December 05, 2013 06:00 AM
Bill O'Reilly Tries to Sell His Roots as Working Class - Again
He actually had guests on to debate that issue.
It's crazy, I know, but that's the state of Fox News. Another fallacy Bill O. brought to the table was that his parents were poor indeed when he was growing up. Over the years Bill O'Reilly has always tried to characterize his upbringing as that of a typical-poor working-class stiff, but nothing could be farther from the truth. While debating the stupid question of 'would Jesus support a nanny state,' he attacked poor people who needed government assistance like food stamps while saying his parents were poor too, but always managed to put food on the table.
O'Reilly: Some of the people who don't have enough to eat, it's their fault particularly with their children and this is where it really becomes dicey. If you’re an addict or a drug addict and you can’t hold a job, and you can’t support your children, […] then it's your fault you’re bringing the havoc. You’re asking people who may be struggling themselves to put food on the table to give their tax money to you, […] and then you’re going to buy booze and drugs with it...because there's no government regulation with it and that's my problem.Back in the fifties and sixties, his father was an accountant who commuted to NYC everyday from Long Island and made up to 35,000.00 dollars a year as per Bill. If we adjust that to modern dollars, you'll see his father was making a roughly very good living indeed.
Duboise : most of the food goes to working families....
O'Reilly: My parents didn't make a lot of money and they were able to put food on the table and I'm just seeing a system that's creating dependence.
$35,000 in 1965 would be $255,100 in 2013.BIll O'Reilly moved to Long Island in 1951 so if his father was making 20,000 dollars in 1965 then it would calculate out to 148K dollars of buying power in 2013.
Any person who needs to lie about his background is pretty sick to begin with. Sprinkle in a egomaniacal personality, and you have Bill.
Now let's define what 'working class" really means. Here's one definition.
The socioeconomic class consisting of people who work for wages, especially low wages, including unskilled and semiskilled laborers and their families.The working class typifies people that do manual labor to survive. Working as an accountant is not considered manual labor, but a highly skilled job. Why the lie, BillO?
Is Bill O'Reilly dependent on making believe his family was poor?
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