In the O’Reilly Factor’s Talking Points Memo, Bill O’Reilly said that most voters don’t understand what’s at stake in this election. He indicated it’s about three things: (1) the economy, (2) the Muslim world, and (3) gas prices. While gas prices are a part of the economy, I will address all three individually.
Do voters really understand what’s at stake in the presidential election? That is the subject of this evening’s Talking Points Memo and the answer is “No!”
Many do not understand what’s at stake. Now, I’m not being condescending and I’m not being ideological. The issues are very complex. Here are three vital ones: First, the economy is terrible. But it’s not just unemployment and low wages. It’s the staggering amount of debt. President Obama rolled the dice, believing that record government spending in peacetime would lead to job creation. No matter what the propagandists tell you, that has not happened.
Under Mr. Obama, the nation’s debt has increased by more than five trillion dollars, and what do we have to show for that? What? If the feds continue spending at this rate, the U.S. dollar will collapse. Confidence in our currency will evaporate. We simply must stop the massive borrowing, now estimated at three point five billion dollars a day! A DAY!
Vital issue number two: Muslims. President Obama is using a soft-power approach to the Muslim world, and after eight years of Bush-Cheney, that strategy was worth trying.
Mr. Obama did everything he could to convince Muslims that America’s not their enemy. Sadly, he has not convinced them. Millions of Muslims continue to hate the U.S.A., as the recent Muslim assaults on America prove.
Even in the face of that, the Obama administration doesn’t want to change course.
So once again, the Obama administration seems befuddled by Muslim violence, which is growing. Afghanistan–now in peril. Iran–spitting in the eye of America. And Al Qaeda, reconstituting in places like Yemen.
Again, the soft-power approach hasn’t worked. In fact, Mr. Obama’s greatest successes are the drone missile attacks, and they are a demonstration of hard power.
Vital issue number three: Gas prices through the roof, and the nation has no coherent energy policy. If Israel decides to attack Iran, gas prices might go to seven bucks a gallon! Mr. Obama is well-intentioned in wanting alternative fuels, but, his opposition to the fossil fuel industry has put working Americans in a very bad place. Wait’ll you see your heating bill!
So there you have it. Three vital issues that all voters should understand.
President Obama’s economy was inherited from one President George W. Bush, as studies have shown. Also, O’Reilly stated “record peacetime spending.” America is not at peace, and hasn’t been for more than ten years. Not only that, as I reported on August 10th:
Another falsity perpetuated by the right-wing propaganda machine is that spending has increased dramatically under Obama. This simply is not true, as indicated by the following:
The CBO (Congressional Budget Office) data can be found here. The Office of Management and Budget also has relevant information and data tables here. Even with the stimulus bill under President Obama, spending is still increasing at the slowest rate since the 1950s.
I suppose that makes Mr. O’Reilly a liar. Beyond that, blaming Obama for unemployment is an inane thing to do as well, considering unemployment has only risen 0.3 percent since 2009, and has been decreasing as of late. The economy is recovering, and saying that President Barack Obama isn’t cleaning up the Republican mess fast enough is not an excuse to try and say he’s bad for the country. The best way to reduce the deficit, probably, would be to get rid of corporate tax loopholes and force corporations to pay their fair share, eliminate tax cuts for the rich and tax them as well, and lower spending where it is needed. That does not mean lowering spending for education or other social programs — instead, we should lower spending in areas like defense, which we have to the point of redundancy.
We won’t get into that here though. The second important issue Bill mentioned was Muslims. Yes, Muslims. As a whole. In their entirety. Apparently, Bill O’Reilly lives in some type of world where blatant discrimination against entire religions is just fine. “Mr. Obama did everything he could to convince Muslims that America’s not their enemy. Sadly, he has not convinced them. Millions of Muslims continue to hate the U.S.A., as the recent Muslim assaults on America prove,” he said. I suppose that an attack by a few Muslim extremists that ended in the death of an American ambassador can be used as proof that millions of Muslims hate America.
Yes, President Obama is “soft” on terrorists. That’s why some of the most well-known individuals — dictators and terrorists alike — were killed by the U.S., U.S. allies, or in U.S.-supported situations. Talk about making a mountain out of a molehill. Not to say that the deaths in Libya were not tragic and wrong — they were. However, they are certainly not proof of widespread hatred toward the U.S.A.
Obama has sound foreign policy, as shown by a poll taken in thirty-two countries with twenty-six thousand participants that showed President Barack Obama to have 81% support compared to Romney internationally. The fact remains that Americans are more likely to be killed by their furniture than to be killed by an enraged Islamic terrorist. Also, a firm military hand in foreign policy does not get us any friends, and friends are important for us economically.
Lastly, gas prices. As I said in the beginning, I feel like gas prices are part of the economy. Yet Bill addressed it, so I will too.
First, gas prices aren’t determined by the American market. We don’t have the natural resources to be gas-independent. Not only that, but even if we opened for more drilling and such, it doesn’t put money into the government, where it is so desperately needed. It puts it into Exxon-Mobil’s pockets. The oil companies will rake in cash and pay little to no tax while the rest of us suffer. And if you think we need that industry to fix the American job market, well, that simply isn’t true. I’ll use one green counter-example: solar.
Solar energy is quite amazing. You just put photovoltaic cells in the sun, and you get energy. Now, you may ask, “where’s the money for that?” Well, out of $73 billion in energy subsidies, 72 billion went to fossil fuels with only one billion going to solar. If you don’t think solar works, look at Germany. Reuters reports:
Norbert Allnoch, director of the Institute of the Renewable Energy Industry (IWR) in Muenster, said the 22 gigawatts of solar power per hour fed into the national grid on Saturday met nearly 50 percent of the nation’s midday electricity needs.
“Never before anywhere has a country produced as much photovoltaic electricity,” Allnoch told Reuters. “Germany came close to the 20 gigawatt (GW) mark a few times in recent weeks. But this was the first time we made it over.”
The record-breaking amount of solar power shows one of the world’s leading industrial nations was able to meet a third of its electricity needs on a work day, Friday, and nearly half on Saturday when factories and offices were closed.
Government-mandated support for renewables has helped Germany became a world leader in renewable energy and the country gets about 20 percent of its overall annual electricity from those sources.
Germany has nearly as much installed solar power generation capacity as the rest of the world combined and gets about four percent of its overall annual electricity needs from the sun alone. It aims to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent from 1990 levels by 2020.
If you think solar leeches money from the government, think again. Germany has one of the stronger economies in the world, and it doesn’t look like solar energy is hindering it any.
Something O’Reilly failed to point out is that no matter where you stand on Obama on those three issues (another argument is that those are certainly not the only important issues as O’Reilly erroneously stated), Romney is worse. The economy? His tax plan and policies don’t help us at all. They would cost America money and damage our infinitely important middle class. Foreign policy? He doesn’t know the cold war is over, wants a war with Iran, and his world tour succeeded in angering every country he visited, plus a few more. His energy plan? He wants to forgo green energy and won’t openly discuss it in the press.
Does Bill O’Reilly really think we’re stupid enough to buy his propaganda?