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GRETA VAN SUSTEREN, FOX NEWS HOST: Well, it’s been a big day for Governor Mitt Romney, former presidential candidate Representative Michele Bachmann officially endorsing her former rival.
Congresswoman Bachmann joins us. Good evening.
REP. MICHELE BACHMANN, R-MINN./FORMER PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE: Good evening, Greta. Good to talk to you this evening.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, well, things certainly have changed. So I know that it’s no surprise that this candidate — that this next phase of the election gets rolled out, you are going to see every sound bite you ever made saying something about Governor Romney. You’re going to have to answer to it. It’s going to be in every ad. And you’re going to do it to the other side.
So tell me, you called him a frugal socialist. Now what are you going to do? How do you — how do you support him now?
BACHMANN: Well, of course I can support him. Two words, Barack Obama. That’s our alternative. We have President Barack Obama or we can have President Mitt Romney. It’s very easy for me to come forward and support Mitt Romney because we simply have to win the election. He is our nominee.
This week, we saw Newt Gingrich drop out of the race. And what I’ve said from the very beginning, Greta, is that I want to be a unifying voice to bring our party together at the right time. I’ve spent a long time working behind the scenes, trying to draw in people from the Tea Party, evangelicals, social conservatives. We all have to come together.
Everything’s at stake right now. It’s far bigger than the differences between the primary candidates. Now it’s about the country and getting the country back on the right track.
VAN SUSTEREN: But — but how do you inspire the — you know, the evangelicals or the Tea Party, who are the people who have been very loyal to you, for instance, in this — how do you inspire them when, essentially, it seems that I hear from you and from Speaker Gingrich is that — that your support for Governor Romney is, Well, he’s not as bad as the other guy?
I mean, that doesn’t seem particularly inspiring, like, you know, Go out, he’s going to change things and fix things (INAUDIBLE) going after him, it’s, like, how inspiring is it to say he’s not as bad as the other guy?
BACHMANN: Well, the process of the primary makes the candidate so much stronger. And of course, when each one of us were running in the primary, we had our differences. They were legitimate differences.
But now they pale in comparison to what Barack Obama has done to the country for the last three-and-a-half years. I have full confidence in Mitt Romney’s ability to be able to be our standard bearer for our party.
And more than just the Republican Party, I truly believe that he will appeal and reach out to independents and disaffected Democrats because, after all, they don’t want to pay 110 percent more for a gallon of gas at the pump, either. And they want a job for their kids that are graduating from college, too.
This is far more than partisan differences, and I think it’ll be very easy for all factions to come together and get behind Mitt Romney. He’s the guy that we can trust to put the economy back on track.
VAN SUSTEREN: All right, Jonathan Karl of ABC reported that you told him that — that Governor Romney can’t beat — this is prior — obviously prior to today — that Governor Romney can’t beat President Obama and it’s because of the Massachusetts health care.
Has something changed since you told him that? Or do you have — have you rethought it? I mean, because that seems like a pretty strong statement.
BACHMANN: It was a very strong statement. And when I said that to Jonathan Karl, of course, it was during the primary election. And something did change, and let me tell you what it is.
On Wednesday night, Bill Maher lit into presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney for spending $122 million dollars to win the GOP nomination. “#MittRomney spent $122 mil to win nomination,” Maher tweeted. “Remember when rich dicks had a midlife crisis and just flew a balloon around the world?”
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After President Obama took a jab at the Huffington Post during the White House Correspondents’ Dinner, Arianna Huffington fired back criticizing the president on CBS about his politicizing of the Usama bin Laden raid.
She said, “I don’t think there should be an ad about that. I think it’s one thing to celebrate the fact that they did such a great job. It’s one thing to have an NBC special from the Situation Room … All that to me is perfectly legitimate. But to turn it into a campaign ad is one of the most despicable things you can do.”
Bob Beckel said on The Five, “Give her credit, she built I think it’s the biggest site now, blog site in the world to go to and she made a lot of money at it. But the fact is she’s gotten a lot of reporting from linking to people who get paid to do it for other outlets and something is wrong with that.”
Dana Perino doesn’t think Huffington was reacting to President Obama’s joke because, “She wasn’t the only one across the board, liberals through conservatives, you have people saying the exact same thing [about Obama] … She’s a confident enough woman that she can speak her mind. She’s not worried about currying favor with the White House.”
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By Bill O’Reilly
President Obama and the poor. That is the subject of this evening’s “Talking Points” memo. All the polls say the same thing. Americans who don’t have a lot of money, overwhelmingly support the President. That’s because since Mr. Obama has been in office, welfare spending has increased 41 percent.
Right now about $1 trillion every year is spent on entitlements. Medicaid, the biggest situation but there are 126 anti-poverty programs on the books. Back in 1964, President Lyndon Johnson declared unconditional war on poverty. At that time the poverty rate was about 19 percent.
Since then, America has spent roughly $15 trillion fighting poverty. Yet, right now the poverty rate is above 15 percent. So you can see all the money has not done much to combat the problem.
The reason is that poor education and poor parenting are driving destitution. High school dropouts are almost four times more likely to end up in poverty than those who graduate. And children growing up in single parent families are four times more likely to be poor than those living with both parents.
As long as Americans refuse to educate themselves and family units remain chaotic, you will have a 15 percent poverty rate no matter how much money you throw at it. The statistics I have cited come from a new study by the Cato Institute but as you may know “Talking Points” has been telling you this for years.
In a free society, people have a right to be a moron and no government can stop irresponsible parenting. So, what is the solution?
President Obama believes that the federal government should give money to the poor. Hand it right to them in a variety of ways. The problem with that is that many of the poor will use the money irresponsibly. The high rate of alcohol and drug addiction and other social problems assure a massive amount of waste in the entitlement arena.
Americans are the most generous people on earth. But the truth is that income redistribution doesn’t work. For what the feds spend now on entitlements, every single poor person in America could be handed almost $21,000 a year.
Now, Mitt Romney would be wise to lay out his own anti-poverty program that would be heavy on personal responsibility that if you’re getting entitlements, you have to show where the money goes. It can’t go to buy drugs and alcohol or to be used in a casino.
The Bible says the poor will always be with us and that’s absolutely true. There are always going to be human beings who cannot and will not support themselves. Society must be compassionate but must be responsible in trying to help these people especially the kids.
But right now there is no discipline at all in the entitlement culture. And President Obama simply wants to throw more money at the problem.
And that’s “The Memo.”
Oversight and Government Reform Committee, Chairman Darrell Issa’s office issued the following press release regarding a GSA (General Services Administration) worker bragging about the lavish perks he enjoyed while working there.
Federal Worker “American Idle” Uncovered:
Winning Video Skit from Taxpayer Funded Luxury Las Vegas GSA Convention
Video featuring Federal Employees jokes about never being under Inspector General Investigation, Lavish GSA Spending
The video clips below are from the U.S. General Services Administration’s (GSA) October 2010 Western Region Conference in Las Vegas, NV. It was played on Thursday, October 28, 2010 at the “Capstone Dinner Event.”
Obama better prepare, when I’m Commissioner.
I’d have a road show like [Acting Regional GSA Administrator Jeffrey] Neely, every time you see me rolling on 20s yeah, in my GOV.
Spend BA 61 all on fun.
ATF can’t touch GS-15 guns!
Cause I buy everything your field office can’t afford.
Every GS-5 would get a top hat award.
Donate my vacation, love to the nation,
I’ll never be under OIG investigation.
In congratulating the winner at the conference, Deputy Commissioner of the Public Building Service David Foley presents an award and jokes about the previous night’s lavish “party that was held in the commissioner’s suite,” having to respond to congressional oversight, and Obama Administration efforts to restrict executive pay. GSA Administrator Martha Johnson later resigned after the GSA Inspector General presented findings of abuse and waste of taxpayer dollars at the conference.