On Fox News, President Obama’s Student Aid Bill Of Rights was little more than an excuse to smear college and college students. And laugh at them.
In his introduction to the subject, host Neil Cavuto signaled the lack of concern for students to come when he announced, in his introduction, that the measure had panelist Ben Stein wondering, “Where is the taxpayer bill of rights?”
Stein suggested that public funding of higher education is a ripoff. “Why it is that the taxpayer, that the guy working in a store or working in a gas station, should pay taxes to subsidize a bunch of kids getting high all day, that’s very...”
Panelist Charles Payne interrupted with loud laughter.
Cavuto, smiling, said, “They’re not getting high all day.”
“They are, actually,” said panelist Dagen McDowell.
Stein continued, “Why it is that the taxpayers are on the hook for sending these kids on a long four five or six year vacation? That’s a very good question. The money’s never going to get paid back. It’s going to be another catastrophe.”
Cavuto joked, “Ben single handedly shot our demo up to 80 and above.”
McDowell complained, “I wish I didn’t even have to go to college. …We were forced into getting these degrees.” She claimed that what she got out of college was, “I learned how to bong a beer.”
Panelist Charles Gasparino complained that President Obama is “taking victimization to a new level.” He described the graduates in debt as “kids who borrow recklessly to go to college.”
Payne piled on: “Some cab driver who didn’t finish high school should take a piece of his check and spend for your basket-weaving magic? Are you kidding me?
As The Boston Globe reported, student debt is not just crushing a generation but will likely have an effect on the broader economy as young people put off buying homes, cars, appliances, furniture and other goods and services.
Maybe that would make this panel care.
Watch the smearing below, from the March 14 Cavuto on Business.