Freeloading on the minds of Americans

In case you didn’t see it, John Stossel appeared on Bill O’Reilly’s show, the O’Reilly Factor stating that he “pretended” to be a homeless person and claims he would’ve made $23,000.00 a year at the rate he was “making it”. Since I am in the habit of not watching trash tv, I read an article on Mr. Stossel’s appearance on the O’Reilly Factor which brought many questions to mind.

First of all, exactly how did Mr. Stossel “pretend” to be homeless? Did he choose to act out a preconceived notion of what HE thought homeless people are like? Why didn’t he “pretend” to be the homeless who dress, talk, work and act like everybody else who isn’t homeless? Calling the homeless “freeloaders” is strange talk from a man who once said “The biggest recipients of handouts are not poor people.”

I got news for you, Mr. Stossel, instead of pretending to be homeless, go talk to the homeless families that lost their jobs, then their homes but are working non-living wages because in case you haven’t noticed, too many are still unemployed or unemployable. Talk to those of us who know that begging will not get you $23,000.00 a year as you claim. The kind of rhetoric spewed by statements like yours does nothing to help people out of homelessness, rather it inspires more ignorance and apathy than ever.

How about putting your “investigative reporting” skills to good use and actually report on the facts of homelessness as they really are? Might be a good idea to do so before getting “body-slammed” by REAL homeless people who do not freeload on the minds of people who don’t know what homelessness is like.

Just sayin’…..


About invisibull

Let's see now, what should I say on here to make people think I'm more interesting than I actually am...I'm a single mother of two with a passion for helping others less fortunate than myself. I like to write, finished a book and am working on another. Other than that I live a real-life video game where the goal is to get out of homelessness and provide a better future for my kids. Peace!
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5 Responses to Freeloading on the minds of Americans

  1. Galaxian says:

    “Fox Business anchor John Stossel posed as a homeless man begging for money. He entered the No Spin Zone and reported on his findings…beggars make $100 a day and some make more…The big freeloaders in America are rich people and corporations” (O’Reilly, W. (2011 Mar. 25). Stossel on Freeloaders in America. O’Reilly Factor Flash).

    Stossel is a “small-government” guy. He doesn’t necessarily hate homeless blokes, but says that giving cash to them is a form of enabling. He thinks the real freeloaders are companies like GE that paid NO income tax last year despite enormous profits (citation, above).

    However, Stossel would like to kill most government-funded assistance programs for poor people. And somehow, I really doubt he would hire one. Not even me, as ex-deer panting for water under viaduct.

  2. Jose_X says:

    Thanks for the heads up on these articles. If I get motivated, I might leverage it to write to my representatives in Congress.

  3. virag says:

    stossel is a low-budget geraldo rivera. he is not interested in knowing any truth about homelessness, and i’m not sure he has any reporting skills regardless. he is a smug and small-minded ayn rand devotee. he uses his pundit position on television to promote his foolish ideology, formerly on abc and now on fox. not worth you time, unless laughing at his cheesy porno mustache makes you happy.

    • invisibull says:

      Lol…you’re the second person I’ve heard make a porno reference to his mustache…..:)

    • Jose_X says:

      Unfortunate, but true. Those without a mustache please less and tend to top out at about half that or $12K/yr.

      Still, it would have been nice to see Stossel stick it out for a whole year. Why did he reject the easy money since he obviously had a cover?

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