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Bill O'Reilly

American syndicated columnist, television news commentator and host of the Fox Broadcasting show The O'Reilly Factor

We are rapidly becoming a society that wants the government to redistribute income from those who have to those who don't have. They do this in Sweden and other countries with some success. But there are problems with quasi-socialism because the government cannot legislate responsibility. Remember the ant story you were told as a kid? The one that said most of the ants worked feverishly during the summer storing up food for the winter, but the grasshopper slept all day. Then winter came, and the industrious ants were fat and happy, while the lazy grasshopper went hungry. ... The difficulty here is that millions of Americans do work hard and make little progress. So they are in the same boat as the irresponsible, and the government can't weed them out.

Feb. 14, 2001 - from "A taxing situation", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.
The per capita income in the United States is $29,705 dollars. Of that, 23.4 percent is taken by the feds, and 10.4 percent goes for state income tax. Remember these rates do not include sales taxes, property taxes and the like. So there is good reason why the average American is in debt. Take-home pay is being severely diminished by the government.

Feb. 14, 2001 - from "A taxing situation", published by Creators Syndicate Inc.