Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World

Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World

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by Bill O'Reilly

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From the bestselling author of Killing Lincoln and host of Fox News' top show The O'Reilly Factor, the best of Bill O’Reilly’s provocative writing—reflecting his ideas, wisdom, and core values

Bill O’Reilly is one of the most recognized and talked-about journalists of our time. With an


From the bestselling author of Killing Lincoln and host of Fox News' top show The O'Reilly Factor, the best of Bill O’Reilly’s provocative writing—reflecting his ideas, wisdom, and core values

Bill O’Reilly is one of the most recognized and talked-about journalists of our time. With an unparalleled track record as an author and with the #1-rated Fox News show, The O’Reilly Factor, O’Reilly has become a veritable institution of political insight and keen advice. In Keep It Pithy, O’Reilly offers a classic collection of the most memorable writings from his bestselling books, and looks back at how his opinions and ideas have been proven right or wrong by the passage of time. With his trademark candor and no-nonsense approach, each chapter focuses on a core theme as it gathers O’Reilly’s thoughts on the most compelling issues of our time and provides readers an illuminating guide to the American cultural landscape.
A spirited and personal book, Keep It Pithy is the perfect addition to an O’Reilly fan’s library, or the best introduction for the few left uninitiated.

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The Growing Success of the Progressive Agenda

Back in 2006, I had fun imagining in my book Culture Warrior a future State of the Union speech by a U.S. president named Gloria Hernandez. Here's a summary of that imaginary pol's goals and philosophies:

A sharing of the wealth by targeting the affluent for most of the government's revenue . . . lax school discipline on American children to promote their so-called liberties . . . naked hostility to religious values and their expression in public . . . a "one-world" approach to foreign relations that would prevent the U.S. government from imposing a policy that would benefit America first . . . a touchy-feely vision of our society that places individual self-expression and rights over self-sacrifice and adult responsibility.

Did I get it right? Well, I made one serious mistake. I imagined that this would be the platform of a president elected in 2020. Looked at a calendar lately?

The brilliant men who forged the Constitution understood that Americans should have the opportunity to pursue happiness without much government interference. They also believed for both moral and practical reasons that the greater good must always take precedence over individual selfishness.

The S‑P notion that the U.S. government has the right to seize private property (which is exactly what the estate tax achieves, for example, but under stealth wording), or redistribute legally earned income from the affluent to the poor, runs counter to the founding spirit of America in every way.

Look at the evidence. The United States became the strongest nation on earth because individuals working their butts off created a unified powerhouse.

Right now our national slogan is "The more you make, the more we take. And we're not even going to watch how we spend it."

Throwing our tax dollars away has become the new national pastime, replacing baseball!

Usually, as I've noted in the introduction, I'm not likely to disagree all that much with what I've opined in the past. Exceptions are notable, and I will note them. Most of these quotes from my writings will require no explanation. My core values have not fundamentally changed.

Too late now!

In fact . . .

Politicians will argue--as many have on my program--that the government needs your money. This is a lie. There is more than enough tax revenue available today to pay for the armed forces, roads, police, and other vital services without looting the take-home pay of working Americans. No, the reason our taxes are so punitive is right there in front of you: obvious and arrogant wastefulness in government-run programs. Forget the $400 toilet seats in the Pentagon budget--peanuts. The real killing waste is in programs that do not work.

(I then noted the "horrific failure" of Clinton's $30 billion drug war and the $200 billion his administration threw at public education, to no great effect.)

I could give you hundreds of examples of ridiculous government waste, but that would take a whole other book. Right now, I have enough on my hands trying to write this one. But you can trust me on this: The tax situation in this country is brutal, including the fact that your elected representatives and their opponents are using entitlements to buy votes. That includes Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. Listen very carefully when pols talk about these hot-button...

Meet the Author

For more than 13 years Bill O'Reilly has presided over The O'Reilly Factor on the FOX News Channel. O’Reilly is a three-time Emmy Award winner as well as the recipient of a Governor's Award from the Boston/New England chapter of the prestigious National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Before becoming executive producer and anchor of The Factor, he served as national correspondent for ABC News and as anchor of the nationally syndicated news magazine program Inside Edition. He is the author of numerous mega-bestsellers, and in total, more than 5 million copies of his books are in circulation. He holds master's degrees from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and Boston University. Asked about his proudest professional achievement Bill has said, "The millions of dollars we are able to give to charity."

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Keep It Pithy: Useful Observations in a Tough World 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 39 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reviews appear to reflect political bias instead of quality. If you believe in small gov't', capitalism and the constitution as written you will like the book. If you believe in large gov't, socialism, PC, an the constitution as a work in progress you will dislike it. When he presents facts they are not disputible . His opinions are subject to controversy depending on your own philosophys. I'm not talking right or wrong here: just the way it is. I do wonder if the really negative views actually read the book however.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good book as far as it goes. However, the entire book is 102 pages from front to back. Remove the front and back matter and the book length is around 90 pages. You want to pay $11 bucks for 90 pages, go ahead.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Down to earth extremely useful information on everyday standards to live by.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent book by a master who understands the workings of the Government. There's no pulling the wool over the eyes of this intelligent and knowledgeable personality. He speaks in an easy and flowing way to make his points understandable for all. I've really enjoyed learning more about what is happening in our government and country and look forward to reading more written by the man that I enjoy watching on tv.  I've had a hard time putting this book down. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bill's latest book is a more or less review of his earlier thoughts and opinions. Although it was entertaining and easy to read, I really didn't see any new insights or though-provoking ideas. I'm sure his overall popularity is what has made this book a best seller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bill O'Reilly is by far one of the most sensible and no nonsense authors of our times. He pulls no punches, however his honest interpretation of what is going on in this world, is uncomprimised We need more honest and fair news people like Bill. His books are accurate and at the same time extremely well written and entertaining.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its a good reminder & eye opener. O'Reilly is very articulate. Written in a down to earth, understandable way. You have to believe in something, Bill probably won't like it, but this book should be required reading at a high school level.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Have read all of Bills books and we watch him on FOX. Enjoyed this book and highly recomnended it. Thanks for keeping it pithy.
jlbrun More than 1 year ago
Enjoyable. It was sort of a review of comments made on O'Reilly's Factor Show. I always enjoy his book as they are well written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another book from a great author and a great person. Ha Ha to the mean nasty liberals.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A little short for his books, but accurate. Good to see our liberal friends leaving some reviews, but isn't it amazing how every time a lib disagrees they resort to insults?? A clear indication of how right Bill and his assessments are!
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Really enjoyed the book but like anything on the market for any length of time a few comments or references were dated.
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Great book.  I had a difficult time putting it down.
Kataman1 More than 1 year ago
I have read several of Bill's books. While this is one of the weakest of his that I have read, it is still a very good and extremely fast read. In this one Bill postulates on things like responsiblities to be a good parent, the dangers of addictions, the failures of the news media and the importance of religion in one's life. Though I don't always agree with Bill, I always enjoy how he presents things. He makes some very compelling arguments as to why the word "Christmas" should not be forceably omitted from retail ads and in other areas where people no longer use the word. He lays out good strategies for parents teaching good morals to their children. In one case he seems to be bothered that in one Univerisity program a "watered" down version of the Koran is required reading. He then gives a "watered" down version of the interview he had with the 'offending" professor from the school. I would like to see the full interview to see if certain cogent arguments were omitted. I easily finished this book in one sitting, wiishing it was longer.
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