Keely Mullen — the national organizer for the Million Student March — appeared on “Cavuto: Coast to Coast” Thursday to discuss her movement’s plans for making public colleges tuition free.
Mullen expressed the group’s “three core demands,” but when pressed by host Neil Cavuto on how to pay for all of it, she could not provide an answer.
MULLEN: The Million Student March is a movement for a more equitable and fair system of education as opposed to the really corporate model that we have right now. So the three core demands of the national day of action are free public college, a cancellation of student debt and a $15 an hour minimum wage for people who work on campus.
CAVUTO: How’s that going to be paid?
MULLEN: Ummm, great question. I’m not sure if you’re talking about on a national level or at particular schools, but I can touch on both —
CAVUTO: Well, you want all that stuff. Someone has to pick up the tab. Who would that be?
MULLEN: Ummm, the one-percent of people in society that are hoarding the wealth and kind of causing the catastrophe students are facing…
CAVUTO: Alright, Keely, so if the one-percent just had their taxes raised a few years ago back to almost forty-percent, then to pay for the healthcare law had them raised another few percentage points, then they had their deductions raised another couple points depending on the state or locality — they’re pushing about fifty-percent in taxes — how much higher do you think, how much more do you think they should pay?
MULLEN: I think enough to where one in two American families are not threatened by poverty —
CAVUTO: So where do they go? Let’s say if you tax these folks — they’re smart people, these one-percent hoarders — so if they leave here, who’s going to pay for all this stuff that you want?
MULLEN: If they leave?
CAVUTO: The country.
MULLEN: Oh. Ummm, I mean there’s always going to be a one-percent in the U.S.