The O'Reilly Factor
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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
What is America's biggest problem? - Part II

Guests: Bob Beckel

"As we told you last night, America is changing rapidly and many of those changes are harmful to the nation. A big problem is the court system, and here is a good example: The New Jersey Supreme Court has ruled that a woman who ingested crack cocaine two days before giving birth did not abuse or neglect the baby she was carrying. The judges were basically saying you can take hard narcotics while pregnant and society will not hold you accountable. On the political front, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has proposed a new law that would allow late-term abortions for pretty much any reason, and those abortions would not even have to be performed by doctors. If I could speak to Governor Cuomo, and he would never consent to that interview, I would simply ask him, 'Do you care at all about the unborn?' This kind of mentality is a dramatic shift from what America used to be, and that shift is also reflected in our social programs. Over the past 10 years, means-tested welfare is up 91% and federal disability claims are up nearly 60%. The brutal truth is that we are a country in decline. Our social programs don't work, we do not protect the innocent, and more and more of us want handouts."

The Factor invited Democrat Bob Beckel to evaluate the Talking Points, beginning with the New Jersey ruling. "Being a recovering alcoholic and addict," Beckel began, "this ruling is okay with me if the child is not impaired. If you took away a child from everyone who used illegal drugs during their pregnancy, you're going to be taking away hundreds of thousands. People take drugs, and much more neurological damage is done by alcohol." But Beckel broke with his fellow liberals when it came to Governor Andrew Cuomo's sanctioning of late-term abortions. "I think that's ridiculous and I happen to be against abortions. I'm not in a position to tell a woman what to do, but I think the first trimester is as far as I would go." The Factor again mourned the decline of America, saying, "We're living in a barbaric society with the way we treat our elderly and our unborn."
Why are Americans comfortable with the current nanny state?
Guests: Kate Obenshain and Kirsten Powers

Democrat Kirsten Powers and Republican Kate Obenshain assessed The Factor's claim that America is becoming more barbaric. "The way this baby was disregarded and late term abortions are barbaric," Powers said. "We are supposed to be a country that protects the most vulnerable among us, and what's more vulnerable than a baby? I worked for Andrew Cuomo and I have a lot of respect for him, but I am very disappointed in this." Obenshain tried to explicate why a healthy majority of New Yorkers still approve of Governor Cuomo's job performance. "We really are turning into this culture where government provides for us, it's what we can get from government. It's all about 'me,' and according to the left this baby gets in the way of our right to have our free and fulfilling life. We don't take responsibility for our own lives and the people around us and our unborn children."
Senator John McCain faces angry constituents at immigration Town Hall meeting
Guests: Mike Broomhead and Cristina Silva

During a town hall meeting in Arizona, Senator John McCain took heat from some hostile constituents who believe the border is too porous. The Factor spoke about the meeting with reporter Christina Silva, who was there. "It was very civil when it started," she said, "and Senator McCain noted that border security is a priority. But when this crowd started to talk back with him, many of them made comments that illegal immigrants should never be able to become citizens or vote. They said illegal immigrants are stealing government benefits and jobs." Radio host Mike Broomhead, who interviewed McCain after the event, said the Senator actually relished the interaction. "He was laughing about it and he said he loves the town hall setting. He expected it to be a bit contentious and he enjoys the back-and-forth."
Is the Obama Administration manipulating the media?
Guests: James Rosen and Carl Cameron

The Factor asked Fox News correspondents Carl Cameron and James Rosen about President Obama's ability to shape media coverage. "The Obama administration keeps him away from the press," Cameron reported, "but they replace that absence with the use of new technology. They create their own web videos, they use Internet content on Facebook and Twitter and Google, then they work around the beat reporters who normally ask the tough questions." Rosen quantified the problem with numbers. "George W. Bush would let the press ask questions after meeting with dignitaries in the Oval Office. That happened 355 times in the first Bush term, but it happened only 107 times in the first Obama term. There is also the use of the machinery of the Justice Department to chill and intimidate the news media. This administration has launched at least six federal prosecutions against alleged leakers, which is more than all of Barack Obama's predecessors."
Is the Sports Illustrated swimsuit edition racist?
Guests: Dennis Miller

Some scolds have labeled Sports Illustrated "racist" because the magazine had its scantily clad models pose with natives in exotic climes. Dennis Miller, amusing as always, was not amused. "We live in the whiniest times in the history of the planet," he griped. "Why don't I just watch Sandra Fluke testify on Capitol Hill? Instead of watching women wear dental floss, I can hear her whine about how she has gingivitis because the state won't pay for her dental floss. If you can't just look at this and appreciate how beautiful women are, I don't know what's happened to this country." Miller also opined on President Obama's golf outing with Tiger Woods. "It's nice to see Obama actually hook a ball behind some shrubbery and blame an actual 'bush' for once. I don't mind that he goes golfing, I wish he would stay golfing. It's when he's done golfing that I have a problem. And if Bill Clinton golfed with Tiger Woods, Tiger would be the celibate one."
Did You See That: Matt Damon's clean water campaign
Guests: Juliet Huddy

FNC correspondent Juliet Huddy viewed tape of Matt Damon joking that he will not go to the bathroom until everybody in the world has access to clean water and sanitation. "This was meant to bring attention to his organization," Huddy said, "which is trying to bring clean drinking water to countries around the world. He got attention and they've already raised more than $66,000 for the cause." The Factor pointed out that access to water requires massive investment and infrastructure: "We asked Damon to come on the program and he's considering it. I hope he does because this is a very important issue and I have to know what they want to do."
Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Rocky O'Nan, Las Vegas, NV: "Bill, outstanding Talking Points! The president is overwhelming the system with entitlements and that will result in an economic collapse."

James Lux, Dallas, TX: "The government is the nation's biggest problem!"

Ray Brown, Barefoot Bay, FL: "The essential problem is that federal programs are making it easier to get entitlements and harder to succeed in the marketplace."
Bill's next book
Get ready for the latest work from Bill and co-author Martin Dugard. "Killing Jesus," due out in September, reveals some amazing new details about the execution of Jesus of Nazareth.
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