Starnes: Obama to Pay for Marijuana Bongs!

Todd Starnes, who is paid by Fox News to lie for a living, did a radio commentary for the network in which he made the bizarre claim that President Obama doesn’t just want to pay for free community college for Americans, he wants to buy them marijuana bongs too.

By now we all know that President Obama wants universal community college: free tuition for every person in America. But I’m having a hard time finding where the Constitution mandates that every American is entitled to an associate’s degree. We are now six years into the Obama presidency and they have a reputation for being less than truthful. Take for example this notion of free community college.

It turns out that free education is going to cost American taxpayers $60 billion over the next decade, and that doesn’t even include all of the free condoms and cell phones and medicinal marijuana bongs. You know, back when I was growing up, college kids were expect to work their way through school, it was considered shameful to ask for a handout. But this is Obama’s America and the entitlement crowd thinks that they are entitled to our money.

Uh, what? And $60 billion over 10 years? That’s peanuts. That’s less than 2/10ths of a percent of the federal budget. We probably spend more than that on donuts for FBI meetings.

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  • Artor

    I don’t see anything in the Constitution about an Interstate Highway system, or NASA either. Nor do I see Todd Starnes mentioned there. I guess we should put him on the chopping block too?

  • Al Dente

    And $60 billion over 10 years? That’s peanuts.

    Thanks for reminding me of an oldy but goody quote from an eminent but deceased politician:

    A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you’re talking about real money. -Sen. Everett Dirksen

  • kantalope

    Starnes would have started college in about 1986 – oddly enough college used to be a lot cheaper back then…I wonder what happened: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/08/15/cost-of-college-degree-increase-12-fold-1120-percent-bloomberg_n_1783700.html

    Oh yeah, government decided that they didn’t have to pay into the colleges to keep the prices low. Some might even call that old system subsidized education.

  • colnago80

    Re kantalope @ #3

    When I started as a freshman at UC Berkeley, tuition was $50/semester, regardless of the number of credit hours taken. Today, its getting hard to tell the difference between Berkeley and Stanford relative to tuition costs (or UCLA and USC for that matter).

  • brucegee1962

    I’d argue that the ’50s economic utopia that conservatives love to wax nostalgic about was largely made possible by the biggest government handout for free education ever — the GI bill. Nowadays even smart GIs can’t necessarily expect a free ride.

    I say this as someone with a father and two uncles who took advantage of it to move pretty far up in the social stratum in their generation.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Yes, back in our day college was cheaper, but you have to remember that money much, much bigger back then. A nickel, for example, was a cube two feet across, weighing over two thousand pounds!

  • sigurd jorsalfar

    Modus, it used to be like that here in Canada too back in the good old days. A nickel would get you a piece of pie, a cup of coffee AND a semester’s tuition. Those were the days.

  • http://adventuresinzymology.blogspot.com JJ831

    marijuana bongs

    For some reason, that makes me giggle. I think I’m going to call it a ” marijuana bong” from now on.

  • LightningRose

    A free bong? That beats a free cell phone in my book any day!

  • dingojack

    MO – yes but how many “marijuana bongs” would a nickel buy?

    Dingo

  • thebookofdave

    Only one, dingojack, but they had leather interior and air-conditioning, and reclining seats for four.

  • dingojack

    Well at least Obama isn’t subsidising crack-heads — can his opponents prove they are not?

    Dingo

  • caseloweraz

    Todd Starnes: It turns out that free education is going to cost American taxpayers $60 billion over the next decade, and that doesn’t even include all of the free condoms and cell phones and medicinal marijuana bongs.

    Claims of “free condoms and cell phones” &etc. And this guy accuses the Obama administration of “being less than truthful”?

    Related, from the Daily Caller:

    The National Center for Policy Analysis, a conservative think tank, argued that Obama’s college proposal avoided the real problems with American education.

    “It’s something that’s not going to help the current situation for rising tuition, rising loan debt, and federal intervention that’s adding to the problem,” said Lloyd Bentsen, a research fellow with the NCPA. The group also argued that Obama’s proposal was simply trying to compensate for the failures of the K-12 system, rather than trying to improve that system.

    So the $60 billion seems to be a real estimate, at least. Politico also published this figure. But, as Ed says, not much over ten years.

    And BTW — this is not the Lloyd Bentsen who debated Dan Quayle; he died in 2006. Maybe his son?

  • cptdoom

    He he, he said “bong”

  • eamick

    And BTW — this is not the Lloyd Bentsen who debated Dan Quayle; he died in 2006. Maybe his son?

    I think it’s his grandson. According to the center’s website, the fellow’s name is Lloyd Bentsen IV, and the former senator was Lloyd Jr.

  • gog

    That marketing team in the White House is going to run out of Obama™-brand official merchandise. ObamaCare™, ObamaPhone™, what else is next?

  • tfkreference

    Back in my day, we had to work hard to afford a bong (tuition, however, was about half of the current student services fee! (The additional cost that pays for things that students actually like, such as wifi and gym access.) It also took only 3.5 weeks working full-time at minimum wage to cover tuition (U of MN, 1980).

  • dingojack

    Marijuana bongs’, Lloyd? As opposed to what other kind of bongs? Oregano bongs? Chamomile Tea bongs?

    Oh yes truly, you’re waaay too hip & groovy for the GOP. @@

    Dingo

  • hunter

    gog @16: Why, ObamaBong™, of course.

  • marcus

    Where do I sign up for my ObamaBong?!

  • wreck

    If this is retroactive, I have a big check coming my way.

  • Gvlgeologist, FCD

    Todd Starnes, who is paid by Fox News to lie for a living,

    How is he any different from any of the other talking heads there?

  • Al Dente

    Don’t bogart that bong, my friend,

    Pass it over to me.

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    We are now six years into the Obama presidency and they have a reputation for being less than truthful.

    This, coming from a guy who reported a completely fake story about a five-year-old being stopped from praying in school who just so happened to be the daughter of his publicist.