Actual quotes from his book The O’Reilly Factor: The Good, the Bad, and the Completely Ridiculous in American Life.
“The rich want us to believe that anyone can make the quantum leap from bowling league to country club by just working a little harder. That’s supposed to keep us motivated and quiet.”
“And the earnings gap between rich and poor is widening…”
“The powers that be, the establishment, want you to have just enough cash to keep on buying material things and necessities, but not enough money to become independent of the system.”
“For the life of me, I can’t figure out why so many smart Americans don’t, can’t, or won’t see that our government has been corrupted by special interest money.”
“But here’s the problem with having too little money: You are at the mercy of other people, people who do not care about you! Without substantial assets, your whole life is in the hands of people whom you cannot control, like bosses and bankers and public officials. These people can terrorize you and make you do things that are not at all to your advantage or in the best interests of your family and community.”
“Yes, money buys too much in America, like clever attorneys who specialize in confusing, manipulating, and intimidating juries. In the political world it prevents real reform of campaign financing, allows our elected officials to evade their fiscal responsibilities, and corrups law enforcement of all kinds of crimes at all levels of government.”
“In short, this country has developed a ridiculous blind spot: the power and glorification of money. This is truly an affliction. It is holding us back as a nation, as a community. The true heroes of America are not the new Internet billionaires or the overpaid sports stars and movie actors or the wise guys who jack up their company’s stocks. The true heroes of America are the men, women, and teenagers who go to work for a modest wage, fulfill their responsibilities to their families and friends, and are kind and generous to others - because it is the right way to live.”
“The working people of the United States are the most important ingredient in the enduring American story.
But the rich and powerful have forgotten or never learned that bedrock truth. Or they simply don’t care. They concentrate their energies on making themselves richer, more powerful, or better known - as if the rest of us don’t count.”