Today marks 50 years since President Lyndon B. Johnson announced that he would wage a “War on Poverty.”
In tonight’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly called it a “noble idea.” But according to the Heritage Foundation, the War on Poverty has actually harmed the nation, and nearly $21 trillion in taxpayer dollars have been spent on it in the past 50 years.
O’Reilly said that the state of poverty in America hasn’t improved much over the last 50 years. “All the social engineering has failed,” he said.
So what’s to blame for poverty in America, and how can we fix it?
“True poverty is being driven by personal behavior, not an unfair economic system,” O’Reilly said, noting that only 6 percent of American babies were born out of wedlock in 1963, compared to 41 percent of American babies now. About 72 percent of African-American babies are born out of wedlock. O’Reilly cites the Heritage Foundation’s findings that single-family homes are four times more likely to be living in poverty. Children raised by single parents are three times more likely to end up in prison and 50 percent more likely to be poor as adults.
“So maybe we should have a war against chaotic, irresponsible parents,” O’Reilly said. “But America will never launch that kind of war because it’s too judgmental and deeply affects the minority precincts. Therefore, cowardly politicians and race hustlers continue to bear false witness that our economic system is at fault rather than bad personal decision-making.”
O’Reilly said addictive behavior, apathy and laziness are among the leading causes of poverty.
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“Poverty will not change until personal behavior does,” he said.
Bill-O and Dobbs use a report by the Heritage Foundation with six year old data to let everyone know how very fortunate the poor are in America because they still own stuff like appliances, televisions and computers and pretend there's still some real chance at upward mobility here if you're unfortunate enough to be born into poverty in the United States. Read more...
They're not just crazy, they're evil -- and un-Christian, should they have the audacity to claim otherwise. If only we could force them to live like this, they wouldn't last a week:
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Bill O'Reilly did his best to carry on the Fox mantra of demonizing the poor and the most vulnerable among us in his Talking Points Memo this Tuesday night by portraying anyone who depends on government programs as a bunch of weak, lazy moochers who Read more...