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Bill O'Reilly Will Flee to Ireland if Bernie Sanders Wins

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  1. rocketsjudoka

    rocketsjudoka Contributing Member

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    As an honorary Paddy I find this pretty funny.
    To escape the socialist hell hole this country might turn into from a Sanders victory to a even more socialistic hell hole.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news...and-if-sanders-is-elected-hes-in-for-a-shock/

    Bill O’Reilly will flee to Ireland if Sanders is elected. He’s in for a shock

    Bill O’Reilly, the host of Fox News’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” is threatening to flee the country if Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — the self-described democratic socialist who is running for the Democratic Party nomination — is elected president. As quoted in the Huffington Post, O’Reilly said:

    “If Bernie Sanders gets elected president, I’m fleeing … I’m going to Ireland. And they already know it. … I shouldn’t say it publicly because that will get Sanders more votes,” he said. “But I’m not going to pay 90 percent of my income to that guy. I’m sorry. I’m not doing it.”

    O’Reilly is proud of his Irish ancestry (as a recent emigrant from Ireland and current U.S. citizen, I heartily approve of these sentiments). But he probably doesn’t know very much about what Ireland is like these days. From the perspective of its Western European neighbors, Ireland is a small, market-friendly, right-of-center country. But from the perspective of American conservatism, Ireland looks like a hellhole of socialism.

    Can O’Reilly easily flee to Ireland?

    It may be tougher than he thinks. It would seem that O’Reilly’s nearest Irish ancestor was his great-grandfather. This means that he misses the cut-off for automatic Irish citizenship by one generation. If you have one Irish grandparent, you qualify for Irish citizenship — but unless O’Reilly’s grandparent or parent formally applied, he’s out of luck. 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.

    Ireland is not a conservative paradise: Look at the taxes

    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.

    In the rather unlikely event that Sanders was elected president in a landslide of socialist enthusiasm, turning the Senate and the House socialist, and introducing punitive taxes to impoverish rich Fox News opinionators, O’Reilly would still be in trouble. Even if he lived in Ireland, he would have difficulty avoiding U.S. taxes unless he renounced his U.S. citizenship. The United States continues to regard U.S. expatriates as taxpayers, no matter where they reside. Ireland and the United States have a double taxation treaty, to prevent people being taxed twice for the same income — this might provide some loopholes for royalties and the like, but probably not enough to make an enormous difference. O’Reilly would likely find himself paying to support Sanders’s socialist American utopia from overseas.

    Bill O’Reilly has strong views on his right to own guns to defend himself under the Second Amendment.

    I have a right to protect myself, because there are crazed animals like the guy in Oregon … There are people like that who will come after innocent people for no reason. And you are going to deny me protection? If I live out in a rural Oregon … where the nearest cop is 40 miles away? I can’t have a gun to protect my family?

    The Irish attitude to guns is going to be a serious culture shock. First, he’ll be far worse off than he would be in rural Oregon. While there will surely be cops closer than 40 miles away, those cops will almost certainly be unarmed. In Ireland, police only carry arms under special circumstances. Most Irish police officers don’t even have firearms training.

    Furthermore, gun ownership is highly restricted in Ireland. People have to apply for a license to own a gun, and are likely to be refused under many circumstances. Furthermore, there are heavy restrictions on kinds of guns that they are allowed to own — roughly speaking, guns for sport and hunting (sports pistols; shotguns; some kinds of rifles) are okay, but handguns of the kind that O’Reilly could use for “self-defense” are not, let alone automatic weapons. Gun rights are not a topic of political debate in Ireland — Ireland’s most conservative party, which is now the majority party in the government, has just introduced new restrictions, without any significant public opposition.

    Ireland has socialized medicine

    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.

    This system is far from perfect, which means that many middle-class and upper-middle-class people supplement it with private health insurance (so that, for example, that they do not have to wait long times for some surgical procedures). Even so, it’s socialized medicine on a scale which would be politically unthinkable in America. Ireland also has welfare benefits for the unemployed which are not notably generous by European standards, but are wildly permissive in comparison to their U.S. equivalents.

    There are other ways in which Ireland is more congenial to conservatives like O’Reilly. Most obviously, abortion is far more heavily curtailed in Ireland than the United States (although the conservative party leading government has promised to liberalize Ireland’s abortion laws this year).

    Even though Ireland is a conservative country by West European standards, it’s far, far to the left of U.S. conservative preferences on many key issues.

    If O’Reilly really thinks that Ireland is a good alternative to a Sanders-led America, it’s probably because he’s unfamiliar with what Ireland is really like as a country. If a putative Sanders administration were somehow able successfully to introduce Irish-style health care, an Irish style welfare state and Irish style gun control, it would be viewed by conservatives as a socialist revolution.
     
  2. rocketsjudoka

    rocketsjudoka Contributing Member

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    Also not sure what Bill's vision of Ireland is but here's what he should expect.
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/5Evio9vRhos" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
  3. Bandwagoner

    Bandwagoner Contributing Member

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    So what is the official tally up to now?

    I THINK you simultaneously claim Houstonian, Minnesotan, Chinese, Irish........
     
  4. rocketsjudoka

    rocketsjudoka Contributing Member

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    I'm also Peruvian too. One of the guys on my Macchu Picchu trek thought I was one of the porters.
     
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    Bandwagoner Contributing Member

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    Oh ok, nice.
     
  6. rocketsjudoka

    rocketsjudoka Contributing Member

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    I shouldn't joke with you this way. I'm actually a black woman who went to Baylor and is trying to find some puppies a nice home.
     
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    i remember limbaugh and a few other of those dips***s saying if obama was elected they would move to costa rica.

    they are just whiny little babies and nothing more.
     
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    Don't let the door smack your fat arse on the way out, Bill. The worst part about this unlikely scenario is if you actually do something this bizarre. You'll be in Ireland, and God help that beautiful country.
     
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    He doesn't have to worry. There is no way Sanders will be president.
     
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    Didn't someone promised to go to Costa Rica?
     
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    I think Europe will not mind if you keep him.:)
     
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    Here's some more Irish music that Bill might appreciate.
    S'Lainte!
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L6ZUYU4tWUU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
     
  14. Mathloom

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    This is the equivalent of god sweetening the deal for you guys. If you don't vote for Bernie after this, you have no shame.
     
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    Probably the best reason to vote for Sanders yet.
     
  16. REEKO_HTOWN

    REEKO_HTOWN I'm Rich Biiiiaaatch!

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    Tuck your tail and run you "Patriot"
     

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