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Bill O'Reilly Turns 10th Anniversary Of Welfare Reform Into Divisive Issue

Reported by Deborah - August 23, 2006 -

Bill O'Reilly marked the 10th Anniversary of the Welfare Reform Act with a commentary full of angry, divisive rhetoric. The liberal bashing, insensitivity and out of touch judgments were offensive and his declarations of success were simplistic and misleading. 8/22/06

O'Reilly's Talking Pointswas all about blaming "committed liberals" for not supporting the Welfare Reform Act ten years ago. After chiding the New York Times and Los Angeles Times for comments written in 1996, he went after the Democrats who didn't support it actually naming them for viewers and Nancy Pelosi was faulted for not celebrating it's success.

Bill Clinton wrote an informative and objective op/ed in the New York Times claiming that some conservatives were against it too which O'Reilly never mentioned.

"On Aug. 22, 1996, after vetoing two earlier versions, I signed welfare reform into law. At the time, I was widely criticized by liberals who thought the work requirements too harsh and conservatives who thought the work incentives too generous. Three members of my administration ultimately resigned in protest. Thankfully, a majority of both Democrats and Republicans voted for the bill because they thought we shouldn't be satisfied with a system that had led to intergenerational dependency."

O'Reilly also failed to mention that the success of welfare reform depends on the federal programs initiated to help the working poor survive on the unlivable minimum wage. Instead, O'Reilly repeated the out of touch, conservative bromide for success claiming the government has no responsibility to help.

The traditional road to success, hard work and honesty is the true key to a fulfilling life. The feds owe us protection from our enemies, a fair system of justice and security from chaos caused by situations beyond our personal control. That's it.

Bill Clinton was very clear about what programs were absolutely essential.
"The success of welfare reform was bolstered by other anti-poverty initiatives, including the doubling of the earned-income tax credit in 1993 for lower-income workers; the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, which included $3 billion to move long-term welfare recipients and low-income, noncustodial fathers into jobs; the Access to Jobs initiative, which helped communities create innovative transportation services to enable former welfare recipients and other low-income workers to get to their new jobs; and the welfare-to-work tax credit, which provided tax incentives to encourage businesses to hire long-term welfare recipients."

O'Reilly then managed to bring it all back to the war on terror at the end.
"Liberal thinkers were on the wrong side of this issue, as they are on the wrong side of illegal immigration and the terror war today."