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Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Dems Caving on Bush Tax Cuts?
Obama chief adviser David Axelrod said today that Democrats would have to swallow an extension of upper income tax cuts in order to get Congress to save middle class tax cuts. “We have to deal with the world as we find it,’’ Mr. Axelrod said in an interview with the Huffington Post. The “Anointed One” had already indicated that he was open to the idea of extending upper-income tax cuts temporarily, while making middle class tax cuts permanent. “Democrats may only extend the tax cuts to get through the 2012 elections. But why? Republicans don’t have to go along with that,” said Sean. “Republicans now run the House and if Democrats don’t want to make them permanent that will be their decision. But they’re not going to pull off this political coup in splitting middle class taxpayers from upper income earners.” Sean acknowledged that it may be fashionable to hate the wealthy. “For some reason pe ople want to demonize those people who have become successful in America. Every time I worked in a restaurant, or in construction, I was glad rich people spent their money, because then I made money. Rich people are the ones who help create the jobs in the first place,” Sean concluded.

Good For The Goose, Good For The Gander?
Sean welcomed “The Architect” Karl Rove to the program to discuss extending the Bush tax cuts. Sean told Rove he thinks the Democrats are up to something. “I think they want to play games with raising taxes on the American people and they want to play class warfare in a lame duck session,” said Sean. “I think what’s good for the goose is good for the gander,” Rove said to Sean. “If they want to make some tax cuts permanent, they all ought to be permanent. If some are temporary, they all should be temporary. If the president were smart he’d remove this uncertainty that is overhanging on the economy and make them permanent,” Rove added. “Until people understand what is going to happen with the tax cuts over the next three or four years they won’t be investing in plants and equipment. And if the eco nomy continues to grow at the anemic rate that it is now, it’s going to be very hard for the president to win re-election.”

Gov. Ed Rendell
In the show’s final hour Gov. Ed Rendell joined Sean to talk about last week’s landslide victory in the House by Republicans. “What everyone predicted happened,” said Rendell. “The anger and the frustration against the bad economy and Washington plus the strong turnout of our base helped our victory. Generally it was a shellacking – and most people expected it.”

Show Guests

Karl Rove

Karl Christian Rove (born December 25, 1950) was Senior Advisor and Deputy Chief of Staff to former President George W. Bush until his resignation on August 31, 2007. He has headed the Office of Political Affairs, the Office of Public Liaison , and the White House Office of Strategic Initiatives . Since leaving the White House , Rove has worked as a political analyst and contributor for Fox News , Newsweek and The Wall Street Journal . For most of his career prior to his employment at the White House, Rove was a political consultant almost exclusively for Republican candidates. Rove's campaign clients have included Bush (2000 and 2004 presidential elections, 1994 and 1998 Texas gubernatorial elections), Senator John Ashcroft (1994 U.S. Senate election), Bill Clements (1986 Texas gubernatorial election), Senator John Cornyn (2002 U.S. Senate election), Governor Rick Perry (1990 Texas Agriculture Commission election), and Phil Gramm (1982... More >

Ed Rendell

Edward Gene "Ed" Rendell (born January 5, 1944) is an American politician and Governor of Pennsylvania . Rendell, a member of the Democratic Party , was elected Governor of Pennsylvania in 2002, and his term of office began January 21, 2003. He is currently a Member of the Democratic Governors Association Executive Committee, and also served as General Chairman of the Democratic National Committee during the 2000 presidential election . From 2008 to 2009, Governor Rendell was Chairman of the National Governors Association . He currently serves as the Co-Chair of the Team Pennsylvania Foundation [1] and sits on the Board of Trustees of the National Constitution Center [2] in Philadelphia, a museum dedicated to the U.S. Constitution. He is married to Marjorie Rendell , a Federal judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit .