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Fox News anchor Chris Wallace mocked the administration’s claim that President Joe Biden’s massive $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” spending bill will cost “zero dollars” as one of the more ridiculous claims he’s heard from politicians over the years.
In an interview with Fox News colleague Brian Kilmeade on his daily radio show, Wallace responded to a clip of himself slamming Biden adviser Cedric Richmond after he made the “cost zero” claim on Wallace’s “Fox News Sunday” program last week.
“This piece of legislation costs zero. We’re gonna pay for it all by raising taxes on the very wealthy and big corporations, which is favored by 70 percent of…” Richmond said as Wallace interjected.
“Mr. Richmond, I’ve gotta stop you there. It doesn’t cost zero. Whether it’s $3.5 trillion or two trillion or 1.5 trillion, whatever, it costs that amount of money. Now, you can pay for it by borrowing it or you can pay for it by raising taxes on the corporations and the wealthy, but it doesn’t cost zero,” Wallace said.
Richmond doubled down: “At the end of the day, it will cost zero because we’re going to pay for it. Now, if you go back and look at the Trump tax cuts, which weren’t paid for, they cost billions and billions. But we’re going to pay for everything we spend here.”
And later, on “Meet the Press,” Richmond tripled down: “Our job is to bring people together, shape this in terms of the needs that we’re going to meet, and then we’ll see what a price tag is. We’ll see where we end up. We’ll see how long the programs will be in existence until they have to be renewed,” he said. “That’s how we’re gonna approach it, this is not about a number because, at the end of the day, the number is zero.”
Fox News went on to report:
“My Build Back Better Agenda costs zero dollars,” Biden’s Twitter account tweeted last week, claiming that the agenda “adds zero dollars to the national debt.” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki repeated the claim in a news conference the following Monday, saying, “This reconciliation package would cost zero dollars.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., also insisted that the cost is “zero.”
“I’m so glad you pressed him on this because it was the most illogical, Madison Avenue term I’ve ever seen,” Kilmeade told his Fox colleague regarding his back-and-forth with Richmond.
“I’ve been in Washington for more than 40 years and this might be the dumbest spin line I’ve ever heard, that a $3 trillion bill costs nothing, because you’re going to pay for it,” Wallace explained. “I mean, I don’t know, when you bought your last car and you paid for it, did you think, ‘Well, I got that for free, that costs nothing?’ No, you paid for it. So you could say — and I don’t think actually this will even be true – that it’ll add nothing to the debt, but it certainly doesn’t cost nothing. It’s not free. It costs whatever it costs.”
From there, Kilmeade brought up the more recent Quinnipiac University poll that shows Biden’s approval rating tanking to 38 percent.
“This has got to set off alarm bells at the White House,” said Kilmeade.
“Absolutely,” Wallace responded. “There are some polls that are a little iffy; there are some polls that are rock solid. I think the Fox poll is rock-solid, and so is Quinnipiac; for them to find 38 percent approval, I mean, we’re in Richard Nixon or Jimmy Carter level. That’s pretty bad; we’re only eight months into a presidency.
“This is usually when presidents are at their most popular. Having said that, you take the combination of the debacle getting out of Afghanistan, the debacle in Del Rio, Texas, and you know, the failure to pass any part of their domestic agenda; you can understand why not only Republicans disapprove of, but independents are having second — there’s one number in there you can find, I don’t have it in front of me, just on competence, forget policy, competence, Biden’s in real trouble,” Wallace added.
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