Category Archives: Bill O’Reilly

>Socialism is all around us

>Lawrence O’Donnell on last night’s The Last Word points out how Bill O’Reilly is a “Socialist” like the rest of us.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/32545640

Visit msnbc.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy

5 Comments

Filed under Bill Maher, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Lawrence O'Donnell, Medicaid, Medicare, MSNBC, socialism, socialist, The Last Word, us military

>Doesn’t Anyone Remember Christine Whitman?

>In a CountyFair blog post on the website MediaMatters.org, blogger Jamison Foser asks a simple question “ Doesn’t Anyone Remember Christine Whitman?

It’s a great read and analogy of what transpired in the early 1990’s when young Republican Governors were swept into office and faced huge budget deficits after Bill Clinton became President and what is happening today.

“A young Democrat is elected President on a theme of hope and change, does some of the things he was elected to do, Republicans howl and win control of Congress in a landslide mid-term election, and the media becomes infatuated with a new crop of Republican governors who are trying to dramatically reconfigure state budgets.

“That’s a reasonable summary of the current state of affairs, but it also describes the first few years of Bill Clinton’s presidency. But it isn’t the similarity that’s striking: After all, there’s a reason the phrase “history has a way of repeating itself” exists. Or, perhaps more appropriately: “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it.” See, what’s really striking about the current situation is how few reporters seem to remember what happened in the 1990s.

Most notably, the past few weeks have seen massive media attention paid to state budget deficits, and attempts by Republican governors like Chris Christie to blame out-of-control pension obligations for those deficits (even as they pursue deficit-increasing tax cuts…”

Foser goes on to talk about how NJ Governor Christie Whitman cut taxes and raided the state pension fund in order to close New Jersey’s budget gap even though many critics warned that the State Pension system would see significant shortfall 15-20 years down the road, which of course is what is happening to be now!

“Whitman was one of those star Republican governors of the early 1990s. Like so many other Republican governors who win media attention for innovative approaches, she made her name through the not-so-innovative strategy of cutting taxes. Since she had to offset those tax cuts in order to balance New Jersey’s budget, she reduced payments into the state’s pension system. And that, as the New York Times noted last August, “contributed to the growth of the unfunded liability” that is now widely blamed for New Jersey’s budget shortfall.”

He went on to state that none of this should have come as a surprise to anyone because “when Whitman was defunding the pension system in order to cut taxes, there were warnings that this is exactly what would happen. Here, for example, is a September 5, 1994 Washington Post article:
“The first thing Christine Todd Whitman did upon taking office as governor of New Jersey in January was to cut the state’s income tax. Then in July, as she signed into law her first state budget, the Republican cut taxes again while simultaneously closing the huge deficit left by her predecessor.

This is what her supporters call the Whitman miracle, the fiscal accomplishment that has sent her stock soaring among New Jersey’s voters and transformed her on the national scene from a political unknown into one of the Republican Party’s newest stars.

But the key to the Whitman miracle lies neither in her political philosophy nor in her spending cuts, but rather in the fine print of her budget. Contained there is a series of arcane fiscal changes that some experts say amount to this: Christine Todd Whitman has balanced New Jersey’s books and paid for her tax cut by quietly diverting more than $1 billion from the state’s pension fund.

Whitman calls what she did a “reform” of the pension system that puts it on a more “sound actuarial footing.” Others are less charitable. The one thing that even the actuarial consultants hired by the Whitman administration agree on, however, is that the chief effect of the changes will be to shift billions of dollars in pension obligations onto New Jersey taxpayers 15 to 20 years from now.”


“At best, this represents a gamble that the state’s economy in the early part of the next century will be stronger than it is today and better able to shoulder pension responsibilities. At worst, according to fiscal experts, Whitman’s move represents politics at its most cynical.

In recent years financially strapped governments around the country — including Washington, D.C., and New York state — have raided their pension funds for cash, gambling that when the bills come due their local economies will be in a better position to pay them.

“The New Jersey pension system was highly rated in terms of its fiscal integrity,” said [Henry] Raimondo of the Eagleton Institute. “Now that’s compromised. She has effectively slowed down” the amount of “money going into the system, and in around 2010 the liability to New Jersey taxpayers is going to grow dramatically.”

Foser concluded his post by adding:
“Let’s review: A Republican governor of New Jersey reduced payments to the state pension system so she could cut taxes. Critics warned doing so would cause significant budget shortfalls in 2010. 2010 rolled around, and — surprise! — so did budget shortfalls. And now those shortfalls are used by New Jersey’s current Republican governor (along with many in the media) to justify cutting pensions (while again cutting taxes.)

Basically, conservatives have staged an end-run around having a public debate over cutting pensions in order to pay for tax cuts. Rather than making the argument that tax cuts are more important than pensions, they just went ahead and cut taxes, raiding the pension system in the process, then waited 15 years for predictable — and predicted — deficits, which they now point to as evidence that the pension system is unsustainably generous. And they’ve done it with the help of countless news organizations that fall for this shell game.”

You really need to read the full post, it’s fascinating how history has once again repeated itself.
You can read it >>> here

3 Comments

Filed under 60 Minutes, Bill Clinton, Bill O'Reilly, budget deficit, Gov. Christie Whitman, Media Matters, New Jersey, pension deficit, Republican Governors, state pension system, tax cuts

Jon Stewart: Barney Frank and the New Liberals at Fox News

Great episode of the daily show the other night. In this two part segment, Jon Stewart supports Barney Frank as he confronts a Nazi name-calling protester at a health care reform town hall meeting while he ties in Fox News which must have become a member of the liberal media by defending protesters, criticizing the president and shoving its values down America’s throat.

Barney Frank’s Town Hall Snaps

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Barney Frank’s Town Hall Snaps
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Healthcare Protests

Fox News: The New Liberals

The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Fox News: The New Liberals
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show
Full Episodes
Political Humor Healthcare Protests

Leave a comment

Filed under Barney Frank, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, Jon Stewart, protesters, Sean Hannity, town hall meeting

Olbermann: ‘FOX News Incited Dr. Tiller’s Murder’

Keith Olbermann suggests that it was Fox News – by emphasizing the phrase “Tiller the Baby Killer”, incited the murder of abortion doctor George Tiller.

Olbermann said an advertiser boycott isn’t enough, a “quarantine” of Fox News is the only way to get Bill O’Reilly and his ilk off the air.

Leave a comment

Filed under Abortion, Bill O'Reilly, Countdown with Keith Olberman, Dr. George Tiller, Fox News, Tiller the baby Killer

Who Started the War on Christmas?: ‘The War on Christmas’ started in a white nationalist cabal and spread to conservative media.

Last week Max Blumenthal, who writes for the Daily Beast blog, wrote a column about the so-called  “War on Christmas” . 

Blumenthal traced the origin of this so-called war to Peter Brimelow author of the 1995 book Alien Nation  
“…Brimelow argued that the influx of “weird aliens with dubious habits” from developing nations was eroding America’s white Christian “ethnic core,” and in turn, sullying its cultural underpinnings. The War on Christmas was, in his view, a particularly pernicious iteration of the multicultural “struggle to abolish America.”…

“Following the invasion of Iraq, George W. Bush’s re-election, and the Republican sweep of Congress, Brimelow said conservative movement elites could no longer ignore the right-wing populism sweeping the nation. Suddenly the War on Christmas was gaining traction. “This issue became very popular in the conservative grassroots, so conservative media had to pay concession to it,” he said.

By 2005, Fox News personalities Bill O’Reilly and John Gibson were dedicating entire shows to the War on Christmas. While their rants were directed at “secular progressives,” they echoed the arguments of Brimelow’s allies. “It’s all part of the secular progressive agenda,” O’Reilly grumbled. “If you can get religion out, then you can pass secular progressive programs, like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, gay marriage.” National Review’s website jumped back on the bandwagon, beginning with editor Kathryn Jean Lopez’s promotion of Gibson’s bestselling 2005 polemic, The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought.

Of the conservatives who once dismissed his Christmas crusade, Brimelow remarked with a self-satisfied chuckle, “They went over to the dark side.”…

So, there you have it. The so-called  “War on Christmas” was started by the ACLU or some atheistic liberal kook. It was fabricated by Peter Brimelow, a white nationalist with Noe-Nazi supremacist ideas and tendencies. 
“Happy Holidays” everyone!

Leave a comment

Filed under Bill O'Reilly, Daily Beast blog, faux-Christamas, Iraq War, Jewish Kwanzaa, John Gibson, Liberal plot, Max Blumenthal, National Review, Peter Brimelow, secular agenda, War on Christmas, white supremacists

Who Started the War on Christmas?: ‘The War on Christmas’ started in a white nationalist cabal and spread to conservative media.

Last week Max Blumenthal, who writes for the Daily Beast blog, wrote a column about the so-called  “War on Christmas” . 

Blumenthal traced the origin of this so-called war to Peter Brimelow author of the 1995 book Alien Nation  
“…Brimelow argued that the influx of “weird aliens with dubious habits” from developing nations was eroding America’s white Christian “ethnic core,” and in turn, sullying its cultural underpinnings. The War on Christmas was, in his view, a particularly pernicious iteration of the multicultural “struggle to abolish America.”…

“Following the invasion of Iraq, George W. Bush’s re-election, and the Republican sweep of Congress, Brimelow said conservative movement elites could no longer ignore the right-wing populism sweeping the nation. Suddenly the War on Christmas was gaining traction. “This issue became very popular in the conservative grassroots, so conservative media had to pay concession to it,” he said.

By 2005, Fox News personalities Bill O’Reilly and John Gibson were dedicating entire shows to the War on Christmas. While their rants were directed at “secular progressives,” they echoed the arguments of Brimelow’s allies. “It’s all part of the secular progressive agenda,” O’Reilly grumbled. “If you can get religion out, then you can pass secular progressive programs, like legalization of narcotics, euthanasia, abortion at will, gay marriage.” National Review’s website jumped back on the bandwagon, beginning with editor Kathryn Jean Lopez’s promotion of Gibson’s bestselling 2005 polemic, The War on Christmas: How the Liberal Plot to Ban the Sacred Christian Holiday Is Worse Than You Thought.

Of the conservatives who once dismissed his Christmas crusade, Brimelow remarked with a self-satisfied chuckle, “They went over to the dark side.”…

So, there you have it. The so-called  “War on Christmas” was started by the ACLU or some atheistic liberal kook. It was fabricated by Peter Brimelow, a white nationalist with Noe-Nazi supremacist ideas and tendencies. 
“Happy Holidays” everyone!

Leave a comment

Filed under Bill O'Reilly, Daily Beast blog, faux-Christamas, Iraq War, Jewish Kwanzaa, John Gibson, Liberal plot, Max Blumenthal, National Review, Peter Brimelow, secular agenda, War on Christmas, white supremacists

Obama goes toe to toe with O’Reilly during interview

With all of the interest surrounding John McCain and Sarah Palin at this weeks Republican National Convention, how many of you saw Bill O’Reilly’s interview with Barack Obama the last night?

In Part 1 of the interview broadcast last night, O’Reilly was as interested in hearing his own exhortations as Obama’s answers, the Fox talker harangued Obama over an array of foreign policy issues, all of which Obama answered decisively and with conviction.

New segments of the interview, conducted Thursday in York, Pa., will air Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday on The O’Reilly Factor.

Leave a comment

Filed under Barack Obama, Bill O'Reilly, Fox News, John McCain, Republican National Convention, Sarah Palin, the O'Reilly Factor