It’s become cliche, but Margaret Thatcher summed it up when she said “The problem with Socialism is eventually you run out of other people’s money.” And that sentiment was certainly on display the other night during a Chris Matthews interview of former Wisconsin Lieutenant Governor Barbara Lawton.
According to The Blaze:
In an interview with liberal politician Barbara Lawton — a former Wisconsin lieutenant governor and staunch supporter of Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders — MSNBC host Chris Matthews wouldn’t let her off the hook.
After getting what appeared to be political talking points over why she supports Sanders, Matthews shifted to the candidate’s free college tuition proposal.
“He’s talking about free tuition at the University of Wisconsin, wherever the campus is,” Matthews said Tuesday. “Free for everybody, free at University of Michigan, free Berkeley, free Penn State, free for every state university, and I keep asking myself, ‘Where is all that enormous amount of money coming from?’ And do you think he has a way of getting that money?”
“Of course he does,” Lawton replied. But after she continued further, Matthews apparently wasn’t satisfied.
“You say ‘we,’ but who is going to pay for it, who?” Matthews asked.
“The people of the United States,” Lawton answered before Matthews interrupted and continued to dig. But Lawton’s reference to “when everyone is paying their fair share of taxes, and when we set the priorities as a nation …” wasn’t sitting right with the host.
“So you don’t know where it’s coming from?” Matthews pushed.
With that Lawton admitted, “I don’t have to right at this moment, actually.”
While Lawton later noted Sanders had spoken of tapping into the financial industry for funding, Matthews seemed skeptical: “There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Somebody pays. And I think we ought to know who it is, okay?”
What’s interesting is this is a former Lt Governor of the state of Wisconsin who hasn’t done the simple math to tell you that about 20 million college students would cost approximately $15,000 per year (very conservatively) totaling at least 300 billion (with a B) dollars. Perhaps Bernie needs to pull out his pencil and do a little calculating.
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You can watch the exchange here: