The Democratic Party is springing a five-year-old political trap that may help President Barack Obama win support from middle-class parents and young voters.

Their trap is the scheduled election-year doubling of interest rates on government-provided student loans.

The pre-planned doubling forces GOP politicians to either approve a Democratic measure that extends the low interest rates, or else face protest from millions of students and their middle-class parents.

Many GOP legislators dislike the subsidized interest rate because it inflates education costs while delivering a disguised subsidy to the Democrats’ political allies in the education industry.