Monday, April 1, 2013

With guest host Scott Brown
On The O'Reilly Factor...
Segment Summaries
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Talking Points Memo & Top Story
More out-of-control government spending
Guests: Leslie Marshall and Loretta Lepore

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Impact Segment
Is a bipartisan immigration bill ready to go?
Guests: Jennifer Korn and Brent Wilkes

A bipartisan group of eight Senators has been crafting an immigration reform bill that includes border security and a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants. Scott discussed the legislation with Jennifer Korn of the Hispanic Leadership Network. "The term 'pathway to citizenship' is a misnomer," she stated. "What we support is 'earned legal status' because we're talking about 11-million people who broke the law. They need to come forward, pay a fine, learn English, and pass a background check. They'll get a provisional visa before they can get in line for residency." Brent Wilkes of the League of United Latin American Citizens expressed optimism about the bill and its provisions. "I think it's important to have a pathway to citizenship and once we put folks on that permanent legal status they will have the opportunity to become citizens, which we think should be part of the law. There is a lot of momentum and I think we'll have comprehensive immigration reform this year."
Factor Flashback Segment
The Nanny State on steroids
Guests: Chris Papst

A TV station in Harrisburg, PA calculated that a single mom with two kids would need a job paying $82,000 a year in order to match the available state and federal benefits. The Factor introduced Bill's recent interview with Harrisburg TV reporter Chris Papst, who conducted the investigation. "Here in Pennsylvania," Papst stated, "the state matches federal money so that a single mother of two can get $15,000 in free day care. And if she has a home, the state will spend up to $6,500 to make their home more energy-efficient. If you talk to the people who administer these programs and the politicians who advocate for these programs, they have good reasons for why these programs should exist. The argument is that if the taxpayer subsidizes child care, the mother can eventually get a job." Bill added that "Pennsylvania is second-highest in the nation when it comes to welfare payments, behind only Rhode Island."
Unresolved Problems Segment
Why won't the Defense Department give Purple Hearts to the Ft. Hood shooting victims?
Guests: Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer

The Pentagon is refusing to award Purple Hearts to survivors of the Fort Hood massacre, reportedly because doing so could taint the trial of accused killer Major Nidal Hasan. Scott was joined by military analyst Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, who took issue with the decision. "This is undue deference to the defense," Shaffer declared. "The issue needs to be on doing the right thing, and that is to state the truth. The victims of this attack were attacked by a member of Al Qaeda who was in touch with Anwar al-Awlaki. That clearly puts it in the category of terrorism and these people should get the awards and the benefits they are due. To me it is appalling that this administration is more worried about a political narrative and giving aid and comfort to a terrorist." Scott concurred, saying, "We're looking out for the guy who perpetrated the crime but not for the victims who just want a small purple ribbon acknowledging that they did something for their country."
Personal Story Segment
What is life like inside an Iranian prison?
Guests: Maryam Rostampour and Marziyeh Amirizadeh

American pastor Saeed Abedini remains locked in a Tehran prison for supposedly endangering Iranian national security by promoting Christianity. Scott was joined by two Iranian-born women who were also imprisoned for nine months in Tehran after converting to Christianity. "The most important reason we could bear that difficult situation," said Maryam Rostampour, "was our faith and our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. There were times when they took us for interrogations in a separate building that is famous for its mental and physical torture." Marziyeh Amirizadeh feared that she and Rostampour could be in jail for the rest of their lives. "We were not tortured physically," she said, "but we were tortured mentally. For 15 days we were in detention where we could not use the bathroom, it was like torture." The two women have documented their ordeal in a book called "Captive in Iran," which is being released this week.
Factor Flashback Segment
Adam Carolla takes on Gavin Newsom over the state of minorities in California
Guests: Adam Carolla

Factor regular Adam Carolla recently conducted a contentious interview with California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom about minorities, education and welfare, after which the Huffington Post accused Carolla of racism. When he entered the No Spin Zone two weeks ago, Carolla fired back at his critics with both barrels. "There's a problem and I'd like to look at the problem honestly," he said, "but we can't solve it if you're calling everyone attempting to solve it a 'racist.' Liberal politicians should stop saying 'the system is broken' when they're in charge of the system! The first thing you need to do is admit there's a problem and the problem is a lack of parenting, single-family parents, and the perpetuation of poverty because of this. Then you have to be willing to judge, and they will not judge!"
Back of the Book Segment
Taking Care of Our Vets
Scott concluded Monday's program with this personal plea: "During my time in the Senate I sat on the Veterans Affairs Committee and heard horror stories from young vets unable to get the help they needed from the VA. I remember one soldier who lost most of his limbs and now, after fighting one war, was waging another one just to get the medical attention he deserved. Nearly 900,000 veterans are waiting for disability claims to be processed; the average wait is 262 days and that is unacceptable! Veterans shouldn't be forced to fight for their benefits after fighting for their country. Mr. President, if VA Secretary Eric Shinseki can't handle the job, give it to someone who can. Our soldiers are hurting and they deserve our help right now!"