Tuesday, November 20, 2012
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
How entitlement society makes America weaker
Guests: Charles Krauthammer

"Last night I told you that the committed left is furious that people like me are telling Americans the truth, that the USA is becoming an entitlement society and that helped President Obama win reelection. Why should you care? Because the entitlement culture weakens the country. In 1991 the U.S. government spent 9% of the budget on means-tested entitlements, things like food stamps, housing, and welfare. Now the number is 16% and an astounding 107 million Americans live in a household receiving some kind of entitlement other than Medicare or Social Security. Anybody can see that the entitlement society is exploding in America, yet liberals will deny that or will say it's all because of the bad economy. This is about a dramatic change that is overwhelming the United States that saps motivation; why bust your tail when the feds will give you enough to get by? America became great because of individual self-reliance by everyday Americans, not the federal and state governments. They're in place to protect us and to see that social order is kept, not to provide cradle-to-grave security. The Democratic Party wants a Western European model, they want voters dependent on the government. But this is a road to disaster. Perhaps President Obama will change - surely he has to know that if he and his party continue to built a massive nanny state, America will eventually collapse economically."

The Factor asked Charles Krauthammer for his take on burgeoning entitlement spending. "It is undeniable," Dr. K began, "that Democrats are the party of the entitlement state. After all, what is the greatest achievement of Obama's first term? Obamacare, which is the largest new entitlement in 50 years. No one can deny that the ideal of the Democratic Party is to increase entitlements, which takes us away from the traditional American model of more risk, innovation, and initiative. But it is simply unsustainable - Western Europe is collapsing in front of our eyes and that 65-year experiment with social democracy is dead!" But The Factor lamented that pro-entitlement liberals seem to be winning the political argument: "Look at the stats and how many more people are getting entitlements now than twenty years ago. We're going to have to have an economic catastrophe for folks to wise up."
Impact Segment
Nude "nuns" protesting traditional marriage in France
Guests: Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes

Protesters in France, demanding that same-sex couples have full marital privileges, doffed their clothes and donned nuns' habits to show their disdain for the Catholic Church. The Factor invited Monica Crowley and Alan Colmes to opine. "This is the left," Crowley declared. "This happens all across Western societies and they have one objective, it's all about tearing down and destroying so they can rebuild their Marxist utopias. These are the tactics the far left has been using for decades." Colmes criticizes Crowley's assertion and came to the defense of his fellow liberals. "You always say the 'far left' as if there's no other kind of left, and you always say people like that represent everyone who's to the left of Attila the Hun. The fact is that on issues like the Vietnam War, the Iraq War, and gay marriage, the left is on the right side of history." The Factor pointed to the stark contrast in tactics on display in France: "The people who want traditional marriage are peaceful, they carry their signs and they try to get their points across. Why can't the other side be peaceful as well?"
Weekdays with Bernie Segment
Does the mainstream media tilt against Israel?
Guests: Bernie Goldberg

"Before Israel's counter-offensive last week," he reported, "Hamas lobbed 750 missiles into civilian territory in Israel. That was not a big story in the United States, it only became a story when Israel launched the counter-offensive. Liberal journalists and liberals in general love the underdog, they sympathize with the underdog, and if the underdog has brown skin, better yet. So they see the Palestinians as the underdogs and the Israelis as the oppressors, which is why you get stories about Palestinian civilians killed. I don't think this is a media problem as much as it's a general liberal problem. A lot of liberals just don't like Israel!"
Stossel Matters Segment
Hurricane Sandy charity investigation
Guests: John Stossel

Americans have donated about a quarter-billion dollars to help victims of Hurricane Sandy, the bulk of it to the American Red Cross. Fox Business host John Stossel gave the organization mixed reviews. "They're a big bureaucracy," he said, "so they were slow and it took them several days to get there. One local branch in Pennsylvania held on to their money for local use for three days. Other groups were more nimble, but by and large I couldn't find any scandal and the Red Cross has served a million meals and has sheltered hundreds of people. Compare that to the government - FEMA just wastes so much money and the Emergency Broadcast System has never been used successfully."
Personal Story Segment
Glenn Beck returns to the No Spin Zone
Guests: Glenn Beck

The Factor was joined by Glenn Beck, who rationalized his prediction that Mitt Romney would win the presidency. "I anticipated people coming out to vote," Beck said, "but we actually went down in some numbers. The parties have gotten to the place where people don't see a difference, they don't believe either side, but I thought this was the most stark choice America has ever had with two great candidates and two very different philosophies." Beck added that the election results can be viewed as a lesson in faith. "I said to my wife the night before, 'I can't wait until Romney wins and we can relax.' But God doesn't do that, he doesn't leave you alone, he always wants you bettering yourself. This will all work out but there will be a lot of pain."
'Is it Legal?' Segment
The ACLU in California is fighting a strict law against sex offenders
Guests: Kimberly Guilfoyle and Lis Wiehl

Lis Wiehl and Kimberly Guilfoyle turned their legal eyes toward California, where atheists in Santa Monica are trying to kill a nativity scene that had been a 60-year tradition. "The atheists are winning," Wiehl reported, "and a judge has said to churches, 'You can't have a nativity scene because we're banning all displays.' So the city council is banning all seasonal displays." Also in California, a local ACLU branch is objecting to a law that restricts convicted sex offenders from full access to the Internet. "This requires sex offenders, "Guilfoyle explained, "to provide their email address and domain name to law enforcement officials so they can keep track of them on the Internet. As a prosecutor who worked these cases, I don't think it is a violation of your rights when you already have to provide your home address. Sex offenders should not have the right to run wild on the Internet!"
Factor Mail
Viewers sound off
Warren Adamson, Ontario, Canada: "O'Reilly, congratulations on calling out the Washington Post for its dishonest and erroneous personal attack on you. Please send your twin brother up here to deal with our media."

Jeanne Gaska, Shelbiana, KY: "Bill, your Talking Points reminded me of Benjamin Franklin, who said: 'When the people find that they can vote themselves money, that will herald the end of the Republic."

Jack Dos Santos, Nanuet, NY: "Hard work is not honored as it once was. People are no longer ashamed to accept handouts."
Tip Of The Day
Money in the bank
If you have a child or grandchild, open a bank account for them. Receiving a regular statement in the mail will teach them self-reliance and the basics of managing money.