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Thursday, August 22, 2013
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The State of our Economy
Guest: Dr. David Callahan
"In order for more than 300-million Americans to have a chance at prosperity you need a vibrant economy. The USA does not have one and that is now on President Obama. The President's focus is on 'economic justice,' giving help to Americans who don't have much. Providing vast federal entitlements means big spending and taxation. Also, the President doesn't seem to trust the capitalistic system and has instituted regulations that might be inhibiting business expansion. So the 'social justice' plan is failing and the US economy is stagnant, as are wages for working Americans. 7 out of 8 jobs created during the Obama administration have been part-time jobs and 54% of American workers make less than $30,000 a year. When Mr. Obama took office the average duration of unemployment paid to an individual was 20 weeks, now it's 37 weeks. More than 8-million people have stopped looking for work and Americans receiving food stamps increased by 11,000 every single day during the President's first term. Democrats blame income inequality and want even more federal intrusion into the economy; Republicans want the exact opposite, believing that helping private business expand is the key to a more competitive marketplace. Talking Points understands that wages rise when workers are in demand, but today competition for jobs is driving wages down. Only business expansion will turn that dire situation around, and why President Obama doesn't understand that I simply don't know."

For an opposing point of view, The Factor welcomed David Callahan of the liberal think tank Demos. "Corporate profits are near record highs and we're having a bull market in stocks," Callahan observed, "so people at the top are doing great. But the people in the middle and the people at the bottom aren't doing so well. Job expansion is driven by economic demand, and you get demand by putting more money in the pockets of working people so they have more money to spend. Obama has lots of proposal for building skills, but Republicans kill every one of them." The Factor took issue with Callahan's prescription: "You can't 'put money' into anybody's pocket. Wealth is created by private business, and when private business expands it means more work. If the President were a baseball manager he would have been fired, the economy has not improved in five years!"
Brutal Oklahoma Murder
Guest: Geraldo Rivera
Three Oklahoma teens have been charged in the savage murder of 22-year-old Australian Christopher Lane. One of the boys had previously tweeted this message: "90% of white people are nasty. #HATE THEM" Geraldo Rivera entered the No Spin Zone with his take on the crime. "The dysfunctional family is at the heart of this," he began. "James Edwards, the 15-year-old who wrote the racist message, was already in plenty of trouble. He is a wannabe Crip, a wolf who was running wild. There is a lack of values, these kids don't value human life." The Factor contended that the thugs' motive is irrelevant: "I don't think this is a racial crime, this is three teenagers out of control. It comes down to the fact that this society will not condemn what is going on, and that is a de-emphasis of the traditional family. We have a sub-culture, and all colors are involved, with children from terrible families and parents who don't care."
Chaos Overseas
Guest: Former Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich
As evidence grows that the Assad regime is using chemical weapons against Syrian rebels, The Factor asked former Congressman Dennis Kucinich what the USA should do. "There has to be an international tribunal," Kucinich said, "but one thing I would not do is have the U.S. invade militarily. It's a complex situation and I don't want to see the U.S. dragged into another war. We have such massive power that you have to think of the consequences. We intervened in Libya to disastrous consequences, we intervened in Iraq to disastrous consequences." The Factor argued that chemical weapons are completely unacceptable, saying, "If they are using gas I would definitely use air power in Syria."
Dangerous Colorado Law
Guests: Judge Jeanine Pirro
Colorado has passed a troubling new law involving homeless sex offenders. Fox News host Judge Jeanine Pirro clarified the legislation. "Sex offenders have to report where they're living," she explained, "and then the authorities will monitor and make sure they're living at that address. But if you are a homeless sex offender without a fixed residence, the state says you can just come in and tell us where you're living - which bridge, which railroad track, which shelter. And they don't even then have to follow up. These guys are cunning, they are devious, and their mission is to molest another child, so you wonder what they're smoking in Colorado!"
Boycott The Butler?
Guests: Bernard McGuirk & Greg Gutfeld
Some conservatives are miffed because Jane Fonda plays Nancy Reagan in "The Butler." Greg Gutfeld and Bernard McGuirk gave their perspectives. "Jane Fonda makes Bradley Manning look like Gomer Pyle," Gutfeld declared. "While we were at war she put soldiers in danger and I don't think she really is sorry. But I don't believe in boycotts." McGuirk added that his personal statute of limitations has run out on Fonda's anti-American radicalism. "We are a country of redemption and this was a long time ago. If she played the part respectfully and did a good job, this does not offend me." The boys also weighed in on the new Al Jazeera America network. "The government of Qatar, which supports the Muslim Brotherhood, is the money behind this," McGuirk stated. "This is just another liberal 'we report, you decide not to watch' network staffed by a bunch of modern-day Hanoi Janes. It's going to bomb, no pun intended." Gutfeld, as is his wont, added a surprising confession: "I can't comment because they offered me $10-million to do 'The Gutfeld Factor' against you. But I wasn't going to wear a hijab so I said no."
Watters World!
Guest: Jesse Watters
Jesse Watters recently took a trip, so to speak, to Telluride, Colorado, where a "mushroom festival" celebrated both regular and hallucinogenic 'shrooms. Here's what a few of the attendees told Jesse: "I usually go out into the woods and I do it as a spiritual quest" ... "You actually see, like, sounds" ... "The chemicals in the mushrooms resemble the chemicals produced in the human brain already." Back in the studio, Watters reported that psychedelic mushrooms have genuine medicinal value. "Psilocybin is illegal, but there are therapeutic uses. Scientists say it can have a healing effect on the psyche, it can reduce stress, and it can create a harmonious atmosphere in the brain."
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Viewers sound off
Factor Words of the Day
Mike Lyle, Anchorage, AK: "Kirsten Powers blaming guns for the murder of Chris Lane in Oklahoma is like blaming a rope for a lynching."

Matt Kolakowski, Gurnee, IL: "Kirsten is right about our culture making guns sexy. The situation is like drugs: if they aren't available no one could use them."

Chet Frederick, Marshall, WI: "Bill, you are spot on about the root of the problem. There is almost a total lack of consequences for bad behavior. Many people don't get it."

Andrew McDonald, Sydney, Australia: "Since strict gun laws were introduced here in 1996, criminal gang members using illegal guns has risen more than 500%."
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