Fox Business Network host Stuart Varney revived one of the Republican Party’s least popular talking points Friday, when he slammed President Barack Obama’s proposed early-childhood education reforms as “free stuff” and “goodies” that will buy votes for the president.
During an appearance on Fox & Friends, Varney — who tends to be outrageously wrong about everything — attacked President Obama’s education plan as “a repeat performance of his campaign, which is you raise taxes on the rich and offer all kinds of free stuff to people who will vote for you in the future.”
“Free preschool education for four-year-olds, it’s free, here it is. Hand out the goodies!” mocked Varney.
“He’s buying votes with future taxpayer money,” he ranted, paying no regard to the fact that Obama will never again face re-election. “He’s increasing the scope of the unions because it is the teachers’ union which will staff these preschools and he’s introducing big government, more big government to the states.”
Video of Varney’s comments is below, via The Raw Story:
Ironically, by reprising Mitt Romney’s sneering farewell to the 47 percent, Varney himself is giving a tremendous political gift to Democrats. Most Americans don’t think that policies like providing high-quality education for preschoolers are “goodies”; they think that they’re proper function of government. That’s one of the reasons that 77 percent of viewers had a positive response to President Obama’s State of the Union speech, in which he first proposed the reforms. It’s also one of the reasons that voters overwhelmingly rejected Romney and the Republicans in November.
After Romney made his “gifts” comments, Republicans lined up to repudiate them as part of their effort to present a kinder, gentler face to the public. As Varney has demonstrated, however, plenty of party loyalists still adhere to Romney’s bitter philosophy.