We touched on the #MillionStudentMarch earlier with the Marine who obliterated the movement with one simple, yet booming tweet. The campaign calls for the core demands of tuition-free public college, cancellation of all student debt and a $15 minimum wage for all campus workers.
Fox Business host Neil Cavuto is fresh off moderating the latest GOP Debate and had his own engaging discourse with Keely Mullen, who is a national organizer for #MillionStudentMarch.
“#MillionStudentMarch is a movement for a more equitable and fair system of education as opposed to the really corporate model we have right now,” Mullen said. Keely, who is a graduate of the Francis W. Parker School and political science student at Northeastern University, got shut down in the interview only seconds after it started by one simple question.
Cavuto asked, “How is that going to be paid?”
After a blank stare, Keely responded by saying, “Ummm. Great question. Uhhh. I mean, you know, so—I’m not sure if you’re talking about a national level or at particular schools?”
Cavuto reiterates his initial question, “Well if you wanted all of that stuff, someone has to pick up the tab, who would that be?” Keely replies with the generic and easy response that the 1 percent of the richest citizens will pay for it all.
Cavuto proceeds to run circles around this young lady, who was not prepared for such expected questions and was clearly out of her league.
Later in the video, Mullen said that the top one percent of earners need to pay tax rates upwards of 90 percent to pay for all of these free entitlements. The Bernie Sanders supporter even suggested that she and her friends would “absolutely” be okay with paying a 90 percent tax rate if they someday earn $250,000, which would leave Keely and her friends with $25,000 for the entire year. I would not want Keely as my friend signing off on such life-changing decisions for me.
The Fox Business host astutely pointed out that even a 100 percent tax on the top one percent of income earners would not pay for one entitlement, much less free college tuition, pardoning of student loans and a $15 minimum wage.
“They’ve done studies on this, Keeley, I don’t want to get boring here, but even if you were to take the 1 percent and take all of their money — tax it 100 percent — do you know that couldn’t keep Medicare, just Medicare, in this country going for three years? Did you know that?”
Mullen responded, “I don’t… yeah. I don’t believe that.”
“I live in a world and I see a system around me where there is a population that is doing nothing to contribute to the progression of society,” Mullen said, referring to the top earning individuals in this country. Mullen then said that Cavuto wasn’t doing his part. “You know, people in your position, you know, don’t want to pay 90 percent in taxes.” The Fox host retorted, “I dare say unless you’re high as a kite you wouldn’t volunteer to pay 90 percent.”
Mullen could have brought up that we should be investigating why college tuitions have increased 1,120 percent since the 1970s.
Mullen could have made a better argument by citing the failed F-35 program as a way to pay for the handouts. The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is an aircraft that has major flaws and unreliable and that the jet has no real competition because terrorists don’t have an air force and China and Russia have nuclear weapons. Mullen could have pointed out that over the course of the 14 year program it cost taxpayers a staggering $1.5 trillion, the most expensive weapons system ever, and did so without providing many jobs.
Sorry Keely, this isn’t your debate class at the Francis W. Parker School.