The Truth about the Democrat Party
By: Bill O'ReillyApril 15, 2016
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For generations, the O'Reilly family based in Brooklyn, New York were mostly Democrats.

That's because my ancestors were working people – firefighters, cops, teachers, laborers.

And back then the Democrats fought to get working people more money.

So it was natural for my folks to embrace that party.

But now we have a different situation in America.

While the Democrats still promote themselves as friendly to working folks, they often pander to big labor and extremists on the social front.

Enter Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, who debated last night in Brooklyn.

Mrs. Clinton came off as more presidential than Senator Sanders because she knows more about the world.

But she did have a few rough moments:

DANA BASH, CNN: “The question was about the transcripts of the speeches to Goldman Sachs.  Why not release them?”

CLINTON: “I've said, look there are certain expectations when your run for president.  This is a new one.  And I've said if everybody agrees to do it (EDIT) lets set the same standard for everybody.  When everybody does it, ok, I'll do it.”

That obviously is a dodge.  Secretary Clinton does not want us to know what she said to Goldman Sachs.

For the record, Bernie Sanders never gave any speeches to fat cats, so there is nothing for him to release.

And the phrase “when everybody does it, I will” … come on.

If Hillary Clinton is going to portray herself as a warrior against Wall Street excess, then she has to tell us what she said to Goldman Sachs.

The other issues last night were predictable.  Both candidates want few limits on abortion.  They say that white privilege is a major problem in America.  They want income redistribution … it's a litany of the liberal playbook.

Here was the most raucous moment, it involves the minimum wage:

CLINTON: “If we can raise it to $15 in New York, or Los Angles or Seattle then let’s do it!”


SANDERS: “To suddenly to … suddenly … suddenly.”

(cross talk)

CLINTON: “If I could just … thank you… thank you.”

SANDERS: “To suddenly announce now that you’re for $15 … I don’t think is quite accurate.”

WOLF BLITZER, CNN: “Alright secretary.”

CLINTON: “Alright.  I have said from the very beginning that I supported the fight for $15.”

Of course the whole thing is absurd.

Yes, the minimum wage should be raised in America.  No one can live on seven bucks an hour.

And for those of you who say it will hurt business, so what?  There has to be some kind of fairness in capitalism.

Also, if the minimum wage were, say $11-an-hour nationwide, that would give folks an incentive to work, which is what we want.

And you can phase that in.  By 2025, for example, the minimum wage should be 15 bucks an hour.

But Bernie Sanders in particular should know that the higher the minimum wage, the fewer jobs there will be.

Also, prices will go up in places like Costco and Walmart, where working Americans shop.

Sanders and the Democrat Party seem to forget that.

You raise wages across the board, some businesses will cut back and prices will rise.

And there is nothing Bernie Sanders can do about that.

In the end, the Democrats are hoping to hold together a coalition of liberal Americans, African-Americans, Hispanic Americans and voters below the age of 30, who may not be as well informed as they should be.

No political party is perfect, but right now Secretary Clinton and Senator Sanders are running very far-left campaigns.

No question about it.

And that's the memo.

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