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O’Reilly Clashes With Marc Lamont Hill Over Obama’s ‘Micromanaging Individual Lives’ From Washington

On his show Thursday night, Bill O’Reilly argued with Marc Lamont Hill over government spending and entitlements. President Obama should know pouring money doesn’t solve problems, he said — offering up the example of Chicago’s South Side. Hill vehemently disagreed, saying the failure isn’t attached to money.

Hill said the money was “allocated for schools, for food, for health care, for taking care of the most vulnerable citizens, that’s real life stuff.” Obama doesn’t think throwing money at problems is the solution, he said.

O’Reilly said Obama “doesn’t understand that you can’t micromanage individual lives from Washington.” He later said “tremendous entitlements” enable people to stay in poverty. The two continued to clash on entitlements versus incentives.

When O’Reilly mentioned the White House involvement with Solyndra, Hill conceded “that particular” project was a failure, but said O’Reilly was missing the larger point about governments having to incentivize corporations for the public good.

Hill remarked, “I came from a fairly middle class background unlike you, Bill.” Nonetheless, O’Reilly said, “I’m talking intellectually.”

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