Fox's Stuart Varney: Democrats Are “Giving Stuff Away” And “They're Buying Votes”

From the October 14 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (HOST): Ok, so with all that free stuff they're giving away, what's it going to cost you, the American taxpayer?


DOOCY: Stuart Varney joins us live. You're right, a lot. How lot? Big lot. 

VARNEY: Look, if you go with the Wall Street Journal, they say that Bernie Sanders' program costs $18 trillion over 10 years. Having listened to Hillary last night, I mean she's somewhere up there with all the freebies that she's going to give away. So this is going to cost an arm and a leg. They want to tax the rich, tax Wall Street, tax the big corporations, topple the 1 percent.

BRIAN KILMEADE (HOST): And give us what?

VARNEY: And give us freebies. 

ELISABETH HASSELBECK (HOST): A long list. Public college, paid family leave, health care, health care for all children, prescription drugs, expanded Social Security, childhood education, higher minimum wage. It goes on and on. You can't even fill the screen with it here. I think everyone who's a good person, has an ounce of mercy in them would say “we'd love to be able to do this.” The problem is, it ends up coming back to bite us if we can't afford it. Is that right?

VARNEY: Absolutely. If you do all of that, all of the above, all of those freebies that you just mentioned, they're going to pay for it by taxing the rich. If do you that, if you take all that money off the rich, you end up with a recession, if not a depression. 

HASSELBECK: And who does that hurt?

VARNEY: That hurts everybody. There's far fewer jobs and less tax revenue coming in. So you've got an even bigger deficit and even more money to borrow. 

KILMEADE: The one person who was targeted or the one group of people that were targeted all night was Wall Street. They talked about the collapse of 2008. Something is telling them that people aren't over that and they're probably right. And they also were saying that the middle class are getting screwed by the millionaires and billionaires. In fact, Bernie Sanders is running against billionaires, the 500 in our country, the ones that are really burning Bernie. 

VARNEY: Yeah, look, they are giving stuff away. They're giving stuff away. In fact, I keep going back to this. They're buying votes. “Vote for me and look what I will give you.”


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