

Van Orden agreed.

“What Joe Biden is doing to the Third congressional District in the State of Wisconsin is expecting our hard-working blue collar men and women who decided to go to a trade school to pay off the bill of people who decided to get a four-year degree,” Van Orden said.

“It’s simply unfair. It’s unAmerican. It’s unconstitutional,” he added.

On Monday WisDEMs issued a statement about Biden’s visit.

“President Biden and Vice President Harris believe higher education should be a ticket to the middle class, not a burden, and announced today additional relief for Wisconsinites reeling from a broken student loan system. This is in stark contrast to Donald Trump, who used his time in the White House to do the bidding of predatory, for-profit colleges—burying investigations in misconduct and rewrite regulations meant to protect student borrowers. While Trump and his MAGA allies want to leave Wisconsin families out to dry, President Biden and Vice President Harris are working every single day to make sure they have what they need to get ahead,” said Democratic Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Joe Oslund.

According to Oslund, last year, the Biden administration launched the most affordable student loan repayment plan – SAVE – which makes many borrowers’ monthly payments as low as $0 and prevents balances from growing because of unpaid interest when the full monthly payment is made. Over 13,000 Wisconsinites have reaped the benefits of the SAVE plan. The Biden-Harris administration also secured the largest increase to Pell Grants in a decade, and finalized new rules to protect borrowers from career programs that leave graduates with unaffordable debts or insufficient earnings.


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