Last week, Fox News attacked President Obama’s proposal for expanding universal early childhood education by characterizing it as a government handout intended to extend “literally, the nanny state” and warned that the president is using preschool to entice a whole new generation of toddlers to vote for him.
On Sunday, the network’s sister station, Fox Business, continued its attacks, as host Gerri Willis called the effort “immoral“:
WILLIS: I have to tell you, I think it’s immoral to make all of these promises, when you know you can’t afford it, we can’t afford it. Preschool for everyone, are you kidding me? We don’t have the money for that! … This is just crazy talk and I think it’s immoral to put this across as something that’s actually doable, when it’s not.
Universal preschool programs increase the likelihood of a child going to college and decrease drop out rates, teen pregnancies, and criminal behavior. And while President Obama has pledged that the proposals included in his State of the Union address will not contribute to the deficit, studies show that investing in children when they’re young generates up to “$11 of economic benefits over a child’s lifetime for every dollar spent initially on the program.”