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O'Reilly, Even When You're Right, You're Wrong

Reported by Guest Blogger - June 6, 2011 -

By Pamelia

I'll admit I'm not normally one to watch Fox News. But last week O'Reilly talked about foreign investors like China – who hold so much of the US's debt – having insecurities about the current economic stability of the US. And I thought, "Hey, this actually sounds like an intelligent point." For a while, anyway.

I mean, I don't know much about the US debt or whether it is leading to a tumultuous economic climate. It's hard to say what would be the appropriate reaction of our debt-holders if the US economy suffers a complete and all-out collapse. But, with how much foreign countries have invested in US debt, it seems likely that there would be some world depression or maybe even worse.

However, from this point, O'Reilly transitions from pragmatism to blatant ideological and party warfare. He immediately begins talking about the recent New York election in which Democrat Kathy Hochul won a congressional seat, citing this as an example of voters simply not understanding that Medicare has to be reformed. He then went on to explain that Hochul "campaigned on not doing anything about the exploding cost of Medicare."

It was at this point that I called out O'Reilly for spreading deliberate misinformation to help prove an ideological-driven point. While she wasn't in support of the Ryan Medicare Plan, she did propose that money could be saved by eliminating waste and purchasing prescription drugs in bulk. Alright, not the hugest steps toward reform, but that in addition to her plan to raise taxes on those making more than $500,000 per year seems like some valid steps to helping the deficit and the huge Medicare budget. She definitely wasn't campaigning on "doing nothing" about the cost of Medicare.

From here, O'Reilly berates Democrats for simply not telling the truth, claiming that entitlements like Medicare and Social Security cannot be sustained in their present form, no matter how high taxes are raised. He says this under the inference that Democrats do not wish to change Medicare or Social Security at all, and this assumption is entirely invalid. Sure, democrats want to preserve both of these services for the people that need them, but they also realize that both systems are in need of reform and waste reduction.

Let's not forget that O'Reilly mentioned nothing about cutting defense spending, which takes up just as much of the national budget as Medicare. While he would argue that the military budget is necessary for the security of the US, I would argue that it should be reformed just as he claims Medicare and Social Security should be.

This guest contribution was submitted by Pamelia Brown, who specializes in writing about associates degree. Questions and comments can be sent to: pamelia.brown@gmail.com.

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