From this week's Fox News Sunday, frequent guest George Will with dire warnings that the new dirty f**king hippie mayor of New York is going to wreck the joint with his plans for universal pre-school.
Not only did Will dismiss the benefits of the program, lying about the fact that universal pre-k does indeed do much to improve the lives of the children involved -- he also basically compared de Blasio pushing for the program to bribing the teachers' unions.
It's the end of the world as we know it! Talk of raising taxes on the rich and hiring more of those dirty union thug teachers. The horror!
WALLACE: De Blasio's big campaign promise is that he wants to raise taxes on high earners, and there are certainly some in New York to pay for added benefits, especially universal preschool. George, do you see this as an aberration, as a one off because it's New York City or as a sign that there is something going on in terms of resurgence of liberalism?
WILL: Well, I hope there has been resurgence you talk about.
WALLACE: You'd like to see that?
WILL: Oh, there is nothing better for American conservatism than periodic examples of untrammeled liberalism. Lyndon Johnson after 1964 had huge majorities in Congress, had his way. Republicans won five of the next six and seven of the next nine presidential elections. Let him have his way in New York City and let people see what happens. There are more than 130 contracts with public employees’ unions who’ve been held in abeyance until Mayor Bloomberg got out of there, because they assumed that de Blasio and his compliant, not to say suppliant city council will go along with anything they ask for. I give him three years. And people will be begging for return to something else.
WALLACE: It is interesting, too, that while he talked about going after the high earners to help pay for added benefits for school children, there was no talk about taking on the teachers union.
WILL: No, and the universal pre-school, since there is very little social science that suggested it does much for the children involved, the real reason for it is it does a great deal for the teachers’ unions, because you have to hire teachers who are unionized, who pay dues to the unions who pass them on in campaign contributions to people like the new mayor.
Funny, I've never heard Will complain about Wall Street or CEO's and their lobbyists buying off politicians. Will's only happy when he's punching down.