By Bill O'Reilly
Speaker Boehner is set to give the commencement address at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., this Saturday. But 79 college professors around the country have signed a letter opining that Mr. Boehner is not upholding Catholic moral teachings. The professors say that because the speaker supports budget cuts that might impact poor people, including women and children, that he is "anti-life and not upholding Catholic theology."
Mr. Boehner himself is a Catholic and replied this way:
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REP. JOHN BOEHNER, R-OHIO, SPEAKER OF THE HOUSE: Like any religion, you will have some who are a little bit more liberal and some who are a bit more conservative. But I believe that the actions that I have taken during my years in Congress uphold the values of my faith.
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Now I, your humble correspondent, am also Catholic, and I do support spending cuts because even though entitlement programs do some good, the looming bankruptcy of the country would harm far more people than the entitlements help.
The college professors are missing the essential point. The responsibility of the U.S. government is to protect all its citizens, and a bankruptcy in this country would devastate everyone.
The cold truth of the matter is that our government simply cannot spend the amount of money it is spending. Everything has to be cut, including entitlements. That is not an immoral position. That is a responsible position because, again, if the economy collapses, everyone will be hurt.
Now, many left-wing academics believe that raising taxes on the wealthy and corporations will cover the entitlement spending, but that is a canard. The enormous rise in Medicaid, Medicare and the looming Social Security disaster can never be covered by revenue enhancement. Never.
All entitlements must be re-evaluated. There are ways to help the poor that don't bankrupt us, and Catholics are compelled to help the poor. As you may know, "The Factor" gives millions of dollars to charitable causes. We have set up BillOReilly.com to do that because we believe those who have should help the have-nots.
But to attack Speaker Boehner as an unfit Catholic is itself immoral because only God can make that judgment. The college professors protesting the speaker's commencement address at Catholic University are making a blatantly political statement that has little to do with religion.
And that's "The Memo."
Pinheads & Patriots
As you know, airport security is one big pain in the butt for all of us. But you'd think they'd cut some slack to babies. Last weekend at the Kansas City Airport in Missouri, an 8-month-old infant was patted down by federal workers, TSA guys. The picture went up on the Net; millions have seen it. So we're asking you: Is this a pinheaded or patriotic move? Keep in mind you could put something in a diaper. Please vote on BillOReilly.com.
Wednesday night we brought you the Duchess of York confessing her sins to Oprah.
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SARAH FERGUSON, DUCHESS OF YORK: I felt that I ostracized myself by my behavior, by the past, by living with the regrets of my mistakes, that I sort of wore a hair shirt and beat myself up most of the day thinking and regretting, "Why did I make such a mistake? Why have I made so many mistakes?"
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Fifty-seven percent of you apparently like Sarah Ferguson's humility, saying she's a patriot. Forty-three percent believe she's a pinhead.
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