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Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Tax Cut Fight
Republicans are balking at plans by Democrats to hold a vote on tax relief for those earning less than $250,000. The top GOP tax-writing committee member described the move as a charade aimed to put the GOP in a bad light after cooperative bipartisan meetings with the White House. “It’s now December,” Sean fumed, “we’ve got till the end of the year. People plan for their businesses way in advance. This is way beyond the time of reckoning. You don’t raise taxes during a slowing economy. You simply don’t do it,” Sean added. To the GOP’s credit, they’ve made it clear they are going to oppose any effort to extend tax increases on anyone. “The GOP has the power to block Democratic efforts to advance class warfare and if necessary pass tax cut legislation within a few days after the New Year begins. If that’s what it takes, then that’s what it takes,” Sean concluded.

McConnell: Block All Legislation Until Tax Cuts Are Addressed
Senator Mitch McConnell announced this morning that Congress would not be addressing anything else until the issue of the Bush Tax Cuts has been addressed. The cuts, enacted in 2003 to help spur the economy, will expire at the end of the year if the Lame Duck session of Congress does not extend them. McConnell told Sean that the 42 members of the GOP caucus issued a letter to Senator Reid that read, "With little time left in this Congressional session, legislative scheduling should be focused on these critical priorities." McConnell joined Sean on the NewsMaker Hotline and discussed two key issues that needed to be addressed before they moved forward with any other legislation. “Number one, what are people’s taxes going to be next year? We need to resolve that issue. Number two is how we’re going to fund the government for next year. Once we solve those two issues we can move on with other things. Obviously the majority sets the agenda but I think it can best be summed up by saying ‘first things first.’”

Smithsonian Christmas-Season Exhibit
CNS News reported { Article} yesterday that the federally funded National Portrait Gallery, one of the museums of the Smithsonian Institution, is currently showing an exhibition that features images of an ant-covered Jesus, male genitals, naked brothers kissing, men in chains, Ellen DeGeneres grabbing her breasts, and a painting the Smithsonian itself describes in the show's catalog as "homoerotic." “I guess this is just in time for Christmas,” Sean said sarcastically. Brent Bozell joined the show to discuss the disgusting exhibit. “It is a glorification of gay, homoerotic art,” said Bozell. “It has just purely noxious things in there. This is right down the hallway from the portrait of George Washington.” Our hard earned tax dollars at work…sigh…

Show Guests

Brent Bozell

Leo Brent Bozell III (born July 14, 1955) is the American founder and president of the Media Research Center, the Conservative Communications Center, and the Cybercast News Service. Bozell served as president of the Parents Television Council from 1995 to 2006, after which he was succeeded by Timothy F. Winter. In addition, currently, Bozell serves on the board for the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights and has served on the board of directors in the American Conservative Union. Bozell is also nationally syndicated by Creator's Syndicate where his work appears in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Washington Times, New York Post, Los Angeles Times and National Review. The Media Research Center operates on a self-reported $10 million annual budget, using what it calls "the most comprehensive media monitoring operation in the world" to track major televised broadcasts and print news with the goal of "documenting, exposing... More >

Mitch McConnell

Mitch McConnell, the longest-serving U.S. Senator in Kentucky’s history, is the Senate Republican Leader in the 111th Congress. Elected to that position unanimously by his colleagues on November 18, 2008, he is the 15th Senate Republican Leader and only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the Senate. The first, Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1949. Leader McConnell previously served, again by the unanimous vote of his colleagues, as the Republican Leader in the 110th Congress and the Majority Whip in the 108th and 109th Congresses. McConnell also served in leadership as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee during the 1998 and 2000 election cycles. McConnell currently serves as a senior member of the Appropriations, Agriculture and Rules Committees.