Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Forsooth, Bill O'Reilly


"Bill O'Reilly complains that "President Obama and a Democratic Congress will likely dole out entitlements," which "means people who drink gin all day will get some of my hard-earned money. Folks who dropped out of school, who are too lazy to hold a job, who smoke reefers 24/7 all will get some goodies in the mail from Uncle Barack and Aunt Nancy."

Without even giving an incentive for the artful dodgers to earn a farthing.

Bill O'Reilly acts like we're living in a 19th century Horatio Alger morality play, as do some of the rest of the conservative elite. They seem to be unaware of what social welfare legislation actually consists of, what housing subsidies and income assistance actually consist of. Why, we have a food stamp program in the U.S. that's an entitlement program, meaning that if you make less money than you can realistically buy enough food to eat on the government will give you vouchers allowing you to buy some! The lazy wastrels. Fact is, no one to my knowledge is proposing anything near what O'Reilly is talking about, and haven't for decades. Even then, when welfare was established, the things that allowed it to be abused by some people were not intentional. Their presence shouldn't have lead the whole thing to be scrapped under Clinton, but it's also not realistic to look at the AFDC program as being unflawed.

Actually, now that I think of it, I wouldn't mind a program that resembled the one O'Reilly describes if in fact the funds used for it were gotten from taxes on the rich. But not the working class that O'Reilly is trying to appeal to. Tax the rich, give away marijuana vouchers for the poor, I like that idea.

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