Thursday, February 6, 2014

Doing Something A Little Different...

I don't normally do this, but I'm going to stand up for President Obama.

Unedited: Bill O'Reilly's EXCLUSIVE Interview with President Obama

Here's the part that some are claiming means Obama was equating the GI Bill with welfare:
I painted houses during the summer too. It still wasn’t enough. So, the, uh, so my point is is that that’s not a nanny state. That’s an investment in the future generation. G.I. Bill—is that a nanny state? My grandfather came back for World War II, you’re about to write a book on World War II. Smartest thing we ever did was make an investment in the American people. When those guys came back from war, that’s what created our middle class. We-we suddenly trained up and created skills for folks. We gave ‘em subsidies so they could go out and buy homes. Through the FHA, those things weren’t giveaways. We-we understood that what that would do would create a base middle class of folks who were able to, uh, work hard and get ahead.

Nope, sorry. He's not equating the GI Bill with welfare there. The closest argument you can make is that he's claiming that welfare is also an investment in people, which I will disagree with and agree that it's convoluted, but it's not equating the GI Bill with welfare. There's plenty with which we can disagree with President Obama on, legitimate policies that he has supported that are counter to the American way of life. This isn't one of them.

What I do find interesting, from this interview, is that Obama accuses O'Reilly of being "unfair" (first off, Mr. President, take off the mom jeans and put on your big boy pants, life is unfair), yet when pressed, all he can do is tick off a list of things that, rightfully, the media SHOULD be following up on: "health care not working, IRS where-where we, uh, wholly corrupt, Benghazi—" So, apparently, the President thinks that the gross debacle that was the ObamaCare rollout, the use of the IRS to target political enemies, and the deliberate abandoning of US personnel in an American embassy are things the media should not cover?

Well, for 99% of the media, he's right...

That is all.


Dave H said...

Gee, give a guy a title with the word "editor" in it and now he's Mr. Journalistic Integrity.

I'm just pulling your chain, Jay. I agree with you. That's not equating GI Bill with welfare. It really is an investment - money spent with the expectation of some return. Welfare isn't that. The only money put into circulation by welfare is the welfare payment itself. The additional money circulated by GI Bill recipients ends up being much more, lasts longer, and most of it is taxable.

Ted said...

For every Dollar "put into circulation" by welfare payments two dollars is taken out of circulation by Tax payments . Welfare is an expense not an investment. As Jay keeps saying Words have meaning. Politians are just good at misusing them