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October 28, 2011

An open letter to Bill O’Reilly

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For the past few days on The Factor, Bill O’Reilly has railed against a poll that shows people believe that income in America is unfairly distributed.  O’Reilly argues that income is not “distributed” by anyone; rather it is earned, given, inherited, stolen, whatever.  He also declares that he doesn’t feel guilty about all the money he makes because he has “earned it,” and therefore should be able to do whatever he wants with it.
For the fun of it, I decided to play the devil’s advocate with an email to The Factor.  O’Reilly insists that letters to his show be succinct (and the first sentence has to be catchy), so I didn’t have the luxury of developing several promising angles.
Bill, regarding unfair income distribution in America, methinks thou doth protest too much.
You say that America doesn’t “distribute” income and that you don’t feel guilty about the millions of dollars that you earn.  You are wrong on both counts.
Although the American government doesn’t distribute income, the American economy does, and many people believe it is doing a piss-poor job because the well-connected have rigged the system in their favor.
Furthermore, no one suggests that you should feel guilty about earning so much money.  Rather, they are merely suggesting that you are shirking your fair share when you insist that you should never have to pay more than 35% for federal taxes.  You should feel guilty about fighting higher taxes that could be used to enhance opportunity for poor kids to climb the socio-economic ladder in America instead of being wasted on your lavish personal spending.  The nuns who taught you would be ashamed.
For such a big man, you look awfully small alongside Warren Buffett.
Mike Kueber
San Antonio, Texas