This week, MSNBC's Chris Matthews asked Bernie Sanders supporter and former lieutenant governor of Wisconsin Barbara Lawton how her favored candidate was going to fulfill his campaign promise and pay for free college tuition. She had no answer and that frustrated the usually pro-liberal idea host (though probably because President Obama wasn't saying it).
Sanders peddles free tuition for all state universities in America but Matthews wants to know, "Where is all that enormous amount of money coming from?" He prompted his guest, reminding her that she is a "smart" politician and not just some gung-ho 20-year-old.
"Do you think he has a way of getting that money?" he asked.
"Of course he does," Lawton said confidently.
"How?" Matthews interjected.
She began talking but it was filler talking points about bettering education.
"You say 'we,' but who is going to pay for it, who?" Matthews pressed.
At least she was honest when she answered, "The people of Wisconsin," before correcting herself with, "The people of the United States." What that means is everyone paying their "fair share," she added.
A frustrated Matthews knew this was going nowhere. The look on his face is priceless; that is to say, there was NO thrill going up his leg on this one:
But even Sanders himself can't answer questions about where he is going to get the money to tackle his big ideas. His recent interview with The New York Daily News helped prove that. The Washington Post said it "was pretty close to a disaster" because he couldn't answer how he was going to take down big banks like his rhetoric goes. A few examples lifted from the interview were posted to the report:
Daily News: And then, you further said that you expect to break them up within the first year of your administration. What authority do you have to do that? And how would that work? How would you break up JPMorgan and Chase?
Sanders: Well, by the way, the idea of breaking up these banks is not an original idea. It’s an idea that some conservatives have also agreed to. You’ve got head of, I think it’s, the Kansas City Fed, some pretty conservative guys, who understands. Let’s talk about the merit of the issue, and then talk about how we get there...
Daily News: Okay. Well, let’s assume that you’re correct on that point. How do you go about doing it?
Sanders: How you go about doing it is having legislation passed, or giving the authority to the Secretary of Treasury to determine, under Dodd-Frank, that these banks are a danger to the economy over the problem of too-big-to-fail.
Daily News: But do you think that the Fed, now, has that authority?
Sanders: Well, I don’t know if the Fed has it. But I think the administration can have it.
When the Daily News continued pressing him on this issue, asking where he sees JPMorgan or Citibank in the future as a consequence of his big plans to shut down Wall Street with federal power, Sanders could only say, "I'm not running JPMorgan, Chase or Citibank."
Pie-in-the-sky ideas have their price, but who's paying for them? Nobody knows!
H/T The Blaze
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