Fox News: Obama Proposed ‘Free’ Preschool to Toddlers so They Can Vote for Him ‘in the Future’

Aviva Shen
Think Progress / News Report
Published: Sunday 17 February 2013
Other “gifts” Obama has been accused of using to influence voters are Obamacare, his DREAM directive, and partial college loan forgiveness.
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In his State of the Union address, President Obama made the case for universal early childhood education — an idea that isn’t sitting well with conservatives.

On Friday, Fox Business host Stuart Varney and Fox News host Steve Doocy attacked preschool access as a government handout intended to extend “literally, the nanny state.” Varney echoed an argument used by former presidential candidate Mitt Romney that Obama won the election by giving “gifts” to women and minorities. Even though Obama cannot run for office a third time, the host warned the president is using preschool to entice a whole new generation of toddlers to support him when they’re eligible in 15 years:

VARNEY: 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.

In fact, preschool substantially reduces the likelihood that a child will later drop out of high school, become a teen parent, or be arrested for a violent crime. Studies have determined universal preschool programs generate roughly $7 in savings per child and increases human capital.

Varney and Doocy are hardly the only conservatives suspicious of preschool. Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA) has called for ending childhood education programs because they“ indoctrinate” children to make them dependent on government at an early age.

Other “gifts” Obama has been accused of using to influence voters are Obamacare, his DREAM directive, and partial college loan forgiveness.



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ABOUT Aviva Shen

 

AVIVA SHEN is a Reporter/Blogger for ThinkProgress. Before joining CAP, Aviva interned and wrote for Smithsonian Magazine, Salon, and New York Magazine. She also worked for the Slate Political Gabfest, a weekly politics podcast from Slate Magazine. Previously, she was part of the new media team in Ohio for the 2008 Obama campaign. Aviva received a B.A. from Barnard College.

 

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16 comments on "Fox News: Obama Proposed ‘Free’ Preschool to Toddlers so They Can Vote for Him ‘in the Future’"

Michael Bivona

February 18, 2013 1:07am

Please Fox News? The President could say it is a good idea to wipe your but after using the bathroom and these Neo Con freaks would find some fault with it. GOP- Education bad, ignorance good, without ignorance we could never get elected. Ignorance causes people to vote against their own best interests. Wake up America!

anono

February 17, 2013 7:40pm

The real fear of the cancervatives is that an education starting at an early age may lead to lead to voters with the ability to think for themselves and formulate their own opinions who would actually vote for real world practical solutions to America's problems.
In other words, smart voters are a threat to Dumbocracy!

Norman123

February 17, 2013 4:45pm

By the time those kids are eligible to vote, Mr. O. would be hopefully an old, wise, public leader still interested in making the US a first rate nation instead of the GOP Social Darwinism disguised under the meaningless democracy/socialism for the rich and servitude/abuse of the poor working people. In true Capitalism, the STATE equalizes the field for the big and the small guys who compete for the money of self-employed/full employed people. GOP uses government to control the poor for the benefit of the rich. Without government, corporations would not be people and robbing us blind. You can fool some of the people all the time, most of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time, FOX/GOP....

Lady Amazone

February 17, 2013 4:44pm

How stupid is stupid before a person is considered to be an idiot.. They are sure to be mostly Obama Haters and Old White Men from the GOP Party.. This would be the perfect example of the Stupid Idiot Syndrome ..

Lady Amazone

February 17, 2013 4:23pm

The GOP Party is amazingly dumb and is showing the nation and the world why the USA should not in anyway , shape, or form be involded in Nation Building and the Democratic process of making the world a safe and intelligent place for children to grow up in..

liberty anne

February 17, 2013 3:54pm

I thought they were concerned they might become Democrats, not so much Obama but that's still stupid. The wing nuts got free education and they're still stupid enough to be wing nuts. Who'da thunk it?

RonniV

February 17, 2013 2:00pm

THEN you have the idiot Santorum that says he is against childhood education programs because it will lead to kids being dependent on the government. Just WHEN does he think they are old enough to be educated? When they are old enough to vote? That is one of the most stupid and ridiculous statements yet. That coming from the party that is showing how stupid and ridiculous men can be. They are not even civil to others, much less capable of governing others. The party of NO needs to learn their manners!

Then again, if WE, the PEOPLE are uneducated, we can be manipulated to vote the way the GOP wants us to vote. They would have us living in substandard housing - of course, there would be no building codes for US - only for the "upper class" - of course that means Santorum and his ilk.
Personal opinion - he is a slime and should be forced to work in the trenches like he wants WE, the PEOPLE to do. If he had to live like us for a year, with no money for any extras, no private education for his kids, be required to use public transportation and live in the low-income part of town. I don't think he'd last a year - I also don't think he would learn a thing - certainly not humility - that is against his religion.

pitch1934

February 17, 2013 12:59pm

The red, red, red state of OK has universal pre-k. They love it. No wonder johnny can't read. His cowpie kicking parents don't want him gto.

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Ang Gree

February 17, 2013 12:45pm

of course, hearing wingnutz railing against the horrors of public education is not new, nor is it hard to understand. time and knowledge are two of their worst enemies.

consider the FOXtard's view: some over-educated little kid figures out how time travel works, then takes all the little kid's friends forward in time so they can register as voters, then they all go back in time and vote to re-elect that awful Black Man In The White House for a second term, causing him to win by a slightly higher margin than he would anyway, then they all zip back to the present time where they sip their juice boxes and act all innocent!

didn't think of that did ya, libruls? nope, I thought not.

larronm

February 17, 2013 12:26pm

Yes, Joyful has it right. The entire argument is nonsense. So are the other arguments put forth by the GOP. What is most disturbing is that seemingly smart people actually buy into these bogus arguments. I get the idea of rooting for the home team, but this is not a game. If they suceed in screwing it up once too often, it's all over but the shouting. The sequseter just may be the one to push us over the abiss. Third term, indeed.

JoyfulC

February 17, 2013 11:33am

Sure, you scoff! But watch and see! FOX News may have narrowly missed ensuring that Obama was a 1-term president, but I'd be willing to bet any money that they succeed in making sure he doesn't win a third term. Don't misunderestimate them!

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MNhistoryfan

February 17, 2013 12:11pm

I hope you're joking. Presidents can't run for 3rd terms. Maybe some of his critics don't know that either.

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MNhistoryfan

February 17, 2013 12:11pm

I hope you're joking. Presidents can't run for 3rd terms. Maybe some of his critics don't know that either.

David Lindgren

February 17, 2013 10:59am

Allan, you mention that President Obama is creating Pre-school programs so he can be re-elected. Were you not informed, he is done campaigning. Maybe, just maybe people will get it that he truly wants the best for children in this country.

Allen Wood

February 17, 2013 7:02pm

Are you taking yourself to be commenting on what I said? I never even hinted, still less 'mentioned,' that Obama is creating pre-school programs so he can be re-elected. Maybe you are commenting on someone else, whose name really is 'Allan'.

Allen Wood

February 17, 2013 7:11pm

The objection to the Nanny State would seem to be that it treats adults as you should treat small children. So what is the objection to treating small children as you should treat small children?

It is a strange form of political argument that a president is to be criticized for governing in a way that benefits citizens and citizens are to be criticized for favoring a government that benefits them. No wonder the GOP is on the way to extinction -- but not soon enough to my mind.

The Syrian government has reportedly been motivated in killing children by the fact that when they grow up, they will become dissidents to a government like the present one. Fox News would seem to agree with the Syrian government. They would apparently rather kill children than have them vote for a Democrat -- some successor to Obama -- in the future. Once voter suppression and the Redmap strategies have failed, that will be their next move.