Super Stupid

Stuart Varney doesn’t have the precise figures, but he’s certain the number Steve Doocy just pulled out of his ass is accurate.

Doocy: I read somewhere that with this high quality preschool for every 4 year old in America it would cost $10,000 per kid per year. Where’s that money coming from?

Varney: That is probably correct. I don’t have the precise.. that is probably an accurate figure.

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Varney: Just step back for a second. Look what the president is doing here, it’s a repeat performance of his campaign, which is you raise taxes on the rich and you offer all kinds of free stuff to people who will vote for you in the future. Free preschool education for 4-year-olds, it’s free, here it is. Hand out the goodies.

Just step back for a second as Stuart Varney’s unparalleled buffoonery spawns a singularity at the center of the planet Vulcan.

The president is giving out “the goodies” to 4-year-olds so they will vote for him 14 years from now. And I suppose he will use his time machine, the same time machine he used to plant his birth certificate, to take these preschoolers back to 2012 so they can vote for him.

Of course, in the real world, a depressing number of these 4-year-old conspirators will drop out of school, many will become Republicans or — even worse — libertarians, and some will be killed by our gun culture before they even have the opportunity to use the president’s time machine to vote for him.

Or, with a quality education, we may avoid each of those problems all together, which is what the insufferable Steve Doocy and Stuart Varney are really concerned about.

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  • hanadora444

    OK, let me get this straight. Four-year-olds are going to vote for Obama in the future?

  • i_a_c

    Only Fox can turn preschool into a big government entitlement.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Weber/707255929 Karen Weber

    Cost of incarcerating one inmate ranges from around $30,000-60,000 according to http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-3445_162-57418495/the-cost-of-a-nation-of-incarceration/. That’s a teacher’s salary. Spend our taxes on teachers trying to reduce the incarceration rate rather than prison corporations.

    • http://phydeauxpseaks.blogspot.com Bob Rutledge

      Unfortunately, teachers have (so far) been able to avoid becoming serfs, and so the Overlords can’t rent them out for profit.

  • muselet

    A five-minute Google search led to a whole lot of advocacy articles, mostly Righty think tanks trying to make the case for eliminating Head Start, and not a lot of actual research or data, so it’s hard to say what high-quality preschool really costs.

    My guess is that Steve Doocey either relied on one of those Righty sites or he randomly came up with a scary-sounding number. And I’m guessing that Stuart Varney would have nodded and agreed with Doocey’s number even if it had been a million dollars per student. Either way, they’re blowing smoke.

    I read somewhere that Steve Doocey’s IQ is right around room temperature, Celcius. Where’s all that stupid coming from?

    –alopecia

  • JimmyAbra

    Speaking from experience, it is about $13K per child from the ages to birth to they are able to attend 4K (which was controversial in itself). So, I can see $10K being a reasonable number on the high-end side once you factoring in economies of scale, etc. Regardless, it is an investment in the future that really should be shared. It does stress a middle-income household hole (10% of our 2 income household). We can barely do it and we both have decent (though lower, by comparison, paid because they are government) jobs and feel fortunate we can provide this quality to our children. I would easily chip in an additional $100 per month to help one other kid the same opportunity…not to mention if everyone did so many more would have it.

  • Draxiar

    Right. President Obama wants the citizens of America to join their resources to the advancement of the country by investing in it’s younger citizens. What a self righteous prick for wanting to make this country better…how dare he…

  • http://www.politicalruminations.com/ nicole

    Excellent piece, Ashby!

    These people are not only ignoramus pigs with iqs comparable to that of an adult feral cat, they are complete assholes with no concern whatsoever for other people, or the country as a whole.

    The damn scum of the earth!

  • trgahan

    Well, this is the party that gave President Bush a standing ovation in congress when he said he wouldn’t renew the child health insurance law….cause of socialism…er something.