Bill Maher weighed in on student loan forgiveness – which he deemed as a "loser issue." During the same episode of "Real Time with Bill Maher," a notable Democratic strategist reamed out Democrats for being experts in "pissing off the working class."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) has been the most vocal proponent of student loan cancelation – despite, at times, dodging logical questions about her proposal. However, two long-time, die-hard Democrats explained why student loan forgiveness is a "loser issue" during Friday night's episode of "Real Time."
"We who didn’t go to college and didn’t benefit from that are gonna subsidize you, to get your degree in gender studies and sports marketing and all the other bulls**t," Maher said of the student loan forgiveness proposal.
Maher then declared, "I think it’s a loser issue."
Begala then sarcastically sneered at his own party, "We Democrats have a lab, two labs actually, secret labs – one in Berkeley and one in Brooklyn, where we come up with ideas to completely piss off the working class, and it’s working wonderfully."
"And they all have PhDs right in pissing off the working class," said Begala – who was the chief strategist for Bill Clinton's successful presidential campaign in 1992. "Somehow, in my lifetime, the Democrats have gone from being the party of the factory floor to being the party faculty lounge."
Begala explained how he recently went to visit a machinists union in Chicago, and not one of the blue-collar workers mockingly said, "Gee, I really hope you take my tax dollars to pay off the debt of somebody who went to Stanford."
Begala – who is currently a CNN political commentator and a research professor of public policy at Georgetown University's McCourt School of Public Policy – mentioned President Joe Biden is considering canceling up to $10,000 of student loans – which he supposed was a "good" gesture, but had a different idea.
"But what I’d much rather see Democrats do is go back to their roots, which is earn it," Begala proposed. "We’re the party that carried the G.I. Bill, and nobody called that free college because it wasn’t. The guys who got the G.I. Bill earned it."
"Why don’t we have a system where we say, 'You want to get out of your college debt, serve your country – Marine Corps, Peace Corps, AmeriCorps.' Not everybody can carry a rifle, but you can mentor a kid, and you should give two years of service," the Democratic strategist suggested. "Then you will have earned that and expand it. So we have community college job training. We need more mechanics, not MBAs."
Maher then bashed Democrats for having "this idea that you’re a better person if you sit in class more and more and get more and more degrees."
The liberal political pundit and comedian called for college to be cheaper "because most of it is bulls**t anyway."