Bill O’Reilly still finds it hard to get beyond a half-truth (The Examiner, June 19, “The radical left has turned on golden boy president”).

Bill O’Reilly still finds it hard to get beyond a half-truth (The Examiner, June 19, “The radical left has turned on golden boy president”). He is correct that Obama’s speech from the Oval Office was not as deficient as some of the president’s liberal supporters averred. But then he goes off on a screed against the idea that global warming exists and is a threat to future generations. He refers to a “global warming crew” around Obama in a way that denies the judgment of an overwhelming majority of climate scientists. So what does O’Reilly know that they don’t?

He also cops out on the cap-and-trade bill that is a sincere and reasonable approach toward reducing the emissions of carbon dioxide and other pernicious gases into the atmosphere. I wonder, too, what he means by “expanded entitlements for the poor,” and if that includes extending unemployment benefits to those who are already under stress and strain from an anemic job market. With his kind of income, that’s a problem he doesn’t have to worry about.

His advice would be much more relevant if he showed support for such policies as family planning, including contraception, and for federal job programs similar to what we had in the 1930s, such as the CCC and the WPA. Private enterprise has outsourced so many productive jobs, and the unemployment rate remains so high, that perhaps it is time to consider the government as an employer of last resort, at least. Having a job not only provides a paycheck, it offers a sense of self-worth.

There is truth in the old adage, “Idle hands are the devil’s workshop.” That become especially evident during hot summers.