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O’Reilly: War on Poverty should be ‘a war against chaotic, irresponsible parents’

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As America recalls the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon B. Johnson‘s “War On Poverty” declaration in 1964, the results of this so called war remind us of President Ronald Reagan remarks that “poverty won.”

On Thursday, Fox News host Bill O’Reilly took on the “War On Poverty” in the opening segment of the “O’Reilly Factor,” saying the state of poverty in America hasn’t improved much.

“All the social engineering has failed,” he proclaimed.

Calling it a “noble idea,” O’Reilly said that this “war” has actually harmed the nation, according to the Heritage Foundation, and that it has cost taxpayers “nearly $21 trillion” over the past 50 years.

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Pushing a familiar theme, O’Reilly spoke of the out of wedlock birth rate in the country, which is especially high in black communities, saying, “True poverty is being driven by personal behavior, not an unfair economic system.”

“So maybe we should have a war against chaotic, irresponsible parents,” O’Reilly continued. “But America will never launch that kind of war because it’s too judgmental and deeply affects the minority precincts. Therefore, cowardly politicians and race hustlers continue to bear false witness that our economic system is at fault rather than bad personal decision-making.”

And there you have it.


Tom Tillison

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