Saturday, January 16, 2016

Bill O'Reilly Threatens To Flee Socialist U.S. To Even More Socialist Country

Bill O'Reilly understandably doesn't like Bernie Sanders. But he doesn't just dislike him. He dislikes him enough that he would actually flee the U.S. if he ever got elected president:

“And you know, look, I’m fleeing,” he warned. “If Bernie Sanders gets elected president, I’m fleeing. I’m going to Ireland. And they already know it.”

O’Reilly added: “I shouldn’t say it publicly because that will get Sanders more votes. But I’m not going to pay 90 percent of my income to that guy. I’m sorry. I’m not doing it.”
Now, while I would be the first to offer Bill help in packing his bags, I feel that it is my duty as a good liberal to caution him about the wisdom of such a decision.

See, Bill wants to leave the U.S. because Bernie Sanders, a self described socialist, would turn the U.S. socialist (moreso than what current socialist president, Barack Hussein Obama has done, apparently). One way he would do that, would be to raise taxes on rich people like O'Reilly and use that money to fund universal health care. Slight problem though, as Henry Farrell from the Washington Post helpfully explains. On taxes:

He does have a second possibility though — paying to become a citizen. Ireland, like many other countries, provides citizenship to individuals who are willing to invest or donate a large sum of money to the benefit of the Irish economy.

What would O’Reilly get in return for his money? First off, a tax system which is not all that different from the U.S. tax system for top earners, and arguably a little less favorable. The effective top Irish income tax rate is a little over half of income.
 On health care:

O’Reilly denounces Obamacare as ‘socialism’ because it uses taxpayers’ money to subsidize the poor. The Irish health-care system does the same thing, on a much larger scale, with a hospital system that is directly run by the government. In Ireland, hospital doctors are government employees (although many senior doctors earn substantial incomes on the side from private practice). Everyone in Ireland is entitled to free basic health care in hospitals, and low income people get medical cards entitling them to free doctors’ visits and many other services.
So turns out that O'Reilly ingenious plan for fleeing a newly made socialist hellhole is to move to a more established socialist hellhole. Brilliant.

I'm surprised that even someone as dumb as O'Reilly would actually make a rookie mistake like this. I mean, this isn't 3rd grade oceanography we're talking about here. This is something Bill O' should actually be deeply familiar with, as a conservative talking head. Ireland is a country that's in Europe, which is a continent/entity that's representative of everything conservatives hate. Strong labor laws, a generous welfare state, France, etc. It'd be like a liberal complaining that New Jersey was becoming too conservative cause of Chris Christie, and so they plan on moving to Kentucky.

To be fair to Bill O', he's not he first conservative to make an inane threat in response to a progressive policy that would result in fleeing to a much more progressive country.

Of course, none of this really matters anyway because Bill O's just huffing and puffing, but just like a few years ago when he threatened to stop working if Obama raised his taxes, he'll somehow find the motivation to still stick around for whatever reason.

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