Fox Business channel host Neil Cavuto challenged college student Keely Mullen, an organizer for the “Million Student March,” leaving her at a loss for words on how to explain paying for a plethora of “free” programs.
Calling it an “equitable and fair system,” Mullen listed the group's grievances with the education system in America, stating:
“So the three core demands of the national day of action are free public college, a cancellation of student debt, and a 15 dollar an hour minimum wage — um — for people who work on the campus.”
Cavuto then pressed the panhandling millennial, asking her “how's that gonna be paid?” After a moment of dead air time, Mullen responded, saying:
“Um, great question. I mean, you know — so, I'm not sure if you're talking about like on a national level or particular schools. I can sort of touch on both.”
Cavuto interjected, asking her who would “pick up the tab” for all of her free demands. She insisted “the one percent” should foot the bill.
The conversation only got more tense from there. When Mullen told Cavuto that wealthy Americans should pay 90% of their income in taxes, he suggested that could result in drastic changes for the American economy:
“Let's say you tax them — they're smart folks these people — these one percent hoarders right? So they leave here, then who's gonna pay for all this stuff that you want?”
Mullen, left in disbelief that top-earning individuals would move their resources outside the U.S. under the burden of a 90% income tax rate, said:
"I mean there's always gonna be a one percent in the U.S.
As she put it, the U.S. is a “bastion of um — um of capitalism and success.”